Sunday, July 26, 2009

BloggerCon...costumes optional

Recently I have been having fun thinking about organizing a Blogger convention. Rather like ComicCon, only without Super Heroes. And where costumes are optional.

Then today I’m trolling blogs and I start seeing these references to BlogHer who was hosting a conference this past weekend. Why am I the last to know? I visited the BlogHer site and scanned through the agenda.

Here’s a sample:

• The Transformational Power of Blogging
• MommyBlogging: Have You Found your Mommy Blogging Tribe?
• “Balance” is a Big, Fat, Lying, McLiar LIE for Moms who Blog
• Blogs & Body Image: What are we teaching our kids?
• You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day
• Business of You: Brands and Bloggers
• What is "Pro-Woman" in a Post-Palin World?
• Advanced Social Media, Syndication and Stats


The convention I had in mind would be much more about fun. In many ways, I feel I have found my “tribe” and now I just want to meet all of you. There would be massive socializing, lots of eating and drinking, sharing of ideas, toasting great posts and no gender requirements.

There would also be a few speakers and presentations just to keep up the pretense of a work connection so we could write off the expense.

Here’s how it’s playing in my mind.

The first thing I would do is have drollgirl and sallymandy up to my room for a wardrobe consultation. Working/not working from home for so long has left me fashion impaired.

Then on to happy hour where Lola is going to demonstrate how to make Limoncello and Eddie Bluelights will lead the conga line. While we’re feeling mellow and before we’re completely socko, Cormac will arouse our senses with a reading from his latest pulp fiction and Quirkyloon will bring us up to date on the threat of Zombies.

We’ll break into smaller groups for dinner, where I will meet up with Kathleen, Rudee, ds and DistractedBSO so we can catch up on private lives and I can finally learn more of the affection for keens, how to knit and resources for poetry and images.

After dinner is rabble-rouser time, so Vegetable Assassin and I will grab a Mexican brew and sit in her airstream goofing on people walking by.

For the next day’s presentation I haven’t fully thought out the agenda, but it could be something like this:

How to make world class videos about absolutely nothing.
- presented by Some Guy

Round table: Creating an international community within the blogosphere, for fun, not profit.
- Panel members: Woman of No Importance, LoriX5, Ribbon and Purest Green

How to create multiple posts every day while having a full time job and still having a life.
- presented by Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein

Irreverence/satire/irony – punch up your writing style with humor.
- presented by Comedy Goddess

Round table: Having fun with social issues.
- Panel members: Lakeviewer, Utah Savage, Lover of Life

Whaddya say? Are you in? Let me know your ideas so I can pull together a proposal for funding and send it off to those good folks at Blogger.

Photo: ComicCon image sourced through Google



Lori ann said...


what a fantastic post! i see some of my friends here and new ones to meet, oh i want to be there, and can i come in the airstream too? i've always wanted to go inside one of those.

hmmm ideas? i'll have to think on that.☺

loved the pictures in your last 2 posts, where in the world do you find these?

Anonymous said...

I'm totally in.

I've been looking for a platform to spread the zombie news.

This sounds perfect!


Kathleen said...

Oh yeah, I am SO in!!!!

I really like how your mind works, Pyzahn!!!!

How can I help get his puppy off the ground!

FABULOUS post. (No surprise there!)

Midlife Jobhunter said...

I'll be there. Your agenda sounds like much more fun!

Rudee said...


I'll teach you to spin the wool, knit and then felt your very own lampshade to wear. It should look fabulous once we've all had a few of those limoncellos.

Name the date and I'll wash my Keens just for the occasion.

PurestGreen said...

I've always wanted to be on a panel. This would be utterly hilarious. All the fun without the pretence.

Lola said...

I'm in!! What a great idea, I'm all for fun&food, so let the party begin. So nice of you to point out the blogs by "category," I'm off to scout the ones I don't know.

Big hugs,
Lola xx

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I seem to have misled you my dear. I don't have a full time job. In fact, I don't have a job at all.

Comedy Goddess said...

First of all, Thanks for the Link Love!!

Secondly, I think BlogHer is overrated.

Thirdly, I love your choices and concept!

And lastly, where is it going to be held?? xo ~ Elise

Anonymous said...

Now see,that is a much more fun idea. The whole Blog-her thing and its ilk are puzzling to me. It seems so self-important. People take blogging so SERIOUSLY? Really? I'd rather be at your conference anyday.

Eddie Bluelights said...

I'm definitely in! Love the idea ~ practicing the conga already and all the other party pieces. Watch out all you lovely ladies!!! I'm in a party mood and as you can see from my latest post, my Bluelights are shining very brightly!! and I have a really big heart ~ Eddie

Nancy said...

I'm in, I'm in! And I've just heard about BlogHer, as well. Why aren't guys allowed? I know way too many wonderful guy writers to leave them out.

ds said...

Ha ha! Love it! Your ideas are awesome. (and my word verification is "typolib"--hmmmm) ;)

Cormac Brown said...

As long as it is within two hundred miles of San Francisco, I'm in. Regardless, thanks for the mention and the invite.

drollgirl said...

well your party sounds 4 MILLION TIMES BETTER than the other one!! for sure!

and thanks for the shout out!!! you are too cool!

Some Guy said...

I have often envisioned something like this. I have been to a few get-togethers with other bloggers and have always had fun. My presentation would be pretty short - turn on the camera and act like a jackass. That's all there is to it.

Utah Savage said...

Wow oh wowie! I missed this. My friend has been and still is sick, so I've been preoccupied lately. I'm so honored to see my name there where I least expected to see it. A round table to talk about social issues? Me? You're living dangerously. Now I have to go back and read it all again with something else in mind. I'll be back in the morning. Costumes? Did I read that right. Same post? hummm.

Mr London Street said...

This sounds about five thousand times more interesting than BlogHer.

I hear the lecture on 'The Fallopian tubes of broadband: harnessing the uterocracy" was unmissable though.

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