I kind of feel like I've shot myself in the foot. I met a ton of fabulous bloggers at BlogHer12, exchanged business cards, followed them on Twitter in hopes that we would all form these life long connections I always hear bloggers talking about...and then I come home and crawl under a rock for 15 days. I hope these friends are feeling the same as me; taking time to get back into the swing of LIFE after a few days away, trying to find an idea in their mind that is worth of publishing into this world of what I now know for sure if filled with amazingly talented writers (the fear voice says: and you're not one of them). I hope they weren't all jumping on my blog minutes after we said our goodbyes in hopes that I'd update something ASAP. I hope they weren't checking every day since to see if anything remotely witty or fabulous had been written on this site. And above all else, I hope they haven't lost interest in this blog. I'm here, I'm on my way back, I'm just taking the scenic route getting here!
Speaking of BlogHer, I do want to give a brief recap of how my weekend was! I attempted to write a post over the weekend, but it would have been about 15 pages long had I printed it out, and no one wants to read a 15 page blog post...trust me. So I'll throw down some photos, and give a BRIEF synopsis of my amazing weekend in The Big Apple!!
If I had to describe BlogHer12 in one word it would be: EXHAUSTING. There was a lot going on, and a lot to learn and a lot to take in - and I still can't believe that the meat of the conference was only held over 2 days (And in reality, more like 1.25 days because I was so exhausted at the end of Friday that I slept in Saturday and didn't even get to the conference until lunch time!).
I think the only reason I survived this weekend, and didn't find myself crying in a corner, was because of one fantastic lady...my Internet buddy Kim! We met "online" (Sounds weirder than it's meant to) via our blogs and quickly realized we were both Mom's living in the SF Bay area and were both going to BlogHer! We immediately formed an email bond and were planning out our weekend to be by each others sides as much as possible! We met on Thursday evening and I knew instantly that we were going to be great friends. We met up later that night and walked the Expo together (Expo equals room after room of booths manned by sponsors! There was food, there were giant bananas, vibrators, more vibrators, more food, manicures and maybe more vibrators? No no, JUST 2 booths of those...yowza). Kim and I met up each day and just made it through the conference together. I saved us seats at lunch one day while she waited in line to get us food. I literally would not have survived this weekend as well as I did had it not been for this new fantastic shoulder to lean on!
While the Expo did take up a ton of our time, there were actually sessions held each day that we attended in attempts to learn something about blogs and how to make them better! I attended quite a few about blogging and branding, and a few more about how to sell yourself and your writing abilities to media outlets such as magazines or other blogs. All of it was awesome, and oh so helpful. At times, it was inspiring and if I allow myself to go back to my notebook that I jotted pages and pages of notes in I know I will get re-energized want to move forward with all the things I learned (Mental note: GO READ NOTEBOOKS). There was also 2 amazing keynote speakers during lunch on Friday and Saturday. The first was one of my idols, the one and only Martha Stewart and I cannot express how fabulous she was. From her outfit (Adorable ORANGE skinny capris and the most fantastic orange cork wedges to match...if you receive her magazine, she's wearing the pants on the cover from this months issue). She was witty, inspiring and oh so Martha...at one point she told us that she loves the bloopers she shows at the end of her show, and she wishes they had more "If only I wasn't so perfect...chuckle" Oooh Martha, you ARE perfect. Swoon! The next day was Katie Couric who I wasn't overly thrilled about, until the interview started. And omigosh, she was fabulous. She seemed really...normal. Like she was just a girlfriend sitting on a stage talking to all of us about her life. I texted my mom in the middle of her talking and told her "I think you and Katie Couric should be friends" and I sincerely believe that...not sure how we can get that to happen; I'll work on it. The last keynote speakers of the session was a panel of three women; Soledad O'Brien, Christy Turlington-Burns and Malaak Compton-Rock. In a word, it was interesting. Soledad and Christy did amazingly well. As for Malaak; ya...something was definitely wrong. Very, very wrong. Maybe she gets nervous doing live interviews, or maybe it was something else. But whatever was going on, her behavior and inability to answer the most simple question quickly became the most awkward thing happening at BlogHer12!
Out of everything I learned and experienced at BlogHer12 I would say the most important was what I learned from Kim. We both came into this conference "not knowing anyone". But as we began walking around together, I quickly realized that Kim knew a LOT of people. At one point I asked her where she'd met all of these people and she casually said "On blogs...reading and commenting on other blogs." Oh. Right. She's been doing what I always read bloggers are supposed to do...brilliant. I think I've kind of been thinking that readers would just find their way to The Mommy Stop and that it would require minimal seeking effort on my part. In hindsight, ya, that's pretty silly and I realize now I need to put more of an effort into reaching out to others. It's on my list of things to do...right after I publish this post!
So that's the written version of went down over the weekend, here's the visual version! Enjoy!
|BlogHer12 in a nutshell! From my minimal packing, to Kim and I with the Jimmy Dean Sunshine, meeting Weelicious and having my feet be so banged up that,I used almost an entire box of band-aids, it was an amazing weekend!|