MakeConnieLaugh: Accidental Entry Award

Posted by Connie Reece on July 31, 2020 at 10:24 am

The MakeConnieLaugh in 140 Characters or Less Contest was about more than passing along one-liners or jokes, although those did have me chuckling. The impromptu competwittion (so-called because it occurred mostly on Twitter) was about connecting with a community, about the give and take of conversation, the daily sharing of our ups and downs.

Quite often there is humor involved in our back-and-forth exchanges, so when my pal WickedStepmom twittered the lines below, it triggered a light-bulb-over-the-head moment.

Thinking I should @conniereece on every tweet in case I am accidentally funny. :)

@conniereece Which is similar to being “accidentally cool” like the hippity-hoppity Mumble in Happy Feet.

I started putting gold stars by all the tweets that made me laugh-and there were many. I will post some of them on the blog in the coming days, along with some link love for their authors.

It was tough making a final decision in this category. I read and reread the entries, and I kept coming back to this one, which caused me to burst out laughing just before the contest deadline:

WickedStepmom Nobody move!! I’ve dropped me brain!

I’m happy to report that the missing brain was, indeed, recovered the next morning by a fellow Twitpal on a visit to the doctor’s office.

BlondeByDesign @conniereece - I believe we found Wicked Stepmom’s brain. Honorary blonde day for WSM, Making arrangements for fedex return shipping. lol

So, without further ado (or with Much Ado About Nothing), let me introduce you to the winner of the Accidental Entry Award: Cathy.

In addition to being a prolific tweeter and member of the Twitter Knitters group on Crafty Nation, Cathy writes The Wicked Stepmom, a blog where she shares “a real life fairytale celebrating the trials and tribulations, joys and jubilations of life as a custodial Stepmom, Mom and Second Wife. This is my once upon a time…”

To maintain privacy, Cathy has given pseudonyms to the people who populate her real-life stories of being the wicked stepmom in her personal fairy tale.

Wicked Stepmom

Cast of Characters

Wicked Stepmom: I am a daughter and stepdaughter. I have a Mom, Dad, Stepmom, ex-Stepmom and had a Stepfather. I am a Sister and Stepsister. I have one brother and four Stepbrothers. I am a Second Wife, Mom and custodial Stepmom.

Prince Charming: Husband. Married 2001.

Cinderella: Stepdaughter. Born 1996.

Hansel: Son. Born 2002.

Gretel: Daughter. Born 2005.

Maleficent: Cinderella’s BioMom.

Cathy, thanks for Making Connie Laugh, and for sharing your life and your humor with a community of tweeters. A softcover copy of The Age of Conversation will be coming your way.

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MakeConnieLaugh Winner: Miss Congeniality

Posted by Connie Reece on July 30, 2020 at 9:17 pm

At every beauty pageant a contestant is chosen as Miss Congeniality, the young woman who best exemplifies the spirit of the competition. Last month my cousin Jordan Chanley won the Miss Congeniality award in the Miss New Mexico competition. I’m not proud or anything. :-)

While the MakeConnieLaugh in 140 Characters or Less Contest was not a pageant, it did motivate some very beautiful people to encourage someone in their community-me-who was feeling down.

Marti LawrenceAnd nobody, I mean nobody, got in the spirit of things more than Marti Lawrence (Twitter name: Marti_L), who is hereby crowned Miss Congeniality.

Marti had a bit of advantage, since she is a humor columnist and author of Queen Klutz, a collection of essays about her misadventures.

On her blog, Enter the Laughter, Marti says, “I write humorously about bad luck, being a klutz, cars that hate me, life, love and family. I’ve broken both ankles twice, amputated my right index finger and had it reattached. I’ve had the transmission fall out of a Dodge van while driving down the interstate. My teenage son wrecked my car, resulting in an E-Bay auction for the $2,000 French Fry, which caused the wreck. If I couldn’t write about this stuff being funny, I’d be in a rubber room.”

I have not even counted up the many one-liner entries Marti tweeted during the two-day contest, which included her birthday celebration. Here’s a sampling:

5 out of 4 people have trouble with statistics.

If you smoke after sex you’re doing it too fast.

Why is “bra” singular and “panties” plural?

“Very funny, Scotty. Now beam down my clothes.”

Dyslexia: it can warn without striking!

I’m always late. My ancestors arrived on the June Flower.

Corny? Yeah. But Marti plunged into the contest as if she were bungee jumping off the Tallahatchee Bridge. I simply could not let such exuberance go unrewarded.

So, Marti. A softcover copy of The Age of Conversation is headed your way. Many, many thanks for Making Connie Laugh!

Oh, and I’m sorry @EvilBambiOhio assaulted your husband’s car today. But I figure you’ll just turn it into another chapter in another book. :-)

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MakeConnieLaugh Award Categories

Posted by Connie Reece on July 30, 2020 at 7:09 pm

How can I possibly thank the 32 people who sent 103 short, funny messages to brighten my weekend by entering the MakeConnieLaugh in 140 Characters or Less Competwittion?

