Still haven't signed up for the January 8th blogmeet?
Okay. Let me -- er, Neo-Neocon -- give you a few good reasons to attend:
The following pre-conference theories of mine seemed generally to be borne out:
1) bloggers can talk; in fact, most bloggers would rather talk than eat
2) bloggers tend to be intense
3) bloggers include a high proportion of night people and/or people who don't sleep all that much
4) most bloggers look like their photos--except me. I actually don't have an apple in from of my face. [Or, in my case, a camera]
Things that were surprises:
1) a higher-than-expected proportion of bloggers are smokers
2) you can't tell who's short and who's tall from a photo....
1) When I say bloggers can talk, I mean talk. We're talking serious talk here. Stamina, breadth, depth, decibel level. Get a group together, and it's not for the faint of heart--if you don't jump in quickly and vigorously, you may never get the floor, because the competition is hot and the topics change at the speed of light as one thought follows another, like group chain-smoking. Those with natural projective qualities of voice have an advantage here; those of us with naturally quieter voices stand in danger of getting hoarse....
I find it an extraordinary experience to meet people backwards: that is, to meet their minds first and their bodies second. You get to know people in a totally different way as, day after day, you read what they are thinking without ever having met them in the flesh.You don't even realize how many preconceptions (and perhaps misconceptions) you are building up until you meet the person him/herself. Sometimes the meeting shatters those preconceptions utterly. Far more often, however, the person you meet is both similar and somewhat different from the one you had expected: younger, older; livelier, shyer; more fidgety, calmer; funnier, more solemn. Then you superimpose the new template on the old and merge the two, and now you know the person in a fuller, rounder sense.
I'm telling you, you'll have a great time.