BlogHer 07 Musings

I still can’t quite put together fully coherent posts yet about BlogHer. It was a great trip, and I’m already missing everyone and wish it could have been a week long, although my liver would prefer to keep it at two days. So until a few longer, well-thought-out posts can find their way out of my head and through my fingers to the keyboard, let’s just go with bullets, OK?

  • This being my sophomore year of BlogHer, I attended fewer sessions than the year before. It wasn’t that I was disinterested in the topics – I was actually sorry to miss some of them. But there were so many fabulous women to see, and so little time to do it. Some of these women I saw last year, and really wanted to reconnect. Others were attending for the first time, and I could barely contain my excitement to meet them and put a face to the person I’ve been reading about for so long. I’d link them all here, but every word would be a link.
  • One of the best schwag items: the jump drive from AOL (and it’s a 128, not a 64!). Never turn down portable memory.
  • The momosphere panel had too much to cover in too little time. It was hard to be called on, and by the time they got back to someone, their question was no longer relevant because the discussion had already moved on. We needed either a lot more time, or several panels to discuss the subtopics of privacy, diversity, advertising, popularity, special needs kids, etc. Or maybe we need another conference to really get in-depth on these topics?
  • One of the worst schwag items: the Butterball potholder. Because nothing says, “after your little techie women’s conference, get back in the kitchen and make me a sandwich, woman,” quite like a potholder. I tried offering it to a couple of food bloggers, thinking they probably cook more than me, but they weren’t interested either.
  • Bringing Mira to the conference was not the disaster I expected. Yes, I’ve complained she is a colicky baby, but for the duration of the conference she magically morphed into a happy baby. Turns out she may not be colicky – she’s just too cool for us. She was in her element amongst the crowds and ooohing admirers – our little social butterfly. Now that we’re back home, she’s crying more again. Can everyone from the conference please come to our house this weekend to give me a break from the crying?
  • Bringing Cordy to the conference was exactly the disaster I expected. She did OK in childcare the first day, even though they lost her sippy cup. Seriously, folks, the kids stayed in two rooms – how do you lose a sippy cup in two rooms? And after we picked her up, she seemed off. I can’t describe it, but she seemed very not-Cordy as she sulked in the stroller at the cocktail party. She woke up screaming and crying that night, begging to go home. I think she was scared to go back to childcare for day two. So on Saturday Aaron took her shopping on Michigan Ave. and to lunch at the Hard Rock Cafe, enduring her meltdowns all over downtown Chicago and at the Children’s Museum. She had a tough time on the drive home, too. Next year, she stays with grandma.
  • I gave out well over half of the business cards I had printed off. Hopefully a few new people will stop by to visit my blog. I’m still sorting my ginormous stack of cards that I received, but I can already tell I will have several new-to-me blogs to add to Bloglines. There are so many amazingly talented female writers out there!
  • Even though I missed out on most of the wild parties, I think I flashed my breasts more than anyone else. Being the social creature she is, Mira learned how to pull off in the middle of nursing to check out the sights, giving everyone else a chance to check out the sight of my nipples.
  • The question I got asked the most by new bloggers (aside from “how old is your baby?”) was: how do you have time to keep up with writing and reading so many blogs without neglecting your kids? My answer was short and simple: become a lousy housekeeper. Also, a little time with Noggin or Playhouse Disney doesn’t hurt, either. I never said I was a perfect mother.
  • Best cocktail party: the second night. Even though it was crazy crowded, it felt so much like the parties from last year. Fun, organic, great music, etc. And special thanks to the Canadian ladies for making sure no tray of food got past me (and to Sandra for feeding me an ice cream sundae when my arms were busy holding a nursing baby!). A hungry breastfeeding woman never misses a chance at food.
  • All of the prep this month for BlogHer, the constant talk about blogging, and dragging him with me to Chicago convinced Aaron to restart his blog. So if you know anyone who likes comic books or superheroes, tell them to check out Underneath the Mask. (He’s my husband, therefore I’m practically obligated to throw in a shameless plug for his blog.)
  • If anyone out there has any pics of Mira or Cordy, could you please send them to me or send me the link? I’d like to see how others captured the girls on digital film.

