A couple weeks ago I had the privilege of attending the Blissdom blogging conference with Kleenex as my sponsor. Kleenex ran a very cool promotion at the conference where they put a share pack of Kleenex in each Blissdom gift bag, and each pack had a twitter name on the back. The idea was that you tweet the person on your Kleenex box and maybe get to know someone you might not have otherwise come into contact with.
I was a little wary of this at first. I’m not the most social of people at conferences. They’re kind-of brutal. I don’t like crowds, I don’t like small talk, and I’m very likely to say or do something very dumb. The more people I come into contact with, the higher the odds of that happening. But of course, one of the great things about going to conferences is meeting new people, so I was glad to be nudged into doing something that I knew would be interesting.
I looked my Kleenex twitter buddy up, and knew that this was going to be interesting. Her twitter and blog names both had the word “earnest” in them. That’s about as opposite as you can get from my snarky self. She’s Christian, and I’m an atheist. She lives in a teeny tiny town in the midwest, and I live in NYC. She a teacher by profession who homeschools her four kids, and I would rather have a whole in my head than homeschool my kids or teach anybody anything. She’s working towards being a professional organizer, and at this point I could probably get hired to make people less organized.
What did we have in common? We both sing and we’re both named Amy. And, of course, we were both bloggers and both at Blissdom.
It took us a couple of days to actually find each other. We’d been tweeting, but missing each other. She finally found me at the Mat Kearney concert after I tweeted out a picture from near the stage, and she saw it and figured out where I must be standing. Awesome detective work! :-)
We left the concert and found a quiet place to talk. And of course, it’s the differences that make people interesting. We ended up talking for an hour and a half! With Amy was her friend Sherry, who completed the opposite bonanza by being a cattle farmer who produces beef for people to eat (I’m a vegetarian). It was great. I got to hear all about small town and farm living. I got to know a couple of people I probably wouldn’t have encountered otherwise and had a really nice evening. And it never would have happened without that little Kleenex box!
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