at BlogHer 2009 in Several Conversations

In a word, my experience at BlogHer was overwhelming. But, overwhelming in the best ways possible. I've been thinking about this past weekend, letting the experience marinade a bit, and wondering how to best write about what went on out in Chicago. I mean, besides that fire a few years ago.

The short answer is "a lot went on." The long answer is a bit more involved. So involved, in fact, that I'm not going to be able to cover my BlogHer experience all in one post.

Can you stand it? Can you stand several posts about BlogHer? Like, all in a row with me writing and posting every day?

I've decided that the best way to tell the story is to report the conversations I had before, during, and after the event. No long drawn out narratives describing the hotel lobby decor or the way the dining hall lights played upon the seven-foot tall Ragu bottle made entirely of vegetables. No long strings of adjectives to paint a picture of the 1,400 pairs of shoes, and 1,400 hand-bags, and 1,399 hair-dos. No rambling prose meandering through the fun-house of my mind.

Just straight-on she said/she said.

All, of course, sifted through the multi-facets of my fun-house mind.

So? Y'all ready for this?

You bet you are!


Note to Elisa Camahort Page: Next year, how about a session on how to write good metaphors? I think I'm your gal!


BlogHer 2009: What It Is

Wednesday, July 22, 2009 - Afternoon Before Leaving for Chicago

Child: What are you doing, Mommy?

Mother: I’m making little cards to hand out at the blogging conference. See? With my blog name. So people I meet can read my blog if they want.

Child: What will you be doing? Will you all just be writing on your blogs the whole time?

Mother: Well, no. I’ll be hearing other women speak about the things they blog about, and people will talk about ideas to make blogs better, and I’ll be meeting new women at dinner and lunch and making new friends, and there will be some parties.

Child: Wow! Parties?

Mother: A few. But mostly I’m going there to learn some new things, and meet....

Child: Like, parties with cake and soda?

Mother: Well, yeah, I guess…and music and some dancing….

Child: Are you going to DANCE? In front of OTHER PEOPLE?!

Mother: Hey! I’m actually not that bad a dancer you know. And anyway that’s just a small part of….

Child: You’re going to be too silly. And weird. People will think you’re weird if you dance like in the kitchen.

Mother: No! People will like me! People won’t…people won’t think I’mweird.

Child: You are going to be too goofy.

Mother: Well...well...all the mommies there are going to be goofy.

Child: I’m afraid.

Mother: WHAT?

Child: I’m afraid you’re going to come back all…all different.


Child: Something is going to happen in Chicago. I know it.

Mother: oh my god…don’t say that…I’m afraid of flying…

Child: No, not the plane. You and all the other mommies are going to go there and write a lot and not act like mommies while you’re there. You’re going to come home all different.


Child: I’m afraid.



Mother: Can I borrow your black sparkle hat for a party I’m going to.

Child: Yes. But I want it back.

Mother: Ok.

Child: And don’t be so weird.

Mother: I’ll try. I’ll really, really try.


karengreeners said...

Awesome. This is why I need to be there next year - I will make everyone else feel less weird.

abdbpt said...


"I'm worried you'll come back all different" is classic.

Julie @ The Mom Slant said...

"Don't be so weird" - tell her we're all weird, and that's why we love each other.

(Heartbroken that I missed BlogHer and missed you.)

Kristine said...


Kristabella said...

Tell her we didn't think you were weird AT ALL!

Also, is this the time to tell you I didn't know it was you at the door of the MamaPop party, which was probably good because I would have snatched you away and then you wouldn't have been able to do your job and it would have been a free for all? You checked me in and I didn't know!

cIII said...

"I'm worried you'll come back all different"

Then, with your best Poker Face you say......

"Oh, honey. I'm not coming Back."

I'm sure she'll think it's a great Joke. And you'll both laugh and laugh and then have Cake and Soda.

S said...

i'm sorry i missed meeting you. and at knoebel's. next year's blogher, maybe?

MommyTime said...

This is awesome. But now I'm sad that I met you in the lobby and therefore didn't get to see you dance like you do in the kitchen. Also, I wish I'd had more time to just sit in a corner and talk to you. But that might qualify me as weird too, right?

Pocklock said...

Photographic evidence that you ARE, in fact, a fantastic dancer:

SO GREAT to finally meet you!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Awwwww! I love the "Before" story.

Amy said...

I do hope there is a follow up from her - on whether BlogHer changed her Mommy in some fundamental and weird way!

Fairly Odd Mother said...

I love that she's worried you'll come back "all different" but isn't phased that you asked to borrow her black sparkle hat.

anne said...

Weird? Pffft. Cutting edge is how I always thought of it.
Glad to hear you had a great time.

Unknown said...

I loved meeting you and having dinner with you on Saturday night. It was great to pick your brain about mothering girls as they grow. Stuff like that is one of the best parts of blogher to me. And? tell your daughter you were the coolest "weird mommy" and bouncer in that black hat.

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I think BlogHer started a group blog featuring over 60 women blogging on a variety of subjects. Its forums expanded to include a large worldwide community of bloggers who are women.

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