I never in a million years thought I’d attend San Diego Comic-Con as Press. But then it happened! After attending my first year, I started When Nerds Attack. It was myself and Melinda, then a few others jumped on board like Mario, Erin, and Lindsey. It started out with just sharing tips and advice. How does Hall H work? What about food? Where should I stay? How do I even buy badges? At the time, there weren’t many blogs dedicated to San Diego, or conventions in general. I can’t remember why I applied for Press. Maybe someone pushed me to it. Maybe I thought what the hell? I mean, you have nothing to lose. So I did it, then imagine my shock when I was approved!
But covering San Diego as Press is something you can’t really ever be prepared for. On top of you own “To Do” list, you now have another list. You start getting emails about interviews, or checking out off-site events early. Now you’re getting Press Releases to post, and you feel the pressure to provide as much coverage and news as you can. It might sound like fun, but it’s work. It’s a lot of work. I was going from waiting in the Hall H line, to running to a Press Room, hoping that I didn’t miss the wristbands that they were handing out. Then there’s the whole “Oh fuck, I’m in this room interviewing these celebs!” You try to think of new or fun questions, you have no idea how any of it works. My first room, I pretty much just sat there and watched everyone else. I was taking mental notes for the next time around. Oh and now that question you thought was really original has been asked four times. It’s stressful. Is it fun? Yes. It’s different. But it’s a lot of work and a lot of stress. You’re no longer doing Comic-Con for yourself, you’re now doing it for everyone who reads the blog and who can’t make it to the Big Show. You have contacts asking when your review will be up, when can they expect to see the interview on your site. That’s why I ended up stepping down. I was starting to dread something I really enjoyed. Luckily, Lindsey reached out and asked if she could take WNA over. I was actually thrilled someone wanted to step in. I didn’t want the website to just disappear, but I knew I couldn’t do it anymore. I wasn’t making any money off of it, I was still working my full time job. It was hard to balance everything and keep the quality at the level that I wanted, and that readers expected.
With all that being said, I wouldn’t change it for the world. I was able to have some once in a lifetime experiences thanks to starting that blog and taking the chance to apply as Press. I made some amazing friends because of it as well. So, next time you think about maybe complaining about SDCC coverage, or wondering why a SDCC related blog isn’t responding to your tweet right away, remember they are people too! And they have a lot they need to do in order to try and bring you coverage and information. Not to mention, we want to have a little “us time” as well, and maybe see a panel for something we enjoy too!