Thank you to everyone for all your kind words and positive feedback. It’s always meaningful when I get to hear people’s comments on my work (whatever it is) but hearing all your good wishes and compassion in response to this piece really means a lot to me. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community.
To any who happened to see that talk in DC, thanks for letting me know you didn’t notice I was a huge mess. I had one big thing going for me, and that was all the material I’d collected while writing my book, Content Strategy for Mobile, so I was able to quickly pull a talk together on a subject I cared a lot about. (Well, I had two big things going for me, and the other was the warm and supportive audience in DC. Thank you.)
Finally, to anyone who feels uneasy about the use of profanity in this piece, please know that it wasn’t done carelessly. Jason Scott’s comment at Webstock really resonated with me, and it was the organizing principle that made this piece come together. I don’t think the column would have worked if I didn’t share that anecdote. There are many things in life I will never do and one of them is censor Jason Scott. (Though it would have been amusing to see him read this piece with the quote neutered to “Give a fig, don’t give a hoot.”)
Thanks, again. I can’t really say that enough.