Friday, February 6, 2009

Writing for love and occasionally money

Every now and then I get unsolicited "fan mail," which is only sometimes about Santiago and what it's like here, and sometimes is about how I get my ideas and only about half of that is from my mother. I like being connected to people, and I love the idea that my aimless blatherings with a side of tangential whatsamawhosis can bring a moment or two of levity, or might even (gasp) make you think from time to time.

I've just been twittered (because heaven forbid I spend even one iota of my short life without input from someone I only know in a country I like to call computerlandia) by a new good friend inside the computer recommending that I apply for a position in Lonely Planet's crack blogging team to blog about Santiago. I'll be honest; I don't actually tend to write about Santiago as much as I tend to write about every other thing that crosses my mind while I'm crossing the street or my eyes staring at the computer screen for the umpteenth hour. But I wake up with words on my fingertips and also on the tip of my tongue, a veritable thoughstorm that wants to come out, which makes me sound much more in need of psychiatric intervention than is actually the case. And if someone wants to add me to a team, or offer me another platform or even (gasp!) pay me, well then, sign me up.

And so I did.

And thus, a blog entry was born, at this, nearly 1 AM Chile time on Feb 6th, just a few short days before I go on what is alleged to be the first ever Smith family vacation. Alleged because we'll believe it when we see it. We have reason to doubt, we do. But we're optimistic all the same. And just a little bit superstitious, which is why we're not going to Costa Rica, which is a whole story in and of itself.


aliceinparis said...

Yay you did it! Will the blog be this one or a new one at a Lonely Planet portal? I thought of you the minute I read of it. I think there were only 6 spaces left. You live in a location that many people are curious about and would love to visit.
Cheers, Shelagh

Eileen said...

Thanks so much for thinking of me! I would be open to blogging just about Santiago, or having this one be the blog they send people to. To be honest, some of the parameters were not particularly clear to me and it was about 1 AM when I finally got your message and knew to throw my hat in the ring. I guess we'll see! Thanks again!

Stephen said...

Hey great! I got in the prelaunch of the blogsherpa system too for Manzanillo. Waiting for them to email me the log on and such.

Very cool! Sorry I didn't tell ya, I wasn't thinking, but glad you got the heads up anyway!