Number Johnny Five is Alive!

Robert Scoble wasn’t the end-all and be-all of Blog Fest 5, though. As usual, I was impressed by the variety of personalities in attendance. As I ate my pulled pork sandwich and drank a Guiness that Mike Woycheck (Grabass, Have a Good Sandwich, Pittsburgh Bloggers) kindly bought me (Sláinte!) I had a very nice conversation with Mark Stroup and Liz Perry, the bloggers at Small Streams and Woolgathering. Mark’s an eccentric fellow and fun to talk to. He’s part of the Pittsburgh Signs Project. I’m thinking of contributing this beauty. Liz is a talented artist and her work should not be overlooked.

Others blogs whose authors I spoke to include Venky’s Musings, KGB Report, I’m Dirtae, Tea Leaves, Inner Bitch, Subdivided We Stand, My Brilliant Mistakes, Vigilant Investor, Challenge Impossible, and Pittsblog.

I also finally met the author of Overheard in Pittsburgh. All this time I’ve been thinking that Chris Griswold is a really familar name, but I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know. Chris used to participate in Friday Night Improvs, which is where I’d seen him. I feel much better now. I hate when I can’t figure out why I know someone. It feels like a cross between deja vu and the kind of itch in your ear that you can’t reach to scratch. Anyhow, OiP is freakin’ hilarious and one of my frequent reads.

Not in attendance, and missed (at least by me), were UnSpace (Rob has a nasty stomach bug that ought to be prayed for.), PowerBlog!, Jerry Bowyer, Burr in the Burgh, Gclectic, and Three Rivers Online. No, that last one is not a typo. I really did want to meet my nemesis and just chat over a beer – no theism, no atheism, just a couple Pittsburgh bloggers shootin’ the breeze. Perhaps Philip can be pursuaded to attend the next fest.

Comments 6

  1. Rob wrote:

    Coffee’s especially troublesome, and I would have had to try some at Aldo’s. Photos of me barfing would have knocked you down a few classifications on the Ecosystem.

    I missed seeing everyone.

    Prayers would be appreciated. Thanks.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 5:52 am
  2. Sean McCune wrote:

    I’m gonna have to get to one of those shindigs one of these days…

    Prayers… you got ’em, Rob.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 6:04 am
  3. Powerball wrote:

    Sorry I missed it. The show wraps at 6, I’m out the door by 7 on a good day and then I have my wife and son waiting for me. Needless to say, it’s tough for me to break away midweek.

    I’m am thinking about maybe hosting one of these shindigs one of these day. I have a friend that owns a place at PNC park. I will try to attend one soon.

    Posted 20 Jan 2006 at 6:18 pm
  4. Liz wrote:

    Hey, Eric – great to meet and talk with you. Thanks for the links – the sign photo is all you said it was. I’m making sure that it gets to that eccentric fellow 🙂 I’m married to, so that it winds up part of the Pittsburgh Signs Project.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 3:56 am
  5. Funky Dung wrote:

    There’s another angle here.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 4:59 am
  6. Mark wrote:

    If by eccentric you mean someone who does the exact right thing at the exact right time, I’ll buy that. But more likely you were referring to the difficult hair on top of my head and my capitulation to its unruliness. In any case, please send date the photo was taken and the site’s location.

    Posted 22 Jan 2006 at 6:44 pm

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  1. From Overheard in Pittsburgh on 03 Jan 2007 at 12:41 pm

    we graduated to a better site, several publications wrote about OIP, and Pittsburgh’s especially awesome bloggers extended their goodwill. I accepted an award awkwardly in a room full of people who were either cooler or much richer than me, and I stood out like a sore thumb at Blogfest 5, where people were very nice. Oh, and a Suicide Girl linked to Overheard in Pittsburgh in her blog, which makes me consider whether I am, in fact, a CoolDude™. Readers e-mailed just to tell me they liked the site, and more than I might

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