If you’re not a sex writer, look away now – perhaps at this week’s ‘two things’ link roundup. This post is one just for the other writers and bloggers, most of whom I hope are coming along to Eroticon 2016 because it’s going to be amazing fun. It’s a bit admin-y, and I have three things to do:
- Promote the shit out of Eroticon 2016, because it’s an incredible event
- Introduce myself so that people know me when I get there
- Ask other bloggers for some examples to use in my talk
Eroticon 2016 promotion
Eroticon 2016 happens in just under two weeks, and there is still time left to get an Eroticon ticket. I wrote a blog post last year about why Eroticon is amazing, so check that out and please do come along if you’re a sex writer or blogger. We’re nice people and we don’t bite, honest. What’s more, this might be the last Eroticon for the forseeable future, so make the most of it!
Tickets to the conference (held in Bristol) are £150, and you’ll need to find accommodation nearby. I know for lots of people the accommodation cost can be offputting, with hotels being pricey and all, but here are a couple of cheap options in case they’re helpful – Rock and Bowl hostel offers dorm beds if you don’t mind sharing, Clift Guest House is cheap if you don’t mind walking (I stayed somewhere nearby the first year I came and although it’s a bit of a walk to the venue, it was fine for me), and at the time of writing there are options on AirBnB for less than £40 per night.
Eroticon 2016 meet and greet
Molly (of MollysDailyKiss) is on the ball as ever and she’s hosting a space where people who are coming can introduce themselves – go and see the other intros here, and write one yourself if you’re coming!
NAME (and Twitter name if you have one)
GOTN/GirlOnTheNet/Girl/G/Sarah – none of them are my real name, and sometimes people worry that just saying ‘hey Girl’ is rude and I’ll be horribly insulted. I won’t, honest! Call me whatever you like, I’ll no doubt be so pleased someone’s talking to me that you could call me ‘twatface’ for all I’d care. @girlonthenet on Twitter.
If you had the opportunity to rename yourself (or your blog) what would you pick?
If I’d known when I started blogging how awkward the ‘Girl’ thing would be (I am now a 32 year old woman and could only reasonably be classed as a ‘girl’ if you happen to be as old as Doctor Who), I’d have picked a different name. Any name. FuckFace McShitPants would be better than ‘girl.’ Still – it’s there now so I’m sticking with it.
What are you most looking forward to at Eroticon Live and/or is there anything you are nervous about?
So the exciting thing and the nervous thing are one and the same: people. I fucking love meeting people at Eroticon, and for the last two years I’ve got to meet some of my favourite bloggers, get their advice, and occasionally even take advantage of their hotel room service and stay up till morning drinking wine and chatting about dick.
But I’m also nervous about people because meeting your heroes is stressful, and because I find mingling really difficult – there are so many people to chat to and it’s knackering. But it’s the rewarding kind of knackering like when you climb a massive hill and find out there’s a pub at the top of it.
Have you planned which sessions you will be attending or are you more of a spur of the moment kind of person?
I want to go to every session so I’m basically quite annoyed that the limitations of spacetime mean I can’t attend everything. I’m particularly keen to go to Ashley Lister’s session because I missed him last year and I LOVE poetry. I also want to visit the KinkCraft folks because they’re brilliant and have managed to miss out on ALL the opportunities to make cool kinky stuff so far, so I need to rectify that. I’m still deciding on all the rest because there are some clashes between things that I REALLY want to see both of, so tbc.
Also I have to be at my own session on Sat morning and a panel on Sunday morning, otherwise Ruby will spank me.
What essential items to your life will be bringing with you to Eroticon Live? (you can have a maximum of 5)
Phones, fags, and cash for the bar. That is pretty much all I need on most days tbh. I’m also going to make something cool to put in people’s goody bags, like I did last year, in a shameless attempt to bribe them to say they liked my talk.
A new cocktail has been made in your honour, what would be the key ingredient and what would it be called?
It would be equal parts cider, vodka and meths, and it would probably be called the ‘Let’s Not Fuck About.’
And finally… Complete the sentence; I have yet to…..
…answer a Q+A without adding ridiculous amounts of unnecessary drivel. Sorry about that.
Help me write my talk
Last year I talked about money, this year I’m talking about something a bit less mercenary but no less significant when it comes to blogging – online feedback. Essentially: how to deal with negative comments, what boring legal things you need to be aware of, and what strategies you can use to minimise negative shit and make sure that your blog continues to be a fun, positive thing for you to do.
I’ve got some examples of comments etc from my blog, but if you’re a blogger and you’d be happy for me to use one of your comments in my talk, I would love to hear:
- Comments you’ve found most difficult to deal with (whether they’re rude, libellous, angry, confusing etc).
- Any standout positive comments – ones that give you the impetus to keep on blogging and being awesome.
From blog comments, facebook, Twitter, Amazon (?), I don’t mind – if you’ve got any examples, please do email them to me (you can paste the comment or just send me a link to it if it’s publicly available). In exchange I can plug your blog in my talk and generally let everyone know how awesome you are.