It’s just over a month until Eroticon 2018, the conference for sex bloggers, erotica writers and other erotic creative types held in Camden on 17th/18th March. Just typing that sentence makes me simultaneously excited and nervous, because Eroticon was so good to me when I was a baby blogger that I desperately want it to be as good for others as it was for me. Molly, Michael and I have been working hard at the planning, and all our amazing speakers are getting ready to give their talks/workshops. All that’s left now is to introduce ourselves, and get ready for March 2018…
If you’ve been to Eroticon before you’ll know that we try to have an online ‘meet and greet’ before the event itself. This is so that people who want to announce they’re coming along can have a chance to make friends and say ‘hi’, and feel like when they turn up at the Friday night drinks they won’t be walking into a roomful of strangers, but a room of welcoming friends. If you’re coming along, check out the Eroticon 2018 meet and greet post here, then answer as many of the questions below as you’d like to on your own blog.
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What are you most looking forward to about Eroticon 2018?
Talks-wise, I am always obsessed with the nerdy-worky-blog-related talks, so Fetish.com’s session on raising your writing visibility on Google, Kayla Lords’ ‘making money from your blog’ as well as Sarah Holliday + Sarah-Jane’s session on financial wizardry for sex bloggers: all those are right up my alley. We’ve also got some amazing speakers who are incredibly good at promotion and reach – I’m really excited to meet Hannah Witton, Oloni, Annabelle Knight and Kendra Holliday and I know they’ve all got so much experience to share. Jamie Lawson and Lori Smith both have incredible talks lined up too – I want to hear all about Jamie’s work as a queer anthropologist and Lori’s talk on the History of the Bra. Oh, and I went for drinks with Nina Saini the other day and she has so much experience of the adult industry, her talk is going to be fascinating.
I’m going to fall into that trap of just listing everyone’s talk because I really want to see all of them, aren’t I? Somewhere in between all this I need to fit in hosting the ‘Future of Sex’ panel on Saturday morning and doing a keynote that combines witty insights into the sex landscape with not melting into a puddle of anxiety on stage. By the time the Saturday night social rolls around, I will be the one downing pints of gin.
We are creating a play list of songs for the Friday Night Meet and Greet. Nominate one song that you would like us to add to the play list and tell us why you picked that song
Pull Shapes – the Pipettes
Because it is impossible for me to hear it and not grin from ear to ear and/or launch into some terrible dancing.
What’s the first career you dreamed of having as a kid?
Either the most boring answer in the world (because it’s so obvious) or the most exciting one (because it shows dreams can come true): I wanted to be a writer. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted to write about, though I think I imagined page-turning crime novels with badass heroines and smouldering villains to vanquish. At other points in life I’ve flirted with other career ideas – for a while it looked like I’d become a lawyer, but then I realised that lawyering requires an extraordinary amount of homework. Seeing some of the amazing things lawyers have done this year though – in the fight to protect people’s rights both in the UK and further afield – I’m glad I’m not there messing it up for them. I’ll just watch from the sidelines and cheer them on.
Weirdest place you’ve ever gotten up to mischief (define ‘mischief’ however you like…)
Well there was this one time, in a wheat field…
I’ve been to lots of cool places, but I’m not particularly mischievous, so I am actually going to go with the wheat field, because I did do mischief in one a long time ago.
Tell us two truths and a lie about yourself
I have lied to Ed Miliband. Twice.
I have four stepbrothers, one of whom is a professional hypnotist.
When I was 16, I accidentally set fire to a sweet shop.
Complete the sentence: I want…
…everyone at Eroticon to have an amazing time, and come away with ideas and contacts that they can use throughout the year.