Mamacita says: In a few days, I’ll be off to Blog Indiana – which you don’t have to be from Indiana to attend, why don’t all of you sign up, too?
I’m hooked now on writing conferences. Social media get-togethers have become my crack cocaine. No longer do I have to cook my meth in my neighbor’s front yard, over an open flame in full view of passing state cops – hey, it IS Indiana, remember, and near the river to boot – for now I can get my high by mingling with and listening to smart people talk about blogging, writing, social media, and all things such as them there. Not to mention honing my mad grammar skillz which have gone to poop pot in just these past few days of what might euphemistically be called “My Vacation.”
WordCamp got me hooked. BlogHer made it worse. Science in the Rockies helped me realize just how important social media connections can be; besides which, it was an absolute BLAST, and the most educational of all educational conferences I’ve ever attended. (Hurry and sign up for 2010!!) BlogIndiana will give me a much-needed fix. (It’s not too late to sign up!) And in October, I’ll be getting my blogging high on in Las Vegas at Blog World Expo, the Big One.
Someone recently asked me WHY I was so keen to go to the Expo. I highly respect this person and have for quite a while, so even though I answered her directly, I’ll answer her here as well, and not merely by saying “please see above.” Although I guess I just said that. I will then add that even though the social media thang is a few years old, it’s still pretty much brand-new, and those of us who are addicted are hooked pretty hard. Around these parts, at least, it’s impossible to find others with whom I can squee and ooooh and exchange points of view about social media and blogging and making all kinds of connections for my clients and doing the business thing with it and using it for things other than the “My babies are so beautiful this morning and I just HAD to tell everybody here” or “I’m having scrambled eggs this morning; what are you having” kind of communication, although such Twitters are interesting and informative to be sure. There is also so much more to it than having a My Space and selecting the appropriately goth/sparkly/NASCAR/DisneyPrincess/Hogwarts/polka-dotted background and making the dizzying decision as to who will be your TOP FRIENDS this week.
Side note: If you have a business and have no online presence, you’re losing out on a lot of connection opportunities. Get with it, old-timer. Put down your slide rule, slip that cover over your typewriter, get a phone that isn’t fastened to the wall, replace your Windows 95, and hire somebody who knows how to make your existence known without shelling out tons of money. Some money, thankyouverymuch, but not tons. Seriously, you’ll save tons and get megatons back. Hello, my email is on the sidebar.
Do you like baseball? Then you’ll LOVE Ultimate Baseball: The Game. Seriously.
But I digress.
School has already started for many of you. . . . nah, that’s another post in and of itself. “Never mind.”
Writing conferences. Come on, meet me there! You’ll also meet JustHeather, and maybe she’ll take a picture of YOU with a pickle hanging out of your mouth! If you’re lucky, that is.
Don’t be afraid. I’m harmless. I’m nice, really I am, apart from my terrible taste in pie, and. . . no, wait, that’s from Love Actually.
I am nice, though. Harmless, nice, eager to learn everything I possibly can about social media, business, giving YOUR enterprise an online presence to be valued and envied, blogging, and looking forward to next week for many, many reasons.
One of those reasons is the people. It would be really awesome if a lot of YOU were there.