Monday, October 09, 2006

Glasgow Bloggers Meeting

You may or may not have noticed my little Scottish Blog badge here on my blog. I joined Scottish Blogs almost immediately after I started my first blog. There was a Bloggers Meeting scheduled for Saturday and I went along.
I drove up and despite heavy game day traffic, managed to get parked up by 1:30. The multi-level car park where I had stored my little Civic closes at 6:00. I figured I had plenty of time to meet these people and be back to release my car before the gates locked for the night. After a lovely walk in the sunshine, through the bustling streets of Glasgow, I came to the venue for the meeting. Translated that means that the streets were heaving with drunken Glaswegians as Scotland were playing against France in Glasgow in football (soccer).

When I arrived at the hotel, I started to lose my confidence. I didn't know anybody. After telling myself that if I was to lose my confidence I should have done it 95 miles ago, I went in.

After a little stumbling around, trying to locate somebody, anybody who might look like a blogger (?) I found the small group of Scottish Bloggers.

These guys turned out to really great! I had such a nice time that at 5:00 when I had originally planned to excuse myself, I merely went to move my car so I could stay longer.
This is Chameleon (who is utterly charming) and one of the Richards (who does actually sound a bit Somerset after a few pints) drooling over a really beautiful camera. There were a couple of bloggers with excellent cameras. With motors and flashes, it looked like we were a pack of paparazzi waiting for the Beckhams to walk through the lobby.

I have a whole new set of blogs to add to my list of blogs to patrol. I'll put them up in due time.

Chameleon taking a photo of what can only be described as a very poor game of billiards.

In the meantime. Thanks to Gordon for organizing things. He and everyone else made me feel very welcome. They also answered some beginner type questions and gave me a bit of insight to ads on blogs.

If you didn't know, Scotland beat France 1-0! BTW, I heartily approve of wearing kilts with Timberland boots.


susan said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Aren't you glad you didn't chicken out?

I can't find a badge anywhere. I looked under all the words and on top of some other things. I need a hint, where is it?

Now I get to go visit your new friends. :)

Peggy said...

It's way at the bottom - Scots Blog with a wee Scottish flag on it. See it there next to the site meter number?

Gordon said...

Thanks for coming along, your nerves certainly didn't show. I'm glad you stuck around too, just a shame that these things always seem to pass so quickly!

And feel free to pick my brain on blogging issues any time.. the reliability of the answers should be better as I won't have been drinking for the afternoon..


BondWoman said...

Alf and I felt terribly nervous first time round, as well - in the Jolly Judge in Edinburgh earlier this year. But it was lovely to meet you.

Kell said...

Thanks for sharing the new blogs with us. Sounds like you had a good time, and I'm impressed with anyone who would drive to Glasgow on a football day! Souns like great fun.

gawilli said...

How cool is that?!! How did you find each other? It will be fun to check out the new blogs - I already found one very interesting. Thanks for sharing this!

Jay said...

Sounds like that was a great time. I'm going to have to go and check out the Scottish bloggers now. That's all I need. Spend more time reading blogs. LOL

J-Funk said...

WOOOOO how fun is that! Good job Peggy on spending a day doing something so new and interesting! How inspiring.

UKBob said...

I'm really impressed with you, I would have chickened out for sure. Well done Scotland for winning.

Neil said...

It was nice to meet you Peggy.. sorry I wasn't around for longer.

Alan G said...

That's great Peggy. Really glad you got past your butterflies and had an enjoyable visit. Sounds like a nice group of folks and it is always nice to run into folks who enjoy helping others get the most out of their blogging experience.