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Monday, July 30, 2007


My big, fat BlogHer post

Me in the bean
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As I sit down to write this post, I realize that I dislike writing posts about events after the events are over. Life goes on. Today I woke up and the conference was in the past, my life resumed its usual pace. I drove the kids to summer camp, ran some errands, exercised, showered, grocery shopped, and did a bunch of things I typically do on Mondays. During the course of the day, I wiped butts and made beds. At one point I contemplated taking a nap. For dinner, some friends from out of town stopped by and we caught up on life's happenings over the pizza they brought and the salad I made. The kids played.

This year's BlogHer conference was a great experience for a number of reasons. One reason is that it took me away from my regular existence for a couple of days. It was nice to travel on an airplane and not have the kids with me. It was nice not to have to wipe butts or make beds. I can't tell you how much I enjoyed wandering the city on Thursday with nothing but my purse and my camera. I love my moments of solitude and I'm glad I was able to squeeze in some alone time before my life went a little nutty with non-stop socializing.

The socializing was the second reason why BlogHer was such a great experience for me. I chatted with so many other people, some of whom I expected to see at BlogHer and others who I had no idea would be there. It was a great three days of seeing friends both old and new. I roomed with Krisco of Crib Ceiling, and we spent hours every night talking and getting to know each other better. You might think that two bloggers have nothing new to share with each other, but you'd be wrong! In fact, I never once thought, here she goes again with that story she blogged in December of 2006... Nope, the conversation never got dull and having a roommate was a lot of fun and way better than sleeping alone.

I was proud of myself for doing all of the socializing that I did at BlogHer without feeling the need to drink. It was a bonus that I wasn't hungover once the entire weekend. In many ways, this conference was a huge challenge to my newfound sober lifestyle, and I did good and stayed on course. The fact I didn't relapse during a booze-filled, three-day party is one more reason that I can think about the conference with happiness in my heart and a smile on my face.

Lastly, the educational aspect and the complete immersion in all things bloggity is the best part about BlogHer. Being with folks for days on end and never once having to explain what this blogging thing I do is all about... that's heaven on Earth.

Now that I've written it, I notice that this post is much leaner than I thought it would be and contains far fewer links than I wanted it to. Perhaps I'll produce another, beefier, linkier entry in the future, but I most likely won't. I'm already mentally moving on to the next big thing: our upcoming family trip to Burning Man at the end of August.

In conclusion, BlogHer 2007 was a lot of fun and a smooth experience. Thanks again to Lisa, Elisa, and Jory--and to all of the people who are part of the BlogHer organization--you did a great job, ladies.