We got home from a trip to Germany on Thursday. My mind is a whirlwind because there’s so much I’d love to share, but don’t know where to start.
I learned a lot on this trip, both personally and professionally. I want to go through these things one by one, to make sure that I’ll remember them and actually grow from them.
Revelation #1 from this trip had to do with a meet-up.
I’ve worked online for the last 7 years. I sit in front of a screen every day, talking to people on social media that I’ve never met in person.
For all I know, they could be bots. Or maybe my mom made multiple accounts to boost my morale?
When I joined Twitch, I noticed how much more personal the live chat felt in comparison to static comments. You can respond and ask questions right back. It’s a conversation.
Names become familiar when you see them week after week, and soon, it feels like you know each other.
But, the reality still was… all I knew were names.
On this trip, I got to meet so many of the “names” I’ve seen online over the last few years.
It was pure, whole-hearted happiness. To see you as people. Real people. Huggable people. To be able to talk, laugh, and sing together. We made time for each other. Traveled to be there for each other.
It made me realize I’m not as alone as I sometimes feel sitting in front of a screen. Those names, even those who weren’t able to be there, are people. Beautiful people.
You are there. You exist. I confirmed it. Look.
Thank you for being such a highlight of 2018.
PS: More pics soon!
P: Thanks, Tommy, for all the mistakes you spotted. hehe! Oops. I can has write.
While I can’t deny I’m a bit sad to have missed out on so much, it makes me happy that ReverbCon was such a success. Glad you all had a good time, maybe I’ll be there next time! <3September 3, 2018 at 7:22 am
Hopefully we’ll be able to coincide, Norpal! I know it’s not an easy thing to do. Hugs to you!September 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm
I wish we could have been there early enough to join on the vote trip, but I’m really happy that we got to be at ReverbCon. Such a lovely evening and weekend <3.September 3, 2018 at 7:33 am
Yeees! It would have been nice to attend the vote trip all together! BUT, I’m glad we still had Reverbcon. 🙂 It was a lovely weekend indeed.September 9, 2018 at 4:56 pm
……. but did you name the duck?September 3, 2018 at 8:43 am
I did. Manuel.September 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm
As you might know I am Scott or Gawdsmack or Gawdsmackk on Twitch..I personally love hearing you put your thoughts down ..so share it all!! I so wish I could have gone myself..I wasn’t that far away in Sweden. I like many of yojr other followers feel the same about you. We feel connected through the internet even though we have never met IRL. We appreciate you and what you do.
Keep doing what you are doing.
Signed, not your mom.September 3, 2018 at 9:26 am
Hahahhaa! “not your mom”. hahaha! Hey Scott! Thank you so much for reading. It’s nice to know that you enjoy these posts. I appreciate you, too. I hope we do get to meet in person some day!September 9, 2018 at 4:54 pm
OMG ANOTHER CUTE PUPPY!
#PuppiesOfTheEmpireSeptember 4, 2018 at 3:20 am
😀 It was so sweet that there was a puppy there!!!! 😀September 9, 2018 at 4:50 pm
Still waiting for revelation #2 😛November 7, 2018 at 7:48 pm
Haha, so am I, Toby 😛November 9, 2018 at 9:21 am
Ay… I can’t remember what it was…. Ugh. That’s why I wanted to write it down. WHEN IT HAPPENED! I’ll look through my journal and see if I can find clues. hahaha!January 1, 2019 at 9:50 pm