BlogHer 08 Wrap up

I’ve taken a long time to write this post, not just to capture the long list of incredible women (and man) I met 2 weeks ago at the BlogHer conference in San Francisco, but because I couldn’t quite figure out how to put into words what the experience meant to me. Well in the 2 weeks it’s taken me to write this wrap up, I didn’t really find the words, but here is what I can tell you – I had an AMAZING time. I think part of it was because I had zero expectations – not low expectations, just wasn’t sure quite what to expect, really. I knew I would get to see some of the bloggy friends I had made over the last 6 months, so for that I was excited, but I didn’t expect BlogHer to have quite the emotional impact it had. I haven’t read a ton of recaps from others about BlogHer because nobody quite has the same experience and I didn’t want their take, either positive or negative, to impact what I got out of the weekend. But I’ll still go ahead and write my take on it…

So – my biggest takeaway (I advise any man reading this to stop now) – I am proud to be a woman. Maybe a bit much for some but I can tell you when that thought crossed my mind. I was sitting in the Community Keynote, listening to story after story about what life is like for women. These incredible women, turned bloggers/writers, had captured, in their own voice, so many different aspects of life as a woman. And as I listened through laughter and tears, (I cry during Hallmark commercials!) I turned around to see my good “mate” Paull sitting there taking it all in. I thought to myself (and then later to him), “what was that experience like for a man?” I told him he would have had to read 5 years worth of Cosmo magazine to get what he got out of 1 hour at BlogHer! These women, their stories, and the organization of BlogHer, had brought them all together – and let the rest of us connect with them and with each other.

Whew – I guess those were some of the words I wanted to voice about my experience. Again, maybe a little dramatic for some, but you weren’t there, in my seat, in my mind, 2 weeks ago in San Fancisco – I was and this is just how I felt about it. On to my shout-outs…

Without these folks, I wouldn’t have had the amazing time that I did….
Mommyneedsacocktail – Who, when I was wandering around aimlessly, would grab my arm and say, “Have you met…?” She made my whole BlogHer experience that much better
FoodMomaic- Who we met up with at the bar restaurant after the Macy’s party- loved her keynote “speech”
MummyChronicles- Who, at almost 7 months pregnant, I still saw at all the nightly functions- what a trooper!
Lijit- Who everytime I saw her had a big smile on her face. She was like a ray of sunshine!
DonMillsDiva – Who I called Dawn but her name was really Kelly cause’ it was loud at that People’s Party!
ToThink – Who saved me a great seat to watch Heather and Stephanie’s closing keynote but I “Sat-her-up” (as opposed to Stood-her-up since I ending up sitting somewhere else)
Lifewithmy3boybarians – Who sat with us at our table and talked to us about the cool things she’s doing with March of Dimes
NotesfromtheTrenches, SquareSpace, Wannabehippie – Who I hung out with at the exclusive, MOO card invitation only and ate orange food
Hormonecoloreddays – Who told me to follow her on Twitter- just look for “MoldyMom!” (Who is way more cute than “Moldy!”)
Itsmylife – Who showed up everywhere I was and then won the HP Laptop!
AdventuresinBabyWearing Who, after 10 “where are you??” tweets, I bumped into, and finally met in person, outside the elevator
MumstheWord – Who I finally met in person in the swag room between the peanut butter and the boogie wipes
ToddlerPlanet – Who I cornered and forced to sit down at a dining room table in the furniture section at Macy’s and listen to my story- and she did graciously!
XialonMama – Who I kept seeing surrounded by tons of people – a real social butterfly, that one!
Parentopia – Who just ended her cross-county road trip and didn’t look any worse for the wear)
BusyMom – Who waited in line with me to say hi to Charlene Li after a panel
MammaLoves- Who gave me one of my most significant memories of BlogHer (and it wasn’t the crutch-waving from the front-row!)
A Mommy Story - Who, since she was a veteran at BlogHer (3rd year), we secretly tailed to see where she would go.
Friday Playdate – Who touched my boob jacket in the elevator because she just loved it! (and she writes fashion so I was thrilled!)
NBC- Who was awesome to talk to at RubySkye and later at Macy’s
Paull & Cate  – Who we got to hang out with all conference long and were nice enough to always save me a seat for the opening and closing remarks
Queen of Spain - Who I finally got to meet and thank in person
City Mama – Who I kept seeing from afar and finally got to say hello
Techmama – Who quickly dropped by BlogHer- enough for an “OMG Hi!”, Hug and Go!
SiliconValleyMomsblog- Who I was so happy to see so many of the folks I have met over time
Everydaygoddess - Who was kind enough to grab me in the Newbie Mixer because it was clear I didn’t know a soul in that room!
3 giraffes - Who I met during the opening meet and greet.
PunditMom
– Who I said quickly said hello to over a shot and K-Y (which was much more innocent than it sounds)
MarketingRoadMaps – Who I found myself bra shopping with in Macy’s!
OntheUpside- Who I met at the People’s Party and let me crash her little party
MommyNeedsCoffee Who signed my copy of Sleep is for the Weak “You are awesome!” I hope she didn’t write that in everyone’s copy!
Mom101 - Who is as funny and sweet in person and she is on her blog.
SurrenderDorothy – Who I did CPR with (not on) and she handed out her first bound copies of Sleep is for the Weak!
LaidoffDad - Who I was so excited to tell that my husband was a Laid off Dad turned blogger too! (he didn’t seem as excited about that as I was)
MetropolitanMama-Who I was so excited to see in person since we had worked so much together.
HerBadMother- Who had her beautiful new baby at the conference and made some great remarks at a couple of the panels I was in
Petroville – Who was a recent nod winner for Graco and her hair was as pretty in person as it is in pictures!
BlogHer (Elisa, Lisa, and Jory) – Who all greeted me with open arms even when they had a line of people waiting to hug them.

