I’ll keep this short, but I wanted to say this really quickly.
Today starts the conference. Officially at least. The good part about arriving so early (and being on close terms with the organizers) means I’ve had the opportunity to meet so many people already.
Some I’ve met at munches. One very lovely lady at LAM. Some while stuffing bags. The large majority I met last night at the (huge) meet and greet.
I’ve been to a few conferences, even conferences where I knew one or two people, but this conference feels different. It confirmed a lot of how I felt the community was.
We are real people.
I’ve read some people for years. Nearly 10 years for some people. Others it’s been far shorter. Less than a year.
It did my soul good to see people and have them be exactly who I imagined they’d be in real life. Fun, sweet, lovely. I wanted to cry when I gave a few people hugs because it completed this picture in my head and it was spot on.
Blogging, sex blogging, is revealing. If I’ve seen your ass/tits/cock/cunt, I feel like I know you. Well, I feel like I’ve seen vulnerable you, and I’ve read your sexy bits and your not so sexy bits.
We aren’t perfect people.
Who we are on the blog isn’t always the same (or is a subdued version) as who we are in real life. We have many things going on we don’t reveal. Struggles we only allude to in our writing.
Many of us are introverts. We’re okay with revealing our bits, but many of us are shy as hell. Peopling for long periods is taxing, but we’re here to get to know each other and learn.
I feel like this community is amazing. I’m glad to be a part of it and learn.
Here’s to stepping from behind the screen and being (marginally) social this weekend.
So happy first day of Eroticon.
Your words describe perfectly why I’m jealous as hell of those that can be there. You’re all just a train jurney away, and I wish I could take it.
Enjoy. Please. And if you don’t at least lie and say you did, so it doesn’t shatter my illusion.
Give everone a kiss for me.
I wish you could’ve come. You’re another one I’ve known for a long while now and I would’ve loved to meet you
Hey Cara, give them all hugs from us!
I was chatting to Hy about you both. I’ll be back in your area so we’ll have another visit and chat about the conference.
I’ve adored you virtually for years and now I get to adore you in person and it is AMAZING! And JB has been bitten with the Eroticon bug and is already talking about “next year” because you’re so right. It is so wonderful to connect with people IRL once you’ve seen their everything (body and/or soul) through their blog.
Seriously, meeting you was exactly like I’d hoped. You’re so great and I wish I was closer to you just for the occasional coffee.
AS one who has followed you for years it has been an amazing experience to meet you in person and give you a actual hug. Connecting with people that are part of a wonderful community has been mind opening to me on many levels.
You’re great! I really hope to get back next year so badly. I’ll work it into my schedule no matter what. Even if it’s just for another hug from you.
Just catching up with this after the event as it were. It has been wonderful to meet you and to start to know you as a person. I am quite the extrovert in my normal life, but struggle in conference situations. This year though I have enjoyed the times to chat as much as listening and participating in the sessions. I hope you will be back next year xx