What started out as a blue Saturday morning soon turned into one of the sunniest weekends I’ve had in a while-not because of the weather, because we are still having our daily downpours. Instead my “mourning was turned to joy” by a community of friends who hang out here and on Twitter.

I wish I could award you all a prize. (But it ain’t gonna happen, so don’t get your hopes up.)

Last night I stayed up late rereading the entries and making my decisions. Because I want to spread out the fun, I will announce the winners over the next few days. I’ll also create a page where I can share some “link love” with everyone who played along.

MakeConnieLaugh Trophy

Here are the final award categories:

Miss Congeniality Award

Accidental Entry Award

First Place Prize

Grand Prize

My next post will announce the first award, so stay tuned!

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MakeConnieLaugh in 140 characters or less

Posted by Connie Reece on July 28, 2020 at 1:00 pm

What do you do when you’re feeling kinda blue on a Saturday morning? Start a silly contest on Twitter — I suppose that would be a competwittion? — and extend it to your blog.

But MakeConnieLaugh is a real contest with real prizes! Here are the rules:

1. Use @conniereece to tweet your entry.

2. If you’re not on Twitter, enter by leaving a comment below. However, your entry must conform to the 140-character limit.

3. Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Central Time on Sunday, July 29, 2007. (I turn into a pumpkin at midnight.)

4. Twitter entries will be favorited with a gold star so I can review them later. Judging is entirely subjective; after all, the goal of the contest is to make me laugh.

5. Winning entries will be announced on Monday, July 30, 2020 via Twitter and this blog.

Age of Conversation bookNow, what will you receive if you actually Make Connie Laugh?

Grand Prize: Hardcover copy of The Age of Conversation, retail value $29.99, autographed by yours truly.

First Place: Softcover copy of The Age of Conversation, retail value $16.99, ditto on the autograph.

The Age of Conversation is a collaborative book by 103 authors, including some of the top voices in marketing and social media today. Click the book graphic for all the details about this innovative project. I’m privileged to be found in the pages of this remarkable book with a chapter called “The Two-Step of Conversational Writing.”

All MakeConnieLaugh entries will get some link love here on Every Dot Connects, as well as my appreciation for participating. My heart is already lighter after just a few entries.

So go ahead … make me laugh. :-)

Update: This contest is turning out to be so much fun that I’ll be adding a few more copies of The Age of Conversation softcover as prizes. So get those entries in by midnight tonight, Sunday, for a chance to win.

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Crafty Nation Debuts at CHA Chicago

Posted by Connie Reece on July 21, 2020 at 1:43 am

Yesterday friends Jim Long and Toni Lyn launched the beta version of Crafty Nation, a new social network for crafters, at the giant Craft & Hobby Association trade show in Chicago.

Online video is in the process of altering our television viewing habits. In a recent post Jim, a veteran videographer and self-described “new media micro mogul,” wrote that social networks are becoming the New Television. “Social networks, empowering core constituencies of passionate users around targeted, niche market content, are emerging as a powerful media marketforce.”

If you’re interested in making or finding beautiful handcrafts, or if you want to see some excellent video samples of niche market content, give a visit. Here’s a short (1:30) clip from their video blog of opening day at CHA. (I chose this one, of course, because it features a shout-out to me. What can I say? I’m shameless.)

Note: RSS readers may need to click through to the site to view video.

Online Videos by

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Eight Random Things About Me

Posted by Connie Reece on July 20, 2020 at 1:18 am

Fellow Age of Conversation co-author Greg Verdino, Chief Strategy Officer at crayon, tagged me for the current meme: Eight Random Things About Me. I’m not sure I can hold your attention for that long, but here goes . . .

1. Although I’m an SOB, I’m a lot shorter than Liz Strauss. A lot.

Mom2. My 83-year-old mother is on Facebook. I haven’t introduced her to Twitter yet, but she does use google as a verb.

3. One of my part-time jobs in college was playing piano for a dinner theater — 8 shows a week for a typical six-week run of each production. Did Fiddler on the Roof twice and never want to hear “If I Were a Rich Man” again. Ever.

4. I have a B.A. in French and used to be fluent. Sometimes I read Loic Le Meur just to see how much I can still understand. I get the gist but can no longer do complete translation. Quel dommage.Garbage Gan

5. When I worked in publishing, I once sent all my trash home with our housekeeper, who lived in a neighboring town, so the tabloids could not rummage through my garbage cans for snippets of the hush-hush book I was working on. I should explain that we initiated the long-distance trash hauling after I received an empty FedEx package; an edited copy of the manuscript was missing. (You’re not paranoid if they’re really following you.)

6. I am domestically challenged. Can’t grate cheese without losing a fingernail, and I iron wrinkles into a shirt.

7. I fear I’m way too old to be a fan of I CAN HAS CHEEZBURGER? … but I iz addikted to teh kittehs.

8. This final one is especially for Mike Chapman, who loves to hear me say that I am my own first cousin … and it’s true.

