Many people cannot go to Pennsic for a variety of reasons: money, time, distance, or logistics. Missing Pennsic for any reason is a bummer, especially when the greatest of all A&S gatherings in the Known World takes place on the middle weekend. The Pennsic A&S display lets artists with that special brand of dedication and crazy show off their works of art to the populace. The A&S display is my favorite activity at Pennsic.
This year, I registered for the display space and then determined that my schedule would only allow for an overnight visit to Pennsic. It would be a five hour drive to the event on Saturday, an overnight in a hotel on Saturday night, the display on Sunday from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and then a five hour drive home on Sunday night. Back to work on Monday feeling worn-out.
It got me to thinking…perhaps the time would be better spent participating in another way. My idea is simple. Instead of spending 10 hours on the road, $140 in gas money, $145 for a hotel room, and $260 gate fees, I could spend that time updating my blog to document the items that I would have brought to the event.
But wait, I could go one better. What if I spend that time updating my blog before Pennsic with the goal of having my blog updated so people could read about my projects on August 3rd just as if I was at Pennsic A&S?
If even 20 non-Pennsic SCAdians made a dedicated effort to upload our A&S photos and text before the A&S display, maybe we could spend those unused Pennsic hours on August 3rd perusing everyone else’s new materials online. Think of it as a virtual A&S Display! (Heck, I could even use that $545 to throw a website viewing party!)
How do we make this happen? Give me the URL of your blog or website and I will post it to the Atlantian Facebook group, Atlantian Announcements list and the Merry Rose at 11:59 p.m. on August 2nd to let people know who’s got new a fabulous stuff to look at on August 3rd.