I’d feel like an ass if I didn’t give a shout out to the people who’ve shown me love in recent days. Big drippy kisses and hugs to the wonderful folks at Electronic Village for awarding me with the Blogging Star Award a couple days ago. Created by Barb at Skittles’ Place, the award gives a nod to “bloggers who shine their light throughout the Blogoshere” with either humor, creativity or kind and thoughtful natures. Woot. Love it! Paying it forward, I’m spreading love to other blogs and websites that brighten my day. I don’t think I’ve mentioned these onÂ FUNKY BROWN CHICK before: that drop of deliciousness called J Brotherlove, Jamy from Grateful Dating, the transwoman TransGriot, NPR’s blog for News & Notes “News & Views“, fellow sex blogger Dacia’s Waxing Vixen, “The Coop“, The Black Snob and photographers Bill Wadman and Thomas Hawk. Y’all rock. In other news, THANK YOU to the folks over at Tango magazine for naming me their latest blogger crush. The computer love and virtual crush is mutual!!!
I presented a talk called “A Brief History of Sex” at Sex 2.0 in Atlanta — a conference about the intersection of technology, social media and sexuality. My session gave a quick and dirty explanation of how sex has changed throughout the ages using slides borrowed from the professor who taught an undergrad “Human Sexuality” psych course at my university.
I’d never tried the whole liveblogging thing before, so signed up with coveritlive.com and gave it a go. Tidbits from the conference — with the bulk centered on Viviane’s talk about “how to be a sex blogger” — are below. Disclaimer: For the record, FUNKYBROWNCHICK is a dating blog, not a sex blog. Village Voice columnist Audacia Ray once described my blog by saying I don’t “deliver a blow-by-blow (heh) account of her own sex life — but she spares no details about her constant string of dates.” What’s the difference between a sex blog and a dating blog? Good question. When Audacia asked me, here’s what I said:
“Sex blogs often have information about activities, items and events related to sexual intercourse. Dating blogs often chronicle journeys toward finding relationships â€” whether casual, committed, polyamorous, intimate, sexual or some combination thereof.”
Learn something every day, huh? It was great to have time to hang out with Audacia Ray, Amber Rhea, Elizabeth Wood, J Brotherlove, Melissa Gira Grant, Rachel Kramer Bussel, Regina Lynn, Tiffany B. Brown and the other lovely folks. Now, for those of you who wanna know more about sex blogging, check out my liveblog thing below. Heads up … I highly recommend you visit Sex in the Public Square right now; many of the other links Vivane provided are NSFW (not safe for work). So, tread lightly. Also, in case you missed it over the weekend, be sure to weigh in on the FUNKYBROWNCHICK.com discussion about good girls vs. dirty girls.
Who loves ya, baby? I do! Big drippy kisses and THANK YOUS go out to the folks who supported my trip to Austin. From hookup stories to gossip about Mark Zuckerberg, I wanna give you “SXSW news you can use” as a Reader Appreciation Day of sorts. Pull these one liners out of your pocket — whether at the office, at home or at a cocktail party — and you’ll sound like you’re “in the know” about SXSWi … even if you didn’t go.
“Damn, that Sarah Lacy / Zuckerberg interview was a fucking train wreck, wasn’t it?!” Wired, Valleywag, Techmeme, Techcrunch, folks on Twitter and people from all over the world have all commented on the madness. Valleywag said Sarah’s “unique” interviewing style is singular because “no one who’s any good uses it,” and they called Mark Zuckerberg “a man with no onstage talent.” Follow the links above for more details. And, for something a bit more positive, check out Sunni Brown’s beautiful illustration (pictured) of Zuckerberg’s key points. Click here for the full-sized image.
“Two words: Gary Vaynerchuk.” If you don’t know this man already, you will. Marketing guru Gary totally killed it at SXSW. If there was a panel, he owned it. If there was a party, he supplied the free wine. If there was a great joke to be told, it came from his lips. He was EVERYWHERE. You couldn’t miss him. Anyone who’s worth their weight in booze (or gossip) could say “Vaynerchuk” correctly by the end of the fest. Wine Library TV is his daily video video blog. Good stuff, indeed. If you stop by his site, tell that punk “funkybrownchick” sent you. ;)
“I SEE BROWN-SKINNED PEOPLE!” Lots of brown fingertips ran across laptop keyboards at SXSW. George Kelly (pictured), Lynne d Johnson, Tiffany B. Brown, Angela Benton, Jason Toney, J Brotherlove, N’Gai Croal, Kathryn Finney and a lot of other wonderful people were there. I didn’t get a chance to hear the “Africa 2.0: Affecting Change Using Technology” session, but I sooo plan to catch up with the panelists in the weeks ahead.
“Have you noticed the guy from Mashable looks a lot like Justin Timberlake?” Mashable brings you “the latest news on social networking and social software.” Really?!?! :) No, seriously, very few of my non-techgeeks knew what Mashable was. So when I saw Pete, I instantly thought: man, you’re ignoring your greatest asset. If you’ve got a cute face, use it. Stick that shit on your site. It’s marketing, baby! Listen to Julia Allison. ;) Seriously, do a flickr search of Pete Cashmore. Nice, huh? And he’s a Brit with a sexy accent?!?! Yum.
“If you’re gonna have sex in Austin …” What conference doesn’t have hookup stories?!?! I didn’t get laid, but I did get “engaged” to a sweet-faced, bearded guy named Mackenzie Cowell. Long story. Anyway. I know plenty of people got action, but I’m not gonna name names. Instead, I’ll give you links to all the sessions (including mine) about sex. Watch out, Austin! The sex-talkers are taking over your city: â€œAdult Conversations: Sex, Intimacy & Online Relationshipsâ€; â€œBreakups 2.0â€³; â€œPink Ghetto Blasters: Destigmatizing Sex via Online Community Buildingâ€; â€œSexual Ethics, Interactivity and Virtual Worldsâ€; â€œWhen Your Partner is Your Partnerâ€; â€œThe Porn Police: Know the Rulesâ€; and â€œSexual Privacy Onlineâ€ with Violet Blue (pictured).