Even after this long list, I know I still missed a few folks.  Sorry if I did but know I enjoyed meeting each and every one of you! (and yes, no photos- I was way too busy gabbing!!)

 

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12 Responses to “BlogHer 08 Wrap up”

  1. Kimberly July 31, 2008 at 9:39 pm #

    Loved seeing you again! Shopping with wine really ruined me for good :)

  2. Adventures In Babywearing July 31, 2008 at 10:16 pm #

    I am SO glad we were able to finally meet!!

    Steph

  3. SuperTiff August 1, 2008 at 2:03 am #

    We love you, Lindsay.

  4. PunditMom August 1, 2008 at 11:46 am #

    I was SOOO happy to see you again and SOOO sad that I hardly got to talk to you. :( Soon??

  5. Jenn August 1, 2008 at 11:27 pm #

    I absolutely did not write that in everyone’s book.

    You ARE awesome!

  6. Jenn August 1, 2008 at 11:28 pm #

    Oh, and I fell even more in adoration with you once you confirmed that I most definitely would not have to be at my Dallas/Plano book signing all alone. That made my night.

    Pinky swear that is true? ;-)

  7. MammaLoves August 5, 2008 at 1:22 pm #

    One of your most significant experiences at BlogHer??

    Did I get too drunk and flash you?? I’m so sorry.

    I’m totally intrigued by whatever part I played.

  8. Busy Mom August 6, 2008 at 8:42 am #

    It was so fun to see you there!

  9. Mom101 August 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm #

    It was great to see you Lindsay if only for a brief whirlwind moment. Looking forward to hanging out at the Sleep is for the Week signing in Brooklyn on September 12, 4-7 pm, Union Street between 6 and 7.

    (How’s that for a shameless clumsy plug? And this is why the world needs great publicists.)

  10. Kellan August 24, 2008 at 10:52 pm #

    So sorry it has taken me this long to come over and say hello to you. It was so nice to meet you at the conference. I have been meaning to come over here and say hi! I wish I’d known you hadn’t been to SF – I went out all by myself on Sunday morning and went down to Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf and walked, shopped and ate clam chowder and a shrimp sandwich while looking across the bay at Alcatraz. I’d have loved to have invited you along.

    Hope you are well – BlogHer was a blast. Hope to see you there next year. Take care- Kellan

  11. To Think Is To Create September 1, 2008 at 1:50 pm #

    How bad is it that I’m just now coming back to comment on this!?

    It was so fun meeting and chatting with you, you are as adorable in person as you are online. Even if you did stand me up. ;)

    `Arianne

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