MOP April 13: The Unwinnable Contest

I was the one who came up with the idea to do a Month of Posting. Me, Emily Sara Smucker, the Girl in the Red Rubber Boots. But it wasn’t long before I was merely riding the coattails of my mother’s and sister’s successes.

First, Mom posted about discrimination and religion.

Then, Jenny posted about Disney-inspired clothing.

Then, Mom posted about how to raise perfect children.

Suddenly they were getting thousands of hits and I was just getting, well, significantly less.


Fortunately for me, I have a life outside of blogging. One in which I do really cool stuff like stand in front of artsy walls.

Sometimes I think that if I just put more effort into blogging I could really make something of myself. I could learn to take pictures, and post the rants in my head that would be shared over and over by people who agreed with me, and write click-bait headlines.

But I don’t. It’s an unwinnable contest to create disposable content. I’ve decided it’s not worth the effort.

Also, everyone says that successful social media is all about creating a “brand,” which is not appealing to me at all. Too much stuff is branded already.

Instead of posting “THE TOP 10 REASONS MENNONITE GIRLS SHOULD STAY SINGLE UNTIL THEY’RE 25,” I’ll post about stuff like this:


I had a beautiful dream this winter.

(And by dream I mean normal night-time dream.)

In the dream, many people I knew worked or went to school in Eugene, and every morning we’d all gather in a coffee shop for 10 minutes or an hour or however long we had. And we’d just chat and drink coffee and hang out before starting our day.It wasn’t very profound. As far as dreams go it sounds quite boring. But to the lonely girl of Eugene this seemed like an exceedingly wonderful thing.

After I began going to school in Corvallis this spring, I told my friend Sarah Beth about the dream. She actually lives near Corvallis, and she immediately said, “hey, that sounds like fun! We should do that!”

So Wednesday morning she and I and our friend Ashley met at a coffee shop in Corvallis called “The Beanery.” We’re making this a weekly thing, so if you live in the Corvallis area and want to hang out with us please feel free!

The shop is on the corner of 2’nd ST and Washington Ave. and we meet at 8:15 am. Approximately.

I’ll be the one in the yellow coat.

17 responses to “MOP April 13: The Unwinnable Contest

  1. I was a Mennonite girl who was planning to stay single until I was 25. But it didn’t happen.


  2. I think I know what’s wrong. Didn’t you notice?… You currently have exactly 666 followers. I’m not sure exactly what this means, but it might not be the brand you’re looking for. Just a thought. Concisely.


  3. I really like your picture, “The Girl in the Yellow Coat”! And I also like your concise words!
    It seems life often works the way it is working for you. One person has an excellent idea, and after implementing it, others find more success than the original “idea person”! Just remember in your heart whose idea it was! πŸ˜€


  4. I’m not a girl anymore (in age, that is) but I would just love to have coffee with you. Too bad I live thousands of miles away.


    • There is no age requirement for coffee hangouts! There were even old(er) people in my dream. If you ever decide to visit Oregon (it’s a beautiful place, I recommend it) come join!


  5. Let’s pretend you and I are having a blogging contest. The winner is the one who has the most subscribers/followers. You already won. (In my dream, I’d have 10% the amount of followers you have. In reality, I have fewer.) Congratulations! πŸ™‚

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  6. “It’s an unwinnable contest to create disposable content. I’ve decided it’s not worth the effort.” Major applause! Human beings spend so much of life for disposable content, giving it value far above what is warranted. Like chocolate for example. It’s a delightful side bonus, not something I LIVE for. Or maybe I do. Man, this dark chocolate goes awesome with these roasted cashews. Wait, where was I?! πŸ˜‰ P.S. This page doesn’t count the followers that click over here from the fb link. Maybe I should become a follower…


    • Actually it does count all my Facebook followers! That’s the only reason I have so many πŸ™‚ But if you want to “double follow” to boost my ego you’re welcome to πŸ™‚


  7. sarahbeth4jesus

    Your ideas and dreams always inspire me and a lot of other people. ☺

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  8. I love your yellow coat! The picture of you wearing it at the beach is lovely, and so much better than any beach pictures I have ever been in.


  9. Ok, so you didn’t get so many hits, but just wanted to let you know that I really liked your conclusions in your brain rant about different cultures. I live in Nicaragua and have found myself on the receiving end of people’s misplaced generosity towards “those poor people”, and making them out to be less than human.

    Example: ugly, hastily thrown together, poorly sewn comforters that get donated to CAM, because “anything is better than nothing” and “those poor people will be soooo glad to have a blanket”. Truth: poor people have eyes too, and although you use scraps and odd colors, arrange them in a pleasing way!

    Example: one good mennonite asked me if people down here feel things the same way he does! Truth: there is absolutely no comment to this one!!!!

    The list could go on… but I’ll stop before I rant too much in the comments section! πŸ™‚

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  10. “It’s an unwinnable contest to create disposable content.”

    What a perfect line, biting and funny and true.


  11. I am your mom’s age, and I grew up in Corvallis. The beanery was new when I was young , but I got to hang out there with my hippie brother!. My husband’s uncle owned the building, and his cousin’s still might. They used to have musicians and poets there in the evenings (if there was a schedule, I didn’t know it since I only went when the brother was the babysitter). Thanks for taking me down memory lane!


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