Gnightgirl took some pictures and I'm sure she's post them soon. We had quite a few people in attendance.
Maladjusted; prairiebiker; momo, woof, and baby onion (no blog yet, not yet finished gestating, but baby will blog as well, I'm sure); moon_grrl and jonathan (better known as "asshat" to his fellow bloggers); matthew and ashley; mrs. cake/wayward; IlliniPundit, Jason Barickman, and John Farney from IP.
I had an awesome time. We started out in two groups because, of course, we stragglers didn't bother to check in back before sitting down. I forgot the sign...again....
Anyway, file this under "It'd be funnier if it didn't happen so often."
When I first got there, me, momo, woof, prairiebiker, moon_grrl, and jonathan were in front waiting for everyone else...who was already all in the back---but I digress. We made some introductions and when we got to jonathan, he said he posted under the name "asshat." To which, prairiebiker replied, "That's good, cuz that's what we were gonna call you anyway."
Then, momo called gnightgirl and we discovered where the party was.... And when we made our way back and did the introductions, I, of course, introduced everyone to moon_grrl...and "asshat." Of course, he had been joking early, but, once again, even though he has posted here *several times* as jonathan, the joke went *right* over my head....
But, we had a great time. No surprise---a bunch of bloggers never ran out of things to say. There was a lot of cross-references going on. I used to work with Gnightgirl and I currently work with moon_grrl. Momo, gnightgirl, and woof are all good friends. Matthew is my County Board representative. Several blogger couples were in attendance as well.
I heard many times over the course of the evening: We should do this more often.
So...how can we get the word out better? How can we get more people to come out and chat in real time?
Maybe more importantly, is there something keeping you from coming out to a Blogger meet-up? Location? Time? Day of the week?
I include commenters in this as well. Just because you don't have a blog, doesn't mean you aren't a blogger. Blogs aren't nearly as interesting without commenters.