Monday, August 3, 2009
I know, I know, it's old news. Blogher, you've possibly read about it on any of 1800 blogs, but here is my take on it :)
1. I met some AMAZING women and had a fabulous time. Seriously. It was great. I was able to meet Kelby Carr, someone I have known since my days on a due date forum when I was pregnant with Emma. Yep, 7 years! It was so fun to meet up with her. I was also able to meet some great ladies that write blogs I love. Oh and the bed at the Sheraton...to.die.for. Seriously, I loved it. I miss it. Almost as much as I miss my dear friends.
2. I learned a lot. Most of it can be summed up by my dear friend Lee over here. I can't stress the water enough though, seriously. I couldn't get plain water anywhere except at Walgreens across the street!
3. One of the things I learned was that just because I like someone's blog doesn't mean I will like that person. There were a few bloggers that I was so excited to meet and when I did, they were just plain rude. Sure, I don't have a big time blog, I am not a blogging rockstar like some of the women out there, but they didn't have to be so rude. And for that reason, I will no longer be frequenting their blogs. I don't care how cool you are, how many readers you have, what a great writer you are...if you are rude to your readers, you will lose them.
4. I didn't get to attend the workshops like I would have liked to. I was being Mama the whole time, and while I wouldn't trade that for anything, it meant that I couldn't sit in a class when my darling girl was trying to crawl all over the place and steal peoples swag.
5. While I didn't get to go to the classes, I am lucky enough to have friends that did and they would tell me all about them. During the classes, I went to the Expo hall, visited with friends, and made new friends. I seriously have at least 200 business cards from different people I met.
6. You may have heard about the fighting over swag. It was unfortunate, but not the main part of the conference. I got some really cool stuff and I left a lot of it there. But that is all it is, stuff.
7. The best part of the conference for me? The people. Hanging out with the girls, having only one child to take care of (man was that EASY!), and meeting some amazing new friends.
Now that I am home, I still feel like I am in a whirlwind and trying to digest everything. There are more conferences coming up and I would love to go to any one of them. If I can get a sponsor I will go to Blogher next year in New York City (I KNOW!!! How cool is that?!?!). If I don't though, then I know it won't be the end of the world, maybe I'll just get with my girls and have a fun girls weekend.