It’s all about the people.

Earlier this week I wrote about my inspirational takeaway from BlogHer’12.  With all that touchy-feely stuff out of the way, it’s time to dish the dirt.

1.  I met some amazing people.  The first face I saw when walking into the Hilton Grand Ballroom was Kim from Mama By The Bay.  Beautiful, friendly and smiling, she was a sight for sore eyes and a perfect way to start off the weekend.  Then I scored a personal invite to the suite of Outlaw Mama and Moments of Exhilaration, where I stayed until my family begged me to come home.  Maybe it’s our legal backgrounds (doubtful), our complicated relationships or just general awesomeness (that’s probably it), but these ladies instantly felt like friends I’ve had for decades.

Other highlights:  after talking to Michelle for five minutes, the recognition clicked and she exclaimed, “oh, you’re YOU!”; karaoke with Laurel — even though there was no actual karaoke, we thought the dance floor was a perfectly appropriate place to belt out our favorite songs; having the balls to walk up and have a conversation with each one of the delightful Mouthy Housewives (my humor heroes).

2.  I also met a lot of ‘lifestyle’ bloggers. Does anyone know: what the h*ll is a lifestyle blog?  It’s probably best I remain in the dark since I have no life and no style.

3.  There were a lot of people I didn’t have the opportunity to meet.  A conference of over 4,000 (mostly) women bloggers can be overwhelming and it’s hard to balance the panels, the speakers and social time.

The swag was underwhelming, the food starchy (I ate a bagel/roll for every meal) and the parties exhausting (or maybe it was the 18 hour conference days), but I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat.

Tired of my vituperation? (I had to look it up too)  I’m over at Skinny Mom handing out practical advice on how to get your kids to sleep (something with which I have a lot of heartache experience).  It’s the first of my weekly contributions as Taskmaster Mom.   Check me out every Wednesday!

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6 thoughts on “It’s all about the people.

  1. Starchy indeed! I can dispute that you indeed have style, but I don’t want to ruin your awesome post. I am headed to check out your advice because my kids wake up at 5:30 and it makes me stabby. Very stabby.

  2. Texting with you in those first BlogHer moments, and then seeing you in person, made me finally take a deep breath and realize that I was going to be ok. I’m so glad we were able to take this conference on together! And I was under the impression that “lifestyle blogger” was code for “I won’t call you a Mommy Blogger because you might punch me in the face”. But maybe not.

  3. How did I miss this post? Sounds like an amazing weekend. I have to admit my jealous side is happy the swag was underwhelming – an awesome weekend in NYC, fabulous connections with kick-ass women, lots of great blogging info AND swag? Too much for my little grinchy heart to bear!

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