Before the post-BlogHer10 glow fades and I feel duty-bound to return to my usual offerings of political and human rights pop culture babble (which, incidentally, is very likely to keep me off the invite lists for the really cool soirees for years to come) I want to share some lessons I learned during my New York adventure.
For those not in the know (in other words, me 5 months ago) the BlogHer annual conference is a gathering of (predominantly) female bloggers from around the United States and Canada. There are mommy bloggers, fashion bloggers, coupon clipping bloggers, funny bloggers, special needs bloggers and pretty much every possible kind of “blogger” you can think of. The conference is a place to learn and schmooze and wear your feet down to bloody stumps.
And this is what I learned ….
1 – Reaffirmation!
Hands down, the BEST part of the BlogHer experience is discovering the people you meet online are as sweet, caring, beautiful and smart in real life as they are on the Internet. It’s a real relief if, like me, you find yourself often wondering if these beings you tweet, chat or otherwise “connect” with online are actually real, live people and not just some Terminator-esque machine playing a sick joke.
2 – That’s me in the corner …
I actually do not “squeeeee” in real life, but I am still friendly! Really. Sort of. I mean, … as long as I have had at least one cup of coffee.
3 – … with my coffee and a Danish
I actually feel quite comfortable sitting by myself in a room full of people just people watching! It’s actually quite interesting (and a GREAT way to relieve the burning feet). It is also a really great way to meet people …. Strangely enough … who may also be searching for some quiet in the storm of noise. (*waves* @MommyWantsVodka)
4 – Feel the Power
There is nothing, anywhere, as empowering as the collective energy of over 2,000 women and men looking to making a difference on the issues that matter to them.
5 – Talk a mean Jive
I still talk in my sleep. Apparently my sleep-talking unleashes vows of any omelet of their choice for stunned roommates (*waves* @aspiringmama) … at 3 a.m. … in a hotel room the size of a closet … without a fridge, and certainly no stove.
6 – Assault is Permissible
While I do not “squeeeee” in real life, I WILL hunt you down and jump you in an elevator if you are wearing the right name tag. (*waves* @TheNextMartha)
7 – Closet Swag Hag
When confronted with truly obscene amounts of free stuff, I can still (barely) manage to refrain from grabbing things I do not need … but I will still, despite my best intentions and aversion to my actions, walk out carrying bags and bags of stuff.
8 – Flip Flops are Not My Friend
There really is no such thing as comfortable shoes after 13 hours of running up, down, around and through the conference halls. While shoes – the love of my life – may not be my friends, Bandaids most definitely are.
9 – There is no safe space …
@TheBloggess really can read minds ….
So be careful what you think when you are in her presence.
10 – Priorities Must Be Kept in Order
I will leapfrog over unsuspecting escalator riders, belly crawl through crowds and elbow Elmo out of my way to get to my first cup of morning coffee.
Blog(h)er Smackdown, Take 2 – The Painful Personal Truth I learned From Elmo