Hello friends, how was your morning? Mine was unexpected. And not just because I woke up at 6 am (to my sister-in-law: if you are reading this hell has not frozen over, sometimes I can indeed wake up early like a grownup) but rather the reason why I was up with the roosters. I had the pleasure of chatting with Ryan Seacrest on his radio show this morning (get ready for the shoutout, kids… On Air With Ryan Seacrest, woot woot!) about the Ashely Madison hack. Yes. Really!
Donald Trump, China and Ashley Madison seem to be three of the biggest news stories right now and yesterday I wrote a blog post about searching for my ex among the hacked Ashley Madison users (you can read it here if you’d like and feel free to share, I won’t be mad!). I didn’t intend to surf this particular news wave, I just had a story – my story – that I wanted to share. While I expected my mom to like it and my friends to send me the obligatory “good blog post” text, I never expected the overwhelmingly positive feedback I received from so many people. I was blown away, truly. I thought that would be the extent of things yet while I was out running a really important errand yesterday afternoon (redeeming a Sephora gift card that I got for my birthday) I was shocked all over again when I was contacted by one of Ryan’s producers who asked if I would be willing to share my story live on the radio this morning.
My first reaction was to say no (more like “oh hellllll no, never, no way, this is too personal, etc. etc.” – you get the idea). But then the publicist in me came to life and I thought “this could be my first bit of press for The Witty Otter!” The producer said a plug would not be likely, though I could try (which, in the media world, pretty much means no). I quickly silenced my PR instincts, thought of my blog and had my answer. “Screw it,” I said. “If anything else, at least I will have tomorrow’s blog post!”
Like many things we build up in our minds it was quick and painless. Ryan and his co-host Ellen K. asked me if I did indeed search for my ex-husband among the hacked names (I did), if I found his name (I didn’t) and why I did it (please refer to yesterday’s blog post for all this and more!). I tried to slide in a mention of my blog (I haven’t put hundreds of clients through media training and not learned a thing or two) but it didn’t land. Yes, I would like my blog to get some attention but what I learned yesterday is that if I can resonate with even one reader, if I can give someone that “me too!” feeling when they read my posts than that is pretty cool in itself. And ultimately that is why I decided to do the radio show this morning. To helpfully let one more person know they are not alone.
So yes, having thousands of people flock to my blog today would be been ideal but it’s not everything. I got my story out there one more time and that is enough for me.
And hey… today’s blog practically wrote itself!