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Posted on Friday, May 25th, 2007

Dave!In planning my upcoming travel, I've happened upon a dilemma in my July scheduling. I'm going to be in Chicago working for a bit, and am trying to decide if I want to do something after work is over. There are a few events going on that might be interesting (or a lot of fun), and I was thinking since I am already traveling, I might want to add one of them to my trip. The problem is that I have no idea what I want to do. Or even if I want to do anything at all. I am still a little wiped from vacation, and don't want to think about something that's happening two months from now.

Decisions, decisions, decisions...



After I'm done working in Chicago, I could stay in Chicago and attend BlogHer. It's not that I am really needing to attend a conference for blogging women, but there are some women attending whom I would very much like to meet. Besides, as I said when I was lamenting that I didn't attend last year, I'm sure the BlogHer organizers would like for me to give the keynote address, and who am I to refuse such an honor?

BlogHer Keynote

I'd also like to hold a few conferences so I can show women how they can increase their blog traffic...

BlogHer Group Blogging

BLOGHER PROS: Meet some terrific bloggers I've always wanted to meet in person.
BLOGHER CONS: Registration fee is expensive ($205!!) and Chicago hotels are even more so.



After I'm done working in Chicago, I could hop a plane to San Diego for ComicCon International. Despite being a total comic book whore, a sci-fi junkie, and a genre entertainment fan, I have not yet attended. Quite a few of my comic book heroes are going to be there (Sergio Aragones and Neil Gaiman, to name two!), and that alone would be worth the trip, but there's such a huge amount of stuff going on that I know I would have an incredible time. Not only that, but I'd finally have somewhere that I could wear my Darth Maul costume where I wouldn't be scaring people...

Darth Maul Dave

COMIC-CON PROS: This would kick-ass, and actually cost me less than BlogHer.
COMIC-CON CONS: The airline schedules to get me to San Diego then back home totally suck.



After I am done working in Chicago, I go up to Milwaukee so I can see Erasure in concert. This would truly be cool, because I've seen just about every 80's band I love on tour... except Erasure. To hear some of my favorite Erasure songs live would be amazing. As if that weren't enough, Andy Bell is certifiable (in a good way), so there's no telling what he might do on stage... I'm sure it will be a great show.


ERASURE PROS: So close to where I am working, and something I have always wanted to do.
ERASURE CONS: Not a really big fan of their latest album.



After I'm done working in Chicago, I turn around and come right back home. I mean, geez, haven't I got enough travel ahead of me without adding a few days to an already overloaded schedule? Why not just bag any ideas of doing something cool so I can go home, drink a bottle of Jack Daniels, eat some pork rinds, and catch up on all the television I missed while on vacation...

Dave N Jack

GO HOME PROS: Cheapest option, and I'm already broke from my very expensive vacation.
GO HOME CONS: Home sucks ass! There's nothing to do but work at home.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do. Maybe there's even a fifth option I am missing. All I do know is that I have to make a decision by next Friday and, since I'm working all weekend and through the week, I don't know when I'll have time to think about it. Any suggestions?

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  1. birdie2u says:

    Hmm, I’m not sure we can compete with Erasure… or even the pork rinds, but you’re always welcome to drive north and visit Mackinac Island. Never heard of it? Google it. πŸ™‚

  2. Stephanie P says:

    Dave, how can you consider any of these activities? Don’t you know that Morrissey is touring the U.S. through the end of July!!?

    I have been to three shows so far and they were AWESOME!

  3. RW says:

    Instead of BlogHer you can come over to my house and we’ll grill up some… steak… er… onions!

    And bananas!

  4. annie says:

    I was gonna say, “Blogher? Pffft.”
    But I totally like your ideas for a keynote address. I would love to see that.

  5. Hilly says:

    I know you won’t take me up on it, but I can get you into Comic Con for free and probably hook you up with some parties, blah blah. That’s selfish me.