More to come in the next few days, including my talk with a reporter and my thoughts about selling advertising on mommyblogs (just in case you weren’t sick of opinions on this topic).

And one non-BlogHer note: Cordy’s big evaluation is this Thursday afternoon. At our house. So for this week I must be a good housekeeper – don’t want them blaming our messy house for her problems.

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Comments

  1. I’ve got a photo of Cordy up at Flickr. I can send it to you or if you’d like you can grab it over there!

    It was so great to meet you! I can’t wait until next year!

  2. Karianna says:

    I didn’t mind the potholder because we’re always soiling ours. But, true, the message it sends isn’t the best. Still, Husband is in the kitchen MUCH more than I am (which is why the potholders get so dirty.)

    Best of luck with Cordy’s evaluation – just in the brief time I saw her I could see both the promise and the problem. What a beautiful set of daughters you have!

  3. Alex Elliot says:

    It was great to meet you! I wished that the mommy bloggers session was in a bigger room. It was just way too crowded not to mention too short. I also would have liked small groups.

    I am so glad that no one asked me how I have time to blog with two kids. I would have been offended. No one asks my husband how he has time to work and have two kids or has time to workout and have two kids. I must confess though that I was one of the women who asked how old your baby was. She’s just so cute!

  4. All these tales of BlogHer sound so fabulous – I would definitely do my best to make it to a conference all about mom blogging. Or just to BlogHer next year :)

  5. I’m so glad I got to see you, and cuddle Mira a bit. She’s an angel. I don’t believe she would ever ever cry.

    Also, I never saw your boobs.

  6. crunchycarpets says:

    way cool hubby!
    we are comic geeks here!

    check out my hubs http://www.gamerflicks.com/

    His latest effort.

  7. Alex – no prob, I didn’t mind questions about the baby!

    crunchy – I’m sending Aaron the link to check out your husband’s site!

    Mayberry – You didn’t see my boobs? You must have been politely averting your eyes, since you were sitting right next to me at lunch. ;)

  8. Mrs. Chicky says:

    It was so great to finally meet you! Your family was gorgeous and that baby was so incredibly sweet (and quiet, my god she was quiet!)

    I have some pictures for you. I’ll send them to you soon.

  9. God I love Noggin.

    :)

  10. Momma to LG says:

    I didn’t make it to BlogHer this year but I am still reading you. Love hearing about your girls!

  11. myminivanisfasterthanyours says:

    Just stumbled upon your blog, read this post, thereby ensuring that next year I will be at BlogHer!

    I don’t think I could identify a potholder to save my life :)

  12. Great round up post! I’m especially rooting around to read about the nursing mums that were there, since next year that will be me.
    Passing Aaron’s blog on to Chris now – he’s a huge nerd, I mean, comic fan, too.

    Good luck with the evaluation.

  13. Jennifer aka Binky Bitch says:

    What is it with advertisers thinking women actually cook!

    Glad to hear of Mira’s transformation. Sorry to hear Cordy (and Aaron) had a rough time.

    Good luck with the eval tomorrow!

  14. It was great to see you again! Thanks for letting me hold Mira – I wrote about it here:

    http://nupboard.blogspot.com/2007/07/first-time-ever.html

    She’s a darling!

    Best wishes with Cordy’s evaluation.

  15. hey, thanks for that update – feel way more informed than before about the big weekend I wasn’t at! I hope Thursday goes well for you – we are heading that way with LP at the moment…time alone will tell…in other news thanks for the link to Aaron’s site – he might be Matt’s new BFF – tell him to check out Knights of the Shroud, that’s my husbands comic, and he loves fight choreography, who knew?

  16. WOW..sounds like ya’ll had a full weekend!

  17. mothergoosemouse says:

    It was great to see you again! And I’m not talking about your boobs. How in the world did you and Liz and Kristen manage to be so discreet? I’m going to have to get better at that.

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