Cherrie Herrin-Michehl shares her conference reflection.
A few weeks after the conference, I met a fellow writer for coffee. We began to discuss topics from the conference, and she started saying the “p” word. Platform. I leaned toward her and almost decked her because I can’t stand that word anymore. I think I’m allergic to it.
This harsh reaction to the word started at the 2011 conference and the “p” word was thrown around more often than your mom offers free unsolicited advice. Grrrr…So now besides running my business and writing my blog, I need to build a blasted platform. Also, I need to do laundry so my husband and I don’t have to wear Snuggies to work. (He’s a great guy and I trust him with my life. But not my laundry.)
Since platform shoes don’t cut it, I’ll ask my husband build me a platform because he’s a carpenter. I’ll have him paint it purple and pink and put wheels on it. It’ll have compartments to hide chocolate in. Then when I get writer’s block or Severe Platform Discouragement, I can sneak a chocolate and feel better. After all, wouldn’t that be easier than taking the time and trouble to build a real writer’s platform?
Fortunately, I did get a wealth of information at the conference to build my p-p-p- platform. There. I said it, although it was hard and I was shaking. One of the most helpful ideas I learned at the conference was hiring a gifted, knowledgeable social media expert. I have interviewed Laura Christianson and I’m really excited to use her services. After all, I’m busy with my business, writing, and attending therapy to recover from my Severe Platform Discouragement.
Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor practicing in Woodinville, WA. A passionate writer and speaker, she is available for speaking engagements at conferences, church retreats, and seminars. Recently Cherrie spoke on two prominent radio stations in the Seattle area on the subjects of body image (KOMO 1000) and pornography addiction (KGNW 820 AM, a Christian station). Cherrie is on the Board of Directors of Prodigals International. She is currently writing a book called Fannies: Reclaiming the Plunder of the Body Image Bandit. She has been an NCWA member since 2008. Visit her blogs at www.cherriemac.wordpress.com and www.cherriesotherblog.wordpress.com.