In a little under a week, I’m hopping on a jet plane and heading out to San Diego for the BlogHer conference. I’m totally psyched — I’ve had great experiences the last couple of years with meeting new people, hanging out with people I’ve met before (either in real life or online), and, occasionally, learning a little something new about what it is I do for a living.
I know there are a lot of people who are super nervous about BlogHer, and I get it — there are 3000 people there. There’s a lot happening. It’s, you know, big. Leah (from A Girl and a Boy) made a really interesting point about how we all kind of know so many people, and maybe know them well enough to know that they’re, say, into monkeys, but we don’t know them well enough to know the details about, like, their trip to the monkey sanctuary.
And again, I totally get it, but here’s my question: How many people do you think truly expect everyone to know who they are? I don’t mean that in a catty way, by any means — truly, I’m wondering. I mean, I don’t have a lot of traffic (although you know I love all of you who read! I do!), but I wonder if there would be a point at which I would expect people to start recognizing me. I honestly don’t know.
What I do know is that if I don’t expect to be recognized, I don’t stand a chance of being upset or embarrassing someone else when they don’t know who I am. I feel like that’s a nice place to be. And you know, even when I’ve been introduced to people I later learned were, like, Big Time Bloggers, nobody has ever made me feel weird for not knowing their names or blogs off the top of my head. I like that. (Especially since I have the memory of a goldfish and don’t really ever remember anybody, ever.)
Now, this year will be a little different for me — I’m doing some events and stuff for Clever Girls Collective, who I (love, and) have been working with the last month or two, as well as for Fit Bottomed Girls (also working for, also love). So, I’ll be meeting people on behalf of these recognizable names, which, you know, will be … different. I have to say, I’m excited. (Did I already say that?)
Okay, FINE. That’s what I look like when I’m quite drunk and a little sweaty and playing Charlie’s Angels. So, it’s pretty likely that’s exactly how I’ll look when you see me at BlogHer, is what I’m saying.
(Only I’ll be wearing WAY more eye makeup.)
So, are you going? Will I see you there? You can pretty much follow along with what I’m doing on Twitter. Follow me!
Oh, and let’s have a cocktail!