Today I’m in Madison, Wisconsin.

I haven’t been here since 2000. My husband and I were not yet married. We spent a weekend here because we are the lamest people ever. I thought he might propose to me. Instead, we went to House on the Rock and a casino in Baraboo where I won $85 in nickels.


What I remember most about Madison is how many people wanted to tell me that Madison was unlike the rest of Wisconsin.

“We’re more like Austin than Milwaukee.”

Yeah, okay.

So I’m in Madison speaking to a bunch of HR people, today. The topic is personal branding. I am not keynoting. I’m just doing a concurrent session because I wanted to see my friend Sarah White give a talk. I have never seen her speak, so I volunteered my time (and gave up my session fee) in exchange for the opportunity to see Sarah shine.

So if you wonder how a blogger earns money and can afford to travel all over the world, you should know that I actually have no flippin’ idea. Today I’m not making any money or traveling the world. I am leveraging my hard work — and cashing in my imaginary PTO days — to support a friend who is speaking in the middle of the country.

It’s not Austin, but it is worth it!

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  1. “Madison: We’re Not Baraboo!”

    Yeah. Madison has its charms, but the thing it wants to be on paper, and what it actually is….two different things. It’s pretty, though.

  2. i wish I would have know you were coming to Madison, though you don’t know me from Adam as I am just a regular reader. Unfortunately, I’m over in the UK and would have missed you anyway.

    Madison is a great place to live. And it’s not like Austin. It’s like Madison. 🙂

    Glad you stopped by.

  3. So happy to finally have you in one of my sessions and hope it was worth it!!

    So great to see you & look forward to our next real life visit in December!!

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