This post is the follow-up to our original “MAJ ~ FAQ” post published last week (because nobody likes a long blogpost…). If you missed our first post with questions 1-5, you can find it Right Here…
And now – without further adieu… here’s Part 2 of our Miss America Junkies Frequently Asked Questions series… 🙂
6. Why ON EARTH did you choose the name, “Junkies”?
~ LOL… We understand how some people can be ‘turned-off’ by the name “Miss America Junkies” but we see it as a positive thing. If you look up “Junkie” in the dictionary, it says “to have an unusual amount of interest in something”… Like a “Sports Fanatic” or “Political Fiend” or a “Jimmy Choo Freak” (HA!). If you’re ever bored and want to check out the archives of this blog, you’ll see that Miss America Junkies didn’t start as a blog – it actually started as email updates to my friends and family whenever Miss America week took place. Pretty soon, the list of people receiving my emails simply became too long – so as a joke, I decided to name the list “Miss America Junkies” (because trust me – I’m the obsessive one here and most of my friends were just humoring me). I’m kinda glad the name stuck because I’ve always enjoyed the idea of taking something negative and turning it into a positive. #JunkiesUnite.
7. Are you involved in pageantry in any other way besides blogging?
~ Well, I’m not a ‘pageant coach’, or a local director, or a consultant… But my goal is to encourage a life-long affinity for the Miss America program. I’ve had people tell me that they ‘came back’ to the program after walking away for a time, simply because of our positive coverage. That’s humbling and gratifying to say the least! Personally, I love the potential for positive impact… and we can impact a lot of people by providing great coverage, meeting our fans face to face, and even begin judging if given the opportunity.
8. How do you choose which state pageants you visit each year?
~ Because we consider it rude to impose, we wait for an invitation from a specific state before “inviting ourselves to the party”. In some cases, we visit states who have a strong “Junkie” following… But because there’s a multitude of states who host their pageant on the same weekend, it’s never easy to choose when and where we travel. Bottom line, the way crazy baseball fans say they want to see a game inside every baseball stadium they possibly can – that’s kinda what we think about visiting state pageants. It’s a tough job, but someones gotta do it! 🙂
9. “I love your blog/website/twitter feed, but you didn’t choose my girl on your list of “Who to Watch”…
~ Here’s the deal… We KNOW we’re not perfect… we get it wrong because we’re not clairvoyant and we’re not super-human. We also get it wrong because in most cases, we’ve never even met these girls – we’re merely looking at them “On Paper” (and some girls look great on paper, but have significant short-comings we never get to see). That’s why there’s a pageant… Not to determine who’s the best On Paper, but to see who’s the best On Stage. More than 9 times out of 10, we don’t get to see the stage performance and we miss out because of it. If we didn’t list your girl, and she finished in the Top 5, then Congratulations! I’m sorry we missed her! We’d love it if we were right 100% of the time, but even Junkies make mistakes… Please know, it’s nothing personal.
10. If you could relive your pageant experiences as a contestant, would you have done anything differently?
~ Sure… I would’ve understood that not winning my state title wasn’t the end of the world… that sometimes ‘losing’ is the best motivator for future accomplishments… That the skill-sets I gained from the Miss America system have allowed me to climb the corporate ladder, emcee audiences of over 5000 people, think critically about my own arguments and opinions, and become someone who makes a difference in my little corner of the world. I’d tell myself to pick my chin up; because everything I ever wanted to do, can still be done without the crown.
And there you have it! Our Top 10 MAJ ~ FAQs! Do you have a question that wasn’t listed here? Feel free to write in the comments section below or send us an email at MissAmericaJunkies@Gmail.com. 🙂
More Blogging to Come! Can you believe there’s less than 6 weeks until we crown a new MISS AMERICA??? As my son says… “H O L Y M O L E Y G U A C A M O L E!!!” 🙂