What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Really Grateful It Didn’t Kill You

On July 19, 2008 by Eden M. Kennedy

The people who read posts in the Community Keynote event kicked 10,000 pounds of ass last night. If you were there, thank you. If you weren’t, when the podcast goes up I will put a giant blinking link up that says CLICK HERE TO BE RIVETED FOR 90 MINUTES in giant red letters.

I want to thank all the people who read, again. Some of them I only met for the first time as I introduced them, so, Hi, that kind of sucked of me and if the last time I saw you you were coming off stage in tears, or heaving a giant sigh of relief, I want you to know how utterly happy I was that you did what you did up there.

Here are all the links to the pieces we heard last night in the order they were read.

Best Rant

Sarah Brown, “Attention: I have some things to say about Goldfish snack crackers.”

Danielle Wiley, “I am indeed a full-time mother, and yes, my daughter does watch Hannah Montana”

Megan Smith, “Michelle Obama Enjoys “The View:” A Recap”

Mr. Lady, “It’s not the fall that kills you, it’s the sudden stop.”

Heather Barmore, “Guess who wants Typepad for Mother’s Day”

Blogging About Blogging

Liz Gumbinner, “I’m official! Hooray!”

Suebob Davis, “Blogging makes you lose your mind”

Stephanie Bergman, “Has Twitter Ruined Blogging?”

Zan, “Note to Self in the Age of the Internet: A Necessary Reminder”


Casey, “The one about the overdose.”

Doug, “Five going on fifteen”

Polly Pagenhart, “Thanks giving”

Lindsay Ferrier, “Every Mom Needs a Little Wiggle Room”

Letter to My Body

Yvonne, “Life Changing Words”

Schmutzie, “#744: I Nudged Him Hard, Saying: “Come, Gloopy Bastard, As Thou Art””

Jen Zug, “He should really teach all young men everywhere how to extract the truth from tired, chubby, stay at home moms”

Laurie White, “Letter to My Body, Letter to My Face”


Antonia Cornwell, “Christmas Poem”

Jenny Lawson, “High”

Evany Thomas, “Say my name!”

Deb, “Too much of a good thing?”

Angela, “The albatross and the whales, they are my brothers.”



36 Responses to “What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You Really Grateful It Didn’t Kill You”

  • Thank you for linking to all the readings/writings! So sorry I missed hearing it in person, but it’ll be great reading for this rainy Chicago day.
    House of Jules

  • I was so beyond honored to be a part of something so special, that must have taken a whole lotta effort on your part. Thank you Eden.

  • Eden – wish I had at least gotten a chance to give you a big old hug. : ) I have been really overwhelmed by the response, but in such a good way. Thank you so much for bringing this to life.

  • It was so…. overwhelming to be a part of this. Truly one of the highlights of my life. Thank you for organizing, and thank you for hugging me when I walked off stage – I needed that!!

  • Wow…It souns like a great time for everyone. Thanks for keeping us (at home) up to speed with everything.
    Keep it up!!

  • Eden, you did a fantastic job with this. It has been by far my favorite part of the conference so far. The emotion and honesty was so raw. Thank you for all your work! The speakers were amazing, where else can you get that variety of voice in one keynote? Utterly awesome.

  • Hi Eden,

    Thanks so much for your brilliant idea. It was wonderful to be a part of it and it’s something I won’t ever forget.


  • Thanks so much, Eden! What a wonderful experience. I’ll remember it forever.

  • I was barely able to stand after that, and you caught me. And I will NEVER forget that. Thank you isn’t the right word. I don’t think they’ve invented it yet, actually. So, thank you. I’ve got nothing else.

  • Dame n9on9it all to hell. I’m so durink ruintht now I can barely tupe. Drowoing my sorruowers. Wish I wasdf tyhere. Pisee. PISS!

  • Just found your blog. Thanks for the loooong list of laughs.

    PS. You’re tagline is so clever.



  • It was way awesome. Thank you for putting together such an event. I know you and others put a lot of hard work into the selections. And the authors we’re all amazing. They totally rocked it.

  • Thank you for all these links. The keynote was freaking awesome.

  • Community keynote night was the best night of my life that didn’t involve sex. This opportunity helped me conquer some demons in such an amazing way…you’ll never know how much of a difference it made to me.

    Thank you.

  • i know i already thanked you at the macy’s party, but here i want to thank you again for putting all the work into making the community keynote happen. it was so special, to the readers as well as the audience, i’m sure.

  • Thanks so much for all the links to the posts from the Community Keynote. I am AMAZED at the bravery of these women who were able to get on that stage and recount to a room of 1000+ some of their most intimate moments in life (as they were written online). I laughed, cried, and thought deeply about my own strengths/weaknesses. Thanks for helping build an absolutely awesome hour and a half!!

  • Quite literally my FAVORITE part of the actual conference this year. They were all so amazing.

  • It was an amazing experience for me to stand up in front of all those fellow bloggers. Thank you, Eden, for creating such a powerful part of the conference.

  • May I just applaud you for curating this event? It was one of the (many) highlights of the conference for me.

  • Thank you again, Eden, for sparking an amazing fire of sharing and support. I was so amazed by those writers who stood up there and shared pieces of their hearts, their souls, and their wit, and I was equally as amazed by the support backstage. It was almost harder to come back off than it was to go on, and every time hugs and congratulations and “you did it!”s were offered by you and everyone else, I became more and more aware of what the whole conference was about. It was an honor to be included, and I won’t get over that feeling of elation and true community for a long, long time.

  • One of the best moments of my life. Thank you for the opportunity.

  • When you introduced me I so much wanted to go drool all over your pretty self and tell you how long I have admired you, but I had a job to do and didn’t want to let you down. You are the best, Mrs. Kennedy, and thank you sooo much.

  • it was 100% worth the trip to blogher just for this. AMAZING.

  • I’ve been reading all of these, and the new posts from BlogHer by ya’ll. I think I may have to join.

  • This was probably the best part of the whole weekend. And now I have so many new sites to read! Hurray!

  • Thanks for posting these! I’m glad to be able to read them.

  • There are not enough words to say how spectacular this was. I wish you could win some award or cash or a night on the town or something for spearheading this idea. It was by far my favourite programmed blogher thing EVER, and I have been to all of them. Love to you Eden Kennedy Onassis.



  • that session was one of the BlogHer high points. thanks.

  • my favorite part of Blogher this year. FAVORITE.

  • Eden, thank you so much for organizing this reading. For me, it was the missing BlogHer link and just the inspiration the annual event has been begging for. After all, this blogging thing we do is all about sharing our lives and our stories. It’s great to talk about *how* to do this, but the moment in which we actual *do* the blogging thing is much more important. This was the BlogHer moment, wrapped up in a few hours of magic.

  • Has anyone posted video or just audio of the event?

  • That was some good reading. Thanks for the links. I should have borrowed a uterus and gone up to your conference and hear that all in person. Wow.

    Did your visitors have a good time? We had some sun this week, right? Yay!

  • This was one of the best things I have ever seen in my life. Ever.

    That is all.

  • The community keynote was such a brilliant idea. GREAT work!!!!

  • I managed to get 18 of them uploaded to YouTube (the other 7 had technical issues… so sorry for those I wasn’t able to capture!).

    You can find them all here: http://www.youtube.com/user/gingerlane

  • Thank you so much for doing that, Elaine!!