Agh, I should have done this when we closed out the con, but I was a LITTLE FLUSTERED, so. Some overdue but EXTREMELY heartfelt thanks to the exceptional people who helped make BP 2016 happen!
THANK YOU to:
- All of our fantastic registration table volunteers, who helped everyone feel welcome and find their way ♥
- All of our brilliant panel mods; I had such a great time in all the panels I attended, and I heard the same from so many people--thank you, moderators, for your ideas and your enthusiasm and your excellent guidance of some wonderful conversations
, for her fantastic panel coordination AND craft box wrangling--facilitating and creating the BP schedule is a LOT of work and she has done it cheerfully and smoothly for the last few BPs and I am enormously grateful
for a truly phenomenal vidshow (raise your hand if you cried AT LEAST twice) (raise your hand if at least one of those times was from joy)
, for years of carefully crafted, rock awesome Bitchin' Dance Mixes
, for eeeeeeeeeeeevil and hilarious Pictionary clues
(with assists from sdwolfpup
, and china_shop
- My roomies troyswann
, and entropical87
, for schlepping, setup, anticipation and DOING of various things that needed to be done, question-answering, pancake-and-bacon-making, careful application of temporary tattoos to my boobs (IT TAKES A VILLAGE), late-night giggling, early morning giggling, midday giggling, and for generally being incredible and supportive and wonderful
I also wanted to say thank you again (slightly more coherently this time) to those of you who took the time to share your BP memories, as well as the very sweet things about me. I haven't worked my way through all of them yet, because FEELINGS, but that beautiful jar of goodness is now one of my most prized possessions, and I'll always treasure it, and the thought and care (and no small amount of Seekrit Spy shenanigans) that went into it. THANK YOU. <333333333
And as always, thank you more than I can say to all of you who showed up and made BP 2016--as well as the previous ones--a reality. Running this con has been enormously meaningful, rewarding, and life-altering for me, and every year I've been blown away by our attendees' enthusiasm, intelligence, generosity, hilarity, talent, creativity, incisiveness, badassery, open-heartedness, and courage. My goal as an organizer has always been to try to provide a framework where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable so that your awesomeness can shine as brightly as possible, and there has been a nonstop parade of awesomeness on your part for the last eight years. I'm so proud of our collective power, and it's been truly awe-inspiring to be in the middle of that.
A couple of final notes:
- For those who are curious, I have had a few people express interest in potentially taking over the con--no one is anywhere near committing to it yet, so there is no substantive news to share, but don't unfollow all the BP stuff just yet!- If you particularly enjoyed an aspect of the con--a panel/panels, the vidshow, the sweet jams on the dance mix--it would be awesome if you shared that in the comments, to join me in thanking the hardworking people who made it happen!
Thanks, y'all. It's been an honor. ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