That meetup was the reason I took the reins on 20 Something Bloggers, something I’ve never regretted. It showed me the heart of a community that’s really changed people’s lives; something I’m proud to be involved in and continuously proud to talk about.
Sometime I feel when I don’t get comments on my posts, they can be a real motivator but that doesn’t stop me from posting as I know that I’m new to this arena. I blog because I have opinions in almost all the things, though I’m not as talented as most of them when it comes to writing skills. But it’s all about learning which I love the most.
Sure, we’re a bit** more agile with technology, but everyone else is catching up fast. Sure, that’s given us a bit of a unique profile when it comes to brands that want to sell us things and employers who want to keep us happy, but that’s their rat race.
You’re still buying things, and you probably work for someone.
Anyway, at the end of this week in Austin, South By Southwest kicks off with their Interactive session, which what they call the geeky stuff. South By Southwest actually transitions from the geek scene into the music and film sessions with lots of overlapping, but all in all the first few days are what I’d call Geek Bonnaroo.
For a bunch of people who’ve largely never met to come together in secret to make a video for someone they largely haven’t met, just because it’s the right thing to do, says a lot about everyone involved. I feel fortunate to have joined up.
We shouldn’t be talking about what really matters, as bloggers. As writers. As gardeners, managers, executives, joggers, eaters. It should not ever ever be a question as to quantity and quality. It should never be a discussion about whether we are all in a room looking to score the most points or whether we’re looking to help one another be better versions of ourselves.
Some are little worlds; written for the author’s enjoyment or a compulsion to keep a running tab on events and fleeting thoughts attached to those events. I think nearly every personal blog lives an early life this way, unless its author was an avid paper diarist.
I guess that’s why I can’t answer the question, “What can’t you live without?” without making an attempt to determine what makes me different than other people, which may be complete hogwash…but I think it’s also part of the answer.
I’ll probably kick myself for letting the cat out of the bag, but the world of non-commercial, “personal” blogging is dominated by women. I’m going to try and explain why I think that is, but I’d be really interested to hear from you in the comments if you disagree with that statement.