The day after I got home from Austin I started on my post about Spring Fling, the first national garden bloggers meet-up. I decided I was not going to go into a lot of detail, but just upload the best of my photos and comment on them. So I forgot that photos are the most time intensive part of a blog post. So I happened to have a lot of photos I wanted to comment on. So I realized that it’s going to be a whole week tomorrow since this event occurred, and I haven’t written a thing about it. So I’d better try a different approach. (This is it.)
And then I realized none of my photos are people photos. And the people I met were the whole point of going.
I’ve been thinking about why I didn’t take pictures of the people I was with, and the answer is, I really prefer candid shots to posed pictures and I really hate pointing a camera at someone I’m talking to. So, no pictures of people. (But I am working on a post with pictures.)
Pam compared Spring Fling to a family reunion, and I saw this similarity, too. The thing that has always frustrated me about family reunions is that you get to talk to a lot of people, briefly, superficially, and you really don’t get much opportunity for lengthy conversation. That applied to Spring Fling, too. As a matter of fact, there were bloggers that I never did introduce myself to, despite my best intentions. I suspected this might happen, and before I left I was afraid I might not get to know anyone, that everyone would remain on the level of small talk.
Fortunately, that didn’t happen either.
Since we out-of-towners kept to the same car and driver throughout the day, those riding together had an opportunity for sustained conversation. And there were opportunities at every meal, and at some of the other events. I really enjoyed myself.
The whole day, and the pre- and post-Spring Fling events, were all extremely well organized. Thank you to Pam and everyone who helped her for a job very well done, and voluntarily, at that.