I'm late reporting on Da Jersey Blogmeet, but let's just say I had a really good time. What's not to like? Food, drink, and blogging! Does it get much better than that?
It was a nasty rainy night, and while that may have slowed down the traffic for many of us, it didn't keep us away. Besides, we're from Jersey -- we're so used to nasty traffic.
I admit I was a bit intimidated to attend. That's why I dragged my blogging buddy, Liz, along with me. You know that the wary, suspicious Jersey Girl in me wondered in the back of my mind if I was walking into a room full of stalkers and crazies.
Well, yeah it was a room full of crazies -- but in a good way. I felt as if I was amongst my people -- the type who snap photos of everything and rarely go anywhere without their laptops and access to wi-fi.
I do have to say that my favorite new saying is now "CootieHog." In fact, I say it spontaneously whenever. I was excited to finally meet Debbie who I feel like I know somehow. And it's so cool to learn that she sold her novel. And to find another blogger from my hometown in Suzette, is just amazing. What is it about Aberdeen that makes us want to blog? I love that she despises the new super-duper Shop Rite as much as I do.
I only had a short time talking to John Shabe from The Jersey Side, and I bitched in his ear about the Star-Ledger and the way they have been dumping their newspaper on my front lawn no matter how many times I tell them that "I get my news from the internet." Gee, I hope he doesn't think I'm one of those people who bitches about everything. Actually, if he reads my blog he knows that I am. Darn. Hey, John, sorry for dumping on you. BTW, I love the ORANGE room in your house. I'm not just saying that either. I'm sitting in my own orange-colored office right now. All the cool people have orange rooms.
Anyway, the room was definitely full of positive energy and just general good vibes. I go to so many networking "meetings and events" that are uncomfortable and tense. Among certain groups of writers and filmmakers you almost feel as if you are in direct competition with one another.
But I felt genuine interest and support from this diverse group of characters -- people who I probably would never meet in my normal everyday travels.