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Sometimes you’re a bitchin’ rockstar from Mars, and other times you’re not.

Sometimes you’re a bitchin’ rockstar from Mars, and other times you’re not.

A week or two back, I excitedly shared the news that I was a national finalist in the Verizon Ultimate Insider contest. I received A LOT of votes and support from my friends, family, followers, and even! It was pretty exciting, but I don’t like to be positive. Rather, when something good could possibly happen for me, I tend to be extremely pessimistic about it. I downplay the potential of awesomeness so that, in the case of failure, I won’t be disappointed.

Sooo I’d be lying if I told you I was disappointed about not being selected as the Verizon Ultimate Insider!

How could I be disappointed? Seriously. Think about it.

I started GingerSass in March. GingerSass is just over 6 months old. In the past 6 months, I have gained celebrity followers (okay, so Cady McClain follows me, and I’ve gotten a few tweets from the cast of “Private Practice,” but still), my blog comes up whenever anyone Googles “celesbian,” I’ve gotten free goodies because people think I’m awesome, I’ve attended the world’s largest blogging conference for women (where, by the way, big name bloggers recognized me!), I’ve gained a new nickname in real life, my friends introduce me to people as “my friend the blogger who’s basically an internet celebrity,” I’ve gotten paid to perform at poetry gigs, and I was a national finalist in a contest sponsored by Verizon, one of the major cell phone carriers of our country.


I’d say 22 has been a pretty good year so far!

While I really do wish I had won a smartphone (I’m still living in the dumbphone era, gasp!), I have no regrets about losing the Verizon Ultimate Insider contest.

I cannot even begin to say how much I appreciate all of the support and love I have received from each and every one of you, whether it be through reading my blog, liking me on Facebook, tweeting with me, or casting all of your votes for the Ultimate Insider Contest. I may not be the Verizon Ultimate Insider, but I win every day with supporters like you. #cuesappymusic

See? Even as I wrote this in the bookroom at school I couldn’t control my love for all of you, and how you make me feel like a princess!

BlogHer ’12 Sponsorship Needed!

BlogHer is holding a conference in New York City in the beginning of August. BlogHer ’12 is a wonderful opportunity for me to network, meet other bloggers, and connect with others who share my love for writing. As a grad student, I’d normally be able to pay for a student pass. Unfortunately, they are all sold out.

BlogHer ’12
August 2 – 4, 2012
Hilton New York, NY

What is BlogHer ’12?

BlogHer is a conference that is pen to anyone and everyone who considers themselves part of the blogosphere. Although the audience is mainly women, 10-15% of attendees are men! The focus of these conferences are to highlight the skills and talents of women bloggers. All genders, ages, ethnicities, and levels of blogging experience are welcome at BlogHer.

Bloggers gain and increase their skills and knowledge in many different areas of blogging. The conferences comprises of more than 2,500 qualified and targeted blog affiliates. BlogHer provides high quality content on a range of topics, with all blogs continually edited to meet strict editorial standards, including content quality, category relevance, blog frequency, increasing traffic, business skills, etc. Bloggers attend classes or discussion groups that are aimed at improving each bloggers content and knowledge.

You can learn more about the conference at the official BlogHer ’12 website.


Between the BlogHer conference pass, transportation, and incidentals, my costs are estimated to be about $500. While $500 may not seem like a lot in the grand scheme of things, for a broke grad student on limited income, this means the difference between eating for a month or surviving on ramen noodles. Every little bit helps, and I’d be eternally grateful for any contributions.

Soooo I’ve set up an award system for sponsoring my journey to BlogHer ’12!

Super Star Sponsor Extraordinaire
$250+…If you’re in my local area, or if you attend BlogHer ‘12, I will personally take you out on the town and be your date (or frate, “friend date,” if you prefer) for the evening! You also get a free sponsored ad on GingerSass for 1 year! I’ll tell everyone how amazing you are and how much you’ve changed my life. You’ll get nothing but eternal gratefulness and good PR from me. (Plus everything in the lower donations.)

Gold Sponsor
$100+… I will write you a poem dedicated to you personally, sign a picture of myself and pretend it’s a headshot, and write a post on my site dedicated to you, your business, or the cause of your choosing. (Plus everything in the lower donations.)

Silver Sponsor
$75+… I will give you a shout out on my site, send you GingerSass stickers, and draw you a picture. (I almost went to art school so it’s guaranteed to not be a stick figure!) (Plus everything in the lower donations.)

Bronze Sponsor
$50+… I will send you a fancy hard copy of one of my poems, some GingerSass business cards, and my eternal gratefulness. (Plus everything in the lower donations.)

Sassy Sponsor
$20+… I will send you a pdf of some of my musings, poetry, and a personal email thanking you for your amazingness. (Plus everything in the lower donations.)

Sponsor Sweetheart
$1+…. You will get my eternal gratefulness, guaranteed follow back on Twitter or Facebook, a Facebook post thanking your awesomeness, a Twitter post thanking you personally, and utter disbelief that you are kind enough to contribute to my dreams.

So what are you waiting for? If you have change to spare, click here to sponsor me today!!!