I Am Trying To Say Thank You

Dear Late Enough Readers,

I’m terrible at thanking people in public. I don’t know why. I’m just better at THINKING thank you. Or randomly emailing you five months later.

But I’m going to show you in front of everyone how much you mean to me. PDA, here we come!

Thank you so much for all your readership, comments, emails, tweets and Facebook messages.  You have no idea how much you’ve helped me to laugh, cry and feel less alone.

You’ll notice, if you aren’t on a mobile phone, that I now have ads to my right (your left? how about over there —>).

Last week, I joined the BlogHer ad network.  I’m very excited because they were the first blogging site that ever paid me to write anything, and, since then, I’ve found so many bloggers there who are supportive and kind.

I also chose an ad network over individual ads because, while I wanted to spend less time writing for free, I also wanted to spend less time pitching.  Now that I don’t have to find ads, I can focus on content here.

Plus, I figured that if you wanted to read my reviews on things, you would (and could) go to This Blogger Makes Fun of Stuff.

I am happy to have Late Enough continue to be about words and stories and stupidity.

But I realize that without your support, I would have never kept writing and not a single blogging or writing opportunity would’ve come my way.

So I want to offer you a concrete thank you.

I am giving away my BlogHer ’11 ticket.

I waited too long to make my decision to go, and my husband could not get the time off anymore.  I considered selling it, but I would rather give it to you.

The giveaway opens Sunday, May 22nd, 2011 (just in time to celebrate our non-raptured selves!).  It will end on June 6th, 2011. 

Click here for giveaway details and how to enter.

With love and thanks,
Alex of LateEnough.com

PS. I recognize that for my nonblogger readers, this isn’t the most exciting token of appreciation. I promise that my next gratitude giveaway will be more geared towards you!

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on LateEnough.com, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

26 thoughts on “I Am Trying To Say Thank You

  1. Dude! You don’t have to be a blogger to enjoy blogher. I mean, we all know it’s about the shoes and the parties anyway. The fact there is also a conference going on is just bonus. I mean, I’ve never gone, but even I know that.

  2. What an awesome giveaway, Alex! Too bad I can’t win – I’d have to fly for nearly a day just to get to the US!

  3. Congrats on joining the BlogHer network and getting paid (yeah!) to write. I always tell people that I blog because it feels like free therapy (which it does), but it’s also nice to get recognition through compensation. : )

    And you’re super generous for doing a Giveaway for your ticket…these things are hotter than a Bieber ticket from what i can tell!

  4. Good for you!

    That’s great news and I’m happy for you.

    [PS the nicest thing that anyone ever said to me was that when I say thank you, I sound like I mean it. Yay for saying thank you!]

  5. I’m sort of sad that you’re not going to be going. I really wanted to meet you…insert sad face.

    But good for you for giving it away (I already bought one- so don’t count me in)

  6. I’m just so sad that you won’t be able to go. If I lived closer, I wouldn’t compete for the ticket, I would look after your babes so you could make it!

  7. What a cool idea! Dude, I wish I could enter… but unless there’s a fellow blogger willing to catch my child when I give birth in one of the seminars, I think I better stick close to my hospital!

  8. That is super awesome! If I were allowed to travel I would enter. But alas…my husband keeps me in a cage.

    Not really, but it was a funny mental image.

    Good luck to those who enter!!!

  9. You…are giving away…your BlogHer ticket?!?!? I’m pretty sure you’re going to find 100 new BFFs with this announcement. 😉

  10. As much as I would love to go to BlogHer, I can’t, but I did want to say that I always appreciate your honesty – a perfect blend of humor and heart – and this post is no exception. I really appreciate the way you deal with the nitty-gritty of blogging and ads (turbulent waters I’m trying to navigate myself right now) all the while acknowledging that it’s the writing and the community that keep us going.

    Big hugs to you, my friend!

  11. As I am generally uncomfortable with people’s gratitude, I’ll just look at my feet and mumble “uhm, you’re welcome?”

    I’d love to go to the Blogher thingy. Because I’m a N00B and really need to learn more about how to put up a site where I can get paid for ads and stuff. I’m hoping that might pay for my school books.

    I’m hoping the the fact that I already follow you on Twitter and Facebook will count as my entry. Because I don’t know how to re-follow you. And I really don’t want to take the effort to figure it out.

  12. Awww, I feel all verklempt. And what a generous giveaway. I’d be all over that if I hadn’t already planned a girls’ weekend to Myrtle Beach that weekend. It’s the only thing keeping me from turning positively green with envy over the increasing BlogHer chatter.

    Congrats on joining the BlogHer network. I’m currently on the waiting list and enjoyed reading your thoughts on going with a network vs. individual ads since I’ve also gone back and forth on that same subject. Ultimately, I’m with you – I want my blog to be more about content and other writing opportunities than pitches and media kits.

  13. oh man do I love you.

    and damn, i think i just hugged you in my mind. that violates BOTH of our awkward bubbles.

    eh, fark it. you are awesome.

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