Thanks to Cullenary Curser for the graphic!
So you know from Jenny Jerkface's post yesterday that despite the odds, we somehow managed to survive BlogHer '10. It was an amazing and remarkable weekend - we learned a lot. About blogging, about other bloggers, and about ourselves. And I am still pretty wired and soaking it all in at this point. I mean honestly, I was pretty damn hopped up almost the entire time I was there. Social anxiety? You betcha! But I pushed myself out of my comfort zone (with the help of JJ and TJ/Miss Tejota and a slew of other cool chicks we met everywhere we went). The level of hopped-up-ed-ness ranged from checking in at the Hilton and and being all "Holy crow I am so excited to be here!" to walking through the lunch buffet the second day and being more like "Uh, holy crow I think I might actually be thisclose to passing out so can someone please keep an eye on me for the next few minutes and make sure that if I slump to the floor I am not flashing the masses???"
As Twilight bloggers, we were not sure how we would be received by all of the other bloggers. I have residual "I was an unpopular child" baggage, and this was the bloggy-grown-up equivalent of heading out to recess at a new school and wondering what the cool kids had in store for me. I try to be optimistic in general, but "hope for the best, prepare for the worst" is a saying that I believe in. My expectations were...iffy. All I wanted to do was go and represent Twitardia/the Twidom and not choke too badly socially and maybe learn some stuff and meet some people. And boy howdy did we!
Admittedly, after the high of the "Newbie Breakfast" and the "Welcome and State of the Blogosphere" things did get a little rocky... Five minutes into the first break-out session (JJ and TJ went to creative writing and I went to a Self-Hosting Your Blog workshop) , I plugged my laptop into an outlet in the Geek Lab and the connection sparked and made a "POP!" noise and just like that, I had no laptop. Like it was DEAD. Then when I was conferring with the various "Geeks" in the room perhaps a little too loudly with a bit too much cussing as we tried to figure out the extent of the damage (opinions ranged from "you're probably shit out of luck" to "you're totally fucked"), someone from the open-walled adjoining suite came over and shushed us. Go me! (To fully get the magnitude of this experience, you have to understand, I'm "the shusher" in our group of friends. JJ's volume is stuck on "excessively loud" and I've shushed people in their own homes even though I know it's a major faux pas. I simply can't help myself.)
Many freaking-the-fuck-out texts, trips to the concierge desk, a run-in with a woman who I almost punched because she was extremely put out by sharing the hotel with "those blogger people," a multi-block schlep to Staples, and $125 later, I had replaced my fried power cord and was back in business. Or blogness. Or whatever.
And everywhere we went, whether it was lunch or a session or speaking to vendors in the Expo Hall or chatting with folks at a party, people all asked the same question: what's your blog about? And our answer was always some form of "we have an adult Twilight humor blog." While I will admit there were a few people who clearly thought we were bonkers, the general response to this statement was MUCH better than I ever would have imagined. Sure, some people backed away slowly, nodding politely and making sure to not make any sudden moves lest they invoke the ire of the crazy ladies, but the majority of people we spoke to were
It seemed like every third person had a response something along the lines of "Oh my friend would LOVE your blog!! [note: we know "your friend" is you - just own it, ok??] or "We have a group of people at my office who LOVE Twilight and we all go see the movies together!!" and in rare instances we even got people to admit that they themselves were Twilight fans.
So what's the take-away here??? BlogHer was fucking AWESOME. We wish you had all been there with us. Next year, it will be held in San Diego, and we hope we'll be able to convince some of you to come with us. It doesn't matter how big or small your blog is or how experienced you are (or not) as a blogger - I guarantee you will have a remarkable experience (and you'll score some cool swag - oh the swag!).