Today is not my first blogging conference. Oh no. I have been around the blogging conference block.
Specifically, I have been around the blogging conference block exactly once and afterwards couldn’t find where I parked.
I have been around the blogging conference block and discovered that I didn’t have a map and couldn’t speak the language.
Because the blogging conference I went to was WordCamp.
Now don’t get me wrong, there were great things to see at WordCamp and the scenery was lovely and they do an awesome barbecue.
But it didn’t change the fact that I had sent myself to a foreign country without the benefit of a travel agent or an audio tour.
WordCamp is far more about the technology and the mechanism of blogging than it is about the art or the community of blogging.
But I did not despair because the same day that I registered for WordCamp, I also registered for Bloggy BootCamp.
And the day for Bloggy BootCamp has rolled around.
Today, in fact. In San Francisco.
I will get to meet some of the people I’ve become friends with through blogs and Twitter.
Today they become three-dimensional people with voices.
Today I get to hear what their laughter sounds like.
And since, you know, I’ve been around the block before I can tell them the score.
I just can’t tell them where the bathrooms are.