So when Chicago Parent Magazine's online webpage sponsored a contest to win a kiddie MP3 Player, I naturally entered. Wouldn't you know who the big winner was? (hint: she still doesn't know how to program her own iPod). That's right! Yours truly. As I pulled my prize from the envelope, I was giddy. Stupid giddy. I-called-my-mom giddy. Even the salutation mimicked a triumphant slot machine, which is so up my alley:
Here's a picture of my fabulous prize that I'm saving to give to one of the kids for Christmas:
|Since I already outed myself on the blog, my chances of a re-gift are shot.|
Anyway, when I was first notified via email from the new Digital Content Editor at the magazine, Carrie Kaufman, I got to thinking. I read Chicago Parent. I'm from Chicago. I'm a parent. I started wondering if they would possibly be interested in the musings of a lapsed Catholic from the southside of the city with an odd affinity for vintage Little People and Christmas ornaments. Even as I drafted the email, I assumed I was just too niche for anyone besides my tens of loyal followers.
Well, wouldn't you know? Ms. Kaufman responded and did the worst possible thing she could do if she really wanted to shake me: she offered encouragement: Maybe there was a spot for me over at chicagoparent.com. Let's give it a few weeks. Mull things over.
So here's the deal. Click this link: http://www.chicagoparent.com/. Any site manager will be able to see where an uptick in traffic is coming from. If We Band of Mothers directs a little traffic their way, by God, think of the possibilities. You may be looking at the next chicagoparent.com blogger. And you can tell everyone you knew me before I was cool. Because Chicago Parent and Justin Bieber are practically the same thing.
As an aside, I actually do read Chicago Parent Magazine. Their contributors vary wildly in their approaches to child-rearing, which merely supports my theory that there's more than one way to skin a kid...er...cat.
My global dominance has begun. Right along with my descent into madness. But at least I'll have a Crayloa MP3 Player to sing along with. Seriously. Click Chicago Parent from this site and I'll name my 5th and 6th sons after you.
(If you really want to make an impression, feel free to email Ms. Kaufman at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her how I've changed your life. You don't need to lie or anything, but keep in mind that God never actually specified, "Thou shalt not exaggerate."