The accusation was levelled at the SEO Chicks recently that they had become semi-rock stars and had no time for chatting to people. As a person who often wears themselves out trying to meet people, and has had various parts of her body assaulted at these events while meeting people, I was quite distressed that anyone would think that of any of us chicks.
At the last LondonSEO I spent time walking through extreme crowds, trying not to get my body touched in inappropriate ways while handing out chocolate. You’d be surprised what the poor thing gets subjected to on a regular basis. The chocolate lasted about an hour, part of which I was stationary for. I tried to chat and say hello to lots of people, some of whom I didn’t know. In fact, I described what I was wearing on Twitter and asked people to say hello.
Chocolate is my way of saying “hello” while still hiding behind something, much like I hid behind LisaD when Vanessa Fox said hello. Not my most shining moment but to me she is still a major rock star and I’m still just a shy fat kid who can never hope to have a conversation with her about encouraging more women in to high tech despite that being something we both dig. So as Vanessa approached us, I fled, hiding behind LisaD and Jane despite wanting to say hi and have a conversation about the work Girl Geek Dinners was doing encouraging girls into technology at high schools. I’ll be posting here about various chocolates I love with suggestions to help for the holidays if you’re looking for something different to give.
Lisa does get surrounded quite quickly by fans of SEO Chicks. I have seen her swamped by people almost instantly upon entering a venue and watched as she politely tried to get a drink or dinner or something. Far from being unapproachable, she is warm and open and friendly. I strive to be more like LisaD. She rocks in being a wonderful, caring person and someone anyone can chat to. I think that’s why she’s been interviewed so often – she is a wonderful person and everyone wants to hear more.
Julie is amazing. She is a strong independent character and gave me chocolate when I was upset last time I saw her. She can seem aloof simply because she radiates this strength in her personal aura. She is far from unapproachable and she’s always got a friendly smile. If you say “Hi – I love reading your blog posts and think Adam Ant rules” I am sure you’ll get a lively and animated conversation from her. It can be hard to feel comfortable approaching someone whose blog you’ve been reading but I’ve done it and it’s great when you make a new friend that way.
Jane Copland is a wonderful, warm person who would welcome anyone saying hello. I know she’s a bit of a rock star from her SEOmoz job as well as being a Chicklet but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want to chat to everyone. She is a wonderful, warm and open person and has a bout of shyness just like the rest of us – especially when being put on the spot in a presentation Jane is so darn friendly I think she’d probably starve if she did what she wanted to and chatted to everyone.
Beyond those of us who were at LondonSEO and SMX London, I can say from having met Stephanie that she is a wonderful person who gives a lot of herself to everything she does. I’m sure we’d love to see her blog here more often but she’s also rocking the world of social media and working hard just like Anita who is constantly head down, working. Anita was at PubCon last year and after having to spend 30h in transit I was shocked she made the trip! She is such a friendly and wonderful person I’m sure if you want to chat with her you’d find yourself instantly engaged in a fun and interesting conversation. Donna is a joy to email and she’s a powerhouse of information. She is just so extremely smart and she’s been around forever it can be a bit overwhelming to talk to her but just pick a topic, say hello and chat. I am sure she’s going to have a huge amount of great info and if you but say hello you’ll find yourself swept into a conversation. And Lauren is so friendly and so much fun I cannot imagine her being unapproachable. She was great when I was in NY for the first time in my life and helped me find my way around, accompanied me around and was with me at the very end as I tried to shift the stuff in my bags around. I was under my luggage limit by less than a pound so her efforts meant I didn’t have to do it at the airport
The SEO Chicks have not become unapproachable – far from it we work hard to be approachable. Pick a subject, say hello and engage us in conversation. We all have blog posts you can choose from or pick a recent topic or anything. Say hi, let us know you read our blog and chat with us. Please.
I’m speaking at the IMS conference which is free to get in to (but £15 on the door so sign up in advance!). I’ll be speaking on the Dark Side of Social Media along with other folks from the SEO community so come say hi.