I think its that time of the week. You know, the “stuff bloggers dont talk about”???
If you don’t know, you must be new. If so, welcome.
So today, I want to talk about blogger meetups. Most bloggers actually DO write about their meetups, but they usually just scratch the surface and say who they met with, what they ate/drank/did etc… No harm in doing that, I did it too here and here. But today, I’ll write a little bit about what I think REALLY goes on.
Three’s a Crowd: A lot of times, bloggers in a certain city will invite every blogger they sorta know to a blogger meet up. While this is fine and I suppose friendly since no one feels left out, I think these meet ups kind of stink. The foodbuzz festival is a whole other ball game which I sort of expressed my opinions about in this post. But when there is more than four or five bloggers, it can be a little annoying. Everyone usually wants to talk to everyone but everyone talks over one another and what ends up happening is that you really only get to talk to one or two people. It just gets a little disorganize. Don’t get me wrong though. Big blogger meetups are no doubt fun, but you won’t get to “know” everyone that well. Therefore…..
One on Ones Rock: I prefer one on one like the one I had with Deb and Ameena. Sophia and I often have one on ones (PS, sophia and I will probably post about a very cool blog date we’ll be having!). One on ones are awesome because you usually fall in love with the blogger even more. Its like seriously better than therapy! After all, blogs are like our diaries so its cool to meet someone who’s read it.
Fancy Restaurants Suck: Well, at least price wise and for blog meet ups. Why? Because blog meet ups usually involved a lot of talking. And if its more than two people, it will be loud! Anyhow, nothing pisses of fancy shmancy restarurants goers more than a bunch of loud people whipping out their cameras and having a half our photo session when their food arrives. Best bet is to actually go to cafe or a park. I think a potluck at a park is a fine idea and you can take your pics of what you made when your at home before you leave. Plus, its way cheaper, and you know as the Jew I am how much of a penny pincher I am 😉
Do (some) homework: sometimes, I’ll go to a blog meet up with multiple bloggers and I have never heard of some bloggers attending. No need to look them up and read every single entry, but at least skim through their last few posts, their about tab, and maybe some other tab they have got. I dont know about you, but when I went to a massive meet up the day before the foodbuzz festival in San Fran, nothing felt worse than having to introduce my self, and being asked, “O what is your blog? Hmmm…..I’ve never heard of you….”. Not that I expect people to know my blog, but when a meet up is put together and you know who is coming, do a little research or at least dont make me feel like my blog isn’t real.
Dont expect to be BFFs: Sometimes, we think about bloggers like celebrities. Maybe more even. Why? Well, like I said. blog are our diaries and when we read each others daily or weekly, we feel like we are literally growing with this person. Celebrities are people we don’t actually know much about. But we know what bloggers eat, dont eat, about their kids/pet/lovers/haters etc. Anyhow, sometimes people have awesome blogs and when you meet them in person, well…..you just dont click. Its not a terrible thing. We can’t expect to be friends with everyone. Its kind of like dating. I think friendships require chemistry too. Although I do think if you like the blog, you’ll like the person (like the Boos, Deb, Jolene, Janetha…just to name a few…), don’t expect to be in love with a blogger when you’r in love with the blog. However, I sometimes find people have mediocre blogs but are awesome in person! Anyhow, my point is: in blogger meet ups, don’t judge a person by their blog!
I actually think I have more to write on this, so maybe there will be a part 2 tomorrow.
If you have ever been to a blog meetup, how do you feel about them? Have you ever met a blogger whose blog you loved but didn’t click with them in person?