A couple weekends ago (I know, this is a terribly late recap) I went to the Minnesota Bloggers Conference. I only found out about it last minute and managed to weasel my way in. It was a really great experience. First, it forced me to break out of my relationship-shell and randomly approach people again. I haven’t been in situations to do that lately, and I think I’ve become a little too dependent on Joe for the constant companionship. And: I met some really great people; people that probably work with Joe, people that I may have connections with through rugby (I played at Macalester), and people who I’ve been following on twitter since I started (which isn’t saying much because its only been about a month).
Second, the conference sparked my new love affair with twitter. Before that, I would read it to catch up on news, follow technology trends, and get into the minds of start up entrepreneurs. So how did the conference get me going on twitter? Well, everyone else was doing it. The official hashtag was #MNBlogCon and tweeting during presentations was encouraged. My ADHD ate that shit up – a method to stay engaged while still staying busy? Awesome. It was also a way to connect to the many awesome people I met there.
Third, I ran into Twins Geek (John), probably because he knew I was going to be there. No, he’s actually a completely legit sports blogger that I have been non-intentionally stalking over the last year. Ever since the infamous eve of Joe’s birthday present, we have run into Aaron Gleeman and/or John and his wife a good handful of times: happy hours, fundraising events, etc. Because we ran into each other, I got a good call-out on their podcast from the next day: listen to the 57 minute mark.
Fourth, I found a new obsession: podcasting. The last session at the conference was all about the ins and outs of podcasting: how to start, what to talk about, schedule, etc. I sat next to John for this part, so I got an even better perspective from his insights. I left there thinking “oh my god, Joe and I have to start a podcast.” I brought the idea up to him as soon as I got home. I thought we could discuss movies, and I even proposed the name #officialcouple talk: movies. This way, if we ever wanted to talk about something else, we could just change the end. Let’s just say, Joe was a little less than excited, possibly on the line of apprehensive. He didn’t know if we would have enough to talk about, he thought he might be weird on the air (having it feel staged), and frankly doesn’t have enough time. To give him a spark of encouragement though, I reached out to Aaron when he did his weekly call out for mailbag questions. My question to Gleeman. Gleeman and the Geek answering said question: 1 hour 24 minute mark.
Turns out, I’m not the only person that is considering doing a movie podcast (which conveniently is the theme of this blog). Aaron Gleeman also has an interest in a movie/tv show podcast. Do you see where I am going with this? Yes, Aaron, this is a more public proposition than Joe’s birthday surprise. But just think about it. How awesome would it be? Joe will tell you that I have a unique taste in movies – that I’m impossible to figure out. He also suggested that you and I wouldn’t do well with a podcast because all your fans would hate me and my harsh stances on characters, themes, etc. I don’t like gushy crap (I refuse to watch The Notebook), I prefer action to plot (but need plot with my action), I don’t like stupid funny – it just pisses me off and makes me feel sad about our society, and I prefer to know (or rather, demand to know) if a main character is going to die before I watch a movie.
Why the hell would you want to do a podcast with me then? Because I would bring spice to the relationship Aaron, spice. I’m not a silly sports nut, like some of the people you may know. I cater to a slightly different demographic, and at least you wouldn’t be the hated one with ridiculous movie preferences. I’d be the diabolical antagonist and you would be loved by all. Eh? Eh? No need to answer now… but think on it ;)