Kidlit Con

One week ago, I met Melissa Wiley for the first and hundredth time — first in real life, but it felt like the hundredth in a good way because of all the talking done online. I was having fab talk with people who I only see, at best, once a year at a conference like this. I was meeting people new and old and having a ton of “wait, that’s YOU” moments, but I think I successfully avoided doing that in real life.

As promised, I wrote more about Kidlitosphere Conference 2010. It appeared first in SLJ’s Extra Helping (subscribe here) and is up at Kidlit Con 2010: Building A Real Community.

Over at the Kidlitcon2010 blog, Andrew Karre has a number of round ups:

one of all the blog posts people made reporting on their experiences;

one of the photographs — which actually has a photo of me that I LIKE. My sister just fainted from the shock. Will have to talk to Andrew about getting a copy;

and one of the presentations — so far, more people have viewed the presentation that Pam Coughlan (Mother Reader), Jen Robinson (Jen Robinson’s Book Page) and Sarah Stevenson (Finding Wonderland) and I did than were at the conference. If you have any questions about that presentation, let me know.

Also, Greg Pincus was not there in body but followed along via Twitter and put together a transcript of the tweets.

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KidlitCon 2010

Tomorrow, I leave for KidlitCon!

Registration is available onsite, so if you’re not sure about attending, please come!

I can be really, really, really bad with names. I may know your Twitter handle but blank on your real name, or know your blog but not know what you look like. So when we meet in person, please be patient! I call it the “oh, OH” reaction. A name is said, wait a beat… wait a second beat… OH, you’re YOU!

My icon photo is pretty much what I look like, except with glasses.

I’m looking forward to saying “hi” in person!

KidLitCon 2010

It’s a fact. Groups of people who meet on the Internet over shared interests want to meet in real life. Using my beloved Buffy as an example, the fans who met through BTVS’s official posting board, The Bronze, held posting board parties from 1998 to 2003. (No, I never went.) And even before the Internet, fans met and held conferences: Science fiction fan conventions started in the 1930s. In pre-Internet days, the letters sections in science fiction magazines helped create the virtual (via mail) communities that then lead to real-life meetings.

Those who blog about children’s and young adult literature have the KidLitCon; this is the fourth year. Yes, I know! I would say “that’s how long book bloggers have been having conventions,” but I’m not going to claim “first” without actually researching whether other groups of book bloggers have held conventions or not.

I went to the first KidLitCon in 2007 and the third in 2009.

Four years of planning, arranging, meeting, having fun. Where does the time go? Oh, there are other conventions and conferences in a year: booksellers have BEA, librarians ALA, teachers NCTE. Still, none of them are just about the bloggers and while some of us meet at those events, those meetings are an add-on, not the prime event.

KidLitCon is the prime event. It’s held over the weekend, so people don’t have to worry about vacation time being used. Topics are geared just towards bloggers, whether the bloggers are authors, publishers or readers. It also moves around the country, so that the responsibility for planning doesn’t fall on the same shoulders over and over.

This year’s Kidlitcon is in Minneapolis on October 23rd. The keynote speaker is author/blogger Maggie Stiefvater and the rest of the agenda is being finalized (but I confess, I had a sneak peak and it looks terrific!) I have to send in my registration; I’ve got my roommate for the hotel worked out; now I just need to commit to a flight.

Looking for more reasons why to go? Luckily for you, an interview with me about just that topic is at the Kidlitcon2010 blog. And Jen Robinson shares why this will be her first solo trip since Baby Bookworm was born. The list of current attendees are on the KidLitCon2010 blog sidebar.

Will you be there?