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Friday, June 20, 2008

On Writing, Part 2





Now. Now I tell you what the hell all the writing has been about.

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about a certain website that shan't be named again because said website acted, possibly, like an ass-hat.

Somebody really liked that post. And other posts. And tweets.

And so it came to pass on one sunny afternoon as I was sitting at home during one of Erin's naps, that City Mama contacted me to ask if I'd like to join a ton of other bloggers in writing about our cities and navigating these burghs with pre-schoolers.

For money. For non-Monopoly money.

I immediately said "woohoo!" and then I read the list of other bloggers who would be writing and I said "woohoo!!" and then she told me how much I would be making and I said "oh. well, money isn't everything." And then she told me that I was going to be the City Editor for Being Savvy Silicon Valley, just one of the many awesome Savvy Source pre-schooler blogs, and I said "resume-woohoo!!!" I should be up and live at some point today, but I couldn't hold in the announcement any longer, so just go ahead and save the link for later perusal if it's not active yet.

I would get to write about local dadventures, and dadventures-to-be. I would get to help parents of pre-schoolers in the Silicon Valley make the area their own.

I was thrilled. And, just like the Oscars, or the invite to the cool high school party, it was an honour just to be nominated. Because, as I've said before, I'm not a writer.

I'm a City Editor. :}

So, please welcome me to the weird world of professional blogging over at Being Savvy Silicon Valley. And while you're at it, go ahead and click over to some of the other city blogs. Learn about your own town from the likes of

Kim Mordecai (Sacramento)

Jonathan Morgan (Austin)

Caitlin Giles (Chicago)

Mike Adamick (San Francisco)

Christina Mack (Columbus)

Leticia (DC Metro)

Rachel Mosteller (Houston)

Casey (Indianapolis)

Colleen (San Antonio)

Aimee (Denver)

Rita Arens (Kansas City)

Jenny Ciampa (San Diego)

Bethany Dunn (Seattle)

Kelly Leahy (New Orleans)

Amy Kuras (Detroit)

Nicole Teed (Charleston)

Meredith Pelham (Nashville)

Julie Woo Yang (Honolulu)

Amy Davis (Atlanta)

Becky (Tampa)

Heather Gibbs Flett (Berkeley/East Bay)

Whitney Moss (Berkeley/East Bay)

Kim Prince (San Fernando Valley)

Amelia Sprout (Minneapolis/St. Paul)

Jill Notkin (Boston)

Nina Moon (Los Angeles)

Gwendolyn Floyd (Vancouver)

Katie (Toronto)

Also, if you'd like to show your support for Backpacking Dad and his pre-schooling Silicon Valley blog I have blog buttons that you can have. If you would like a button for any of the other blogs I can arrange that too (although you can always, of course, ask them :} ).

So go check out my Savvy-blogger friends and Have a Savvy Day.

Say "Savvy" again.



The Hen said...

This rocks! Thanks Shawn. Happy playing with your little ones.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! I'm so happy for you! (and a wee bit jealous) What a good break for you! :)

KTP said...

Thanks for the shout out BD. My hands hurt from all the typing. Don't yours?

Anonymous said...

Congratulations on taking on the "Savvy" set ;o)

Loralee Choate said...

That is so freaking cool.

Dude. I wish Utah were a cool enough place to ever make those lists, dammit.

Katie said...

Mmmmmm Savvy-ness. Totally cool dude.

Badass Geek said...

Damnit. And I was just getting ready to call you a bum.

Nah, not really.

Congrats, man. Congrats.

Christina said...

Thanks for the mention, Shawn, and welcome on board with the rest of the Savvy crew!

creative-type dad said...

Wow, that's cool!

MadWoman said...

Good show! Congratulations, I'm very impressed albeit a little disappointed to see Victoria less than represented. I gather we're not a big enough city.

Nonetheless, I shall enjoy reading about the other cities.

Nice job!

Tech Savvy Mama said...

Thanks for the shout-out and I look forward to your Being Savvy posts on my home town! :)

gorillabuns said...


The only exciting thing to do in Oklahoma is sit inside your dark house with the air conditioning blowing full blast.

Stefania/CityMama said...

You are made of awesome. That is all.

Headless Mom said...

Congrats!! That is WAY awesome!

And to think I know you when...kinda!

I hear you're going to BlogHer? Can't wait to have a drink with you!

