Bloggers: they come in all shapes and sizes, all types of personalities (from the shy to the outgoing, from the loud to the timid), they dress with all different styles under the rainbow, they may even wear the wrong bra size but, you know what, they are all fabulous.
This is why, when you find yourself in a room full of female bloggers (300 is as full as a room can get), you will not (and should not) ever feel judged, criticised or put down. There is such a feeling of camaraderie, community and genuine happiness at finally meeting in real life that person whose blog you have been reading for ages, whose recipes you’ve been trying in your own kitchen, who you have been tweeting for ages… or seeing again that blogger you met a while back at an event.
This is due to the fact that most bloggers start writing their online journals as their form of expression and personal release and, through it, they end up finding support and friendship.
Yes, there may be trolls but, you know what, they already existed in the coolest gnome cartoon I used to watch as a kid.
|See? All fabulous|
To stand in a room full of these amazing, inspiring, fabulous women and being a part of their group, where no one should ever be left out (and if they do they should come have a word with me and I’ll sort them out)… to be able to do that one whole Saturday in mid-May 2012, that has been the highlight of my blogging time so far and I owe the organiser Siân To and my train companion Kat from 3 Bedroom Bungalow (who I had already met the week before for a coffee) a huge thank you.
Sian: geek is indeed chic and you are most inspiring and generous.
Kat: thank you for confirming what I thought all along, I am blogging for myself and, with people like Typecast’s Nickie O’Hara to put my (Blogger technical-side) arse into gear in just 40 minutes, I shall keep on doing this my own way, writing “me”.
There were so many amazing women there (and a few good men) that I couldn’t mention them all here as I would be bound to forget some, so everyone who I spoke to, even if it was for only 2 seconds: I am honoured to have met you.0