I went to my first DC Blogger happy hour last night, kindly organized by I-66. Who is utterly charming and welcoming. And it was such fun!
The truth is, I can be really shy when I don't know people. I was so glad to see LMNt immediately, because I'd met him before in person once before. He's really cool and fun to talk to, and he doesn't know this but I'd decided I could just hide behind him all evening if I felt shy. But everyone was so nice! It was easy to talk to people.
It was cool to put faces and real-life personalities with writing. I mean, there were a couple people, like Arjewtino for example, who I recognized from photos. I had that, "Hey, wow, I know you!" feeling.
Also, it was funny to realize how invested I'd gotten in some people's stories. Inowpronounceyou, for example. When I learned who he was and introduced myself, I wanted to just scoop him up and give him a big hug and say "I've been so worried about you!"
Ridiculous, right? But it's true.
And Roosh, I'd been scared of him because of a couple posts of his that just seemed, well, mean. I was talking to the incredibly lovely KassieK, who mentioned something about Roosh and how he was such a nice person. And I replied, "He is? I'm afraid of him!"
This made her laugh so hard. And so of course I had to go introduce myself to him and tell him how I've never commented on his blog because I thought he might be mean. This astounded him. In person? Funny and charismatic. Not remotely mean.
I'm so glad I went. Everyone was incredibly interesting, engaging, funny. And I wound up hugging a lot of them goodbye. Probably because they didn't feel like strangers in the first place. Isn't that nice?