Jen14221 asked me over on Facebook about the Buffalo Bloggercon that's still tentatively a go, I guess, for this coming Saturday evening. I say "tentatively" because I haven't heard much by way of interest in this in my past postings about the event (aside from Paul, and I may have even annoyed him by floating the notion of a date change last time I posted on this topic). Many, if not most, of the folks who have contacted me regarding this particular Bloggercon have given regrets for various family or work related reasons, and believe me, I totally understand! While I thought that picking a date in December several months in advance might help that cause, it hasn't turned out that way, and in the realm of Real Life in and around Casa Jaquandor, this weekend has turned out to be completely packed as well (although not so packed as to render impossible my attendance on Saturday night): between tonight and Sunday, we'll have three events at our church (four if you include the regular Sunday service), one work-related Christmas party, two events at The Daughter's school, The Wife's out-of-town work meeting, and the weekend grocery shopping. Where did all that come from? Is there something about this weekend that stands out, sore-thumb-like, on the calendar for people looking to schedule stuff? Ye Gods!
So anyway, is there sufficient interest to bother, or are we better served waiting until sometime in January or February when we're not all inundated with Christmas-related events and family stuff and expenses? I'm honestly asking here -- while I think that our Bloggercons have become way too infrequent, I also know that we're all pretty busy people to begin with, and anyway, there's a reason why organizing bloggers has occasionally been likened to herding cats. I also freely admit my less-than-impressive skills when it comes to event planning. (My involvement in the planning of our wedding, way back when, mainly consisted of, "I wanna wear a black tux with a white tie", "Hmmm...I like the chicken better than the steak and it's cheaper too", "Mmmmmm, carrot cake!", and "Nice invites, except that's not my actual middle initial.")
The first Bloggercon I ever attended was in January 2006, and it was a great time for all, in downtown Buffalo. Now, I know that it's become an "unofficial Bloggercon" to gather at a particular bar and watch the State of the Union address, but I don't think I'd do that one -- nothing against the company involved, but frankly, even if Kate Winslet showed up on my doorstep to watch the SOTU with me, and even if when she did she was wearing a pair of overalls and bearing with her several tubs of Cool-Whip, I'd probably turn her away, so low is my desire to listen to George W. Bush orate about anything at all.
But anyhow, was anyone still planning to go to this Saturday evening's proto-event? Or should we live to fight again another day?
UPDATE 12-7-07: Well, the consensus seems to be that this date is bad, and something early next year would be much better. Fair enough; this one didn't work out, then. Maybe next time.