Sponsorship: Wheredya gettit?
sponsorship (noun)– the act of sponsoring (either officially or financially).
This definition plucked handily from the Free Online Dictionary, not a source I’d probably use if I were writing a research paper, but for this purpose, Pranksters, I suppose it will suffice.
I’m afraid, Prankster, I’m not entirely sure what you’re talking about.
I’d guess that you mean someone who pays either for my site, in which case I’d suggest my couch. Sometimes I’ve found upwards of 35 cents in there! The downside to finding change in my couch is that it is, in fact, my own change, not someone else’s, and therefore, I’m only finding my own money. When you think of it in those terms, it’s a little more depressing.
I do run ads on my blog as you can see, and those ads pay for things like hosting this blog, my group blog, Mushroom Printing, and my new previously unannounced group blog that I will be opening this week (claps happily)(does victory dance around living room)(shakes ass). I’ll tell you more about my new blog as soon as it’s done.
As far as getting corporate sponsorship and selling out To The Man any further than I have by placing additional third party ads on my sidebar or shilling out myself to companies so that they may send me to conferences on their behalf, I do not know how to do that. I’d assume that it requires several things:
1) A sizable blog
2) The ability to sell yourself to companies
3) Approaching the companies with a good sales pitch.
Really, that’s your call as to how you want to play it. I don’t do it. I haven’t done it. I’m not sure I’d feel comfortable doing it.
Ok I know this is probably stupid to ask but how do the “SYWM” shirts fit? I am 6’1″ (yeah yeah I know like I needed to be 6’1″ with a fireball attitude like mine. I’m probably a matter of national security now because I KNOW I have the Air Force on edge) and shirts never fit me right.
I am (please don’t kill me) a size 8 (156 pounds) so Mediums are usually about 2″ too short and I end up showing belly. WHAT SIZE SHOULD I GET SO I DON’T FLASH MY BELLEH?
PS You Rock.
Yay! The Shut Your Whore Mouth shirts are awesome and they’re super flattering and I probably should mention sizing. I’d order a size up from whatever you normally wear. These aren’t like crazy belly shirts (which make me stabby) and you’re tall, so I’d go with a L or an XL to be on the safe side.
If’n you have a big rack like me, get the XL. They’re hot. You’re gonna be hot. Can’t wait to hear how you kick ass and take names in it. Please don’t kick my ass. Ever.
Dear Aunt Becky,
I’ve got a bit of a situation I’d like your advice on. My best friend is a man I’ve known since I was abouut 5. He’s had a bad run with depression over the last few years, and he’s currently unemployed (unrelated to the depression, but it’s not helping). Earlier this year he started dating a 21 year old (we’re both thirty), and they’re insanely in love. Problem is, I’m not entirely sure she’s not just insane.
She has a lot of stories about her past. She had a child when she was 13 who died 4 years later from the toddler version of SIDS. Her ex-boyfriend got her addicted to heroin while she slept. Her mother’s a drug dealer and murderer. She’s had multiple last names and was in witness protection. Her other ex-boyfriend beat her and also happened to burn everything she owned of her child.
But she makes my best friend happy, and as far as I’m concerned, you can say your name is Cleopatra and you shit rainbows, and I’ll smile and nod for his sake.
But now the ‘stories’ have started to affect other people. From what I can gather (because her version of events changes every time she tells it, of course), she was having trouble with her boss, so was relocated to a sister company. Three days later, she was fired because several of her new co-workers signed statements to the effect of ‘she told us her boyfriend was going to kill her ex-boss’. Now the ex-boss has taken out a restraining order against her and my best friend.
That one required a lot of tongue biting. But hey, it’s his life, and if someone’s going to tell her that, even if it was a joke, that was all kinds of fucking stupid, it really should be him. Commandment one of friendship: Thou Shall Not Fuck With Thy Best Friend’s Relationship, right?
Then it got worse.
I got married, and the first time I spoke to her after the wedding, she told me she thought another friend’s husband was ‘really dominant’ towards her, and that he must beat her.
This wouldn’t happen. He wouldn’t do it, she wouldn’t let him. But this is a serious allegation and I was distracted that night, and maybe I missed something. So I asked another friend, one of the most observant women I’ve ever met. Her answer?
‘WHAT?!’ pause ‘WHHHHAAAATTT?’ It turns out that the best friend’s girlfriend didn’t even speak to the guy she was accusing of battery. Far as we can tell, she pulled this idea out of her arse.
So, basically, my best friend is madly in love with a pathological liar, and now she’s making allegations about people who also deserve my loyalty. Does anyone have any idea how to handle this? As weird as this sounds, I love this man almost as much as I love my husband (in a different way, of course!) and I don’t want to lose him. But not even for him can I just keep smiling and nodding this time.
Normally, I’m down with crazy.
Bloody hell, Prankster. The upside to this is that I’d guarantee everybody reading this has been in a similar situation with a friend. The downside is that I don’t know if anyone knows how to properly handle it.
So, there are a couple of ways to handle it.
1) You say nothing, bite your tongue and watch the situation unfold from a polite distance. Unless you really think you can make him see the light and see the girl for what she is (a potential lunatic), and allow him to get out while the getting is good, this may be the only way to preserve the friendship right now.
2) You go super-stealth undercover (I just whistled the Mission Impossible song) and find out about this girl’s past, and go to confront your friend with some cold hard facts about her past. If you can blow some real holes in her stories, you might have a chance of disproving her lies and allow him to get out now. Because she sounds like a sinking ship.
3) You confront him with no evidence and see how he takes it. If he’s in love, it may not be well. In these cases, it’s usually decidedly UN-well. He may choose her and leave you standing there like an asshole. It’s happened to us all when we opened our whore mouths and spoke up. But then, at least, you said something, rather than nothing. Which may make you feel a bit better. And in the end, he’ll remember it. She’ll be a phase in his life. The Bad Girlfriend.
4) Stage an intervention with a couple of friends and try and all talk to him about her. If he’s depressed, he may not be seeing the situation for what it is. I would advise trying to bring some sort of evidence to him of her lies, if you can dig it up.
Perhaps some combination of these may help and I’m willing to bet that my Pranksters have some advice to offer you on this matter. I’m certain we’ve all been there.
Good luck, darlin’. This is a tough situation. Much love to you. Let us know how it turns out.
As always, Pranksters, please fill in where I left off in the comments below. And feel free to submit your burningest questions here, to the Go Ask Aunt Becky form.
Also: when the fuck did it turn into September? That’s bullshit!