So, a few weeks ago, I woke up to an email in my inbox that prompted a bit of a shriek. No, it wasn’t another one of these. And for all that’s holy, it wasn’t another one like this one.It was one that made me do something I’ve loved doing for 38 years: call my mom.
The last time I called her, this column got a mention in the New York Times. Although a blurb, there were plenty of years where the only mention she’d ever figure me for in that paper was an FBI wanted notice. So it was sweet.
And my last call to her (and forgive the shit out of me for calling her before all y’all) was to tell her that I’m Entrepreneur Magazine‘s newest columnist.
I’m a bit of a fan girl right now, because beginning with the June issue, you’ll see me alongside the likes of Richard Branson, Chris Brogan, Gary Vaynerchuck and like…OMFGBBQhamstersonastickSAUCE. I’ll be in both the print and online editions, which means you can line your catbox with my column or draw sexy moustaches on my byline pic when you’re done reading it. And what’s it all about? Well, Amy Cosper (Editor in Chief, Entrepreneur Magazine) has graced this redhead with an uncensored column called “All Up In Your Business” on successes, grievous failures and all that is the rolling, messy tide of digital marketing.
In short: I’m going to be getting paid to drop the f-bomb. Suuuuuuuckit!
And here’s where I say: you are the reason I got this opportunity. You. You come by, you read, share and comment. You dish it out on my Facebook page and are the reason I get my best ideas. You subscribe to this blog and let me violate your inbox like a parking meter multiple times each week. If it weren’t for you, I’d just be a crazy lady with a keyboard.
So thank you. Every goddamned one of you who’s ever taken the time to stop by read, share love, empathy, sympathy, tell me I’m a bad example, a bitch or just too damn lippy. You’re the reason I get to wake up each morning and do what I love. And maybe it’s a little stupid, but yes — I’m crying a little bit. Fuck off. It feels good to call my mom.
Congrats to you! I'm new to your stuff but am old and wise enough to recognize the brilliance in your snark-infused no bullshit approach to the onslaught of digital marketing.... ...in short, you deserve this opp. -Dick Harris
Congrats! Great to see you at SXSW. I will look forward to reading this, as long as my writing colleagues don't notice which site I'm on :)
Entrepreneur Magazine is going to let you, um, be you? I think I have a new found respect for them. Amy Cosper must be one smart lady! It's a gift to be able to smack the status quo in the face. The business world needs you... desperately. Congrats Erika!
Moms rock. Moms rule. Great news on the gig. Following done. They may wanna up their follows too. Please continue to rock.
About frickin' time! I've been calling them about this for MONTHS! ;) You deserve it. Happy I found you before you belonged to the agessss...(Funny Girl, Broadway)
Damn...being paid to swear and cuss...that's gotta be the sweetest of all deals. Make us proud Erika. I am eager to check out the reaction of the readership of the Entrepreneur Magazine to your uncensored awesomeness.Those eyeballs better brace themselves for some A class bitchslaps. :)
Fabulous news, congrats. We'll be sure to let everyone up here in the Great White North know all about The Ranting Redhead from Colorado :)
G'Day Erika, I've long believed that there's no such thing as luck: only bad luck. You deserve this. Of course I'm cut to the quick at having to share your brilliance with the great unwashed hordes who read online and print editions of Entrepreneur magazine. Dunno what Branson and Brogan and those other blokes did to be so honoured. Please make sure that you're not reduced to using that ghastly word, "freakin'." Go get 'em Red! Regards Leon
Very very very cool. Congratulation Erika. Couldn't have happened to a nicer crazier awesomer person! :)
Way to go, Champ! However, this leaves you with the need & responsibility for a screaming at the top of your lungs OMFGBBQhamstersonastickSAUCE of an encore for at least us local folk here in CO. Let me know when you plan this. If there's beer involved I'll likely show up. By golly, I may even buy you one!
That is so totally f-ing awesome for you!! (and I'm completely jealous) But only for a moment cause I'm so looking forward to following you at EM!
Wow. Awesome news, Erika! Congratulations! Interesting earlier post regarding two obvious misogynists who have small organs, or else they wouldn't feel the need to attack women with such venom. I can't remember if these two are Texans (I hope not. If they are, I wouldn't mind if they left the state), as I know Clear Channel's corporate HQ is in San Antonio. Look forward to reading your Entrepreneur articles.
Jimminy Christmas, this is hot news! Congrats to Entrepreneur Magazine for making one of their smartest moves evah! Can't wait to see what awesomeness you put out and the feverish responses you'll undoubtedly get. Seriously, this is stupendous. What a reward for just being yourself. We're happy to come along and celebrate with you!
So excited for you! And even more excited when I read it'd be uncensored, because it means we get The Redhead in all her crazy, won't-hold-back-for-no-one goodness.
Oh My HOLY!!!! Consider this a virtual chest bump!! I'd tackle you if I could - I'm so excited for you - you deserve it..... xoxooxo Can't wait to read....
Fkin A Erika! That's a bitch slap to the system right there! Sorry I missed you here in Austin, I skipped SXSW this year and hung with the kids.
“All Up In Your Business” man, did they ever come up with the perfect title for you! They're obviously familiar with your work. :)
Holy shit! Congratulations! Redheads are going to rule the world one day, I swear. We're too awesome not to.
Hmmm hamster on a stick, that's a new one :) Congratulations on the new gig with Entrepreneur Magazine. Your success is well deserved.
Sweetie, what gives you the idea that you're NOT a crazy lady with a keyboard? I keed, I keed! Kudos, hamster, and hippos to you. Rock on with the Redhead!
The "mom call" is one of the most rewarding calls to make and it is well-deserved. Congratulations, dollface! Thanks for providing positive data for my theory that great things happen to people who deserve it.
Supercongrats on this Erika, but you got one thing wrong...you got this oppotunity because you are true to who you are, F-Bombs and all!! You have not catered to the assholes that try to silence you and instead give them one huge finger while making the rest of of laugh at their stupidity. I love Entreprenuer Magazine, and this is one example of why...they recognize true talent!!