A Screeching Voice of the Year!

by Marinka on July 19, 2010

I can hardly believe it, but I’m one of BlogHer Voices of the Year (or, of the Century, as I like to call it)  and will get to read my masterpiece in front of a kazillion people as part of the BlogHer Community Keynote in NYC this August.  I’ve been on the phone with Pfizer all day, ordering a custom-made Xanax wheel that that I can gnaw on throughout the day in preparation. I’m mildly concerned that my Xanax buddy will need its own ticket to the conference, but maybe I can just roll it in.

I’m not sure how I got selected, but I assume that it was a combination of my backstabbing everyone I ever came across and the BlogHer goddesses making their selections based on looks and worth as a human being.  Come to think of it, I’m a little shocked that I haven’t been awarded all fifteen reading spots.  And yes, of course, I suspect anti-Semitism played a part in that oversight.

I have so many people to thank, including Stacey, who nominated me, but now that I’m one of the Voices of the Year, I really don’t have time for stuff like “gratitude” and “appreciation”.  Because I’m busy. I’m busy rehearsing my reading in front of the mirror in that endless quest to find my “good side”.  And I’m busy timing myself to  make sure that the reading is under four minutes, pursuant to the guidelines.  Which is fine, but no one will tell me how much time I should fold in for deafening applause and laughter and people throwing themselves on stage to get a little closer to me.   They’ll have security, right?


Seriously.  Seriously.  I’m so honored and flattered and completely terrified. Because there’s a reason that I’m a blogger and not a performance artist.  But I’m also thrilled and excited and I can’t believe that I’m in such amazing company.  There’s a part of me that sort of expects to get an email from BlogHer saying “sorry, we made a mistake!” but there’s a bigger part of me that knows that she’ll just mark that email “SPAM” and pretend that she never got it.

I can’t wait.

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dusty earth mother July 19, 2010 at 10:16 pm

So ecstatic for you! Couldn’t happen to a nicer, funnier, or more physically attractive person.

What day are you speaking, Friday or Saturday?


JulieBouf July 19, 2010 at 10:18 pm

Aww, now I’m even more sad that I won’t be there! PLEASE make sure to get it on video and share with me somehow.


foradifferentkindofgirl (fadkog) July 19, 2010 at 10:19 pm

Congratulations to you! Do you mind asking them to crank the volume on your microphone so I’ll be able to hear your address here in Iowa?


Scary Mommy
July 19, 2010 at 10:33 pm

Whatever. I don’t even get a hyperlink in “such?” I’m so not holding your head over the toilet when nerves get the best of you.

OK, I guess I will, but I won’t brush your hair back.


Marinka July 20, 2010 at 11:42 am

I only linked to the Best in Show category!


Kirsten July 19, 2010 at 10:40 pm

Congrats!! Now I am even more sad I’m not going this year. I can’t wait to see which post you’ll be reading. Such mystery…


July 19, 2010 at 10:45 pm

Congratulations! Will you be wearing Valentino or Dior? I hope Husbandrinka remembers to bring roses!


Lisa Rae @ smacksy July 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm

Yes, I will start The Wave when you are introduced.
Then, I’m sure I will be escorted to the lobby by security but, I WILL start The Wave.


July 19, 2010 at 10:56 pm

I’ll be right next to Lisa and get the wave going.


July 19, 2010 at 11:16 pm

Congratulations, and you are one of the BlogHer Voices, absolutely. You just are.

You’ll do beyond great..You are a very sincere, humble person, and that will come across. That’s what I like about you…you are not one to put yourself above others.

That, and your awesome blogging tips.


July 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

Congrats!! Can’t wait to see you at Blogher! can we share your Xanax buddy?


Ann's Rants July 20, 2010 at 3:41 am

I’m going to sell Marinka bobble-heads!


Ann's Rants July 20, 2010 at 3:42 am

Backward and veiled!


Miss Welcome July 20, 2010 at 7:10 am

I loved your acceptance post. It was so filled with humility and graciousness.

No seriously, I laughed. Congrats!


Loukoa July 20, 2010 at 7:22 am

I promise to leave Saks a little early to come hear you speak. I don’t make a sacrifice like that for just anyone, you know! 😉 Yay, you! Congratulations!


