Solo Bloggers Unite

Susan M - March 1, 2008

It’s always fun when Internet dorks gather together in real life.

On Friday I went to a SoCal Blogger Meet’n'Eat, hosted by S’mee and her sister, Chronicler. Also in attendance were S’mee’s son and his wife, as well as Hollywood from Hollywood Flakes.

If you don’t recognize most of those names, it’s because they’re solo bloggers. (Except for Hollywood, who in addition to her personal blog also blogs at Mormon Mommy Wars.) I often find myself enjoying people’s personal blogs more than I do a lot of the group LDS blogs. I think personal blogs in the LDS blog world get overlooked often. I’ve always wished there were an aggregator for personal blogs.

So if you have a personal blog, tell us about it in the comments.

S’mee and Chronicler arranged for us to eat on a private balcony at the Disneyland Hotel. Chronicler made us a yummy salad and some kind of evil chocolate balls that I barely resisted gobbling down (can’t eat sugar). S’mee brought goodies for Hollywood’s two daughters, who were cute as could be and I must say, very well behaved.

Topics covered:

Desert hiking & petroglyphs
How Chevy Chase saved S’mee’s life
Cameras
Labor and delivery
Puking sprees
Stolen cars
Conspiracy theories, FBI watchlists, and NASA
Healthcare
Firefighting

And lots more. It was really fun to meet everyone. Hope we can do it again soon. Unfortunately some of the bloggers invited couldn’t make it, so next time we should probably try for a Saturday.


Left to right: Hollywood with her two daughters, Chronicler, Susan, S’mee, S’mee’s fam

S’mee had giftbags for the kids to keep them occupied, full of stickers, magic wands, etc. She made the rest of us gift bags full of gorgeous photo cards hand-made from photos she’s taken, a couple of mini photo frames, and other goodies. Chronicler made us all stickers for our cars that say “SoCal Blogger” and then another little sticker with an individualized graphic for each of us. (I got a camera!)

I made everyone a mix CD that I threw together really fast. I didn’t have time to even listen to it beforehand, so I apologize now if there’s anything objectionable on it (like swearing)! I tried to find songs with titles that related in some way to blogging:

The Blogging Mix

1. Everyday I Write the Book – Elvis Costello
2. The Book of Right-On – Joanna Newsom
3. The Electric Version – New Pornographers
4. Talk About the Passion – R.E.M
5. My Secret Is My Silence – Roddy Woomble
6. Tell Me Something Good – Rufus
7. Wasted Time – Screaming Trees
8. All the Things She Said – Simple Minds
9. The Drama You’ve Been Craving – Sleater-Kinney
10. In Someone Else’s Mind – TheSoundtrack Of Our Lives
11. So The Story Goes – Ash
12. The General Specific – Band of Horses
13. Beautiful Madness – Bell x1
14. She’s A Mover – Big Star
15. In Your Mind – Built to Spill
16. Are You Trying To Be Funny? – Everything But The Girl
17. Perfect Opening Line – The Frames
18. Who Cares – Gnarls Barkley
19. Truckloads Of Nothin’ – The Hellacopters
20. It’s Only Entertainment – Josh Joplin Group
21. California – Low
22. If You Want to Sing Out, Sing Out – Cat Stevens

If anyone else wants a copy, just drop me an email. And solo bloggers, give us links to your blog. Anyone else in Southern Cali? We’ve gotta do this again sometime.

25 Comments »

  1. It was really really fun, I am SO glad you were able to come! I am lovin’ the c.d. and you nailed my blog with hit number 19! hehe

    And ya…If anyone out there lives in SoCAL this was a blast and we missed you! Hopefully next time we can grab a few more of you and in about four years it will grow to an enormous size, we’ll take over the Honda Center (the Pond?) and we’ll be like the next OzFest! yes, I dream big.

    Comment by s'mee — March 1, 2008 @ 4:58 pm

  2. How fun! I would be so nervous to meet bloggers in real life. Not sure why; perhaps it’s easier to hide behind a computer screen? But not as meaningful, that’s for sure.

    I’ve had a personal blog since Jan of ’06. Happy Meets Crazy. It has slowly become one of my favorite things in the entire world. I agree with you Susan about personal blogs; they are so wonderful! I just wish I had the time to read everyone’s blogs and comment.

    Comment by Cheryl — March 1, 2008 @ 5:04 pm

  3. I was nervous to meet people just because I’m an introvert, so it actually worked out fine for me that there weren’t that many people there. Everyone was so friendly there wasn’t an awkward moment though.

    Comment by Susan M — March 1, 2008 @ 5:20 pm

  4. It was great meeting everyone I didn’t know. I wish there had been more and hope that because our foray into the waters of the unknown more will come next time.

    Thank Susan for the CD (favorite gift of the day) my song? Well, it has to be California. I love those lyrics.

    Comment by chronicler — March 1, 2008 @ 6:15 pm

  5. Well I won’t give up the chance to shamelessly plug my blog, The Horebite. But not anywhere near SoCal, sorry.

    Comment by Mike L. — March 1, 2008 @ 8:35 pm

  6. Sounds like so much fun. I’m not sure I count as a blogger. I think I’m a blogger groupie. I do have a blog though and I’m definitely in SoCal.

    Comment by Mrs M — March 1, 2008 @ 11:33 pm

  7. I have a solo blog, Hieing to Kolob, and I am an avid reader of solo blogs. Thanks for introducing me to some more!

    Comment by Bored in Vernal — March 2, 2008 @ 12:38 am

  8. I have a little solo blog- and I’d loooooove one of those cd’s Susan. I would have given anything to be there, too!

    I’ve said it before, but Susan was my first bloggy friend, and she showed me the way to the rest of blog universe…

    Comment by tracy m — March 2, 2008 @ 10:59 am

  9. I lurk and comment on lots of blogs. mine is http://www.momorama.blogspot.com/ I live for comments, and my kids aren’t cooperating. maybe they secretly wish my death

    Comment by annahannah — March 2, 2008 @ 12:49 pm

  10. I lurk and comment on lots of blogs. mine is http://www.momorama.blogspot.com/ I live for comments, and my kids aren’t cooperating. maybe they secretly wish my death.

