I’ve been out in public in a corset and bustle. I’ve danced in public with my underwear showing. I have publicly declared myself a romance aficionado and re-named myself after a cocktail that I don’t even drink. But this weekend marked a new step for me. This weekend I publicly declared myself a blogger.
I’ve always enjoyed writing but never considered myself a writer. I didn’t think I had the patience or the qualifications to write. So I have been surprised by how much I have really come to value the time I spend writing and creating the podcast. If something is worth doing, it’s worth doing right, so I decided that I wanted to get serious about this blog and do it right. I started reading Cincinnati Women Bloggers and found out that the incredibly useful beer blog, Hoperatives, was hosting a blogging conference in conjunction with the Cincy Winter Beerfest. Hoperatives bill themselves as “Believers in Better Beer” so it only made sense that the conference they hosted was called 5B: Believers in Better Beer, Bites and Blogging. It was a one-day event that included connoisseur level tickets to the beerfest for Saturday night and promised to be a low stress, informative event for local beer and food bloggers. Doesn’t sound like a big deal right? Just go and have fun, learn a few things and then enjoy a beer festival with my new friends. Of course that was actually pretty much exactly what happened, but before I could get there I had to work up the nerve to apply to the conference, and then actually go to the conference and tell everyone that I am blogger and a podcaster. I have a history of not declaring my plans until such time as I am well into them; I didn’t even tell people I was training for a marathon until I had done my 20-mile run. So here I was, after only six weeks, going out and calling myself a blogger and podcaster.
Of course I am very glad I went. I ended up talking to some wonderful people, like some great food bloggers from the area, including Our Good Food Life and Eat Drink and Be Married. Julie Niesen Gosdin of Wine Me Dine Me Cincinnati presented several workshops, and I learned about growing your blog and making your own bacon from Rachel Tayse Bailleul of Hounds in the Kitchen. I got to hear the history of brewing in Cincinnati and get a preview of it’s future straight from the CEO of Christian Moerlein, Greg Hardman. I got to drink a Schlafly pale ale before lunch, followed by an award-winning burger from Café Du Wheels. When the day was over Charlie met up with me and we headed to Beerfest and had a great time, as you can see from the pictures. Check out Episode Seven to hear all the stories of the night in detail.
But the weekend wasn’t over yet. Sunday night, as we were recording part of Episode Seven, I got the call that Doctor Bombay was being featured in CityBeat and we needed to take some new band pictures ASAP. We finished recording and I threw on my go-go boots for an emergency photo shoot. Luckily Jimmy and Lola have an amazing house so finding a setting was not difficult. I will let the photographer work her magic with the proofs before sharing too much, but Charlie was able to snap a few sneak preview pictures with his camera. I think these are going to be a lot of fun. It is a strange world I live in where admitting I am go-go dancer is less threatening to me than admitting that I am trying to be a writer but this weekend I did both.