I just want to give a quick, late-night shout-out to the blogger Pink Gingham Girl, who tweeted me the other day.
I went to her blog (GREAT name, btw!), and she wrote this funny post about buying used self-help books on Amazon, and one of the books arrived in the mail with a therapist’s business card taped to the cover. Hilarious! I’m not sure if I would take that as an insult or a harmless but kind gesture, or just low-budg marketing.
Anyhoo, hello, PGG! I always love to see funny, witty, smart girls (writers) out there, and having just read Tina Fey’s Bossypants (what a high), I’m hopeful about the future!
About 6 or 7 years ago, my editor at ELLEgirl was saying that women’s magazines are rarely funny because women think (or thought) that if they were funny they wouldn’t sound smart. We tried to make ELLEgirl funny, and I think it was.
My boss’s previous job was as a senior ed at GQ. If you’ve never read one, you’ll be surprised how hysterical and clever good men’s magazines are. (I love Esquire!)
Anyway, you can be funny and still sound smart.
…The night before I published my first article (in grad school at the Dartmouth newspaper), my friend Lindsay told me to “Make it funny.” That was her only advice. And to this day…I always remember it. (‘Cause really, who cares about anything other than funny? Sometimes I’ll enjoy something that’s “moving,” but usually I just want funny.)