Way back in the summer of 2006, I attended BlogHer to meet up with some of my blogging friends.
As an introvert, I tend to stay in my comfort zone -- that is, spending most of my time in small groups, with people that I already know. I'm not a big meet-and-greet kind of person. And during certain moments at the conference, I was just completely overwhelmed with All. The. People. and was sorely tempted to run back to my room and hide. (err, and I may or may not have done that at certain points...)
However, there was one new-to-me blogger that I completely connected with from the first moment I met her: Suebob. I am not sure if I'd read Sue's blog before the conference, but her reputation preceded her -- everyone was telling me I should make sure to pose for posterity with the red stapler. So when Suebob sat down near me with the stapler in hand, I knew who she was immediately.
What I was not prepared for was how easy it was to talk with Suebob -- how her warm demeanor made me feel like we were fast friends from the first moment we met. It's one of the memories I most cherish from the 2006 BlogHer conference: sitting by the pool, chatting with Suebob.
Of course once I met the legend behind the red stapler, I started reading her blog. Suebob's warmth is just as apparent in her writing as it is when you meet her in person. And Sue is the consummate storyteller; she can have you in tears one moment and rolling on the floor laughing the next. Whether she's talking about Goldie, telling an anecdote involving her coworkers, or sharing memories of her family, what Suebob writes is worth reading.
Although I'm semi-retired from blogging these days, and don't get around to her blog (or any others) like I used to, I will always treasure Suebob as a dear friend. Happy 50, my dear.