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In which i offer to be the keynote speaker at BlogHer

Dear BlogHer,

Or actually, Dear people who run BlogHer,

… or at least Dear people who read the emails and pleas that come into BlogHer,

I see that you’ve decided to throw a little party in San Diego on the weekend of August 5th.  It looks like lots of fun but there’s only one problem with this scenario.  My aunt is hosting a family reunion up in Maine during the EXACT SAME WEEKEND.  Now, last year when she discussed the reunion with me, I didn’t know that I would soon become a blogger of some note and, as such, that I would need to attend your event.  But, indeed, that has come to pass.  Alas, my parents (being deceased and all) have ceded over all family decisions to my aunt, who insists that I attend said reunion.  I really don’t blame her, as it would be no reunion without me: the absolutely, positively most fun person in the family.

So you see, people of the BlogHer Empire, I am simply not available to come to your convention…  Except I kinda want to come to the convention.  I have connected with tons of people online and I’m sure they’re all dying to meet me.  Luckily for you, I have come up with the PERFECT plan that will certainly require my attendance.  As I can’t miss my family reunion without one hell of an excuse, I have decided to offer myself to BlogHer as your “KEYNOTE SPEAKER.”

That’s right, close your jaw: your “KEYNOTE SPEAKER.”  Now, I can read your minds and see you’re thinking, “Why the hell would we want Lynn MacDonald (aka All Fooked Up) to be our Keynote Speaker?”  I’m here to tell you right now.

I’m sure in the past that you’ve gotten some famous blogger to come up there and go all yada, yada, yada on blogging and the blogging world and how to make an impact and, well, other assorted shit.  Sure, they’re famous, but I have one word to say in response to that: PREDICTABLE!  Yeah, you heard me: predictable.  EVERYBODY gets a famous person for their keynote address.  I’ve been to conventions and conferences before, I know the drill.  But shouldn’t you, the epitome of women’s blogging, be a trendsetter?  Shouldn’t you break out of that mould?  I think you should and here’s why:

1)     I’m free – not as in I have a lot of extra time (I do), but as in I won’t charge you for my words of wisdom.

2)     I have taken the liberty of writing all the groups you have listed down and feel that I can represent the entirety of women bloggers and I will address each individual group one by one:

Career –  Hell, I had a career, multiple times. Even though I was repeatedly fired I don’t think you should hold that against me.

 

Entertainment – I’m entertaining; I’m funny as hell, and if you mean the entertainment industry I singlehandedly support everything from smut websites to movies to video games. So yeah… got that covered.

 

Family  –  Shit, I got a family, kids and all.   Any questions?

 

Feminism – Sure, why not? Feminism is great!  I think women kick ass, and we certainly wouldn’t have all these damn wars going on if women were in charge.

 

Food – Have you seen a picture of me?  Hellz yeah I eat, don’t really cook much but you can’t have everything.  Hey, but I can bake!

 

Fun – Seriously, do I have to point this out to you?  SERIOUSLY?

 

Green – I recycled even before it was a big deal; I waste other resources like mad, but don’t be a hater.

 

Health – Hey, no one knows more about being unhealthy than me, so I’ll just use myself as an example of “what not to do.”

 

Home and garden – Got both: live in a swell house and have trees and shit all over the place although mostly on the outside.

 

Life – Are you kidding me?  I’m awesome!  Isn’t that apparent?

 

Love & Sex – Well, my kids don’t love me but my husband does, and just by the mere fact that I have three kids indicates that I’ve had sex… so there you are.

 

Money – I love money and strongly recommend having it.

 

News and politics – I read good!  Just kidding … I read well.  I know a senator personally…is that good enough?

 

Style – Well, you can’t have everything, now can you?

 

Tech – Hell yeah, I know all about tech. I used to be a computer programmer and at present own every device known to mankind.

 

So, yeah… I think I covered that I am representative of all aspects of women blogging so I feel pretty good about number 2.

3)     I’m funny so whatever I say will be entertaining and enthralling.  I’m even willing to play by your rules and speak to whatever subject you want me to.

4)     I can speak extemporaneously (if I could spell it that is).  I don’t even need to write my speech down.  Just give me a couple of  Coronas and a stool up there and I could ramble on for hours.

5)     I’ll be tan… I don’t know if this is a factor for you but I’m always pretty tan in the summer, so you don’t have to worry about me coming out there and getting sunburnt.

6)     I got spit on at SeaWorld once.  That’s right, you heard me.  I was picked out of the audience randomly and then when I raised my arms the damn whale soaked me with a mouthful of water.  What does that have to do with anything?  Well, obviously I’m that person in the crowd who’s special, that’s what.

