Today, I’m feeling a bit nostalgic. For what, you might ask?
(Actually, it’s more likely that you’re thinking, “Geez. This chick is always nostalgic. I bet she’ll work in a reference to 90210 or some other random show that went off the air decades ago. You know, like Models Inc., Paradise Hotel, or some long-ago season of the Real World/Road Rules Challenge. Does her TV block channels with decent programming?” Well, imaginary voice in my head – you are so wrong. Oh wait… I guess you were right. Plus, there’s that Saved by the Bell reference in the post title. Speaking of, somehow throughout the process of adding links to my senseless ramblings, I found this blog, and then lost a great amount of time that I am now unable to account for. I have issues.)
(Seriously though, no other Models, Inc. fans out there? Also, I have to confess – my prior shameful addiction to Paradise Hotel has developed into a current shameful addiction to Love in the Wild. Apparently, I have not been cured.)
Moving on… despite that scary glimpse at my internal monologue, this post is not about my questionable viewing habits. Rather, it’s about blogging conferences. I got a little spoiled last year when I attended my first pet blogging conference in my own backyard. (Not literally in my backyard… but a short distance from my home. How weird would it be if I just held a blogging conference in my backyard?)
People often debate the merits of such conferences (and of specific conferences), but I’m not delving into that today. What I really wanted to touch upon was my favorite part of last year’s BlogPaws and the real reason I’m sad that Utah is not in my backyard. (Again, how weird would it be if the entire state of Utah was my backyard? Talk about your sprawling estates.) Namely, it’s the people. I had a wonderful time meeting some of my blogging friends in person last year. Thus, although this year’s BlogPaws was not in the cards for me, I am bummed that I won’t get to see my pals again and meet some new ones in person.
For those of you heading to BlogPaws this weekend, have fun. If you’re a newbie and wondering what to expect (or you just want to experience last year’s conferences through my admittedly weird eyes), you can find all of my posts on the subject here.
Can’t all pet blogging conferences just be held in the D.C. metro area? That’d be groovy. Maybe we need to just have our own local gathering to help me make it through…