It just figures. Not two minutes after I hit “publish” on that last post where I mentioned wanting being determined to go to BlogHer next year, I saw an ad in my sidebar from BlogHer ads saying, “Hey! Sign up for next year, yo!”
NEXT year?? Already??
Surely this was a joke. But no… I clicked through and saw next year’s venue had been selected, revealed, hotel announced and registration was open. PEOPLE ALREADY HAD THEIR TICKETS. I kid you not.
And in the span of two seconds I was both thrilled and excited that the city chosen for BlogHer ’10 is New York and devastated because I do not have $200 to buy conference tickets right now. And, considering our Disney Extravaganza here in a week and change, I probably won’t have it for at least another month either.
It’s one of those moments that I feel incredibly frustrated that our society is built on, for and by people who use credit cards. Particularly when travel is involved, people just EXPECT you to use a credit card. Don’t have the money in your account right now? No big, just put it on credit and pay it off when you do. Piece of cake!
And then there’s me. I have to save the money. I have to budget. Make sacrifices. Plan. And I was planning to buy tickets after Christmas, when they normally go on sale and when we have no looming need to buy gifts any longer. It works out well.
But ho no. Not THIS year! This year the tickets are on sale now! And I’m scared half to death that they’ll be all sold out by the time I scrape together enough dough to go.
So maybe I won’t be going to BlogHer ’10. Which is going to make me feel VERY cranky indeed. Partially because it’s BlogHer and I love BlogHer. And partially because it’s New York City and I’ve been dying to go back there. Pretty much ever since two minutes after we left it back in 2002. I had grand plans to find roommates (you can fit four in a room, right??), scour for cheap airfare, paint my toes, pack up my iPhone and knitting and just GO.
So I’m hoping.. praying that there will be tickets left to purchase here in a few months (again, probably after Christmas… dang those presents anyhow!) and that I will be able to go.