So, that was BlogHer! A very interesting, overwhelming experience. People were so friendly and awesome, I felt I could strike up a conversation with anyone at any time—and I did a lot of that. There were also lots of mommybloggers everywhere, so much so that it didn’t feel quite like my scene a lot of the time. Still, I talked to many people who felt exactly the same way, which made me realize that the important thing at BlogHer is to find your niche of people and carve out your own experience with them—and balance that with exploring the other niches out there.
At any rate, there didn’t seem to be much of a fatosphere presence, although I know there was last year. Not that I’m really complaining, because the BFD meetup was SO GREAT, I thought, and the size was perfect. It was nice to be in a room with a dozen people rather than a hundred people, and actually be able to have conversations with everyone present. It was way too short, though; only 45 minutes, and we had to leave in the middle of a room full of very lively conversation. We did get flashed, though, so… you know. A win.
I think I made sure to get everyone’s card (BlogHer is very big on passing out cards) but if I missed anyone, please remind me in the comments! Here’s who was there, along with me and magnificent co-hostesses Weetabix and Anne, in no particular order except the order in which I pulled their cards out of my wallet:
The magnetic J.D. Bauchery, Hot Movies for Her (link NSFW); sparkling Evany, from Evany’s Extended Cake Mix (who I first met when “BlogHer” was called “Journalcon” and there were only 50 of us and there were more dudes and fewer babies); the amazing artist and beautiful person Annie Galvin of Wexford Girl (bought two of her prints) who has already said hello in the comments; Rosemary from Creampuff Revolution, who was gracious enough to take photos, love you, thank you; the charming Gena Haskett of Out on the Stoop; Katherine of Dirt to Dish, who is going to let me stalk her in Portland; the fabulous and famous Cecily of Uppercase Woman; Skye of flooded lizard kingdom, who wandered into the wrong panel, but was nevertheless a delight to talk to; the adorable Jennifer of The Realistic Dreamer; the stunningly lovely Kay of Great Au Pair; the spectacular Corinna of A Celebration of Curves, who totally went out for sushi boat sushi with me this afternoon; my new crush Deb from Deb on the Rocks; and the one and only La Wade of Phat Science. Phew! Keep in touch, everyone! I truly loved meeting every single one of you.
The experience made me realize that we definitely need to have a local BFD meetup; maybe we can do something really casual, where we go to a restaurant or bar in the Bay Area and just chat with each other. I would love to keep the face-to-face conversations going. If you’re interested in meeting up, say, next month, let me know in the comments.
Oh, and I haven’t forgotten about the Igigi contest, which was a big success too! Pictures and a full report coming up. And if you’re totally tired of reading blogs and Twitters about BlogHer, don’t worry, I’ll post something totally unrelated totally soon.
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