Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Gah. I Make Myself Crazy.

On my other computer, I've had the "pay registration fee" window for the BlogHer conference in July open since last night. I really want to go. It's close enough to home that I could drive. G. is willing to stay home that Friday to watch the boys. Last year I tried to get a ticket at the last minute and couldn't.

But it's $300! For two days! Ack! I can't quite bring myself to enter the credit card info and click the button.

$300! For blogging! Blogging has been a free thing for me. It's a cheap hobby that has resulted in a few free products and a small check for 6 months of advertising in the sidebar over there (a really small check). I can't even tolerate paying for typepad or a domain registration.

On the other hand, blogging is also very important to me. This place is the chronicle of my kid's lives. It's where I practice writing since I never did get a career doing that. It's my journal. It's my creative outlet. It's completely mine. I've "met" cool, smart, funny people who widen my horizons and keep my brain active.

But $300? For a shy introvert who probably won't even meet anyone because she'll be compulsively chugging water in the back of the conference rooms...and then be in the bathroom after drinking all that water?

Ack. I don't think I can do it. I know I'll regret it, though. I'll follow the conference online and kick myself for not going.

But geez....all those unknown people. I hate crowds. I hate wandering around.

But....it probably won't be in SF next year.



HeyItsBeej said...

Dawn (my high school friend, the "Because I Said So" blog person) is gonna be there. I think she's a speaker.

You should go. Just for YOU. Spend $300 on YOU and go and have a good time and make yourself talk to some people. And if they suck, then hit up the bar and find a lampshade to put on your head! (Then you can be blog fodder for others attending the conference - imagine the possibilities!)

Anonymous said...

I bet that the wonderful G. would click the button for you if you can't quite bring yourself to do that act.
Go once and if it isn't what you want then don't go again.

Carrie said...

I've thought it would be fascinating to go to Blogher. But, um, yeah--$300. That's a squeaking point for me, another introvert who wouldn't talk to anyone for two days.

But I TOTALLY think you should go and tell us all about it. :)

Lunasea said...

So I signed up for Saturday. The wonderful G. can't take off Friday, after all, because it's the same month our family vacation is in.

$149 is a little more palatable, but it's still a lot. I'd better some back and instantly have 20 million more readers or something.

ScrappinMichele said...

LOL! I wanted to go to that too, but it's way too far for me. Next year...you and me, Colleen...we'll sit in the back and chug water together no matter where it is. LOL! :D

My Brand Of Crazy... said...

Yay you!
Go...find Dooce...she sounds like the type of person that will have you doing shots and dancing in no time!!!
Can't wait to read your blog about it:)

Black Hockey Jesus said...

I'm glad you spent the money. Money's stupid. Go have fun.

Arizona Albino said...

Try to get up the gumption to talk to one person. One person could make a difference. Make it an old man-he might be Warren Buffet or someone like that. Just wait, you'll see...

HeyItsBeej said...

Hooray!! I'm glad you're going!

Lunasea said...

Beej - I'll try to figure out who Dawn is.

BHJ - I'll look for you. Will you have your backpack on?

MBOC - I don't know, Dooce groupies are a mean, protective bunch. I don't want to cross them.

AZ - Great idea! But I would imagine there will be so very many old men there, how will I choose which one?

Missy said...

Yay! I'm glad you're coming. Everyone has to come.

jenk said...

I wanted to go too. It's close enough for me too but I can't justify the cost of gas AND entrance fees AND a hotel. Too much.

I hope you have a great time!

Kelley said...

I wish I could go. The $300 doesn't scare me, it is the thousands it would take to get me to the US!

So if you are in fact going would you consider taking an Aussie Chick with you? If so check out my sidebar to find out how. Apparently most of the chicks that are taking me will be hiding in the bathroom anyways...

agnes said...

I would appreciate it! I really have nobody else to talk to about this, because I don't want anybody else to know that I feel this way. I can't tell my friends or family, because when it's all done, I don't want them to know about it. So you guys are it


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