Photo credit Tracy (Sellabit Mum)
Alternative title: Elmo is kind of a Perv, look at those googly eyes!
I’m back from the big blogging conference (a joy to explain what that is to people on the elevator)! I am siiiiiiick, emphasis on ick, but I persevere to write this recap for you. (And because ever since the placenta ate my brain my memory is not what it used to be.)
I am at a loss for words and at a (rare) time like this I would normally turn to my photos to rescue me and to convey all of the things that BlogHer was, but alas my camera broke. (Yes, the irony of handing out business cards that say “photographer” on it and then NOT having a functioning camera is not lost on me.)
I learned so much and I have big plans to share more this week, but for now here are some tips and observations.
You don’t need your laptop- hilarious prank played on newbies. You don’t need a laptop at a social media conference, really? REALLY? Well what DO you need then, a clay tablet perhaps?
Swag- “Free” stuff that your airline will make you pour out in the security line or charge you hundreds of dollars to take home.
Expo Hall- magical place you sneak off to after lunch to eat just dipped Dove ice cream bars…not that I did this, just saying.
Afternoon Break- I took this waaay too literally and sprained my ankle, I am one confused underachiever.
Pedicabs- Biggest scam in the history of transportation. To the jerk that ripped me off, I want my money back and my dignity.
“I can’t wait to meet you at BlogHer!” - means absolutely nothing. If you want to see someone, make a plan, have their phone number and set up a time and place, otherwise you’re SOL.
Mean Bloggers- I suspect this is an urban myth, but I did hear from a friend that another friend came up to someone to introduce herself and that someone handed back their business card and wouldn’t take it because they had no idea who this person was. Ouch.
Did I learn a lot from sessions and (s)talking incredibly talented women after sessions? Absolutely!
Did I stay out way too late to hug friends and dance on stage? You bet.
Did I worry (needlessly) about how husband would handle all child rearing responsibilities while I flitted from session to session? Well duh. But I’m happy to report that there was only one meltdown that requried my presence (at the worst possible time, naturally.)
Did I miss my chance for fame and fortune? Alas I did. I slipped and fell in the lovely atrium area of the Mariott and was going to sue their behinds off but they made me sign one of those pesky waivers releasing them from legal responsibility and what not. However a plan is in the works for next year as New York seems like an accident waiting to happen (to me.)
Did I get overwhelmed and have moments of social anxiety and cry on the shoulders of sweet, caring people? Yeah I totally did that too and I’m not ashamed to admit it.
Was I jealous of people with brand meetings or sponsorships, of those honored to read on stage this year, those with better swag, those with better thighs or hair or what have you? No, no and no. In the words of a wise lady, if you are my friend then your joy is my joy. As for that last one, yeah I’m hard on myself about my appearance, and after this conference I might actually have the courage to write about it.
Was it everything I thought it would be and more? Well yes and no. There were people that surprised me in good ways and in bad, (I first wrote “in bed”, Freudian slip!) I reconnected with old friends, made new ones, was disappointed by others with whom I had clearly manufactured a relationship with in my mind and I felt both utterly content and totally incomplete from one moment to the next.
I hope to talk about the sessions later this week and share the nuggets of wisdom I may have gleaned, but for now I just want to give a shout out some of the folks that I met, that I had already met in some capacity. (Newbies will get a shout out later this week)
You were all so generous, way better than average, gracious, talented, inspirational, sillier than anticipated, giggle inducing, real (real awesome), hilarious, fun, the life of the party, poised, gorgeous, knowledgeable, eloquent, confident, nice, genuine, authentic, supportive, driven, warm, beautiful, lovely, friendly, smart, dancing queens, sassy, genius, creative, sweet, huggable, darling, happy, inspiring, evolved (hee hee) and more!
And of course my recap post would be incomplete without saying that I met my blogging idol, Kelle Hampton. I was a bumbling moron around her but she was nothing but sweet and gracious back to me.
And Aliza attacked Baby Nella and demanded to hug her and hold her, I tried to explain to Kelle that I visit her blog every day so my baby must think she knows her baby, but really Nella is going to have to get used to being the most recognizable sweet little face in the blogosphere! More to come later…
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