    Comment by annahannah — March 2, 2008 @ 12:51 pm

  11. I agree that solo blogs are often the most fun to read, perhaps because they are writing for themselves and not as much for a perceived audience.

    I also much prefer writing on my blog. I don’t feel so much pressure that way!

    Comment by SilverRain — March 2, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  12. i’m not a famous blogger or anything, but i do live 20 minutes from Disneyland. sigh. would have liked to go, but didn’t know about it and was husbandless this weekend anyway (BSA training, blech).

    hope y’all had fun! how would this type of thing be publicized next time around, or are we solo plebes not invited? ;)

    Comment by colleen — March 2, 2008 @ 2:14 pm

  13. S’mee organized this get together, and she posted on her blog about it as well as tried to search for other SoCal bloggers. If you’re interested in another get together and leave a comment here, I’ll be sure you’re contacted about the next one.

    Comment by Susan M — March 2, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

  14. My solo blog can be found here. No real theme, just a hodgepodge of random thoughts.

    Go ahead, you know you want to check it out. Just once won’t hurt.

    Comment by Jared — March 2, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  15. I write a solo blog The Posts of My House. I try to post a few times a week, but it ends up being more like weekly. I kind of get into this cycle where I don’t post often because I don’t have many readers, but I won’t get readers unless I post more often. C’est la vie.

    Comment by Keri Brooks — March 2, 2008 @ 4:01 pm

  16. I’ve been writing on my solo blog for almost three years now and recently discovered group blogs (about 6-9 months ago). I have a lot of friends that I’ve made through blogging; there are a number of people that I feel quite close to that I only know from the internet. I love meeting new friends in person; I’ve done it a few times and it’s great. My blog mostly reflects my interests: I read a lot, I teach at a community college and I’m going back to school for a PhD this fall, I cook and enjoy food, I have two kids, and I’m LDS. Posts kind of cover a bit of all those areas. I went through a bad time in my life and my marriage during the last year or two, and I’ve realized that a lot of my posts reflect that. I’m grateful for my blog as an outlet and for my friends, many of whom I hadn’t even met in person, who sustained me through their comments.

    Comment by FoxyJ — March 2, 2008 @ 4:39 pm

  17. Individually some great topics. I would love to have been there when all of them came together in a conversation. One can only imagine……
    So far I’m batting a thousand having met internet friends IRL….but I’ve only met one. I think I should quit while I’m ahead.

    Comment by mo mommy — March 2, 2008 @ 5:00 pm

  18. To all who I may have missed, Ack! Man, I tried to find you! I actually went to the blogger i.d.s and went through every one (at the time over 500) searching for those who had “so cal” as part of where they lived. If I found a “so cal” blogger they were given an invitation, whether or not I had read their blog.

    I also asked all who received invites to invite all they knew. So much for planning! Sorry, I didn’t mean to be exclusive, except for mileage.

    Keep an eye on my blog and hopefully you’ll see the next get-together. Seriously we would love to have everyone there.

    Comment by s'mee — March 2, 2008 @ 10:09 pm

  19. To all who I may have missed, Ack! Man, I tried to find you! I actually went to the blogger i.d.s and went through every one (at the time over 500) searching for those who had “so cal” as part of where they lived. If I found a “so cal” blogger they were given an invitation, whether or not I had read their blog.

    I also asked all who received invites to invite all they knew. So much for planning! Sorry, I didn’t mean to be exclusive, except for mileage.

    Keep an eye on my blog and hopefully you’ll see the next get-together. Seriously we would love to have everyone there.

    If you would like an invitation to the next hoedown, you can always e-mail with that in the subject line. I will put you in a file and you’ll get info next time around. E-mail at my place. knotinthestring.blogspot.com

    Comment by s'mee — March 2, 2008 @ 10:11 pm

  20. Wow! Sounds like a great time. And Susan, you are such a mixtape mama! Excellent choice of songs. Can I obtain a copy even though I am not a SoCal blogger?

    Comment by meems — March 3, 2008 @ 6:54 am

  21. Yep! Anyone who wants one can have one. I sent you an email meems.

    Comment by Susan M — March 3, 2008 @ 7:50 am

  22. I guess I should include a link to my solo blog. Duh.

    Comment by Susan M — March 3, 2008 @ 10:11 am

  23. I live in So. Cal., so if you plan another get-together, I’d love to come!

    I’ve had a solo blog (Did I Digress?) for a little over 6 months, now. I’ve loved having a place to spew my thoughts on everything. (Well, almost everything. I’ve had to put a moratorium on politics and the environment because I would become so upset and use un-charitable language.)

    Like a lot of you, I love reading personal blogs. I kind of feel like I’m reading someone’s diary–and I’ve always been nosey like that.

    Comment by Liz W. — March 3, 2008 @ 3:01 pm

  24. s’mee, no worries on my part. i don’t have “so cal” anywhere in my profile, now that i think of it, but i honestly never gave it any thought before. hmmm. well, here i am!

    Comment by colleeeen — March 4, 2008 @ 4:14 pm

  25. nice blog your so old for making a blog. can you teach me how to improve the viewers in my blog? can teach me how have a high page rank, and how to earn money while blogging? my blog is more than 3 months.

    Comment by renan — March 25, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

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