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Much to my chagrin – one ambitious blogger’s embarrassing tale

standard April 27, 2009 13 responses

For the last few weeks I’ve been straining to think of one decent embarrassing story I could share with you. Something better than the day a friend sent a Valentine’s rose to my high school crush in my name. Or something better than the day I headed into the parent’s bedroom to collect the toddler I was babysitting only to walk in on his very naked mom who was clutching said child to her chest to keep me from seeing her in all her glory.

Then, because life sometimes has a way of delivering the ideal blog fodder at the most opportune time, this week I handed myself a doozy of an embarrassing tale. Lucky you, I have finally drunk enough wine to be able to share it with you.

It all started with a coffee meeting with a friend during which I mentioned my brilliant post about Flip hacks. He suggested I email it to David Pogue, brilliant columnist at the New York Times and avid fan of the Flip. I got all cocky about my post and I sent it post haste to Pogue, high with the thought of maybe being mentioned in a column and getting a nice burst of blog traffic.


In fact, hold on, that might require a double HA!


Don’t get me wrong. David Pogue wrote back. He even read my post because he’s a stand up guy like that. This is what he wrote:

Great post!

(Just by the way… there is no apostrophe needed in “its” unless you mean “it is” or “it was”… 🙂


I died. Then I rushed to fix the grammatical error I should have spotted before I hit post. Then I died some more. Because the one thing frankly way worse than being ignored by the famous reporters you probably shouldn’t even be pestering with your cutesy blog posts is being noticed by them for the heinous grammatical errors you should definitely not be making at all.

This week the Silicon Valley Moms Blog book-club is exploring the mortifying pages of Much to Your Chagrin, Suzanne Guillette’s fabulous memoir of a girl very much like you and me who just does her best to overcome the terribly embarrassing stuff that takes place in her every day life.

Thanks to Suzanne I know I can not only recover from my most recent bout of mortification, but that I might even be able to find a way to turn it to my advantage. Who knows, maybe David Pogue was so impressed with my stammered apology (you can too stammer in an email!) that he’s now subscribed to my blog and is just waiting for another brilliant post to link to in his column. Hey! A girl can dream, can’t she?

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  • I can think of a few phrases to describe someone who corrects another’s grammar. It’s a little tacky to say the least. Though that is coming from someone who floats typos here and there all the time. I loved that post on the Flip hacks. Any advice on how to get my 18 month old to stop attacking me when I’m trying to get some clips? 😉

  • OMG

    I’d have died too because I do stuff like that all the time! And I agree, it was a little rude of him to rub your nose in it like that. I’m sure everything he writes is perfect and editors never make changes 😉

  • Oh, I make typos all the time, and I’m a teacher. My son, an English major, busts me on them. Oops!

    From spelling, to tripping (call me grace), to make-up and such, I have too many embarrassing moments to recall. The good thing is, everyone else is so focused on themselves, they don’t notice as much as we think they do. I wonder if my friend LeTroy remembers when I tripped while walkign down Chicago’s Mag Mile???

    My blog post for today is about beauty blunders. Let’s face it, we’re our harshest critics. But it gives us more than blog fodder, it all allows us to laugh at ourselves, in time…

  • Oh, no. I’m with the other responders–correcting someone’s grammar, especially in that context, is petty. Don’t let that get you down. I admire your ambition and applaud your pursuit of the things in life that really matter to you.

    Thanks so much for reading my book and sharing this experience!

  • i’m sure if you look deeper into his writings you can find typos also.

    and he is probably not sleep deprived and multi-tasking with kids hanging off of your leg while he types.

  • Hmmmm… I’m bristling for you along with everyone else. That was quite mean-spirited. Just because you don’t employ your own proof-reader… 🙂

  • I think I want to hear more about the naked babysitting adventure…

  • Sounds to me like that guy should be embarrassed for acting like a jerk.

    Thank god no one in publishing reads my posts… they wouldn’t make it past the first the paragraph or my overuse of the word ‘And.’

  • Eh! No one’s perfect! =)

    But, you did an awesome job sharing your embarrassing moment!

  • one time in my prior job before being a SAHM, i was a finance director for a publishing house. i wrote an email to a publisher’s assit. and she wrote me back and corrected my grammar. i was embarrassed but i also thought it was rude.

  • Blog posts like this serve to make readers like me love you all the more because you are human and accessible.

    Did I ever tell you about the time when I…? No, probably not, but now I feel like I could if we were having coffee and trading stories.

    I agree with “dp” — great post!

  • Heather wrote: “I can think of a few phrases to describe someone who corrects another’s grammar. It’s a little tacky to say the least”

    And Bonggamom wrote: “That was quite mean-spirited.”


    Because I actually think it’s KIND to point out a grammatical or spelling error in someone’s public work! (Point it out PRIVATELY, of course, with good humor and a dose of praise in the same email.)

    Wouldn’t you want to know if you had spinach in your teeth before you go on TV?

    Wouldn’t you want someone to tell you if your fly was open before you go on a hot date?

    In what ways would those be “tacky” and “mean-spirited?!”

    Sorry, ladies, we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. I thought the Flip Hacks post was great, and I said so. But I also thought it was courteous to point out a kind-of-bad grammo, gently and without judgment.


  • Well! That sure shut everyone up! 🙂
    I wish all the editors/agents/publishers would take the time to explain and help. Then I’d know WTH they want from me!!!

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