I am going to BlogHer in August. Me. The girl who loses e-mail subscribers quicker than a woman losing her dieting willpower on a Saturday night. I am that talented y’all. Now I like to say I don’t care I only have 237 blog followers and 30 (as of today, we’ll see tomorrow) e-mail subscribers. Plus 2300 Twitter followers *fist pump*…BUT I do care just a little. I started this blog to quit harassing a friend (a friend at that time…my how things change) about the things I wanted. I’d e-mail her things like, “Hey isn’t this lamp DIVINE?” and “Hey, look at this damask item. Isn’t SO me?” and I remember being ecstatic when I hit like 10 followers. It was insane. I said something along the lines of “SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! I HAVE TEN FOLLOWERS!”
One of which was my husband who I forced to subscribe. Smooches honey.
And about 2 years later, I hoped to be fabulous and have thousands of followers on my blog. And I have roughly 250. But, regardless, I am going to BlogHer.
Which makes me wonder, why am I going? And then I remember that these people I connect with online are, ya know, real people. I was fortunate enough to meet some of my tweeps back in April when I was in Austin for a conference. My persona online is pretty true to who I am. I am sensitive, cry during weight loss shows, overanalyze everything and really random. And I like bows and sparkly things as Kit would know.
I was a little nervous when meeting these lovely Austinites for dinner back in April. Would I be shy? Awkward? Talk too much? And I just tried to tell myself to be me and be social.
That’s what I did. And we had a fabulous time.
Brittany: I LOVE this girl. She is one of my dearest friends. I can tell her anything. ANYTHING.
Katie: Super sweetheart. She is SO nice and sweet.
Jeanette: Hilarious. She is seriously funny. And lovely to be around.
Melissa: Witty and she runs. Like really runs. Marathons and stuff. So jealous- she is fit and cute!
Twipals (twitter + pals= twipals)
And somehow, thinking back to the fun I had on that Tuesday has made me a little less intimidated about BlogHer. I had a great time with these girls. It almost felt like we took our Twitter banter/chatter and just kept going at the dinner table. Like we’d been friends for a long time. So, that’s what I am hoping BlogHer is like. I have 3 amazing roommates: @temysmom, @Savingmoneyll, and @suzrocks. I feel like I am going to have some awesome roomies/women by my side to make BlogHer less intimidating and more fun. (Just FYI roomies, if you all try to ditch me, I will harass you on Twitter…kidding. Sorta.) But honestly, just e-mailing with them back and forth today about some BlogHer details has me psyched to meet people and take silly photos.
But yet, I am still nervous. So this post is for me to make it known to the world that I’d love to meet you if you’re going to BlogHer. I don’t care about your stats, I don’t care about your Google page rank and I don’t care if you have 3 Twitter followers or 30,000. I’d love to meet you. If you want to meet me too, please feel free to DM me on Twitter, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave me a comment on this blog post. People keep telling me to get cell phone numbers and make a list of people I want to meet, so this is my way of getting started. Gosh, I hope someone wants to meet me.
BlogHer is about making connections, and overall being a better blogger. I guess this means I should continue to post on a semi-regular schedule. Hey, I’ve done well lately with about 3 posts per week.
Maybe one day I’ll crack 300 followers?
A girl can dream. And boy do I dream big.