To say that it wasn't an easy journey to the Martha Stewart Show today would be the understatement of the century. I missed my train (those who know me know that is pretty much par for the course), then missed the train after that. Fortunately, I made the next train which should have gotten in at 8:14. It didn't. It was 15 minutes late. I was due here at 8:30. Late city. But all is well and I am in the audience room waiting.
So the lineup sounds a little differently from the preview. Mattbites is here along with a design blogger, two guys from Politico and Margaret Roach...oh yea, and Perez Hilton (not to be confused with Paris Hilton). Word has it we might get a little swag on our way out as well.
UPDATE - 9:36 a.m.
Seated now. upper right. I am wearing pink, like one of my tweet friends suggested. I am sitting next to one of the ladies from List Mama. She also writes 100 Days to Christmas (gotta send a little link love to the other girl in pink!).
The audience is getting prepped right now for the show. Joey, the warm up guy, is a trip.
UPDATE - 9:58 a.m.
2 mins to show time! Apparently in NY, the show doesn't air until 11 -- we are taping now!
So the set here, it looks a lot like you see on TV -- except it's huge.
Is primer pronounced prim-er? Not Prime - er? That's how Martha said it, never heard it pronounced like that before. Learn new things everyday, eh?
Deb Perelman of Smitten Kitchen was just introduced -- can't see her though. Oh, there she is. She estimates traffic at -- get this -- 1 million a month.
UPDATE - 10:06 a.m.
Swag! Audience is getting Cute Overload's calendar. The blogger behind that is here. She is so pretty!
More swag! A Year of Mornings book. It's so cool to be here.
Perez is next!!!
We are entering the second segment in 5 seconds. (Pause for applause.)
Perez Hilton started blogging in 2004 -- today, he gets 9 million hits per day. Can't I just say Oh My God. He is wearing a fantastic striped shirt and these interesting shiny gray pants. I just can't get into the shiny material for pants thing. Sorry Perez.
Perez is a total success story. It is simply amazing that he could move his mom to LA and employ his sister as his assistant. I so, so, so want that lifestyle. What blogger doesn't? Oooh. Cool tidbit -- his real name is Mario.
Tips from Perez:
- Find a niche and do something that will help you stand out.
- Be prepared to work hard. Perez puts in 15-16 hours a day. Holy cow. I don't think a food blogger need to do that so much...but spending time on your writing is key for sure.
We're in break again. Music playing. I spotted Food Maven near me, hi Rachel!
Getting ready for Matt of MattBites to be on. He is such a photography rockstar! You have to check out his site and drool. He gets 50-60k a month (in hits to his blog). It's a lot but is paled by Perez.
Is anyone else so totally loving the robin's egg blue Kitchen Aid? I want one! I really, really want one! Macy's has a whole line of robin's egg blue gear from Martha.
Matt made teaching Martha to cook so incredibly easy. What great poise.
UPDATE - 10:27 a.m.
Do those cookies sound devastatingly delish or what?
Martha tidbit: She's coming out with a cupcake cookbook next.
Eddie Ross from The Design Blog is next. He's also on Top Design. Talking about flea market finds. Love the idea of flea marketing, though I rarely go. Oooh -- clip on earrings become magnets. Great idea! Sounds like a good Etsy business.
Vintage postcards too.
UPDATE - 10:40 a.m.
Did Martha just call her Sharon Palin? That's a pretty big and unexpected gaffe for her.
She admitted her mistake.
So Politico bloggers are on. Love Politico. Do you think it's odd to have political bloggers on Martha Stewart? I don't. It's a blogging show after all. More odd that there are no mommy bloggers on the list.
Martha admits that it is odd that McCain doesn't use the latest methods of communication. I couldn't agree more. It really would be weird to have a president who doesn't use computers, email, etc. Embrace the change, McCain!
UPDATE - 10:46 a.m.
What great company to be in here. It's amazing to look around and know that I am surrounded by some of the greatest wordsmiths in the blogosphere today.
A Way to Garden's Margaret Roach is on. She uses a Nikon SLR to photograph. Lovely photos on her blog. I can't imagine gardening that much though. She just called her frog boys "sexy beasts." That's a little weird. IMHO, of course.
Another mention of sex. Hmm.
UPDATE - 10:55 a.m.
Thank you HP for our wireless printers!!!!
Ok, so that's it folks. Hope you enjoyed the show. This was great fun.