My First HuffPo Live Appearance!

Huffington Post asked Hemant Mehta to appear in a Google Hangout-style “round-table” of sorts.

Hemant was busy, so he sent his backup (or back-back-back up)… Me!

Here was the summary:

A new survey shows that one in five Americans is not affiliated with a religion. Is no religion about an absence of faith in god or in institutions?

This being my first time appearing on any sort of camera talking about… well, anything, I was really nervous and had a whole lot of information prepared. And then I ended up using very little of it, for better or worse.

So glad you couldn’t see how hard I was sweating.

So my point is, please enjoy watching my first live interview, and please be nice.

I think I use “literally” once or twice in there.  Please let it go.

Also, the moderator pronounced my last name wrong. It’s Bloom-Key.

About Jessica Bluemke

Jessica Bluemke grew up in the suburbs of Chicago and graduated from Ball State University in 2008 with a BA in Literature. She currently works as a writer and resides on the North side of Chicago.

  • http://profiles.google.com/5up.mushroom 5up Mushroom

    Eisenhower said: In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless but planning is indispensable.   
    Nothing wrong with having too much information prepared!

  • Baal

    Nicely done!  I don’t think you came off as any more or less nervous than the rest of the guests.

  • Annie

    Well done !  I thought you did a great job throughout, but really enjoyed your comments at the 21 minute mark. 

  • Quintin

    The guys an gals of Ask An Atheist advised “prepare for two hours and expect to use it for only ten minutes”. Now you’ve got 110 minutes (metaphorically speaking) worth of material you can use any time you might need it.

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    I thought it was a good conversation and Jessica made some good contributions about it being possible to be a good person being raised outside of religion.  This was important to say since one of the other people was saying that church was needed to provide the foundation to be a good person. 

    Although it was probably inappropriate to bring up in that conversation, I always find it very curious that some Christians point to Jesus as a role model in tolerance towards other people when the Christian theology also says that Jesus will condemn vast swaths of humanity to hell for not believing in the “right” things after they die.  Perhaps the intrinsic hypocritical and implausible nature of Christian theology itself might also contribute to more and more people not wanting to self identify with a Christian label. 

  • http://religiouscomics.net/ Jeff P

    I thought it was a good conversation and Jessica made some good contributions about it being possible to be a good person being raised outside of religion.  This was important to say since one of the other people was saying that church was needed to provide the foundation to be a good person. 

    Although it was probably inappropriate to bring up in that conversation, I always find it very curious that some Christians point to Jesus as a role model in tolerance towards other people when the Christian theology also says that Jesus will condemn vast swaths of humanity to hell for not believing in the “right” things after they die.  Perhaps the intrinsic hypocritical and implausible nature of Christian theology itself might also contribute to more and more people not wanting to self identify with a Christian label. 

  • http://www.dadpulse.com Eddie

    You were awesome. I, however, rambled on too much.


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