The United Blog Order Meets for the First Time Ever and I Live to Tell the Tale.

I have decided the reason I don’t like meeting new people is because I don’t have a very good filter.  I’m always worried I’ll speak without thinking. I tend to be an idiot more often than not, like when I talk about not wanting kids in front of someone struggling with infertility, or when I say “I wish I was dead” in front of people who have recently been faced with loved ones dying.  In other words…no filter.

See, believe it or not, Archives of Our Lives is my filter.  I censor each and every post I write, because I am terrified of offending people like I have on more than one occasion.  I write and rewrite, and for particularly controversial posts, I’ll even have Poor Kyle and my sister proofread for me.  {It’s quite the production to bring new posts to you five days a week.  I hope you’re grateful.}

Anyway, I usually take my time with my posts in an effort to keep people as un-offended as possible.  But (and there’s always a “but”), in real, one-on-one conversations with actual human beings, I can’t exactly hit DELETE when I say something stupid.  {And I say stupid things a lot.}

Needless to say, I was kind of a little terrified to attend the United Blog Order get-together that Busy Bee Lauren and I instigated.  In my uneasy state, I updated my frightened status on Facebook™:

Facebook Status Updates

Poor Kyle talked me out of jumping ship, though.  He said if I didn’t go, I’d look like an idiot and then all his hard work on my website would be for naught, and I hate when things turn out to be for naught, because it’s wasteful.  So I went.  I picked up RatalieNose, and she even coached me with some breathing techniques to calm me down on the US60 (the freeway made me nervous because it was drawing me nearer to the restaurant at 65 mph).  Breathe out fear, breathe in courage.  I think that’s how it goes.

Anyway, we did it!  We survived the meet-‘n-greet!  We met and we gret (oh, how I wanted that to rhyme!).  Good times were had—four hours of good times.  I walked away feeling like I had made a lot of new friends, and that doesn’t happen to me often {I’m sort of anti-social}.

There was a group of “earlies,” the four of us who got there 30 minutes prior to the actual meeting time:

The Early BloggersL-R: Crissie, Geneva, and RatalieNose (+me, behind the camera).

After that, people started arriving in droves and I didn’t get single pictures of any one person, so I’ll post the pictures and write a list of everyone in attendance who left her name/URL.  Here goes, in no particular order:

-Busy Bee Lauren
-Lauren C.
-Chelsie A.
-Chelsea S.
-Hillarie (no blog)
-Maren M. (no blog)
-Shesten (who came prepared with amazing bookmarks for her website—everyone go check it out!)
-and Me, but we already know that.

Table 1 UBOJust picture me sitting at this table, between the two blue-shirt-girls.

Along with meeting and greeting each other, we also had a bunch of silly draws for door prizes.  We gave away things like silly string and bendy straws, all of which were purchased at the nearby Dollar Tree™, but it’s the thought that counts, right?  Right?  To make myself feel a little less cheap, we also had a grand prize draw of a $25 gift card to Target™, which Niki won.  I sort of wanted to win it myself, but that might have been a little tacky…

Table 2, UBOI think these lovely girls were sisters…

Some of the girls I got to know better than others, but I’ve visited everyone’s blog since that day, and they all look like wonderful, amazing people.  I had a really fun time despite myself.  Poor Kyle knew that I would.

Table 3, UBOChelsea from Table 1 got her face in this picture, and I didn’t even notice until now.  Funny, Chelsea!

Anyone up for round two?

{Just kidding.  I might need therapy to work up the courage to do that again.  It really was scary at first.}

About Camille

I'm Camille. I have a butt-chin. I live in Canada. I was born in Arizona. I like Diet Dr. Pepper. Hello. You can find me on Twitter @archiveslives, Facebook at, instagram at ArchivesLives, and elsewhere.
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22 Responses to The United Blog Order Meets for the First Time Ever and I Live to Tell the Tale.

