I remember years ago when I started as a blogger (which is weird for me to even write because I never set out to be a “blogger”). I simply planned to have a blog. In fact, I didn’t even know being a “blogger” was a thing.
I was willingly dragged to a one day Bloggy Boot Camp where the lightbulb unexpectedly went off. I found people. I found community. And most importantly, I found that this blogging thing is a THING.
I spent the next few months getting dragged into a last minute trip to BlogHer and soaking in everything I could learn about the world of blogging. And then I went to my first Type-A conference shortly thereafter.
By this point, I felt pretty well-versed in the basics of blogging. I was growing my presence on Twitter. I had a Facebook fan page. And I moved my little templated Blogger blog to a self-hosted Wordpress site all by myself. I thought I got it.
But at Type-A, I remember being thrown for a loop. During one of the sessions, I sat next to someone who looked vaguely familiar. Perhaps I had heard of her or seen her on Twitter, or maybe I just recognized the name on her badge. In any case, I introduced myself and asked about her blog.
“Oh, I’m a humor blogger,” she said.
That’s odd, I thought. Can you just declare yourself funny? Can you just say you write humorous things? Isn’t that incredibly subjective? Shouldn’t someone else decide if you’re funny or not?
But I thought about it some more. And I suppose it’s no different than a comedian. You get up on stage, try out your humor, and if people laugh, you’re generally invited back. And when people ask what your profession is, you don’t say a joke teller. You say a comedian. A maker of comedy. You like to make people laugh.
Don’t we all?
I started theater at a fairly young age. (Don’t think Dance Moms or Toddlers & Tiaras. I was strictly a public school performer). I enjoyed becoming different characters but more than anything, I think I really enjoyed the attention.
Some things never change.
But the thrill of performing really hit me when I got older and had a chance to perform some more challenging pieces. When I said a funny line in rehearsal, you would imagine people were laughing. It wasn’t until performed in front of a live audience and had them laugh at exactly the right moment that I felt the thrill of connecting with that audience.
Blogging is different, though. I put something out there and sometimes it’s like a fart in the wind. It disappears without a trace. Other times, I breathe through the keyboard and people love it. I can’t explain it nor predict. I just know that I’m always delighted when somebody likes something I’ve written.
And that brings me to the point of this post.
I am being honored as one of BlogHer’s Voices of the Year for 2013. But wait, it gets better.
It’s in the Humor category.
And there’s even more.
I was chosen to read my piece in front of the WHOLE HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM! I mean, all of the attendees of BlogHer 13.
So apparently, some people think I’m funny. Sometimes I think I’m funny. I actually have a blog category called Humor (although after reading some of them, I question my categorization skills). But now the pressure is on. The pressure to be funny.
In less than a month, I’ll be on stage reading my piece and just hoping the audience laughs in the right spots.
If you’re going to BlogHer this month and plan to attend the VOTY Community Keynote, let me know. I’ll gladly pay you a dollar to laugh throughout the whole thing just to make sure I’m covered.