    Cool me says Erasure looks like the winner. Of course, your loincloth and banana do have me intrigued at the amount of trouble you could get into at BlogHer. That would make for some interesting stories ;).

  6. Well… if you choose ComicCon I could join you for the geeky fun. As a “BlogHer” (at least I used to qualify before the temporary court order preventing me from posting anything interesting for a while longer) you could enjoy the best of both worlds. I wonder how many other female bloggers we could entice to come along!

  7. Yes, but is ComicCon go to ply you with food and drink for free? Because you know we feed you and have hosted cocktail parties at BlogHer, don’t you?

    Also: There is a session on building traffic, and while our speakers are already lined up, we believe very *deeply* in interactive discussion with the audience, so I’m certain you would have the wonderful opportunity to get up and share your tricks for building traffic with everyone n the session. [Many newer bloggers may not realize that porn is the driver behind every innovation on the web, so I’m sure they would appreciate the enlightenment.]

    I’m just positive that BlogHer is the place for you this summer, David. Please join us πŸ™‚

    PS-just bought the new Erasure. I thought I was the only one out there who still bought every album. why aren’t you fond of it/ (I’ve only listened once and it was way background.)

  8. Shannon says:

    You should go to Comic Con because then I might actually get around to going! It’s one of those things I’ve wanted to do but never actually manage to get around to (which is pretty sad since SD is only 3 or 4 hours away by car).

  9. MRKisThatKid says:

    Where did you find that pic of Erasure? Vince Clark looks like a scary stature chipped from stone.

  10. iddly says:

    You *have* to be in the same room as Sergio Aragones

    Groo for Pope!

    Be sure to include photos of you as Darth Maul.

  11. Kyra says:

    I say go for the Erasure!

    Or better yet, combine it all! Wear your costume to the Erasure concert after handing out booklets on how women can increase blog traffic outside at BlogHer and invite some of them to come up with you to the concert, bring the JD, and end the evening pretending to be various comic characters to help illustrate what would drive that extra blog traffic with the BlogHer ladies!


  12. NYC Watchdog says:

    I would do BlogHer with that t-shirt if I were you.

    If you don’t want to wear that shirt… do a design for the Artificial Duck Store that says that in case anyone wants to attend in your name, and then go to ComicCon.

    ComicCon rules.

  13. Dan says:

    As everyone else has probably already suggested, I suggest that you come out to San Fran and we’ll throw a party.

    Anyway, as if female bloggers need any help driving up their readership numbers. I NEED HELP driving up my readership numbers.

  14. Chag says:

    Definitely go to BlogHer. But only if you wear the shirt in the picture. The television will still be waiting when you get back.

  15. Bre says:

    Option 5 would clearly be: Stay at home and not do any work (you have plenty of sick time!) Do all the local things you love, explore the nearby places you always wanted to see! πŸ™‚

  16. Lewis says:

    Pork Rinds? For a vegetarian? Hum.
    You should be in chicago this weekend for the International Leather convention……I hear it’s quite a scene.

  17. adena says:

    Erasure?? ERASURE!!??

    And you have to ask what should be the obvious answer!

    (Besides, I went to a Duran Duran concert in the early 90’s, not really excited about it, because I wasn’t a fan of the newest album by them. I went mainly because the opening act was The Cranberries (before they got big)….and it turns out that Duran Duran played 95% old material, and it was a good show!!

  18. HolyGirl427 says:

    Not to be a Debbie Downer, but Andy Bell is ill. You need to see Erasure while you still can.

    I’ll never forgive myself for turning down a chance to see Nirvana. I did it thinking I’d catch them the next time through. I wasn’t banking on Kurt actually owning a gun. I mean, he sang that he didn’t.

    So, my picks are Erasure, then Neil Gaiman, then girls.

  19. Bec says:

    Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman Neil Gaiman… Am I making myself clear? Then get a part in Starburst, get your face out there and then take over the world.

  20. Tracy says:

    Holy crap…it’s no contest. Go see Erasure! I missed seeing them at the Ryman Auditorium a couple of years ago, and I’m still kicking myself.

