Like so many other lady bloggers, I am just coming off of a whirlwind of a trip to NYC for America’s largest, female blog conference.
If you’re a blogger or a reader of multiple blogs you are probably 100% over hearing about BlogHer and it’s awesomeness (or lack of).
I feel you. I’m over it too.
All of the packing for BlogHer posts (which, other than taking business cards along, is not much different than packing for anything else), and the heading to BlogHer posts (if you didn’t arrive via satellite, in a helicopter, or on the top of a magic broomstick then it’s really not that exciting is it?), and the oh-my-gosh-I’m-so-nervous-because-I-never-meet-new-people-ever posts (I’ll admit, it is overwhelming thanks to the 4,000+ women they shove into the hotel for the weekend, but seriously) really make you not want to read another it-was-the-best-weekend-ever-because-I-got-to-dance-with-a-unicorn-on-my-head-and-take-pictures-with-the-hotdog-cart-dude for as long as you live, right?!
Lucky for you, this is the only post that’s gonna be like that.
Because no one else had a unicorn (a full blown balloon-a-corn as I called her) on their head (thank you for that gift Papermama!).
And no one else went outside the hotel to hail a cab with it, stand by fast cars with it, or embarrass the Hitlon security dude into smiling with it.
Just like, not one single other person took their festivities out to pose with Hot Dog Dude.
Fortunately, I also got to connect with other bloggers in a more, um, normal way…
And I got to learn about a ton of brands with awesome products that you will be hearing more about (seriously, the Jimmy Dean maple sausage biscuit thingys are a special kind of mouth joy you should not have to live life without, and the artificial eyelashes from Kiss made me feel like a celebrity for an entire evening) in the near future.
I can’t tell you much about the sessions. I can’t tell you much about the keynotes (I did sneak into Martha and Katie just to see them in person though). And, I can’t even begin to tell you how the heck I missed Zak Efron.
Because for me, BlogHer is not about that (although, in future, I will make it about meeting celebrity hotties whenever possible).
BlogHer (and most of blogging) is about connecting. Building relationships. Leaving the conference having touched more people than you had when you arrived. Hearing their stories. Making them laugh.
That’s what I love about BlogHer; the expanse of opportunities to do this.
Making my way through the expo hall and hotel lobby, fist bumping and high 5-ing people as I do, reminded me of the amazing friendships I’ve built in this space since launching pBd.
Real life friends.
Friends who give you advice and help you make good choices (or bad choices that involve staying out at a karaoke
bar networking event until 4 am, thank you very much, Sharon!).
Friends who come to your soaking wet rescue and invite you to dinner because they
feel sorry for you love you (seriously Kathy and Summer, thank you for preventing me from being arrested for loitering).
Friends you work with that make you want to actually work hard to complete a project awesomely because you know what their happy faces look like (top l to r: Eyeona bloggers, Blog Frog Ann, Blog Frog Keely, iVillage iVoices)…
I love that I have all of you in my life. And I love that I am fortunate enough to be able to go to these events and grow these relationships with you and new people too.
*Note to girl in below photo: I’m not entirely sure who you are although I know I know you from somewhere. When I posed for this picture, I honestly thought you were someone else. And then, when I looked at this, I saw that you were actually, um, you. We should exchange names now, because yeah, it feels dirty if we don’t…
But, more than anything, it reminded me that I am so happy to have one friend in my life who has done all of these things with me for years. And, while I am happy to have a bunch of new friends to alleviate her burden of constantly giving me advice and yelling at me when I do dumb junk, I know that my go to gal, for ever and always will be BFF.
I’m so happy she stopped hating me for accidentally trying to steal her boyfriend in 8th grade (I didn’t know! I was new! Long story; it’s cool now!). And that she got sick of hearing me pout and agreed to mover closer to me (pretty sure it was the overall lameness of the place she left that did it). And that she forgives me for being insensitive and forgetful and selfish and dumb.
I finally put her July birthday card in the mail today because I’m vowing to be a better friend. I figure, if I can do it online, real life should be easy!
Have something Wordful to share this Wednesday? Pop over to Seven Clown Circus and then visit the wonderful linkers from last week!
- Three little monkeys jumping on the bed, NONE fell off and broke their heads! Mama at Ordinary Miracles and the Crazy 9 is so happy to hear that and we are so happy to see her adorable photos of their bed jumping party!
- Maybe not a recipe you’re gonna find on Pinterest, but these look like the most delicious cupcakes ever thanks to one little chef at Chasing Sunshine.
- Live in or visiting the Utah area and looking for an adventure kids would love? Check out Honey Mommy’s trip to Antelope Island of Salt Lake.
- The lady who wins the most fun mom of the week award is Allie at Little Mouse’s House for taking her little out and dancing in the rain! Great shots!
*Today’s post was inspired by BlogHer, balloon-a-corn, and Hallmark’s Life is a Special Occasion campaign. Head over to the Hallmark Tell Them App and join me in making a vow to share something someone you love needs to hear!