i’m an extroverted person. i think anyone who’s met me knows this fact with certainty. if you haven’t met me but are a reader of mine, you probably have garnered this about me as well. so why was i chicken to meet the most notorious blogger around at TBEX in Keystone, Colorado? seriously, lola, you can strike up a conversation with anyone! why did i not try to strike one up with this guy? he IS just a mortal, a mere man.
yes, he’s a model held up on a pedestal to emulate in the travel blogging community. people really idolize him! in fact, some have even referred to him as the king who has the torch to try and catch. how do i ever think i’m going to be queen of the travel blogosphere if i don’t have his favor? i mean, it was a little mission of mine to win him over with my lola charm. what happened?
i wasn’t afraid to chat it up with the BIG keynote speakers. i had nice conversations with both C.C. Chapman & Christopher Baker. what was it that kept me from just going up and saying hello?! maybe it’s because it’s better for me to just have an image of what he’s like rather than to really know. perhaps i’d be disappointed in the acquaintance after all. or maybe i just like the ‘mystique’ of him.
i came so close several times too. i was in the same room. i was standing back to back with him. he seems approachable enough. granted, he did seem to stick with those whom he already knew. not really branch out away from his inner circle. i guess who can blame him – i kinda did the same thing. and, anyway, why would he need to reach out to others when people flock to him? why would he need to seek out meeting anyone new or possibly up and coming? what would it really get him anyhow?
did i miss my chance? probably not. i’m sure there will be other conferences in the future where we’ll both be in attendance. maybe next time i’ll have more guts to speak to this travel blogging icon. or maybe next time he’ll be seeking me out. until then, i guess i’ll just have to continue to watch and read him from afar. that, and try to earn the queen title on my own.
who do you think this travel blogging demigod is?
*HINT* let’s not forget that the infamous Will Peach would rather be doing loads of other things than be at TBEX so keep on guessing!