A handful of us broke night on the platform of Wilmington’s renovated train station, the beams and posts almost gleaming in the aftermath of construction dust and detours now brushed away. Now renamed in honor of our Vice President, its most famous rider and bringer of federal funds, I barely recognized the station since my last visit.
The sun broke over my city of Philadelphia as we approached, as I read an email on my BlackBerry about the exciting news that Anna Lefler, humor blogger (“Life Just Keeps Getting Weirder”) extraordinaire, just signed a book deal. Anna is extremely talented and so deserving of this – and her publishers know so too, as they sought her out for this next chapter in her life. Yeah … THEY came to HER.
(Can’t get more pumped up than that while heading to a blogging convention, eh? It can happen, folks.)
We bloggers are, indeed, our own City of Brotherly (Bloggerly?) Love. There might be drama from time to time, but as would be said on several occasions throughout the day ahead, we are a community. We consider each other friends. Even bloggers who weren’t familiar with Anna’s blog were thrilled with her new success, when Florinda and I shared the news. We bloggers cheer each other on.
New York resembled a pen and ink sketch, an etching in the distance.
We would be coming together in that city, to celebrate our love of words. The words of others crafted in books as well as our own words that express our passion for them. What we do with our words is up to each of us, individually.
As bloggers, we are still on the cusp of all the potential that we can hold. We are being noticed, we are making a difference.
We are the city. We are coming into the light of our days.
Book Blogger Convention recap, to be continued ….