In 2015, I have been thinking a lot about how “real life” and “online life” used to be so separate, and now seem to blend together for most of us.
Most of the people I’ve ever dated or had sex with are folks I either met on the internet or got to know largely over the internet. Many of my current friends probably wouldn’t be my friends if we hadn’t stalked each other online over the years, liking statuses and faving tweets, getting to know each other in the low-pressure environment of the ‘net. As a shy person, my social strategy is mostly “be awesome on the internet and wait for less-shy people to notice.” (Um, I am working on changing that.)
One of the coolest facets of this online/meatspace blending, for me, is attending real-life events with sex-blogosphere people. While someone (usually me) inevitably says something like, “Wow, you’re real!” when we first meet, before too long, it feels like we’ve known each other “IRL” forever.
And, to be honest with you, I love meeting people IRL who read and appreciate my blog. It makes me feel like a freakin’ rock star.
On that note… I want you to come hang with me and my sex-positive pals at a couple of upcoming events!
Sexual Health Expo is happening in New York City over the weekend of September 19th–20th. It’ll feature informative sessions taught by sex geniuses like Ducky Doolittle, Allison Moon and Mollena Williams. There will also be exhibits of “intimacy products” (i.e. sex toys). Fuck yes! A handful of my blogger friends will be in attendance, and I am so excited to see them again!
A couple months later, from November 13th through the 15th, is the Playground Conference. It takes place in my beloved hometown, Toronto. I’m planning on writing a post about the best sex-positive destinations here in T.O., but suffice it to say, if you’re a sex nerd, this is a good city to visit (particularly since you get to hang out with meee!). Playground is shapin’ up real good: there are tons of great speakers on the docket, including the ever-adorable and clever Kate and JoEllen. There’ll also be a sexy storytelling event, a board games night and a fancy dance. OMG, you guys, it’s gonna be so great!