  1. Shesten says:

    It was fun to meet everyone! I’m headed off to check out everyone’s blog.

  2. malia says:

    Ah I wish I had the opportunity to talk to you more!
    I, also, am admittedly shy when meeting people for the first time. I brought along one of my friends because I was afraid I’d have no one to talk to – especially in big group it’s easy to get lost. I told Lauren that I wanted to go talk to everyone but I was just too shy.

    I know what you mean about the filter thing (especially on the not wanting to have kids right now front). This is probably why I am reserved when I meet people for the first time…I like to get a feeling for them before I feel comfortable discussing life.

    Thank you again for the gifts! That was a very thoughtful gesture :)

  3. Whitney says:

    too bad I checked my email at exactly 1:30 saturday, looking like scum of the world, holding a really tired fussy baby. Apparently it was not meant to be. although I may cry for a week about missing it.

  4. Maureen says:

    I totally filtered not wanting kids out of my last post, well at least expanding on WHY I’m not having kids, so as not to offend people who have them.

    Sounds like you all had fun at your “meeting!”

  5. Cristin says:

    Yeah, you are brave. As much as I sometimes think it would be cool to meet all these people who’s blogs I read, it would be kind of scary. I am very dorky in real life. No, REALLY dorky. Everyone in that picture looks cool, I don’t know how I would compete. :)

  6. Katie says:

    What did you guys talk about? Anything good? Any good ideas come up? I’m going to need to see a full report of the minutes to the meeting, please.

  7. Geneva says:

    You were fantastic Camille! It was lots of fun, I’m sure everyone loved you, and it had a great turn out. And your door prizes were awesome. Great idea!

  8. kristy says:

    how do u get so many people from Arizona, you would think u’d have so many from different places.

  9. Hannah says:

    Looks like you guys had a great time! I’m bummed I missed it. Next time?

  10. Chloe says:

    I’m so glad you had a great time!!^^
    I think you’re brave!! ;) I wouldn’t have the courage to do that!

  11. Niki says:

    Thanks again for organizing this splendid event and thanks again for the gift card! I bought myself that green dress you can see me in on my current blog post. I had such a great time, and once again, I am so happy we are finally tangible friends. You were delightful and I would have never guessed you speak without a filter. I think I may have less of a filter than you after Saturdays outing…

  12. DeAnna says:

    Looks like it was a ton of fun!!

  13. anna says:

    I have no filter… b/c I assume that everyone’s tolerance is the same as mine (pretty high) and I keep it under what would offend me. So maybe it’s a good thing I didn’t go, I could have offended you. :)

  14. Crissie says:

    I was super nervous going someplace where I didn’t know a soul and you were great! I’m so glad to have met you…and I didn’t notice any filter leaks. Thanks for stopping by my blog :) And I just gotta say that your blog is great!

  15. Shalynna says:

    I’m glad it went well! It sounds like lots of fun and I’m dying for some of that delicious food right now.

    You are so funny the way you get nervous to meet people. It’s cute. I have no doubt that everyone LOVES you after they meet you in person! :)

  16. I’m glad my techniques helped!

  17. Chelsea says:

    Me in last picture = awesomeness. Bahahahaha anyways…
    LOVED meeting you and everyone else! It was so much fun to extend my pool of friends (lately I feel its been in a drought)! Thanks so much for putting it on-I think you’re freaking hilarious and don’t need a filter at all!

  18. I’m sad I didn’t make it, but really the whole day was over before I even knew it began. I have so much going on right now and had to work most of the day Saturday… whine whine whine.

    (Yeah, basically I’m a failure for not attending). Glad it was a success!

  19. ann marie says:

    Amen sister! I get terrified meeting new friends, but then I am always grateful after… I’m glad you had a meet and greet!
    It makes me wonder if it’s better to be in small groups or this big? What do you think? I have the chance to meet a few blog friends this year and I’m not sure if I should do it more one on one, or a big party….

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