Happy hours

OK, the source of much anxiety and hand-wringing yesterday (I tend to overreact at times) was because I was attneding my first Kansas City Blogger’s Meetup. So imagine, if you will, shy little ol’ me walking into a group of people, some of whom actually get paid MONEY to write shit for a living. And here I do this little thing on the side for giggles.

Luckily, Venus also went so I had back-up, just in case I felt like crying like a baby. No really, it was fine. Newsflash: Bloggers are pretty damn nice! But we already knew that, didn’t we? I like to work a crowd real slow so I didn’t do much mingling, but that will change as I get to know people a little bit at a time.   Apparently these folks meet pretty regularly so now that I’m in, they’ll never get rid of me. (Whahahahahahaha….cueing the evil laughs of wickedness).

If you’re interested in checking out some of last night’s honored guests, here’s Spyder’s post.  {Blogger’s   a little screwed up today, (the site Blogger, not ME) so if you can’t get in, it should be back up later…}


19 Responses to “Happy hours”

  1. 1 Simonne August 22, 2007 at 8:13 am

    Oh cool!! I must admit, I was curious! That’s very cool OB! I’m so glad you guys went to something like that – it’s good to put yourself out there sometimes. I’ll bet you work that room like there’s no tomorrow next time 😉

    Ah, we shall see! The people I met were very interesting and fun – and the beer was pretty good too.

  2. 2 V- August 22, 2007 at 8:17 am

    I left feeling more like an insecure 13 year old than I did before I went. Damn my inept social skills. But you’re right, they seemed like a really great group and I can’t wait to delve into their blogs.

    Oh, silly girl! You were fine. Hey, XO is from Liberty. I’m so talking to him next time.

  3. 3 m.toast August 22, 2007 at 10:44 am

    >Bloggers are pretty damn nice!

    Oh ho. But wait til you really get to know them. ;^)

    >The friend of a friend does not know me, has never met me.

    That has now been rectified, thankfully. I’m glad you could make it, I thought it was a good’n. And thanks for bending my ear about WordPress. I had actually forgotten how much it doesn’t suck.

    Looking forward to seeing you at the next one…

    Toast, the highlight, of course, was you letting me play with your shuttle, or missle, or whatever the fuck that was! I so dig making the blast off sounds!

  4. 4 Deb August 22, 2007 at 10:57 am

    Glad you had a good time! And more blogs for us to check out. 🙂

    Yup! Hey, that’s the best part isn’t it?

  5. 5 The D August 22, 2007 at 11:16 am

    What? Bloggers can make money doing this? Why am I the last to know this?

    Sorry I didn’t get around to your end of the 4, 5, tables we took over. Next time fo sho!

    I was down on the opposite end in the blue tee shirt and jeans.

    Well, ya know, REAL writing, like for their job and shit like that. I’ve heard of people being paid for blogging. People I don’t know like that Huffington chick. Oh hell, she probably doesn’t even NEED more money cuz she’s fucking drunk with money. I hate her for that.

  6. 6 D. Peace August 22, 2007 at 12:02 pm

    I’m glad you liked it.

    Incidentally, how does ANYONE get paid to blog? I’m guessing they’re writing specifically about tech news, politics, and other hot-button topics, but can you really generate enough money through on-site ads to consider it a legitimate money-making venture?

    I think it would be really hard. Maybe Dooce does, but who knows? There’s a system through Amazon.com where you can do blog reviews for them and generate some revenue, but you’d have to have a lot of time to do that. I think it would make blogging too tedious, though. Hell, this is the stuff I do for fun!

  7. 7 Waldo Oiseau August 22, 2007 at 12:12 pm

    It was great to meet you last night! Look forward to seeing you at the next one!

    Ha! I’m still thinking about you in your granny nightgown staring at the ceiling!

  8. 8 pradapixie August 22, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    I’m so glad your 13 year old self got to feel ok about going. Sounds fun. Must admit I would love to meet up with the people i blog with, so I’m very envious.

    Well who knew there were so many of us in my little corner of the world? Not me! I think we’re pretty lucky here to have an organized group like this.

