Wednesday, January 18, 2012

I'm Going to a Blog Conference

Lisa and I are going to SLC for a blog conference today. It's the Alt Design Summit. I'm really excited to go. Nothing makes me love my family more than leaving them for a few days. In fact, it's quite common for me to get homesick whenever I go anywhere. (Then I come home and I'm in a bad mood like that, as if I never left.)

For the conference I got business cards that say "writer" on them. You can get business cards that say anything. It's pretty validating to see it in print. Next time I might get cards that say "sharp shooter," or "maven." At Alt Summit I will meet the Blog Fairy who designed my cards and in a moment I am anticipating to be very surreal, I will hand her one.


I wonder what the conference will be like. Will I meet Dooce? Will I have to flash anyone for beads? Will there be a dance off?  Will I find out that I have a cult-like following among design bloggers? It's possible that all of these things will happen.

Lisa and I are staying off-site at her Aunt's condo. I wonder if she will help me get my boots off at night--I wonder if she knows I am expecting her to. I wonder what expectations Lisa has for me and whether or not I will feel comfortable with them.

So, I'll be off to the big city in a few hours. Has anyone been to a conference before? Any words of advice for me? I've got my food basket packed.

12 comments:

  1. I wonder if you will say "good night" to each other? I wonder what you will wear to the all white dinner ala Sean Coombs? I wonder when you will come to my blogger conference (i.e., HOUSE) in Idaho? I guess never. Good luck and keep us posted. The only conference I ever went to was an African American Literature conference in grad school. I wore my hair in pigtails and was mocked by a majestic, proud, and powerful black woman. Then I left and went to the mall.

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  2. I have never been to a conference, so I haven't much advice. But your posts often make me stop and consider the important questions. I think my cards will will plain ivory and say only "Lady Kelly Beeswax." Old School, no contact info.

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  3. I've always wanted to try one out but never have. Probably because I don't want to endure the humiliation of being surrounded by hundreds of people who have never heard of me. Can you imagine? I introduce myself and they're like, "Who....?" and then JUST as they start to walk away I could yell out, "I know Kacy!" and then I would command the room.

    Have fun! I can't wait to hear all about it. I assume you will tell us ALL ABOUT IT.

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  4. I am officially really jealous. I hope to some day be enough a part of the blogging industry to attend a blog conference. I hope you gals have fun! Vox me the deets!

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  5. I have been to lots of conferences - but they all had to do with education - mostly special education but I've been to some that were just about reading. I mostly enjoyed the stay in the hotel - and shopping - there is always shopping at education conferences.

    Once or twice the speakers were even good.

    Have fun!!

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  6. conferences= kind of lame, but good excuse to get away. have fun there. i was sad to log in last weekend and find that i had been mere yards away from you on saturday. we did a quick turn around trip to get gram in eagle mtn and had to go into town to Costco and in-n-out. anyhooo, i logged on and checked your blog late that night, then got up,got in my car and drove home. it's just as well, i suppose. having a baby is really crampingmy style all around. i just feel like not such a great stalker lately and I really should show up on your doorstep in my yoga pants with diet coke & ding dongs one of these days just to keep you on your toes. every breath you take...

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  7. Anonymous11:57 PM

    OH FRICK, see how tired I am, I signed in as the PTO again, but you know it's me by now, right?-jamie

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  8. I have been to lots of conferences and all of those about Education it is my first time to see Blog conference.

    Plastic Business Cards
    Plastic Cards

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  9. The only conference I have been to was a new faculty conference in Richmond VA when I was a brand-new librarian. Oh Yeah--Big Time. I was 7 months pregnant and terrified that the guy who drove our van 90 mph in the rain for 2 hours was going to get us all killed.

    I shared a room with a fellow new librarian from a different campus whom I did not know at all. But she was just my age and very nice. And 5 years later we are working together at the same campus.

    The workshops were really fun and interesting actually. And the food was good. Overall despite the rooming with a stranger and fearing for my life en route, it was definitely a net positive.

    That's all I've got. The blog conference sounds fun. But I'm sure you'll make it fun even if it isn't fun on its own.

    As a side note I totally know the feeling of getting in a bad mood after being away from my kids and missing them. (terrible sentence right there but I think you got the gist. sorry) I think it's because I got used to not being bugged by little kids. As much as I love them and miss them terribly while I'm gone, it's easy to get used to the not being bugged part.

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  10. Anonymous1:13 PM

    It is your first time see blog conference? hmmmm, selling plastic business cards? what a weird coincidence.

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  11. I am pretty disappointed there was no dance-off, now that you mention it. Mostly because I would have loved to see all those fashion bloggers shake it in 6-inch heels.

    I also feel like there probably should have been karaoke.

    (Also, my captcha word for this comment is "gynogync." that just seems worth mentioning for some reason.)

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  12. Yeah, me too I also get homesick when I attend conferences but for now I get familiarized.

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