What I Took Home From Eroticon

By | March 21, 2018
At Eroticon I found a community community of strength, growth, and learning.

There is strength in the community we create for ourselves.

When Kayla first proposed I go to Eroticon with her I agreed after seeing what a good time she had. I will admit that a certain part of me felt a bit like an interloper in doing so. Kayla is the writer, the words spill from her like water over a waterfall.

Myself? Well writing hasn’t been my way of expressing myself for some time now. Words don’t flow from me like they do from her. Heck, there are times I even struggle to find the correct word while talking.

While it was amazing to put faces to names of so many people I have been following and reading over the years, to be able to speak to them and hug many of them while there was incredible.

I was welcomed with open arms by everyone I met and it was an incredible feeling.

Kayla and I are active in our local community, we attend munches and socials as much as we can as we find there is strength in community.

What I found at Eroticon was that strength and community magnified. From the attendees, vendors, and presenters, they were there for one another. There was a fierceness in the way they stood for one another.

They were there to give each other advice, support, and yes, even call you out if they felt it was needed but in a loving and caring way.

That alone was well worth being a part of this special weekend.

After the day was done on Saturday I was looking forward to the social get together in the evening. A chance to mingle and have a drink or two. While I am not one to be prone to anxiety or panic attacks it happened to me that not at the pub.

I felt horrible about it, the pub was crowded and so many people there it put me on edge and nothing I could do would seem to get me past it.

Sadly we didn’t stay as long as I would have wanted to due to that.

When  I explained the reason for needing to leave I was amazed at the understanding smiles and hugs offered.

Eroticon is truly a community, a community of caring, of learning, of growing.

I couldn’t even begin to list the names of all the folks I met and bonded with while there. I have made new friends, I have met and hugged people of whom I have been following and reading their words for years. I have met some new friends that I have welcomed into my life for the first time.

In a nutshell what I took away from Eroticon was the community; a community of learning, a community of growth, a community of understanding, a community of sharing, a community of striving towards a goal.

Most importantly to me I found a community of unity!

20 thoughts on “What I Took Home From Eroticon

    1. John Brownstone Post author

      It was wonderful meeting you as well. It does feel like home, that was the hardest part of saying good-bye to everyone.

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  1. Cara Thereon

    Very much so! It’s such a great community and it exceeded my expectations.

    I was overwhelmed at the pub too. It was a bit too much on many levels. I was glad to leave and relax a bit.

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      It is an amazing community and I was so happy to be a part of it.

      That feeling of being overwhelmed was new to me and took me a bit to decipher it .

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  2. Li

    I’m glad you had such a fine time! (Sorry for the panick attack, anyway; it has occurred to me several times and is just awful). Maybe one year I will be able to feel the same good feelings of community you have felt 🙂 *Big Hug*

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Lixie, it was an amazing experience and I have some memories of it that I will hold near and dear for a long time to come. My hope for you is that one day you too can feel that close sense of community, who knows maybe next year you may choose to attend and we can meet and hug in person. Hugs and kisses

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  3. missameliaandsir

    How WONDERFUL!! Glad you had that experience. We are reaching out a bit now and it has been such a spectacular experience!

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Our local munch is full of great people. Eroticon even more so. It was fun, educating, and full of so many wonderful people. Glad you are getting out to explore the community. It can be uplifting being around like minded people.

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  4. Molly

    I am so glad you decided to come with Kayla this year and experience Eroticon first hand with her. I know it meant a great deal to her to have you there and whilst she might be the writer you guys are most definitely a team and everyone knows that

    Mollyx

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      Thank you Molly, I’m so glad I did get to come. The hard work and effort you, Michael, and Girl on the Net put into Eroticon shows and it was a wonderful time.

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  5. zak jane keir

    Was great to meet you. I almost feel a touch of envy of the people coming for the first time and finding out for themselves what an awesome thing Eroticon is…

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      It was wonderful meeting you as well. There is certainly a feeling of awe in attending the first time. At the same time it is welcoming and an open group of people.

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  6. Posy Churchgate

    It was awesome to meet you and chat ‘milkduds’ and ‘naked attraction’ and all sorts of random things (you kept up very well with my topic jumps, not everyone does!!) Hugs in person were great but I also mightily appreciate you and Kayla giving me and so many other bloggers ‘virtual’ love and support. Until next time/
    P.S. I also found the pub on Saturday an odd vibe compared with the Friday night which was a blissful gathering of likeminded people.

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    1. John Brownstone Post author

      I was wonderful to meet you and well and chat. Everything about Eroticon was encouraging for all of us.

      Yes, until next time. We are definitely going to do our best to be back next year.

      I think the pub on Sat was just the perfect storm with it being St. Patrick’s Day and the rugby match. Sunday was a much different and better feel as well.

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