I had a crummy weekend where nothing notable happened with which I could cobble together a post, so therefore, I will have to temporarily suspend the Golden Rule and talk about others........
First of all, BlogHer 08 was a conference, folks. Not Blogstock..... Not Blogapalooza.....Not a BlogIn at the Golden State Park......... I considered it to be a semi-professional conference and I was not there to learn macramé, hone my tie-dye technique, and to eat sheets of LSD. I was there to network, attend some sessions, scoop up swag and guzzle a few glasses of wine. My hope was to meet 5 new people with whom I felt I could connect and who I would like to add to my Bloglines account. And I did! I think the final count was actually 8 or 9 and I do have a post brewing about the gals I met.
So, all of the drama surrounding the whole Dooce vs. The Drunk Volcano incident, while mild interesting, did not exactly send me into a frothy tizzy of indignation. I have mentioned it here before, but I do not regularly read Dooce. I like her writing style and I have a respect for Heather Armstrong and her professionalism. I just don't read her blog. Furthermore, until last week, I had never read the Bloggess. That said, I thought Dooce handled herself professionally. I do not believe she is required to publicly handle every single emotional confrontation that comes her way. And if I hear one more time "the Bloggess was not really drunk, she just acts like that as a social crutch" I will scream. Huh? On what planet is "acting drunk" is better than" being drunk"?
And then.......To help along my crabby mood........ this past weekend, I was the recipient of a mass email and link to a blog post that asked the following question:
How can you continue to write about your life as if it is a normal-every-day-writing-just-for-myself life when you are receiving, in some cases, enough monetary payments to live off of your blog?While I only just threw up ads on my site a mere 2 weeks ago, rest assured that if I ever receive enough monetary consideration to live off of this site, I will happily scribble away on posts as I drive laughing all the way the bank.
On a serious note, one thing that was most irritating about the person's entire post and email was the entire whiny tone about it. It was the last straw for me because I have now read umpteen posts now that snivel about the BlogHer conferences that they did not even attend. Folks. I beg of you, quit complaining about a conference that you did NOT EVEN ATTEND. Please stop acting like middle-schoolers and save your nickels now so that you can go next year. Then, you can grouse about all the snooty snobbery. However. Despite all the drama and petty bickering, I guarantee that you will walk away from BlogHer 09 all fired up about your blog. Truly.
Excuse me. I am now off to bat a ball of string and munch on some catnip. Meow.