I had such a good time at Blog Out Loud last night. You guys so rock! I can’t say enough great things about all the people who came. I’m really sorry I didn’t get a chance to talk to every single person, but those I did meet were so cool and awesome and funny and smart, exactly as you’d expect.
The readers were all so, so great, and the photo books were amazing (so sorry to the photographers that our massive numbers last night pushed the photo books out of the way a bit…many thanks to Brie for the idea to pass them around instead). Everything went so well and I’m so happy!
Also, um, sorry to Katharine’s daughter for the language. Next year, Nat goes on after 9 p.m.
This year’s BOLO was a little strange for me because my older two kids actually understood what was going on – kind of. In the past year they’ve been allowed to play on a few websites (Webkinz and TVO Kids and the like) so they understand the internet. A few times this winter they saw me looking at my blog’s home page, and there’s a small picture of me there, and they got so excited to see me on the computer, like I was some sort of rock star (which I totally AM, of course).
Anyway, they are now aware that Mommy Has A Blog, and that I even write about them sometimes, and they’re still young enough to think that that’s cool, so they were actually excited about Mommy’s Big Blog Party. Which was nice, but oddly surreal.
Speaking of surreal, the craziest moment of the evening for me came when I met Jennifer, who is the NAC social media outreach person. She was so super nice and came over to specifically say hello to me, but as soon as she introduced herself I’m afraid I blurted out, in a most unprofessional manner, how angry I happened to be at the NAC right that moment. And it’s so weird, because usually I adore the NAC, only just yesterday they called to let me know that they were revoking some tickets I had already reserved and paid for.
And I know, you want to know more about that, right? Naturally I blogged all about it. And my post was very angry, especially for me because I almost never get angry, and just loaded with ALL CAPS, and yes, vitrol.
I wrote it just before I left for BOLO, but in case people were at the event and then came right home to read my blog I didn’t want the first thing they saw to be a super angry post about the NAC. So instead of actually posting it, I scheduled it for Friday (although I screwed that up so it might actually be in your reader this morning anyway).
So my point here is, poor Jennifer. I kind of unloaded on her. And I’m so sorry! Love the NAC! Really!
(Their ticket policy does suck though.)
If you can’t see the NAC post at the moment, it’ll be up tomorrow. Hopefully after Jennifer reads this one first.
Anyway, see you at BOLO 2011. Speaking of which, I am worried about the volume of potential readers for next year. I know I’m going to have to cap it. I’m looking for feedback on how you think it would be most fair to choose the readers. I think our options are a) first come, first serve; b) lottery system; or c) best posts selected by a jury of your peers. What do you think?
Oh my goodness, I just realized I have Dance! Show! on the PVR. See ya!