This is the 4th year ConvergeSouth has been held in Greensboro. The town, incidentally, where I live. I've been a blogger for nearly that long, yet this is my first year attending the blogger convention.
- Snort (literally - she may have spit soda through her nose.) "A what???"
- "They have conventions for bloggers? Why?!"
- "What do ya'll do, sit across the room from each other with your laptops and write back and forth to each other?"
- "I'll bet the parking lot outside this thing is way more fun than a Grateful Dead show!" (No. I am not making this up.)
- "Really. Well what...I mean, what do ya'll do? Why? I don't get it!"
Truth is, as this is my first year, I have no idea what to expect at this convention. But that doesn't keep me from being excited about attending.
As I responded to the clever dude with the snarky Dead remark, "Look, these are my people." (To which he responded, "Okay, I get it; kinda' like one of the reasons I go to AA.")
Maybe it is, too. Sort of.
I've been to enough professional conferences and conventions over the years that I figure there will be lots of speakers:
- talking about things I care about,
- sharing tips about techniques I've heard of but don't yet know how to implement,
- giving anecdotes concerning success with this or that tool,
- and a whole lot more...
- how to use social media sites to generate more traffic to our blogs,
- as well as other tools and tricks, too,
- why we do this in the first place,
- how it's good we have these conventions since, although our friends think our blogs are kinda' nifty, they sure don't get why we need to converge to talk about it.
They're not all my people, of course. Ya'll are my people - the ones:
- who put up with phone calls in which I rant over how this or that brought me tons of new traffic,
- and in which I beg for affirmation that this post I just published doesn't sound blatantly condescending or rude to this or that person or group,
- the ones who sit patiently while I once more declare "oh that's gonna' be great for the blog - hold on, let me quick make a note!"
Can't wait to tell you if The Event Proper lives up to its years of expectations!