This is a JournalCon entry but, not THE Journalcon Entry. I’m working on a write up of the weekend with pictures that I hope to have up within a day or two.
I met 100+ people this weekend in Washington, DC. A lot of those people walked up to me and told me they read me and hi and I like your site. It was wonderful, yet, odd in a way.
I’ve been writing this journal for 4.5 years, now. I spent a few months on Geocities, then bought mutteringfool.com and have been here since then. Now, I have a lot of readers that I know in real life. I know they read, encourage them to comment, and don’t have any problem with it. (Other than the fact that I can’t be in the room when Tony reads me site. Don’t ask, I don’t understand it either.)
For the past 4.5 years I’ve known that people I didn’t know were reading. I’ve talked with a lot of people, chatted with them, posted to forums, and on and on. You know, doing the whole internet thing.
It wasn’t until this weekend that the connection between internet and there actually being real live people on the other side of the screen really clicked in my head. As I told Tony on our drive home “It seems different, now.”
Now that I had the chance to met people, I wondered if it would change my tone of writing or if I would feel strange about it. Yeah, I do feel a little different.
But, it’s not a bad different. It’s just different. I can put voices to journals and forum posts. I can see someone’s face as they really are, not just as the face I had in my head. The illogical part of my brain has connected the journals I read to real people.
It’s a good thing, it really is.
As for the people who came up to me and told me that the read me. I love that shit. Really, there is no better way to secure your place in my heart as telling me you enjoy reading what I dribble out here. I’m in awe of many of you, as really there are some fantastic writers who are part of this segment of the web.
I’m extremely glad I went this weekend, even following the bout of nerves I had last week. If I hadn’t gone or had hidden in my room all weekend I would have disappointed myself, and have missed out on this connection to everyone.
Hopefully, I’ll have my other entry up within a day or so, I’m cropping pictures as soon as this is posted.
Have a wonderful day,