  9. 9 KC Sponge August 22, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    I get super nervous and talk too much when I’m around new people. Wish I could just shut up and listen . . . Missed meeting you = when did you leave? I got there around 7:30 . . .

    Venus & I left about that time. Crap, I’m going to get my ass off the bar stool and talk to some more people next time!

  10. 10 V- August 22, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    I think we should try to organize a goddess meet-up. Who’s wants to crash Simonnes wedding with me? 😉

    Yup, I’m just waiting for the money the Nigerian banker is supposed to be sending any day now…

  11. 11 Deb August 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

    v – me me me!!!

    Of course, my dear. I will be happy to share the Nigerian money with all my peeps!

  12. 12 poseidonsmuse August 22, 2007 at 4:16 pm

    Wow…that takes some courage there OB. Good for you. Hopefully there will be a meeting of the Alchemical Goddesses one day…Hugs and love to you…

    I’ve been giving this some thought lately. From this day forward, I want to be known as the Goddess of Good Humors.

  13. 13 anandamide August 23, 2007 at 5:25 am

    Not that I’m endorsing this, but one way to get paid for your blog is to let google put ads on it. They put the ads on based on content and (apparently) send you a check each month. Here’s the link.

    If anyone does this, please let me know how much they send you. The ads look a little ugly so unless the check is decent (and the reason I’m not doing it yet is I can’t imagine it is all that good), I’d just as soon keep my blog uncluttered.

    Yeah, I don’t like the thought of cluttering up my site with ads. There’s enough commercialism in life as it is. However, if the money’s right… Nah, I probably wouldn’t do it anyway.

  14. 14 Eolaí August 23, 2007 at 7:00 am

    It was all very pleasant I felt – for a bunch of strangers to talk to each other, an odd concept – but we all have a fair whack in common because of this thing we do, whatever it is.

    Glad to have met you, and your writing.

    Eolai, I checked out your site(s) and notice you’re quite well versed on Celtic music. You may be interested in an old acquaintance of mine who lives and plays Scottish folk in Austin and is well-connected in the Celtic community there: http://www.songsofscotland.com/. He’s actually an old futbol friend of my ex-husband’s, but we spent many a time drinking and hanging out with him when we lived in Austin. Liked meeting you also – hope to see more of you before you move back to Ireland.

  15. 15 Bella August 23, 2007 at 7:21 am

    In like Flynn! I’m sure they will never want you to leave now!

    That’s right – not even if they want me to!

  16. 16 Xavier Onassis August 23, 2007 at 8:57 am

    It was nice to almost meet you!

    Hey next time for sure!

  17. 17 prisonmike August 23, 2007 at 10:40 am

    Isn’t it nice to know that even at the age you are, you can still cultivate stomach butterflies? So when you two were heading there, were you expecting Star Trek Convention attendee types? I’m sure you were your normal witty, urbane and glib self. Algonquin Roundtable stuff.
    FYI – My EBAY AC compressor arrived yesterday. The green truck is cool once more!!!! Skinned knuckles, sweating like a whore in church, cussing and screaming – they all melt away when you sit behind the wheel and feel the Peppermint Patty like refreshment that R134 refrigerant provides in a properly compressed state.

    More like eyeshades and blue pencils! No, seriously I was expecting exactly what it turned out to be – a lot of very smart and interesting people (just like me!!! me! me! me!). I am so glad you are properly cooled now. However I kind of liked it when you were a hot daddy at the Blue Room.

  18. 18 Waldo Oiseau August 23, 2007 at 11:29 am

    Hey, you’re not allowed to tell anyone that story … unless you’re drunk and they’re drunk!

    Heh, heh, heh. My lips are sealed as to the reason you were attired in such a way! Not to worry, all your deepest secrets are safe with me.

  19. 19 writerchick August 23, 2007 at 8:24 pm

    Wow Karen,
    That sounds like a blast. I wish there was such a thing out my way. But I don’t think I’ve met a California blogger (anywhere near me) yet. I like the alcohol angle too. Two things we really like, booze and bloggers. Can’t get any better than that.

    It was pretty damn good. Can’t wait for the next one… Come on out and we’ll go together!

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