Dear BronyCon (guests, attendees and staff):
I can't believe how time flies! More than a month after the closing ceremonies of BronyCon 2018 and I'm still hyped about it. It was my first of many things: my first BronyCon, my first time in Baltimore and the first time I really traveled abroad all by my own means (not counting work trips). It was an amazing experience! I'll do my best to be back for the next and last edition. I mean, it's something you just can't miss!
My trip to BronyCon left me so many learnings. First of all, how incredible the brony community really is! Since there are not many bronies in my country (or at least that I know), I only knew what it was about through videos, photos and documentaries. That's one of the reasons I decided to take the trip to Baltimore and experience it in flesh and blood.
Also, it felt SO GOOD to talk, hear, watch and buy pony related stuff without being pointed at. I even got to be at a brony wedding! Weirdly enough, I also felt a little embarrased sometimes. It's not you, of course. It's me! And that actually taught me another great lesson: I can be incredibly shy sometimes! I needed to gather some courage for asking cosplayers and fursuiters to have a picture with me. And I have a pretty active social life. What a turn out of events! But being there for the first time made come across with that part of me I thought I had already left behind. Seems I need to work harder on it!
You know? Life sometimes takes the most strange turns. I already knew the brony community is loving and caring, so one of the things that got me more excited about was to make my little contribution to this year's charity. For reasons I still don't understand, I wasn't able to donate for CureSearch, but I managed to buy a calendar from the Brony Thank You Fund and support the Dana-Fabber Cancer Institute. When I came back home, I learned that my grandmother had just being diagnosed with a stage 4 metastatic colon cancer. Though it is a very complicated situation, there are still some beams of hope. We can still combat it thanks to medical and technological advances achieved by this kind of research. I like to think that, in some ironic way, I was already helping my own family without even knowing it.
Finally, there is something I want to give all of you in return for your awesomeness. When my journey began, I had this crazy idea of making some sort of video/documentary about my experience at the con. I had no script, no guideline and no press badge (sorry for that...); I only had my phone and an idea on my head. So I took tons of video and edited all once I got home. I took my time, of course, but here is it at last. My way of saying thank you to everypony. Thanks for being as great as you are and for making things like BronyCon happen. This is the way I want to tell you I am trully happy for being now part of this. And thanks for taking the time to read this very long text.
Enjoy the "videocumentary"! And please feel free to comment; I would like to know what do you think, if you liked it or not, what did you enjoy the most and/or what you would have changed about it.
Thank you everypony, you rock! See you next year, but talk to you soon.
Your new friend,