I met The Bloggess

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Jenny and me! As she autographed her new book – Powell’s 11/14/2015

I found The Bloggess shortly after I started blogging in 2009. I was looking around this online world to see if it was a venue for me that would benefit my writing. I wanted to see what established bloggers posted.

Jenny Lawson as The Bloggess was wild, ribald, and ridiculous. I was hooked on her voice and in awe of her persona. Her topics are cringe worthy reading that produce guffaws more than snickers, and dozens to hundreds of comments by her followers were almost as good as the posts. I seldom made a comment as I couldn’t add to or improve on anything already in the threads.

Two years ago I featured her and her memoir in the Author Marketing 101 article on nonfiction personas.  Last year I featured Let’s Pretend This Never Happened on my blog.  In April this year, I shared her Bravery by any other name  post on Facebook.

So it was a really big deal for me to spend hours at the Powell’s Jenny Lawson event last night, it’s been on my calendar for months. I would be there no matter what life tossed in my way. And it was Great! A true Fan Girl experience.  And I have the picture to prove it!

However, as much as I admire Jenny as an author and businesswoman, it was meeting her fans that made the biggest impact on me. The event was standing-room-only and the floor roped off, as at the capacity limit, for hours. Jenny’s fans are real people with personal, emotional, and physical challenges who suffer with depression, disorders, phobias and manias. Now they have an example of how to step out of the shadows and help themselves and each other. Through Jenny’s authenticity and humor they have a voice, an advocate who tells it like it is! Jenny’s fans are also the counselors, friends and family who are helping dissolve the mental illness stigma.

There’s a wonderful speech on You Tube as Jenny accepts the “2014 NoStigmas Hero Award” (via skype) on behalf of everyone who shares the battle to be “Furiously Happy” in spite of horrible things.

About Terri Patrick
Writer of Romance and Memoir. Life is an adventure, take that journey.

4 Responses to I met The Bloggess

  1. Rose L. says:

    Wow! Sounds like she has quite the followers. Makes me think of Murr Brewster, who is a very popular blogger and also has a few books. Sounds like she is an inspiration!

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  2. She is awesome! I didn’t know about the award, so I checked it out, thanks for sharing that and also the link to her blog about Bravery. I wasn’t following her yet so it was new to me. It’s pretty cool to meet (even if only online) other “fan girls”. We really are a neat bunch.

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  3. Trish says:

    Sounds like fun! And great picture! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. The important thing to remember about this event is that I had lunch with my sister, Sherri, earlier, and her husband had quadruple by-pass surgery the day before. She planned to be with me to meet The Bloggess but instead was content to hang around a hospital while the staff helped her husband shower and shave.

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