Whirled Musings

Across the Universe with Cosmic Connie, aka Connie L. Schmidt...or maybe just through the dung-filled streets and murky swamps of pop culture -- more specifically, the New-Age/New-Wage crowd, pop spirituality & religion, pop psychology, self(ish)-help, business babble, media silliness, & related (or occasionally unrelated) matters of consequence. Hope you're wearing boots. (By the way, the "Cosmic" bit in my moniker is IRONIC.)

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Happy Anniversary, SHAMblog!

I'm probably going to put some more stuff up today (for one thing, we're not quite finished with Hawai'ian Week), but for now I wanted to alert y'all to the fact that today, July 17, marks the two-year anniversary of Steve Salerno's SHAMblog. Steve is the author of SHAM: How The Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless, and he began SHAMblog around the same time that the book was initially published.

I only discovered Steve's writing, and SHAMblog, a little over a year ago, and I think it is fair to say that Steve gets most of the credit (or the blame, depending upon your point of view) for inspiring me to begin my own blog. At that point, my "cosmic" snarkiness – which up till then had found the pinnacle (or nadir) of its expression via my book-like product, Cosmic Relief *– had been dormant for years. But somehow, reading SHAMblog sparked the snark in me. While Steve takes a serious journalistic approach to self-help/pop psychology matters as well as some new-age stuff, I decided to go the (mostly) humorous route with Whirled Musings.

Now I'm coming up on my own one-year anniversary (July 27). Thank you, Steve, for your continued support of my efforts on this blog. More than that, thank you for SHAMblog. Not only do you offer information and thoughtful commentary, but you have provided a lively forum for discussion of the good, the bad, and the ugly in the self-help movement. Happy anniversary!

* You will see, if you follow the link, that the numbers for Cosmic Relief are impressive: #4,133,361 in Books as I write this. I like big numbers! Also, in the interests of full disclosure, the single five-star review was written by a friend of mine. I didn't ask her to do it, though; she volunteered.



Blogger LESMANiA said...

Ah, Cosmic Connie,
I just discovered your delightful blog. (aka: this very one)
Love it!

And speaking of big numbers:
I'll try 'n' get your book, once it is back in print, 'cos, as fab as it will be, @ its current Amazon 'collector's price' --3 used & new available from $36.99-- I just must give it a pass.

Still: Happy Early 1-Yr Anniversary!


Wednesday, July 18, 2007 10:40:00 AM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

Thank you, Les! I looked at your blog too...very funny stuff.

I quite understand about not wanting to pay a "collector's price" for my BLP (book-like product), "Cosmic Relief." At one time the "collector's prices" for this rare gem were as high as $88.00! I never saw a cent of that.

Tell you what I'm gonna do. I have a few rare copies left here at Cosmic headquarters, and I can let one go for $12.00, shipping included. Email me off blog if you're interested.

And thanks for the anny wishes!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 11:00:00 AM  
Blogger LESMANiA said...

Wow... Thank you kindly!

Just contacted you at, well, that email service named after (< Cosmic Coincidence? Stunning Synchronicity? Aww, G-D knows) that 'wine' I so blog-dug on 071707.

Blissings. Once more.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:11:00 PM  
Blogger Cosmic Connie said...

TY, Les!

Wednesday, July 18, 2007 12:30:00 PM  

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