the smell of my desperation has become a stench

From the deepest part of my heart where all the burps come from

Untitled (I told my therapist about you)

Untitled (I told my therapist about you) by Mike Monteiro from 20×200, hanging on the wall in our meeting area.

Yesterday marked the end of our partnership with Verizon, and I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank them for taking what some would consider to be a huge risk in working with us on our office remodel (poo! boobs!). They didn’t require this thank you and have no idea that I’m doing it, but it’s sponsorships like this that make our business possible: the hosting for the main website, the hosting for the community, video servers and bandwidth, and the freelance programmers who have stepped in and helped develop some of the features of the entire thing.

I know some readers are wary of advertising and specifically sponsorships in general, and I can understand those concerns. Because of the support you guys have given me over the years I always have your interests in mind when we start making decisions and negotiating deals like this, and our ad partners are very aware of this. I can’t tell you how many emails from them begin with, “I know Heather isn’t going to say yes to this, but we just wanted to let you know it was out there.”

As stressful and chaotic as the design of the office was, we really had a blast doing it. And we learned a lot about video in the process. We’re hoping to do a lot more video in the future on various topics, one in particular that my mother has already said yes to.

Thank you again for all your support, and I hope I’ve proven to some of the doubters that it’s still me in here: flat chest, pointy chin and lover of fart jokes. I know that we are lucky to work and live like this and that you are the reason.

Much love from our little corner in the desert,
Heather and Jon and Leta and Marlo and Chuck and Coco and Tyrant

(notice Tyrant comes AFTER Coco)

Heather B. Armstrong

Hi. I’m Heather B. Armstrong, and this used to be called mommy blogging. But then they started calling it Influencer Marketing: hashtag ad, hashtag sponsored, hashtag you know you want me to slap your product on my kid and exploit her for millions and millions of dollars. That’s how this shit works. Now? Well… sit back, buckle up, and enjoy the ride.

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