Per my last post, and your good advice in the comments, I'm going to take a summer vacation from Mom O Matic. I'll pony up to the keyboard in Sept. and see what happens then. Son is starting kindergarten this year and I want to enjoy every minute of this summer playing with him before I lose half of the time we hang together come fall. And let's face it, there are only so many things I can focus on at one time.
The Etsy store will carry on and I hope you will all still visit it. Really, visit it. Frankly, without the $30 a month I earn from Blogher ads my family's high falut'n lifestyle will need some supplementation.
So here's my loose ends post;
Final Thoughts Blogher08
Debbie snuck into the speaker reception to say hello on my first night. She was wearing this beautiful retro 50s dress and looked gorgeous. I was so excited to see her! And then...she spoke.
Debbie: Hello. I am quite pleased to see you again Lotta. If I may so, you look lovely this evening.
Me:What the hell? Debbie? You were supposed to have madcap ADHD adventures with me! (Gasp) Are you...are you properly medicated?
Debbie: I'm ever so confused as to what you speak of Lotta.
Thank God we were able to get Debbie properly served by the time we saw Jenny in the bathroom at The People's Party. So wonderful to hang out with Debbie and listen to her brilliant mind in person. And stare at her cheekbones with envy. Adore her.
Jenny, my awesome sweet friend, had a hell of a weekend. The neutral-as-I can-be gist is that Heather Armstrong of Dooce talked in the closing keynote about how she struggles with people writing unkind things about her online. And one of the examples she gave was something that Jenny had written on The Bloggess. Jenny was mortified that Heather misunderstood what was meant to be a humorous nod to her status as an icon, so she stood up to apologize. That's it.
The irony is that there are now people writing negative, speculative and nasty things about Jenny in response. This is absurd. You are attempting to show support to Heather, who was talking about how it hurts her to hear unkind comments, by saying unkind comments about Jenny? Lord but you all are slow on the pickup.
Jenny knows what I think and that she has my support and empathy and whatever else she needs. The rest is up to these two ladies to work out. Or not.
Moving on...I was so happy to see all of you that I enjoy reading and emailing. I hope you know who you are cause I am just too damn tired to link. And I hope you will email me if you end up in Chicago so I can prove that not all my friends are imaginary.
Commercialization Session at Blogher08:
Danielle - Thanks so much for being gracious about my broad generalization of PR firms and their bad form letters. Indeed, there are many firms that work hard to be thoughtful. Hopefully the rest will catch up.
Mommies - Do not be embarassed if you choose to support your family (or yourself) by making money with your blog. Do it in a way that you can live with and that's honest in your disclosure to your readers. Remember to value what you've created and don't be afraid to be appropriately compensated for sharing space on it.
And on that note....
Clip-on Baby Blanket sent me one of their super soft blankets to check out. I said I would because they make a really nice version that clips to a wheelchair. But even as a mommy, this would have saved a lot of people the view of my hinder when I picked the baby blanket off the floor. Good stuff.
And I'm sorry BlogHer ads but if I have to return this blanket you're going to have to come pry it from daughter's sticky hands yourself. I don't have the stamina to fight with her over pink minky fabric just now.
Thanks for listening. Let's keep our fingers crossed that I have more Ikea stories to tell come fall. Have a great summer.
Keep on keeping on.