I bet you’re wondering what I’ve been up to, lately, amiright?
You may recall I did an Ignite talk in April called The Sanity Hacks of a Stay at Home Mom. I love public speaking, and aside from a breakdown or two in the preparatory stage, I had a total blast doing it.
Who knew that six months later I’d have a new blog in the Cheezburger Empire?
Yeah, the back story is definitely needed at this point. I agree.
So after I did my talk I sashayed up to the bar (because that’s what you do after you deliver a KILLER Ignite talk – you sashay.)
I’m standing there with my gin & tonic and a friend named Beth when a vaguely familiar face appears next to me, and this vaguely familiar face is attached to a fail blog tshirt (not this one exactly, but you get the idea).
I HEART the fail blog, and at this point I realize I’m talking to the creator of the fail blog. And at this same time I also realize I used a photo in my talk from the fail blog which I did not attribute, and I’m all, crap.
Thanks for the photo, I say, pointing my drink at him.
Yeah, he said. I wouldn’t have minded seeing the fail blog watermark on it, he says.
*jen laughs nervously*
*jen points drink at him again as if to say, good one!*
The awkward moment ends, and Mr. Fail Blog Creator starts talking to me about Mommy Blogs. On the outside I’m nodding and making eye contact and moving my mouth in such a way as to form words. But the fan girl on the inside is like, OMG THE FAIL BLOG GUY IS TALKING TO ME!
Two weeks after that night I happen to catch this tweet from Ben Huh, Mr. Fail Blog Creator:
Since I’m a compulsive twitter refresher, I saw this right after it was posted and casually responded that I’d be interested in hearing about his project. But on the inside I was all, OMG THE FAIL BLOG GUY IS TWITTERING ME.
We exchanged a couple DM’s. We had a phone meeting while I lunched in the park with my kids. I sent him some writing samples.
After a few rounds of writing samples his ideas were clarified, but I wasn’t sure it was the project for me. I was faced with the question many creatives face at some point: Do I take on a project for opportunity over love? Or do I hold out for twoo wuv?
In the end I held out for true love, and gracefully bowed out of the opportunity. Please keep me in mind for future projects, I wrote. I’d love the opportunity to work with you.
More than two months later I see this in my twitter stream:
We exchanged a couple DM’s. We had a phone meeting while I lounged at the beach with my kids. I sent him some writing samples.
This time the project was a great fit for me – WIN! And we launched the new site last week: Babysaur – So Cute, It’s Scary!
Did I mention all this happened via email and twitter? And that the only face to face conversation I had with Ben Huh was that first night at the bar? These are crazy times with these Interwebs, I tell ya.
So in a nutshell, that’s what I’m up to.