Happy Sunday, Zoners! Well, we made it through the insane week that was Operation Iraqi Colbert! This sunday’s Brunch is French toast, lovingly made by my very cute husband. And I learned something today – frying an egg isn’t nearly as easy as my mother made it look. At 38, I would think that I would have mastered the skill of egg frying by now.
I’ve got lots to talk about today, so let’s group it by subject, shall we?
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU Colbert Completists!
I just want to send a sincere and heartfelt thanks to MsInterpreted, Jennie, Ann G, and all of the other Completists who helped this blog keep up with the onslaught of Operation Iraqi Stephen news. This week was terribly difficult for me since I started yet another job (One I hope to stay at for a while), and this blog would have been a totally different animal if it weren’t for these Completists putting their nose to the grindstone and keeping up with so many different news pieces that came out this week.
Give it up, people! WHOO!! GO COMPLETISTS!
I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, but it’s official – I’m speaking at WordCamp Dallas this year! The conference this year is at UT Dallas in Richardson and lasts from Saturday, June 27th to Sunday, June 28th. The entrance fee of $30 covers lunch for Saturday and Sunday, as well as a WordCamp T-shirt. There really isn’t a better bargain around for a blogger who wants to learn about blogging.
The schedule for WordCamp Dallas 2009 features the cream of the crop of both national blogging rock stars as well as some of the local power hitters in the WordPress community. My presentation is on building authority in your WordPress niche news blog. I’m really excited about hearing all of the other speakers, too. Lorelle VanFossen and Liz Strauss are back, and their presentations last year about community building and blogging changed this blog in many numerous ways. The founder of WordPress, Matt Mullenweg is also returning this year, as is the king of copyright issues with blogging, my friend Jonathan Bailey. Plus local bloggers like Tony Cecila, Cali Lewis and myself will be rounding out the presentation And the list of WordPress rock stars goes on and on.
I cannot express to you how valuable that WordCamp conferences are if you can make one. And if you’re in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, and are thinking about blogging or have an established blog, you need to be at this conference. You’ll learn everything from coding to content to community at this thing, presented by people from all over the country. Plus you’ll make contacts and meet new friends that can really help in your journey as a blogger. I’m so serious – go to this thing. Seriously.
Mark Malkoff is still in the air
This post would have been made yesterday, except I was busy making a mad dash to the airport to go visit my buddy who was in town for about 30 minutes or so:
Mark’s doing well – he’s getting a pretty bad case of cabin fever, but he’s still having fun, and the videos continue to get funnier and funnier from his adventure. And his beautiful bride, Christine, is just the sweetest person you could meet. She’s just tickled pink at the support that Mark has gotten from his friends that he’s met online. She was telling me about a moment where she was reading a taping report on this site, and she was amazed that meeting Mark was such a highlight for Colbert fans. And I said to her, “You have to understand, in our world, Mark is a celebrity.” And he really is. Mark is just the greatest guy, and I’m so glad that he’s having lots of fun on his new adventures.
Make sure you watch the Toilet Paper video – hysterical! And make sure to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, or whatever social networking site you tend to inhabit.
Zoner Question of the Day
Okay, let’s do a bit of a post mortem on the week’s shows:
What was your favorite moment of this week’s Going Commando shows?
My personal favorite was basic training, where he started dancing as they were singing and running. Hysterical! But there are so many fantastic moments to pick – which one was your favorite?
As always, this is an open topic thread. Feel free to talk about anything you’d like to share with the Zoner community.