Actually, this is the story of how Gwyneth Paltrow un-paralyzed me.
She doesn’t know this story. We are not friends. I mean, no doubt she’s perfectly pleasant — although people sure love to hate her for allegedly being an out-of-touch wackadoo — but I, for one, am grateful for her accidental guidance toward a ridiculous epiphany.
At the writers conference last month, I met with one particular professional who wanted to know if I had a “platform.”
“Well,” I said, “I have a blog.” I knew this was a semi-right answer because the conference offered dozens of sessions about how it is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL to have an online presence.
“How many people read it?”
“Some, actually,” I replied. “Some people. I mean, it’s not crazy. But it’s definitely more than, you know, my parents.”
“Mm-hmm. And what’s it about?” Continue reading