This is the scratch pad. And frankly, using it kind of hurts, but I can’t help it.

Everyone needs a place to doodle. At least that’s my current working hypothesis. Or possibly, I just need way more warming up and practice before I ACTUALLY do something like write a book.

And since we’re on the topic, here is a totally mind-blowing doodle. This was created by Anthony Weeks DURING a talk that was given by Vikki Reich and Deborah Goldstein at the SalonLGBTQ conference – an event that I can’t stop talking about. Let me say that again just in case you missed it the first time: This was drawn WHILE they talked.

Anthony Weeks

I took exactly two notes and a crappy photograph of this incredible poster, by comparison. But if you can see near the top of the poster, Vikki and Deb were talking about why they blog. This is a great question. This is a question that I ask myself, often. Because it’s sometimes very painful, like biting my nails, which I also do. And it sometimes causes my hands to bleed.

And the more I blog, the more I realize that I’m probably the person getting the absolute most out of this. I know that for a fact, actually, because the stats tell me that I’m my biggest fan. Confession: I sometimes read my own posts 4 or 5 times. Why? Because I can’t remember what happened. And I re-read them to re-experience my life, because I find some posts quite funny and some quite sad. And after I forget about them, they’re funny and sad all over again. It’s kind of like 50 First Dates with myself. And I also do it for all of the same reasons that Deb and Vikki listed.

And really, I do it because I can’t help it. It makes me feel better. Like Deb said: “I need to do this.”  I’ve spent parts of my life “being a writer.” And parts of my life “not being a writer.” And I think that some of the point of this whole pointless life is to write stuff down and try to make sense of it. Or possibly to make nonsense out it, which I also do. And to laugh at it. And cry at it. But it’s also a special sort of hell. A bleeding one. Because good writing for me is like biting my nails. It involves my hands. It’s painful. And it’s only really good when you’re bleeding.

A special thank you to these ladies, who made it happen. Here is the dream team, the organizers, the get-er-done group that organized and executed on the conference. Thank you to Deb Rox (@debontherox), Polly Pagenhart (@lesbiandad), Susan Goldberg (@mamanongrata), Deborah Goldstein (@psandcs), and Vikki Reich (@uppoppedafox).

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An open letter to my new friends at Salon LGBTQ

First, I am thrilled to have a reason to write an open letter. All the cool kids are doing it. Please feel free to flame me, because I’m sure that we could both use the publicity.

Second, I have free gifts. The first, obvious one, is the opportunity to meet me in person, even though I’m nobody, and I’ll just be tweeting lame stuff from the audience. But I plan to redeem myself with free t-shirts, buttons, business cards and a special gift for Deb Rox. I don’t even know her, but that is what the internet is for — to be creepy with people that you’ve never met.

And for those of you who are staying home (what?!), a little explanation: I’m going to the first ever social media conference for gay people on Friday and Saturday. I think they are letting some straight people in, but not too many, because it’s really cool now to be gay and we want to keep it to ourselves. It’s exclusive. And by that I mean sophisticated. Which is why I’ll be wearing this new shirt on the red carpet.

black shirt

I’ll look like this, only I won’t be standing in my bathroom (ideally).

And as I’ve said before, I think this is the second gayest thing I have ever done. The first is getting into a long-term, committed relationship with a woman and having two kids. But that’s old news.

What am I doing going to a social media conference? Well, I’m here so you can meet me. Or so I can meet you and tell people about it to improve my social cache. And I write this blog. And I’m on Twitter. And I’m writing a book about having babies (gaybies!), because it seems like we’re all still confused about that. I am. And also because for a very long time, I didn’t think I needed to say anything about homophobia. But it turns out that I do. So I am. But I don’t have room for everything I have to say about it right here in this post. So I plan to take up one whole book talking about it. I hope you’ll read it some day. But until then, I’ll be on this blog trying to redefine the word “family” for the American people. That’s all.

I hope you’ll stay in touch. Because this is an open letter after all. We can be pen pals, but on social media, because that’s what all the cool kids are doing. Now excuse me while I go and ride my giant ball attached to a chain and lick a hammer. Or tear up a picture of the Pope. Or possibly all three.

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The second gayest thing I have ever done

Next month, I’m going to the first GayLesbianBisexualTransgenderQueerSocialMedia conference ever. At first, I thought it was the gayest thing that I have ever done. And then my lovely partner of 14 years pointed out that having her for my lovely partner of 14 years is probably the gayest thing that I have ever done. Excellent point! You can see why I picked her. She is very smart.

Anyway. I’ll be there, at the conference. I’m excited! Because I have a new business card to give to everyone. And it has my new title on it! I got promoted. Here it is:

bizcard

Did you see that? Yes. My phone number is missing. If you want it, and I know you do, you’ll have to come to the conference. It’s like a scratch off game. And the prize will be texts like this:

textmessage

You can teach me how to dress myself. Because I need help.

So come! To the conference! It will be really gay, I promise.

And thanks a lot to all the people who helped to get me there, including The Other Sarah (Steiner), who mostly does everything and stops me from making more of a fool of myself, Kris Scott, who made the original logo for this site and the card, The Other Other Sarah (Wyble) who is just generally awesome and is working on a viral super storm for this site. And my family, of course, who tolerates all of this public embarrassment.

This isn’t the Grammys (yet), so I’ll stop myself there, no need to cue the exit music. But it is the FIRST GAYEST SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE EVER, so cue some other exciting music instead!  I look forward to giving you my digits.

PLEASE NOTE: If you can’t go, soothe yourself with the knowledge that though you will miss out on special fashion-related texts from me, you can still always find me on our 7LM facebook page, sharing equally special moments like this one:

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