I’m in Providence, Rhode Island for Netroots Nation 2012 (#nn12), and it’s nice to see so many familiar faces and newbies here. I actually arrived on Tuesday to attend Wednesday’s LGBT Netroots Connect pre-convention, organized by the fabulous activist Mike Rogers. It gives bloggers, professional activists and LGBT organization representatives the chance to network and collaborate in ways that rarely occur outside a setting like this.

Here are some of the folks I’ve run into during the pre-con and Netroots Nation proper:

I’ve attended all but the first Netroots Nation, and given travel is really tough on me because of my RA, it was the one conference I really wanted to go to because, since I’m based in NC, I don’t get to see a lot of the folks based in NYC, DC and other major media centers. It’s also great to see many of my blogger pals I only see in virtual space.

There is a full bill of panels, many of them livestreamed.