By Katie Klein Special to Published May 03, 2012 at 5:35 PM

<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 – 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 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 – 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.


Thank you.

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 – well as long as Tarnoff & crew will have me!

<Drops mic and walks of stage.>

Katie (a.k.a. @bootyp)

Katie Klein Special to

Some may call her a digital wizardess. Others may call her a bolt of snark ready to strike. But we like to call her Katie. All ninjas must have a day job, and hers is with advertising agency Boelter + Lincoln in the Third Ward. As "BootyP," her wit, criticism and comedic banter have lit up the Twitter world in Milwaukee - and now she's attacking the blogosphere. Her faithful followers know her no-BS approach to most any topic.

Her snarky-yet professional personality makes her a must-read, must-know person in this city. You can find her 14,500 feet in the air, or walking down the street in a pair of stilettos with a yoga mat strapped to her back.

Want to bribe Katie? Best to deliver massive quantities of Diet Coke, candy (gummy candy more specifically), tea and music her way.