  21. Suzy says:

    At that big party I co-hosted last weekend, one of my comedian friends, who I always refer to as My Arch Enemy Jenee on my blog, told me the simplest way to increase traffic is to misspell anyone’s name. When she did tags for Lindsay Lohan, she also did Lindsey Lohan. The second one, the misspelled one, got the top Google slot for that week because no one can spell.

    I once just mentioned Russell Crowe, I have no idea why, and tagged him. I had over 200 hits in two hours from some freaky website that tracks him like a hawk. I can’t imagine what I would have gotten had I spelled his name wrong.

    “Show us your tits” Priceless.

  22. Dave2 says:

    Birdie… Mackinac? Is that like Mackinaw? Always wanted to visit there. I think I saw a special on that… there’s no cars on the island and stuff… kind of pretty Victorian era houses and stuff?

    Stephanie… I like Morrissey, but only his earlier stuff. I haven’t really cared for anything he’s put out after “Your Arsenal,” sorry to say. πŸ™

    RW… Well, I’m back in Chicago in August…

    Annie… Nobody would love to see it more than me! I’m such a sexist pig.

    Hilly… You are so well-connected that I often wonder if you’ve got mafia ties! I’m not sure yet what I’m going to do… but I’ll let you know. πŸ™‚

    Bombshell… You really haven’t written on your blog in a while, have you? Court order you say? Sounds lovely!

    Elisa… We’ll see. If I show up at BlogHer, I’ll be the one dressed as Darth Maul! I’m not sure why I don’t like the latest Erasure… it’s not that it’s bad… it’s just not as good as Nightbird, which I loved.

    Shannon… Could be! So many people have recommended it over the years that I am pretty excited to go.

    MRK… That’s from their official web site.

    Iddly… Well now I might want to go dressed up as Groo! Groo rules!

    Kyra… Now I’m pretty high on the idea of wearing my Darth Maul costume to BlogHer! Maybe I can have Erasure on my iPod?

    Watchdog… Something tells me I would be attacked, then shot if I actually wore that shirt to BlogHer…

    Dan… I think I’m in San Francisco later this year. We’ll see! For some reason, I think putting porn on your blog will also drive traffic to a guy’s blog. Though I’m not sure that’s the kind of traffic you are looking for?

    Chag… So you want me to be attacked and killed at BlogHer too?

    Bre… There is nothing nearby here that I want to see. You can trust me on that! πŸ˜€

    Lewis… I actually have a friend who has been in that competition. It was Mr. International Leather, or something like that. Not sure it’s an event I would find very entertaining, but I would most certainly get a couple of interesting blog entries out of it!

    Adena… Pet Shop Boys was the same kind of thing… they played a lot of older stuff that I loved. I’m sure Erasure would do the same for their fans.

    HolyGirl… Yeah, I’ve heard that. Kind of a good incentive to see the show, actually.

    Avitable… That’s a little later in the year. πŸ™‚

    Bec… I’ve actually seen Neil speak once before, and enjoyed his talk immensely. He would be a major plus for visiting the Con.

    Tracy… Oooh… was that for “The Erasure Show?” Now THAT looked like an awesome concert!

    Suzy… I’ve noticed from past entries that just mentioning some people’s names will get you a flood of hits. My traffic is fine, though. πŸ™‚ And yes, “show us your tits” is classic… I wish I had thought of it!

  23. Robin says:

    Stay in Chicago, skip BlogHer (although I’m sure they would love to have you as keynote speaker) and hit one of the great festivals Chicago has to offer in the summer (Taste of Chicago, Mag Mile Art Festival, Old St. Pat Block Party, Venetian Night on Lake Michigan). Of course, there is the old standby–the Untouchables Tour–completely cheesy, but a lot of fun!

  24. Leah says:

    I clicked through from Bloglines to say BlogHer and saw that you already had one of the founders here saying Blogher.

