My business plan

Otto and I were discussing work, and somehow the conversation worked around to the sorts of things I talk about when I go give guest lectures or speak on a panel or whatever. My darling daughter—who probably wonders why anyone would VOLUNTARILY subject themselves to me droning on and on—asked what people usually want from me when I’m asked to speak somewhere.

“Well,” I said, “it usually boils down to them wanting to know how to start a blog that people will actually want to read.”

“That’s EASY!” she said, throwing her hands in the air with the absurdity of it all. “You just tell them to get divorced, make their kids miserable, and go get on the Internet. Right?”

(I’m revamping all of my PowerPoint presentations now.)


  1. Holly

    I’m so glad you have this in your blog so that years from now you can look back and laugh and laugh and laugh. This actually might be one of those things that you can laugh about NOW, though.

  2. Mir

    We laughed about it pretty hard right when she said it. Then I told her to stop, because I NEED HER MISERABLE FOR MY CAREER.

  3. meghann

    SO *that’s* where I went wrong, I’m still married!

  4. sassymonkey

    So my problem is that I don’t have kids and I’m not getting divorced. It’s really not that I never blog. ;)

  5. Amelia

    Dang, I’ve done all those things! WHERE’S MY MONEY, ALREADY?! (Oh. Wait. I have to *post* things online?)

  6. Dawn

    That child has a way with words. She’ll go far.

  7. Megan

    So, which clip art collection do you use for that? I’m seeing a nice tasteful cartoon nuclear explosion, you know, for when you Destroyed Everything…

  8. Aimee

    Heh. Now THAT’S a presentation I’d stand in line to see!

  9. Scottsdale Girl

    HAHAHAH! funny! You also have to be Funny!

    Well played Chickadee, well played.

  10. Randi

    LMFAO – that’s hilarious!!! And why hasn’t she started a blog yet, hmmm? I’d read that!!

  11. Jamie

    Wow, she’s been paying attention, huh?! :)

  12. Katie in MA

    No wonder Otto hooked you up with those students who were trying to get you more blog traffic. The poor man must be scared for his life! :)

  13. Summer

    She forgot about the shoes. And the boobs.

  14. Liz@thisfullhouse

    Well, 2 out of 3 ain’t bad…right?

  15. Ironic Mom

    Hilarious! That makes my husband a liability. Now that it’s almost tax season, can I write him off?

  16. Flea

    I’m doing it all wrong. Damn.

  17. elz

    Soda all over the computer screen. Thanks Chickadee!

  18. Headless Mom

    Damn. That’s where I went wrong. No divorce. I do have the miserable children though, so at least I have that going for me.

  19. Shelley

    That is too funny! Thanks for the laugh Chickadee!

  20. dad

    I have a brilliant grand-daughter.

    Get her a an attache case. She is ready to be a consultant…Or maybe one of those people from Wausau who take such great pride in reducing everything to its pure, naked essence.

  21. Kate @ And Then I Was a Mom

    That right there? That’s the kind of bluntness we need more of in American politics. Sign that kid up for Campaigns 101, stat. We need her ready in a few years.

  22. Tracy

    It’s amazing how they figure things out so young. It’s taken me all my life and I have no clue.

  23. Heather

    Oh I can see the teen angst from here ;) Too funny.

  24. Molly

    I am laughing so hard. Now, when my kids do something funny, or when I pull out the camera, they ask, “Are you going to blog this?!”

  25. Karen

    ….rolling on the floor…..

  26. Sarah

    You couldn’t have saved this one for Love Thursday?

  27. Chuck

    I can see a future career for her in marketing.

  28. Nicki

    Ahhh, out of the mouth of babes. And I think we know the kids don’t HAVE to be miserable…that’s just a bonus.

  29. Brigitte

    I also wonder when she’s starting her own blog, she’ll be raking in the dough and supporting you and Otto in your dotage. Ha!

  30. Cindy

    Too funny!

  31. Debbi

    LOL!!! I can’t stop laughing, that was just wonderful!

  32. Nicole

    She needs to start a consulting company, that one.

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