In exactly one week I will fly out for the big BlogHer conference. Always nervous in new situations, I call a phone number for general questions and (supposedly) if I tell them my interests, they’ll make sure I’m seated with like-minded people. Like-minded people? I don’t mind people, but I don’t exactly like them either.
Hello! This is BlogHer and you’re on speakerphone with Blanche and Blaire. We’re The Bloggsey Twins!
Me: Hi! My name is Stephanie.
She sounds disappointed.
Blaire: Never mind her. Stephanie with an S? We were expecting another group of bloggers calling from Biloxi. Blanca, Blythe, Blossom and Blinda.
Me: You mean Belinda?
Blanche: No, she dropped the ‘e’ to make it work.
Me: I see. Well, it’s really Blephanie.
Blaire: Bl-awesome! What can we do for you?
Me: I was hoping to find out exactly what will happen this weekend and maybe sit with women I share common interests with.
Blanche: You’re interested in blogging, right? You’ll be just fine.
Blaire: C’mon Blanche. Seat her with the “Need to Knows.”
Me: The Who?
Blanche: We try to group by personality types. The “Need to Knows” are control freaks and like to have an advanced detailed agenda. And obsessively clean. They could literally eat off their toilets.
Me: Oh definitely don’t sit me with them, please.
Blaire: Well, describe your blog.
Me: I write humor.
Blanche: Oh, A Niche Bitch. Put her with the Niche Bitches.
Me: Well I don’t confine myself to only humor.
Blaire: Well, lemme ask you this….Do your readers ever find themselves NOT laughing?
Me: Mostly all the time.
Blanche: (whispering) Shove her in the back row. I just saw her Gravatar photo. Nobody will ever be able to see anything over that big hair!
Just then I hear another voice, whom they introduce as Blabette. She offers to send me their “Blow by Blow, Blogger Blorganizer” which outlines their odd assessment of the different Blogging personality classifications. This is what I see:
CATEGORIES OF BLOGGERS
The Blogcrastinator — They will find every reason in the book to justify not having anything to do with Blogging. From housework to headaches. They’ll even post about why they cannot post. The really desperate ones resort to citing “Sexual Conflict” as their excuse. (Note: Because they talk a good Blogging game, they make good Phone Call Receptionists for BlogHer)
The “Don’t Applaud Cuz I’m a Fraud” Blogger – – Don’t believe in themselves and are petrified that others will find out they’re masquerading as Bloggers. They generally blog about vacuums because they think they suck. If they get a nice comment, they go all Sally Field. “You don’t hate me. You really don’t hate me?”
The Blah Blogger – – Wishy-washy, afraid to make a statement, and begins every sentence with “Perhaps.”
The Bloggert Braggert – – Lists all their many Chain Awards prominently in their Menu and conducts surveys or takes requests on what you would like to see next on their blog. Their ABOUT page reads like an acceptance speech at The Oscars. (Note: Don’t seat near the Fraud Bloggers)
The Frogger Blogger – – In an effort to not be boxed in, they jump all over the place with subject matter. They also leap to conclusions, choose green as their background color, and beg to be kissed.
The Blues Blogger – – Their keyboard needs Prozac. Their followers are suicide hotlines. They categorize and tag their posts, “Armageddon, Cancer, Save Your Soul.” And that’s on an upbeat day.
The Bloated Bladder Blogger – – Hypochondriac writers. A scintillating post for them would be “Candid Conversation for Convincing, Cajoling, Coercing, Coaxing a Companion into Colonoscopy!”
The Badger Blogger – – They miss that Persuasive Essay assignment from high school. From fashion to politics, they are correct and you WILL see it their way.
The Voluminous Vaguely Visual Blogger – – “A picture births a thousand words.” They insert media graphics and pray the photos will tell their story for them.
Note: All other Blogger Types not mentioned above, we’ll just stick on the outdoor lawn with speakers.
Not seeing myself described here, (although Colonoscopy is a frequent request I’m asked to write about!) I call back in a panicky sweat.
After I hear my “Bosom Blogger Buddies” identify themselves once again on speakerphone, I practically hyperventilate . . .
Me: Hi again, it’s Stephanie with a Bl. I was just thinking – – Couldn’t I just sit with you nice ladies? What category type do you both fall under?
Blanche: Oh, we’re in a league all our own. But, unfortunately we’re not able to attend the BlogHer conference.
Me: Why not?
Blaire: Blanche here has too much housework and I’ll be having a migraine and a sexual conflict.
Disclaimer: The above represents absolutely nothing accurate from the real life BlogHer committee, staff, judges, attendees or keynote speakers. I’m sure they’re a lovely group!