July 20, 2010 at 8:48 am

Congratulations! Now I’m extra sorry I’m not going to blogher!


July 20, 2010 at 9:14 am

Huge congrats Marinka! You will knock them dead. And by them I mean all of us. So bring body bags with that Xanax.

Well deserved, lady.


July 20, 2010 at 9:17 am

When I saw Xanax Buddy, I automatically assumed you meant ME, but then you said it was a wheel and that you might be rolling it into the conference. I’m clearly confused. Or already high as a kite.

Wheeee! I am so hoping that I do not have to go after you.


always home and uncool
July 20, 2010 at 9:31 am

Just hope you are better with a microphone than you are with Google Chat.

Congrats from the neighboring suburbs.


soccermom July 20, 2010 at 9:44 am

That is awesome! Hope you WIN!

Good luck


Anindya July 20, 2010 at 12:39 pm

Please upload a pic of the fabulous dress ( and accessories) that proud Husbandrika is buying you for the event.


July 20, 2010 at 1:00 pm

congrats! please get someone to video your “masterpiece” and you must Vlog it so we can all watch it. i want to see how you style your hair, what you are wearing, and hear your inspiring words. good luck and take care.


magpie July 20, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Woo hoo! Congratulations.


July 20, 2010 at 2:41 pm

I am thrilled for you. Truly. Also, I can’t wait to hear which post they picked.

I also offer my professional hand holding services as needed. You know, if you choose to overcome your fear of touching on the same weekend as talking in front of the millions of adoring fans. 😉


July 20, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Mazal tov! Xanx discount for commenters?


the mama bird diaries
July 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm

girl, you are going to rule BlogHer. You and your xanax wheel. Can’t wait to get you all riled up and even more nervous before you go on.


Holly July 20, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Now I’m almost sorry not to go…

I hope you’ll let us all know which post you decided to read after the event.


vodkamom July 20, 2010 at 8:56 pm

and to think it was just yesterday we were in a gay bar watching beautiful Asians get engaged. sigh. Those were the days.



The Lady Ashefield July 22, 2010 at 2:46 am

one day maybe Marinka will tell you her secret game she plays with work geigh John…as they stroll through Rockefeller Center…or when they’re truly inspired, and walk all the way home. it’s a fun game!!


K-Line July 20, 2010 at 9:32 pm

What an utterly worthy accolade! You will do fantastically.


anna see July 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

Yay!!!!! I’m looking forward to seeing you rock it in person!


Sophie@Fabrications July 21, 2010 at 12:22 am

Awesome! congrats and good luck!


July 21, 2010 at 10:27 pm

That is so awesome and wonderful and fantastamazing!
And it totally sucks more now that I chose to be fiscally responsible and am not going to be there.

I’m sure you’ll make sure there will be pictures and blogging of said event? Or I might have to combine a work trip in to NY with stalking you.


anymommy July 22, 2010 at 1:51 am

If you sick security on me, I’ll never forgive you. XO, your biggest fan.


Anna Lefler
July 22, 2010 at 9:57 am

I’m SO happy for you, Marinka! Much, much deserved.

This calls for an extra-big Bump-It. Aw, hell, wear two.

Congrats and rock on! (And see you soon!)




The Lady Ashefield July 22, 2010 at 9:59 pm

i know that i live across town from you- but what is that smell? a funny odor…you know- like a steamy, stained, cheap leather “casting couch” kinda stink?? hey- it worked for Madonna. hehe…

seriously- you’re one smart, funny, talented, and most importantly- kind woman- you deserve all the attention, admiration, and love.

love you, love your blog-
The Lady Ashefield


Kate Coveny Hood
July 25, 2010 at 12:17 am

How did I miss this post? Oh – I know – I’ve been on Twitter all week and my reader exploded.

Better late than never. I wasn’t in the least bit surprised to see that you were speaking. You are one of the funniest women online – hands down! Wait – I think I actually wrote that about you earlier this week… So you can quote me on that!

Seriously – you will be great – can’t can’t wait to see it in person. I’ll put the bobble head in my car.


Braja August 21, 2010 at 7:16 am



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