Now, here’s the best part: According to the official rules (official? surely they’re written down somewhere?), I get to tag 8 others to play the Eight Random Things About Me meme. So, rev your blogging engines — Chris Cree, Jim Long, Robert Hruzek, Jordan Behan, Luc Debaisieux, Carolyn Manning, Susan Reynolds and Kris Hoet.

It’s not like you’ll have 8 years of bad luck if you don’t play along with the 8 Things meme … but we’d love to learn more about you.

Update: This meme is spreading so fast that some of us are tagging each other simultaneously. Thanks to Ted Demopoulos, author of What No One Ever Tells You About Blogging & Podcasting, for also tagging me. Check out his 8 Random Things post and browse the site; Ted is a great resource for the blogging and podcasting community.

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It’s Officially The Age of Conversation

Posted by Connie Reece on July 16, 2020 at 8:49 am

The Age of Conversation launched this morning! Read the release announcement and check out the AOC book project blog.

The book collaboration has been covered by Techmeme, and a great interview with the project’s originators appeared in Ad Age, where the book is reviewed in their bookstore. The book has also been featured in Social Computing Magazine: here and here.

The Age of Conversation is available in three formats:

e-book: $9.99 ($7.99 going to charity)
paperback book: $16.95 ($8.10 to charity)
hardback book: $29.99 ($8.55 to charity)

Place your order online at

As noted above, all proceeds above the cost of production go to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

I’m off to order my own copies. For the last three months I’ve been dying to see what all the other contributors had to say, and today’s the day!

It has been a great privilege to be included in this collaboration, and I simply can’t thank Gavin Heaton and Drew McLellan enough for getting this whole thing started.

I also look forward to hearing what you think about The Age of Conversation.

So let’s get the conversation started . . .

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The Age of Conversation Dawns on Monday

Posted by Connie Reece on July 13, 2020 at 10:34 am

Age of Conversation book


Back in April I signed on for a project that has turned out to be one of the most interesting I’ve been involved with lately. I contributed a 400-word chapter to a collaborative e-book to be called The Age of Conversation. The concept, dreamed up by Drew McClellan and Gavin Heaton, was simple but brilliant: to get 100 authors contributing to one conversation and to offer their collective writings as a downloadable file, with all proceeds from the sales donated to Variety, the Children’s Charity.

I’m happy to report now that not only with there be a downloadable e-book, but print versions of The Age of Conversation can be ordered as well.


Hardbacks $29.99
Paperbacks $16.95
E-book $9.99

My chapter is on conversational writing — how to gain and hold interest by writing with your reader in mind. Here’s a complete list of contributors with links to their blogs and Web sites. It’s a stellar lineup, and I’m honored to be in their company. Can’t wait to read what everyone else had to say about the subject.

Check back here Monday, and I’ll have the link for online ordering.

Gavin Heaton
Drew McLellan
Valeria Maltoni
Emily Reed
Katie Chatfield
Greg Verdino
Mack Collier
Lewis Green
Ann Handley
Mike Sansone
Paul McEnany
Roger von Oech
Anna Farmery
David Armano
Bob Glaza
Mark Goren
Matt Dickman
Scott Monty
Richard Huntington
Cam Beck
David Reich
Luc Debaisieux
Sean Howard
Tim Jackson
Patrick Schaber
Roberta Rosenberg
Uwe Hook
Tony D. Clark
Todd Andrlik
Toby Bloomberg
Steve Woodruff
Steve Bannister
Steve Roesler
Stanley Johnson
Spike Jones
Nathan Snell
Simon Payn
Ryan Rasmussen
Ron Shevlin
Roger Anderson
Robert Hruzek
Rishi Desai
Phil Gerbyshak
Peter Corbett
Pete Deutschman
Nick Rice
Nick Wright
Michael Morton
Mark Earls
Mark Blair
Mario Vellandi
Lori Magno
Kristin Gorski
Kris Hoet
G.Kofi Annan
Kimberly Dawn Wells
Karl Long
Julie Fleischer
Jordan Behan
John La Grou
Joe Raasch
Jim Kukral
Jessica Hagy
Janet Green
Jamey Shiels
Dr. Graham Hill
Gia Facchini
Geert Desager
Gaurav Mishra
Gary Schoeniger
Gareth Kay
Faris Yakob
Emily Clasper
Ed Cotton
Dustin Jacobsen
Tom Clifford
David Polinchock
David Koopmans
David Brazeal
David Berkowitz
Carolyn Manning
Craig Wilson
Cord Silverstein
Connie Reece
Colin McKay
Chris Newlan
Chris Corrigan
Cedric Giorgi
Brian Reich
Becky Carroll
Arun Rajagopal
Andy Nulman
Amy Jussel
AJ James
Kim Klaver
Sandy Renshaw
Susan Bird
Ryan Barrett
Troy Worman
S. Neil Vineberg

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Happy Birthday, Jon Swanson!

Posted by Connie Reece on July 10, 2020 at 12:19 am

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the special birthday page for Jon Swanson. Go ahead, have a virtual slice of chocolate cake and leave a personal message for Jon.

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