<Walks on stage, grabs and taps microphone and sits on bar stool>
For once, I'm going to try and keep this post short. Let's see how this goes, shall we?
Two words, from me to you â€“ yes, all of you. Thank you.
Just over a year ago, Andy asked me if I'd be interested in contributing to the diversity, people, places and things that make up OnMilwaukee.com. I nearly fell out of my Easter brunch chair with excitement and nervous energy. Never in a million years did I ever think that a website I frequently read, referenced and respected would ask me if I would be a staff writer (or blogger, whichever term you prefer).
May 2 marked exactly one year since my first blog was posted here, and I still remember the thoughts and feelings whiz-banging through my head: "I can't write for sh*t, what am I doing on this site?" "What do I have to say that anyone would ever find interesting, informative or entertaining?" Through the murky fog, I reminded myself to just write what was in my head, and most of all: just be me.
You've liked what I've had to say, hated my viewpoints, expressed your opinions and called me ridiculous names. You felt, shared, encouraged, pondered, challenged, related and laughed both with me and at me, and I've loved every moment â€“ whether you got under my skin or not (and if you did, I'll never let you know that).
And while as of late, life has gotten in the way and may not have allowed me to post as often as I would like to (I'm working on making more time for this, I promise), I still remain inspired by Milwaukee and you fine folks that make this community awesome.
Whether near or far, thank you for allowing me to interrupt moments of your day with my random and candid thoughts. I look forward to another year of interacting with you â€“ well as long as Tarnoff & crew will have me!
<Drops mic and walks of stage.>
Katie (a.k.a. @bootyp)
No Talkbacks for this article.
Post your comment/review now
Disclaimer: Please note that Facebook comments are posted through Facebook and cannot be approved, edited or declined by OnMilwaukee.com. The opinions expressed in Facebook comments do not necessarily reflect those of OnMilwaukee.com or its staff.
Recent Articles & Blogs by Katie Klein
Published Sept. 12, 2012
The day started out like any other. And then my email notification popped up. Team Paxton began that day, and now we want you to join the fight.
Published July 13, 2012
Recently while getting my hair cut, I had some pretty hysterical conversations. The kind of verbal exchanges that leave you needing to whiz in your drawers, give you a belly ache from a much-needed laughing fit, or allow you to voice a hearty "hell yes" out loud.
Published April 11, 2012
As I stare at my empty mug, I think about legacies. Recent events like the fall from grace (and eventual death of) JoePa - and the contributions that social media had during the turmoil - lead me to wonder how the participation (or lack thereof) in social networks will factor into one's legacy, either on a personal level or even from a branding perspective.
Published April 2, 2012
Not only has spring officially sprung, it's also t-minus one month or so until a new eager crop of fresh-eyed college graduates enter the workforce. I welcome you youngins'; congratulations on graduating and beginning the next chapter of your professional life. HOWEVER. This blog post is for you. Take what I'm about to say to heart.
Published March 20, 2012
It's not every day that I wish I were a man. I enjoy being a female, albeit a nice, balanced blend of tough chick and feminine lady. But today, man, it would have been nice to be a dude.
Published Feb. 28, 2012
This is an open letter to all businesses (restaurants, retail shops, etc.) in the Milwaukee area that provide a restroom for their patrons. Clean them. Frequently.
Published Jan. 7, 2012
If you've followed me on Twitter or have read any of my previous posts, you already know the love-hate relationship I have with Facebook's functionality, its intentional and dedicated stalker mechanisms, and its screwed up merry-go-round of privacy issues that never seem to be fully addressed.
Published Dec. 6, 2011
Now that I'm well past the year 30-mile marker and rapidly closing the chapter on yet another year, it's time for the obligatory "let's reflect on everything that I still have yet to do in my life." Ironically, as this thought was doing figure eights in my brain, I was I having a conversation with a friend about the crazy things we've done in life, and how wicked awesome it would be if we could have a do-over sometimes.
Published Nov. 7, 2011
This Friday (hey, that's 11-11-11) could be your lucky night. Not only lucky for you, but for the hundreds of Milwaukee area teens who'll benefit from your attendance to the third annual Night by the River supporting local non-profit ArtWorks for Milwaukee.
Published Oct. 24, 2011
"Influence" is an interesting phenomenon, especially when it's mentioned in the same breath as social networking. Back in the day, peers and networks were built upon mutual affiliations or connections, trust, or affinity for the same ideas, material goods or other shared-likeness. I'd like to think a lot of that still holds true, even with the introduction of "influencer analytics measurement" programs such as Klout.