When you are completely spent and sated at the same time and can’t put a coherent thought together, you might as well use bullet points.
- BlogHer12 was my favorite yet (also in the ring were BlogHer08 and BlogHer10). I focused not on the parties or the swag or the $$ contacts or even the host city (it was freaking New York!), but on the sessions and on my friends, silver and gold (♫ Make new friends, but keep the old. ♫ One is silver and the other gold.) I spent time — daytime, evening and wee hours — with Melissa, Kathy, Justine, Pomegranate, Kir, Meg (Kathy’s lovely sister), Kristin, Nicole, Emily…and drank of our time thirstily as though it would have to last through a 11.9-month drought. Sucked the marrow out of our time together, as Mel says.
- I owe my husband a huge thank you. He managed to entertain our children while I gallivanted. And he showed up with them for a portion of my session. Having both my loves and lives — my IRL and my URL (stealing this from Esperanza) in the same space was mind-blowing.
- Many of the sessions I attended were fantastic. The conference team did a great job of gathering great content.
- I sat on a panel session with Mel, Kathy and Kir. Right before it started we briefly entertained the notion of delivering the session in verse — Mel in iambic pentameter, Kathy in limerick (of course!), Kir in haiku and me in nursery rhyme. For some reason we didn’t pursue that any further.
- Our session was called My Blog No Longer Fits Me! and clearly the topic of going through a blogdentity crisis resonated for many. We had a participative audience that was willing to share close-to-the-heart experiences of blogging unapologetically.You can take a gander at our concise virtual handout, which should make perfect sense even if you weren’t in attendance.
- I’m thrilled that my daughter got to witness female friendships at their best. Our last night there, Tessa hung out with Mel, Justine, Kathy and me as we walked the streets of midtown in search of treats. She heard us banter, get to know each other more deeply, and wax poetic about how much we liked and respected each other. She struck up a fast friendship with Justine, inquired about Kathy’s angel-daughter, Molly, and she quizzed Mel about her distaste for white foods. (She also bargained for a $25 purse and walked out of the store with it for $7, but that’s her story to tell.) We basked in each others’ presence well past midnight, when we began to turn into pumpkins but wanted to eke out every possible moment together. My hope is that this magical night guides her in her own female friendships in the years to come.
- Below are a few glimpses into my BlogHer12 experience (many photos are courtesy Kathy.)
Hopefully one more video post will come with quite the catchy tune. Waiting for collaborators to piece it together. Stay tuned!