Despite the rain and looming amount of laundry that pinned me inside my apartment on Saturday, I carved out an hour for a Never B4. I participated in Blog Talk Radio for the very first time. I say "participated" specifically because I didn't BLalk (aka: get up the nerve to call in and talk to the blogger host) but I did BLatt (aka: send comments & questions to the blogger host in the live chat room).
Blog Talk Radio is a wonderfully bizarre because it seems anyone (even me) can host a show. I browsed the live shows happening when I logged in and immediately came across a psychic blogger giving angel card readings to listeners, a politically conservative blogger harpooning David Letterman for his "attack" on Sarah Palin, a vampire blogger that was mysteriously silent when I tuned in, a paranormal blogger talking about something I didn't understand and a progressive pair of bloggers talking with Adriel Hampton, a journalist/private investigator/social media expert who was running for a House of Representative seat in California.
The hosts of this last show drew me in with their straightforward "issues" questions and Adriel's answers intrigued me enough to want to ask him a question. I thought about calling but chickened out, fearing my tongue would get tied up or I'd come across as naive on the issue of Afghanistan. Instead, I logged on to the live chat room and let my fingers jump in with a question. Just a moment or two later, the host told Adrien that he had a question from the chat room and he proceeded to read him my question.
There were others in the chat room and we went back and forth, submitting questions and spouting our opinions on subjects from "don't ask, don't tell" to legalizing marijuana. Adriel answered them all and it felt great to engage with a politician this way.
I was hooked!
I wonder if I would have been as satisfied if I waited patiently for someone to speak on the Vampire channel? I may have to tune into that show next. Or, maybe I'll become a BLost (aka talk radio blog host) and extend this blog into that new world. I think I'll go ask the angel card reader if that is a good idea.
Seriously though, I may have to try hosting a Never B4 show just for the sheer Never B4 fun of it. Check out Blog Talk Radio and let me know if you think that's too crazy.