7)     I’m a newbie, so I can speak to all the people about getting started

8)     But I’m old, so I’m representative of age groups that aren’t just women with little kids.

9)     I’m a mom…

10) I’m a daughter…

11) I’m a sister…

12) I’m a leader…

13) I’m a follower…

14) I’m full of shit…

So BlogHer, I could obviously go on for hours here and have this one plea go into multiple pages, but I think I’ll just wrap it up by saying, hey, I’m offering; it’s a helluva deal for you guys, so you should take me up on it.  All you have to do is email my aunt to get me out of my reunion, and I’m yours.

Yours truly,

Lynn MacDonald aka All Fooked Up

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44 Comments

  1. Very Bored in Catalunya
    January 11, 2011

    I’m sure the organisers of BlogHer will be on the phone as I type, begging you to speak. If not then come over to CyberMummy in the UK—it’s in June so maybe you won’t have a prior family engagement. Plus you’d get to meet me!

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      I’m totally available in June so there you are! I would crack up if I heard from BlogHer for anything other than “take our logo down”…and yet, I’m waiting by the phone…

  2. Abby
    January 11, 2011

    You will never catch me standing up to speak. Ever. I’ll throw up more than I did on my 21st.

    …actually on my 21st I had bronchitis and strep. So… bad example. But I could totally see you getting up there and entertaining people. I’ll bring the Corona.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Actually, I get nervous too! But, that’s what the beer is for.

  3. Heather
    January 11, 2011

    Nothing worse than a predictable blogging conference, that’s what i always say.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Hahaha…Heather, thanks for commenting. I figured it was a good idea, for me at least.

  4. Elisa Camahort Page
    January 11, 2011

    Well, Lynn, let me ask you this: If I emailed your aunt and said we NEEDED you to come keynote, would she ever know the difference if you didn’t?

    What are the chances she’s going to show up at BlogHer the weekend of her big family reunion anyway?

    :)

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Hahaha…good point. But I never lie so it would need to be true. Plus, I’m pretty psyched now at the thought of being the key ote speaker. I’ve never done that before!

      • Elisa Camahort Page
        January 11, 2011

        Well, then I would suggest submitting to our Voices of the year Community Keynote when we open up for submission in a couple of months. That’s the closing keynote on the first night and consists of blog readings by 15 community members. One of the categories is even Humor, so it should be right up your alley :)

        • Lynn
          January 11, 2011

          I talked to my aunt and she said if I got an excuse, I could go..so there you are! The balls in your court!

  5. Pixi
    January 11, 2011

    Omg, that was hilarious!! And so nicely done!!
    Hahaha. HOW could they refuse that? In all seriousness. lol.
    I think that’s an epic post.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Yeah…I love writing letters…haven’t yet heard from them yet…but it’s still early

  6. julie
    January 11, 2011

    Even before I heard you were spat upon by a whale at SeaWorld, I knew I loved you (I have also been the recipient spit from Shamu, so clearly we areTHAT special).

    I would sign up to attend BlogHer in a heartbeat if you were the keynote speaker.

    Too bad the organizers don’t give a rat’s ass if I were there or not, but I’ve got your back.

    LOVED every word of this. Carry on.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      hahaha… i was spit on by Cando (i think she was the female one…a really long time ago) but it would be funny huh? I’m sure that the organizer’s give a rats ass if you were there… i mean HELLO? they don’t just want a bunch of boring people…they totally need the women who were spit on. Of course, i thought i was the ONLY person ever spit on at SeaWorld…boy was i surprised when it happened but my husband cracked up. Or was he my fiancee at the time? i can’t remember. Thanks for commenting!!!!

  7. Duffylou
    January 11, 2011

    I knew I would love your blog. Great bullet points. I especially love, “I’m full of shit”.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Thank you…yeah, I have no problem admitting I’m full of shit…it’s one of my most favorite traits! Welcome aboard All Fooked Up!

  8. Karla Telega
    January 11, 2011

    I’d go if you were the keynote speaker. I’d even bring the Coronas. Do you want lime?

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Of course I need a lime! You can’t have Corona without a lime…sheesh! Well, that’s already two more people who would go If i spoke…plus me is three…I’m a huge draw!

  9. Stephanie C
    January 11, 2011

    Okay, I love that you are full of shit… but I actually lol’ed at “I recycled even before it was a big deal; I waste other resources like mad, but don’t be a hater.”