    So I second you staying and coming to BlogHer. You can hang out with Guy Kawasaki and Scoble at the boys table. πŸ˜‰

  25. bogup says:

    So no one informed you that keynote speakers are always “comped” for conference registration???

  26. ajooja says:

    When in doubt, always go to San Diego. You can say hello to my friends

    It would make for a great story. πŸ™‚

  27. kilax says:

    If you are speaking at Blogher, I am there.

  28. margalit says:

    Dave, I’m not even going to Blogher ($$$) but I’d suggest that you do. If for nothing else than to see your photos of all those women drunk-blogging. And wear that T’shirt. Please.

    Oh, and you can stay really cheap at the hostel Blogher has commandeered. Not that you would want to, but wouldn’t it be FUN sharing a big space with all those hot mommybloggers? Just think of the advantages: Dave and his harem of mommybloggers take Blogher by storm!

    Oh, and save the porkrinds for another t-shirt. That one is a classic!

  29. GΓΆran says:

    All of the above sounds fun but my vote goes to Jack Daniels and TV. You just canΒ΄t go wrong with JD, even with sucky tv shows. lol.

  30. I think you should visit RW and go to the Erasure concert. I want another good story like the last time you saw RW titled simply “Bob”please?

  31. birdie2u says:

    “Mackinac” and “Mackinaw” are pronounced the same. The Bridge, the Straits and the Island are all spelled with a “c.” Mackinaw City just wanted to be different, I guess. The Island is incredible! You’re right– no cars. The eau de horse manure is part of its charm. National Geographic rates East Bluff on the Island as one of the top ten places in the world to view a sunset.

    Ready for us to pencil you in? πŸ™‚

  32. caramaena says:

    Neil Gaiman! Comic-con!

    Well, that’d be my choice πŸ™‚

  33. timothy says:

    I cannot think of a better time than pork rinds, JD and tv. That’s what I’m craving now.

  34. Teri says:

    Ooo, Dave… I don’t envy you that choice, they all sound like heaven to me. Whatever you choose I’ll enjoy the trip vicariously.

  35. sizzle says:

    i’d say go for erasure. i bet they will play lots of their old stuff and it’ll be an awesome show. if not that, then comicon. blogher is too bloody expensive!

  36. Obi-Wan says:

    You must do what you feel is right, of course.

    Obi-Wan Kenobi

  37. Roberta says:

    I’m inclined to say Gaiman but that Mackinac sounds enticing.

  38. Being a geek, I have to vote for comic con. I got to Dragoncon in Atlanta every year – cons are so much fun! Besides, how can you resist Neil Gaiman?

  39. Michelle says:

    Mackinaw will always be there, BlogHer will be back next year, you can always drink JD, but the pork rinds … well, just … ew. But, Neil Gaiman and ComiCon??!! Always take ComiCon, especially if you haven’t been to any. I’ve been to a few smaller ones, always worth it for entertainment value alone. It will totally make up for the sucky plane trip(s) and hey, you’re used to that anyway, right? :o)

  40. Laurence says:

    Erasure… Pleasure, not far ! What a pity for San Diego Comic Con… Airlines schedules suck ! πŸ˜‰

  41. Amy Guth says:

    I laughed so hard at your depictions that my cackle frightened my cat. Dave, you are funny, funny, funny!

  42. SJ says:

    I think you should go to ComicCon so you can add another name to your list of bloggers you’ve met. That would be mine.

  43. Karl says:

    Well, I don’t think I’d miss the Erasure concert. I’ve never seen them live, either. But if you decide on BlogHer, maybe we can split the cost of a hotel room. Still not sure I can make it, but I’m hoping to raise the funds.

  44. Naomi says:

    I recently heard Erasure’s gonna be in Seattle soon. It was also prefaced by the remark: You’ll have no idea what I’m talking about unless you’re over 33 and gay.

  45. Eve says:

    Do I even really need to weigh in here? C’mon now, Dave. You know what you should do. And why I won’t be going there is a mystery to me at this point.

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