Family and the Holidays

My family is coming to join us for Thanksgiving.  While my “blood” family is important to me, my internet family is also important.  Before things get totally crazed, I thought I’d give thanks to the blessings of this past year:

  • Rob & Megin Hatch- these are two of the greatest people you’ll ever meet.  Rob is dedicated to his job, and got to spend time with T berry Brazelton this Spring; Megin is the fearless leader of the GNM Parents blog and keeps everyone in line.  I feel solucky to be involved in this project and to consider the Hatches as friends.
  • Paige & Gretchen- Last year, I called Paige and Gretchen from Mommycast on Thanksgiving and thanked them for inspiring me to start podcasting.  This year, we’re teaming up as part of the Mommycast & Friends Family Channel of Podcasts with Podango.  A lot has changed in the past year, and I can’t wait to see what the next year holds.
  • Chris Penn & Chris Brogan-  I’ve been lucky enough to work with The Founders of Podcamp closely this past year.  Chris Penn is a thoughtful, deliberate person, with an inner peace I seek to emulate, and the patience of Job.  Chris Brogan has truly become a blogging superstar, and is changing the face of new media, while keeping a sense of community at heart.  It’s going to be a great new year.
  • Mark Blevis, Andrea Ross, Bob & Cat Goyetche: through Podcasters without Borders, I learned that meeting with your peers incside the fishbowl is as important as reaching outside.  These four people are not only at the heart of canadian podcasting, they are some of the best friends you could ever have.  Mark & Bob plug the gaping holes in my audio knowledge bit by bit, and I am very thankful to consider them friends.
  • John Havens, Jason Van Orden, Howard Greenstein, Eric Skiff, Kathryn Jones, Adam Broitman, Laura Allen, Kathy King and the whole Podcamp NYC crew- what a fanatstic experience that was.  We changed the face of the unconference, broke new ground, and explored new possibilities.  It was amazing.
  • Chel Pixie- Thanks for being you.  You are my rock.
  • CC Chapman, Mitch Joel- Thanks for teaching me being myself and my own brand are the most important things of all.
  • Linda Mills- Thanks for being a fellow grownup when things get crazy.
  • Adam Plante, Bill Rowland, Jen Yuan, Alan Chaess, Alex Hillman, Geoff DiMassi, Annie, Lisa Marshall, Steve Lubetkin, Drew, Rand, and everyone else who helped out with Podcamp Philly.  Ready for another???!?
  • Charles Cadenhead for being such a great guy
  • Dale Brown from WETA for believing and the possibilities of the future.

I know I forgot some people- it is not intentional.  I’ll have to post more soon.  But I wanted to take a first pass at thanking everyone for being part of a truly great year, and to tell you in this semi-public way that I am thankful for each and every experience over the past year, and to count you among my friends.



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8 responses to “Family and the Holidays

  1. I’m thankful for our friendship as well. Thanks for thinking of me Whit.

  2. Whit, I’m thankful that our worlds have come together and that we continue to become better friends. When I refer to you as “mom” it is with nothing but love and admiration.

  3. CC- I am embracing it. Why deny some of your strengths? I think it’s part of my brand, now, actually. And that’s just fine.

    Thanks again, Mitch & CC, for a great year. I know this next year will be as exciting as the last!

  4. Hey, Whitney, thanks for the shout-out. Ready indeed for another Podcamp Philly, perhaps will be able to attend this one in meatspace rather than over SkypeVideo (does anyone have a recording of the Sunday morning session that clearly shows the video we did from Chicago???)
    Anyway, the blessings of the season to you and your family, and everyone else in this wacky worldwide community we all inhabit!

  5. If I could be even a teensy bit more like you, I’d live a better life. Truly. You are thoughtful beyond most human comprehension. I was playing with my “Ze Duck” keychain this afternoon and thinking fondly of you.

    Thanks so much for your brilliance, your persistence, your sense of self, your masterful ability to make everything work out so well. There would be no PodCamp Boston 2 without you and Mister Penn, so thank you for that, too.

    Looking forward to being just me in 2008, and seeing you around some smaller campfires. : )

  6. Whitney! It’s an honour to be considered one of your friends — my life is richer from our friendship. Thanks so much for being so supportive, for giving me an excuse to to to Philly and for your amazing hospitality.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  7. Cat

    Hey Whitney –

    I really appreciate you mentioning me and counting me as a friend. Although we don’t see each other as much at the guys do – Its nice to know you are always there.

    I wish you the best during these holidays and look forward to seeing you again soon!


  8. Whitney you are truly the best. I look forward to breaking more new ground with you in the coming months!

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