First off, I want to thank everyone who voted for me in the 2008 Bloggies. I *sincerely* appreciate all the support over the past few months and it definitely has been a fun ride. Sure, I am disappointed I didn’t win… but also probably relieved to have it over so I don’t have. to. talk. about it anymore.
I really enjoyed Dooce and MightyGirl’s (you know, my new BFFs) panel yesterday, where they talked about content boundaries and what they have learned in their own very successful forays into online communications. One thing that they said really hit home for me: “You get what you give on the Net.” I dig that.
And in turn, I feel like, while sometimes I definitely snark and whine, ultimately I am really interested in what you guys are up to and (mostly, ha!) respect your opinions even when they differ from my own, which is why we’ve never had a massive flame-fest, even with the most sensitive of subjects. Really, smooches to you all.
NOW. Here’s the thing. If you ever, ever, EVER get a chance to see Frank Warren from PostSecret speak live, run (don’t walk) and attach yourself to his leg. Because that man is truly, truly awesome. He did a keynote at SXSWi today and I was blown away (and not just by the semi-awkward marriage proposal). He was inspirational, he was funny, he was insightful, he was real. I laughed, I cried – blah blah, the whole enchilada.
My favorite quote: “Children most broken by the world are most likely to change it.”
When he said that, my heart twisted, like he had thrown a poison dart through the air to the back of the room and right into my chest.
And right after that, he talked about how everyone reacts to the secrets in different ways, at different times, and that’s what is so amazing about them.
Clearly true for me. Since most of my childhood was broken by my father and that is the secret I always carry around with me.
Don’t worry, I am not going to describe it in detail, but I know if I sat down to create a postcard for that mailbox in Germantown, my father would take center stage.
So, what’s your secret?
It’s OK if you want to keep your secret tucked away next to your heart, maybe you can send it to Frank Warren. I promise he will handle it with care.