About a year ago, I was just like you…A blogger but not a BLOGGER because I hadn’t been to a Happy Hour yet. I was just a blogger on paper…er…computer screen. My life became SO MUCH BETTER the first day I met some of my favorite bloggers.
The thing about going to a blogger happy hour is the anticipation. The uncertainty. That dark fear of “OMG WHAT IF I HATE THESE PEOPLE IN PERSON OR THEY HATE ME”.
Oh, was that just me?
Either way, let me give you a couple of pointers on how to meet bloggers in person for the first time.
*Relax. No, I mean it. Relax. More than likely, this happy hour will be after work hours and trust me when I say none of us want to baby sit you. Relax and get ready to drink.
*Be sure you’ve talked to at least one person that will be there one-on-one, either on chat or the phone…or at least e-mail. You’ll feel better going in knowing that there will at least be one person there that you know on a first-name basis.
*Plan on staying for longer than an hour. The real fun starts after the first 90 minutes…after booze has been consumed.
*Do not be afraid to be around people who are willing to make a scene.
*Do not be afraid to laugh at yourself and/or people around you.
*Do NOT (this one is key) hook up with any guys during the happy hour. You do it twice and suddenly, it’s your ‘thing’. (It took me months to get rid of THAT stigma)
*If Maxie is going to be there, be ready to do a shot. This is non-negotiable.
*If there will be karaoke involved, be ready to sing. Loud.
*Your boobs will probably be fondled.
*Be prepared for the possibility that you may suddenly end up a strip club. This is normal. Carry singles.
Be yourself. We are hanging out with the people whose lives we witness day in and day out through their blogs. As long as you’re real on your blog, we’ll like you. Trust me.
Oh and showing up might help.
So, I’ll see you tonight?
When: Tonight, February 19, 2010, 6 PM
Where: Vapiano at 18th and M
Remember the first time you met other bloggers? Tell us about it.