    Brilliant.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Thank you…but it’s true…it’s one of the very few ways that i’m an excellent person. That, and i pick up my popcorn container after the movie is over. I like the name of your blog by the way. I’m trying to recruit people to go with me to BlogHer so that they’ll see i’m an incredible asset. So far, i’m up to two…not including me.

      • Stephanie C
        January 12, 2011

        I know my blog will never amount to much, so I have no plans to learn any more about the blogosphere (I HATE that term, but I use it all the time – see how out of touch I am??).

        I hope you DO go, and bust some guts one way or the other!

        • Lynn
          January 12, 2011

          Hahaha…I’m not sure what this blog will amount to either but I’m sure having fun right now…and I supper thats all that matters.

  10. Theresa Sonoda
    January 11, 2011

    OH MY GOD, where do I go to cast my Vote? (be nice Lynn). I’m all about having you for the Keynote. That would be the funnest convention ever. I am going, by the way, so I would very much like some decent entertainment.
    So IF you can’t Keynote speak, maybe a table top next door at Chili’s?? We could all meet (and by WE I mean……hell I don’t know) there and have some babybacks and margaritas, while YOU fill us full of your wisdom, wit and bullshit.
    I’m up for either venue.
    Soooooooooooooo Funny!
    Terri

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      I think we are going to need a write in campaign to BlogHer…what do you say? I had great fun writing the letter. Even my kids laughed…and that’s no small task!

  11. Sharon
    January 11, 2011

    Well, you are pretty darn convincing! I think you have covered all the bases.

    • Lynn
      January 11, 2011

      Thank you…I think so too!!

  12. Michelle
    January 11, 2011

    You are totally key note speaker material. You got my vote!

    • Lynn
      January 12, 2011

      Well, thank you. Now we just have to convince the BlogHer people of that!

  13. Carolyn (temysmom)
    January 13, 2011

    You’ve got my vote. If anybody wanted to give me a vote.

    • Lynn
      January 13, 2011

      hahaha…i think i’m up to 5 votes…practically a done deal at this point!

  14. Emma Jayne
    January 15, 2011

    What I want to know (because after reading this it is a surety that you are in, baby) is…
    How will you be introduced?

    Full of Shit But Really Tan Non-Cooking Fun Mom with Gadgets?

    • Lynn
      January 15, 2011

      Well…how bout you introduce me! Seems it’s harder to get the gig than I thought though. No invite yet!

  15. Amy O
    January 17, 2011

    If you end up going, seriously, I’m driving down from LA.

    • Lynn
      January 17, 2011

      Hahaha…well, I’m massively campaigning for the job…so we shall see!

  16. Alexandra
    January 18, 2011

    Well, you covered all the bases, and you have me convinced.

    Good luck, you stand as good a chance as any, right? Gotta play to win.

    • Lynn
      January 18, 2011

      HAHAHA…i totally agree with you. Nothing ventured nothing gained is what i like to say. Of course, my husband pointed out that i’d have a heart attack if i had to stand up there for 45 minutes but i’m willing to roll the dice and see. Thanks for dropping by!

  17. Jack @ TheJackB
    May 30, 2011

    I think that Lynn should write the speech but that I should read it. That should create all sorts of good drama- a man giving the keynote speech that was written by a woman during BlogHer.

    I have a relatively deep voice, but would be happy to speak in a falsetto, if needed. Or if you really want drama let me write the speech and talk about what women need. Of course if you do that please provide me with a secret exit so that I can exit the area safely and with all body parts intact.
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    • Lynn
      May 30, 2011

      That’s a great idea…i would love to know what women need as I’m not even sure about what I need…hahaha..

      having a hard time working out the whole “key note” thing thus far

      thanks for the suggestion

  18. Jack @ TheJackB
    May 31, 2011

    Whatever it is you need might change ten minutes after you say that you need it. ;) Maybe what you needed was some obnoxious man to start leaving ridiculous comments on posts that are 6 months old. ;)
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    • Lynn
      May 31, 2011

      hahaha…i always need “ridiculous” in my life … ALWAYS

  19. Vanita
    May 31, 2011

    well hell, if you’re ever speaking anywhere in NYC, I’ll definitely come by.
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    • Lynn
      May 31, 2011

      well, is that where you live? sadly, i have to submit for voices of the year…just like everyone else :{

  20. Vegemitevix
    June 18, 2011

    I cannot see why BlogHer wouldn’t have texted you already mate, jeez with a proposal like you’re in with a grin. When you do go can you like take me as your plus one or something. Not only can I talk, in English, but I can read and write too. Cool eh.

    • Lynn
      June 18, 2011

      I know right? And I’ve been working on my tan too!!! What more do they want?

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