This mom’s going to Blogalicious 2009!

Blogalicious Site Badge I think back to about a year ago when I was reading posts on the Graco blog. I knew nothing about the blogosphere, I just thought the stories were fun and the pictures of the children were way too cute not to check out. Each of the bloggers were original and inspiring in their own ways, and I found myself wishing I could be one. Some time later, I received an email from Erin Gilbert sent to the whole office. The blog team was holding a contest for open submissions to write guest posts that would be featured on the blog, and there was even a chance for people to become a full blog contributors. Thoughts raced through my head. This is it! I could do that! I could write for the blog! I have cute mom stories! Easy peasy!

Then total reality set in. What would I actually write about? Would the team find my stories interesting, or would anyone for that matter? Easy peasy, my eye! Who was I kidding? I’m no writer. Have you seen how many exclamation points I use? After a few hours minutes of wobbling on the fence, I decided I had nothing to lose. I wrote up an entry, rewriting various segments no less than 10 times of course, submitted it, and crossed my fingers. I really wanted to be a blogger. But the question remained. Would they like me my writing?

I heard back from Erin later that afternoon. They did like my post and it went up on the blog a short time later. I still have the email sent by Lindsay saying “It’s official – you’ve been published!” (Yeah, I’m a geek like that. I save stuff…not like the show hoarders or anything, just stuff that means a lot to me…and that email meant the world.) I was a blogger. I was never so proud.

Now on the blog, I have read a lot of posts recapping cool events like Blogger book signings, blog launch parties and of course Blogher. I hoped that someday, I too would have an opportunity to meet other moms and dads irl from the blogs I read. Well, I am happy to say that time has come! This weekend I am going to Blogalicious 2009 – “The Social Gathering Celebrating Diversity in the Blogosphere.” Luckily, I live right here in the Atlanta area, so it will be a quick drive to the event which is best described on their main page as “an amazing opportunity for women bloggers to come together to celebrate their diversity and their love for blogging. For three days, black, white, Latina, Caribbean, Asian-Pacific, and Native-American bloggers, among other nationalities, will enjoy a weekend of entertaining discussions and extraordinary events, all experienced in the company of exceptional women.” I. Cannot. Wait! Words do not express how excited I am! Just check out this conference guide. Can you say WOW? I know I did! Oh, and did I mention that there would be cupcakes?

Now I do realize that this is a huge sacrifice for me to attend this fabulous party work event on behalf of our team. I mean the parties pain, the connecting and sharing suffering. Did I mention the cupcakes? I also look forward to sharing the experience with you this weekend as I tweet a bit from the event, and you can be sure I will be posting my own recap in the near future. So, if you are heading to the W Atlanta – Midtown for Blogalicious09 this weekend, please look for me. I’d love to meet you!

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8 Responses to “This mom’s going to Blogalicious 2009!”

  1. Kim @ What's That Smell? October 8, 2009 at 6:55 pm #

    Have fun Karen, wish I could be there!

  2. Sue October 9, 2009 at 8:04 am #

    You go girl! So proud of you. Love ya!

  3. Lindsay Lebresco October 9, 2009 at 8:21 am #

    Karen you are too funny!! Oh boy- we were so lucky to find you when we did. You’ve added so much to not only the Graco blog, but the entire social media efforts at Graco. I know Graco is proud to have you as a “representative” and I’m so glad you are going to Blogalicious this weekend. You have a great time & I know you’re a damn good Demand Planner so don’t come back on Monday & decide you’re going solo as a pro-blogger- Graco needs you!! :) (oh and enjoy the cupcakes- you are clearly excited about them!)

  4. Tina October 9, 2009 at 10:46 am #

    Enjoy your blogging weekend. Sounds like a good time!
    Tina :)

  5. Bobby October 9, 2009 at 9:36 pm #

    What a great forum. Meeting the people you have shared blogs with face to face is such the future way to connect with people who share common interests. Blogalicious 09 should be an experience of a lifetime. I hope you share many wonderful memories with these blogging women and make sure you blog away upon your return.

  6. Tina October 12, 2009 at 8:28 am #

    How was it???

  7. Karen Hartzell, Graco October 12, 2009 at 8:34 am #

    Just a quick word to say the conference was absolutely A-MAZING! So many inspiring and beautiful women. Can’t wait to post all the pictures up on Flickr and give you all a recap! If you are on Twitter, I hope you were able to follow along with us at the conference using the hashtag #Blogalicious09.

    PS…Blogalicious 2010 was annouced for the same weekend next year and to be held in Miami, FL! WOW! I could be so lucky to be able to attend again next year!


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