Backpacking Dad said...

then hen: yer welcome

danielle-lee: I can see you are tinged a bit green in that picture.

ktp: my hands are inoperable clubs hanging from the ends of my arms.

liz: thank you very much

loralee: Utah is cool, and completely full of preschoolers. Soon....soon....

katie: No, you are.

badass geek: Oh, I'm still a bum. Now someone is going to give me money to be a bum. It'll be like being an actual, window-cleaning, pan-handling bum instead of a crazy, muttering-to-self bum

Christina: thanks! Glad to be aboard. (Head back down, writing about Ikea)....

creative-type dad: So far :}

madwoman: I'll have a word with Gwendolyn to make sure she doesn't forget about you with your Empress for Tea and your organic farms.

tech savvy mama: I hate knowing there are real people out there from here, who will read this stuff. Bar raised. Pressure on.

gorilla buns: I wish I were sitting in a dark room with the a/c on full blast. It's hot here.

city mama: I am also made of green cheese. And puppy dog tails. And the souls of dead baby seals.

headless mom: shhhhh. I haven't told everyone yet. :}

for a different kind of girl said...

This is very awesome. And cool. In fact, it's very cool.

It also beats the years I worked as an editor (just a plain old editor) and toiled at city council meetings and budget hearings. Those weren't savvy. They were just sucky.

Neil said...

That's cool. And I hope since you are the Silicon Valley Valley editor, you will show us all the new high tech stuff for the kids!

Amelia Sprout said...

Thanks! Reading everyone else has just made me want to go visit all of these cool places (after I write more about the one where I live)

Backpacking Dad said...

FADKOG: stop trying to make me jealous with your rock n' roll past.

Neil: I get about as high-tech as playing the Gameboy Advance version of SuperMarioWorld while I sit on the toilet.

Amelia: I know precisely what you mean.

Kristen said...

That's awesome...good for you. Hey, I noticed my stanky, uh, I mean savvy little city isn't on the list. I can't imagine why.

Looking forward to checking it out!

Redneck Mommy said...

YAY! Look at you go.

Now if only someone would want to hire me. I keep trying to get a job but no one's biting. It would be interesting to have my own damn pennies to spend.


Oh well. You go be the big famous blogger earning cash, and I'll just keep talking about my boobs and spending my honey's cash.


Aimee Greeblemonkey said...

Dude, I am impressed with your fortitude in gathering that huge list together. Thanks for the shout out and welcome to the show.

Heather said...

How fabulous!

Becky said...

Hey! Thanks for the link ... great to be working with you!

Mom o'Bean said...

Congrats!! Good things DO happen to good people.

FearandParentinginLasVegas said...

Congrats. If they ever need someone to cover the Vegas beat, I'm your girl! Don't forget the little people!

KJTD said...

What? No Maricopa blog? Oh, I forgot. There is nothing here.

mumma boo said...

Congrats! Don't spend all that moolah in one place. Oh, and "Savvy". :p

Jozet at Halushki said...

This looks fab!

Maybe someday, thrilling *cough cough* downtown Harrisburg will be included.

Maybe not.

moosh in indy. said...

And that's why the laydees love you.

SciFi Dad said...

Congrats Shawn.

Yo said...

you are like, totally fancy now, man.

thanks for the SD link.

Sitting said...

glad to be in your company! thanks for the shout out.

now get back to work ;)

Backpacking Dad said...

kristen: someday, someday

redneck mommy: if I had one one hundreth of the readers you have I could put ads on my site and retire in comfort. Also, I've never been on CNN. Who's famous now? Huh? Huh?

aimee: You're welcome

heather: totally

becky: and you as well

mom o'bean: then why did this happen to me?

fearandparentinginlasvegas: I'm compiling a list to send to the editors now :}

kjtd: but there's an awesome family there and a huge air-conditioned room that I have daydreams about.

mumma boo: I'm going to save up for a few years so I can buy a Wii.

jozet at halushki: right now I wish I lived in Harrisburg.

moosh in indy: if they love me so much why don't they ever tell me?

scifi dad: thanks dude.

yo: I love me some SD. Lived there from 1997-2005. My glory days. :}

sitting: seriously. 5 ways to teach them local history? sheesh. I need an older town.

kittenpie said...

Savvy. I'm having visions of you as Captain Jack Sparrow saying that. Heh.

And - congratulations!