1. Actually being part of the conference team
It was so much fun. I met so many more people this year as I worked at the registration desk and around various other things. I apparently also talked so much I lost my voice. The other good thing about being part of the team was watching everyone learn how to use Facebook stickers in our Team Facebook chat. Darren was fond of using Power Rangers ones, in case you’re wondering.
2. Having enough voice to get through my presentation
It was probably worse than nails on a chalkboard, but my voice held up ok. I was worried there for a while – so worried I was eating honey straight from those little containers you get at the buffet breakfast. A kindly gentleman made me honey and lemon tea to sip through my presentation, and Brooke scoured the halls for ginger. I was also stoked that Sonia Styling and Kate from Drop Dead Gorgeous Daily BOTH got my “my name is Rupert, this is my cat” Ricky Gervais reference. Full marks girls (And Sonia, I still owe you five bucks).
“Loads of websites just clogging up the internet by people just doing websites about themselves. ‘My name is Rupert. This is my cat. Here are my favourite Cure songs in order.’ Who gives a fuck?”—Ricky Gervais
I also prepared a downloadable PDF cheat sheet for those who couldn’t make it or were a bit overwhelmed with taking notes. You can download it here, or take a peep at Pip’s excellent effort!
3. Watching Chantelle get the love and devotion she deserves
I am Fat Mum Slim‘s Number-One fan, Official Bee’s Ankles, and now celebrity paparazzo. This girl is the real deal, and SO sneakily funny and sarcastic. I knew how terrified she was of public speaking (no kidding, I had to talk her out of quitting for nine whole months) and I was so proud of how well she did in her session about using social media to grow your blog. And then watched the love in the room pour out for a crazy kid with crazy dreams she makes come true on the internet.
She got hated on again two days later, so I’ve reverted to wanting to punch the whole internet again.
4. Katie 180 ensuring I had enough snacks
In case I got “hangry”. Which, let’s face it, was entirely possible.
5. The food at the QT Gold Coast.
I warned ya!
6. The Speakers and Team dinner
At Yamagen. I ate until I nearly cried, I was so full. Agedashi tofu, you complete me.
7. Eden performing her slam poetry.
Hanging with Nikki, Beth and Mrs Woog required a funny little ritual (that included me donning a soft pant and taking all my makeup off) which was already exactly what I needed. Then Eden snuck up off the couch, put a “do not disturb” sign on the door, announced she was going to perform for us, then had us spellbound for exactly two minutes.
I’ve never seen anything like it. I am wary of poetry that doesn’t rhyme. The thought of sitting through a pretentious performance of somebody’s purple prose sounded like something I’d rather eat a bag of nails than watch. Of course, she was nothing like that and it was incredible. I hate her so much, she’s so good.
8. Walking past the place where a stripper once tried to push me down the stairs
I hate the term “stomping ground”, but Surfer’s Paradise was mine. If you were around circa 2001, you’d have seen me in my tartan pants drink bourbon and own the dance floor at The Party on Orchid Ave. Occasionally you could lure me out to other places, but not often. I had to smile as I walked under the Crazy Horse strip club sign, and remembered how I was just that little bit too fast for the angry stripper.
9. Finally getting my Theo’s kebab
Given I left the Ahoy party early due to my rapidly diminishing voice, I never had the opportunity to stagger over to Cavill Mall and get my midnight kebab. Lunchtime the next day, though – I rolled up to the counter and ordered a salad kebab. Me, felafel, tomato, lettuce, cheese, onion, and six kilos of the best garlic sauce in Queensland sat on the sand and laughed at two Asian tourists run screaming down the beach to get away from a seagull. Well I laughed, my kebab didn’t appear as amused.
10. Meeting all of you
Finally putting IRL faces to blog names is always fun. It was rad to see everyone having a good time, learning new things, meeting new people, and hugging old friends. See you next year?
What was your #PBEVENT highlight?