On Wednesday morning I got up at my normal time, drank my protein smoothie, ran on the treadmill for 30 minutes, and then got “dressed” to go meet up with some members of Oklahoma Women Bloggers. (I say “dressed” because I literally threw on a different set of work out clothes after taking off the set that I ran in. Also, if you’re wondering if I was sweaty and gross, the answer is no. One of my super powers is not sweating when I work out.)
We met at the Starbuck’s in Moore on I-35 and 27th to talk shop. I’m always down for coffee.
I have to say that I really like those rare occasions when I get to spend time with other women. Roughly 80% of my time is spent hanging out in the boy’s clubs, so to speak. It’s always been that way for as long as I can remember. It must’ve started when I was a kid and I only played with other little boys because there weren’t very many little girls on my street.
Fast forward to now and pretty much everyone I talk to on a daily basis (with the exception of the long and sometimes deep text chats I have with Katie) is a dude.
I wouldn’t go so far as to so I’m “one of the guys,” because I think that’s a phrase women use without thinking about the full ramifications of what it actually means. Let’s just say I’m a really effeminate bro, and leave it at that.
In any event, I love the company of dudes as much as I love the company of ladies, and I took full advantage of the opportunity to spend some time with some nice ladies who also have pretty cool blogs.
We spent time talking about future meet ups for Oklahoma Women Bloggers, potential classes they’d like to offer to newbies, and of course, really embarrassing stories of things we did that were maybe just a little bit illegal. You know, the usual.
We spent a fair amount of time also discussing how we don’t want our blogs to be brands. There’s a huge push right now for all blogs to be about marketing a brand, rather than just a space for a person to be on the internet. As I’m sure you can tell, I’m not about the brand part. But we’re really happy that, unlike a lot of online groups, we’re pushing more for the community aspect of blogging, and less for the branding. It’s hard to find that these days, in online groups and conferences especially.
Anyway, the coffee was delicious (pretty sure I drank over 500 calories in one sitting–it’s cool, I ran, remember?) and the company was a lot of fun. I really like that I’m slowly finding my tribe. It took a long time, but dang. It’s nice to know that there are people out there with similar interests who can just chill out on a Wednesday morning and talk while drinking some coffee. And I’m pretty thankful that my new schedule can accommodate that.