August 3, 2006
The First Rule of BlogHer Is - You Do Not Talk About BlogHer
In the first session I attended, one of the gorgeous BlogHer management reminded the masses of ovaries that we were all on the record at the two-day event. That everyone was press. That anything we said, even beautiful blogger to other beautiful blogger and again under the dandy influence of the FREE WINE DISTRIBUTED ON BOTH NIGHTS AT THE COCKTAIL PARTIES (yeah, you can reread that part if you need to just to soak it all in) - could be smattered across the blogosphere at any time.

That is pretty effing awesome.

Somehow this has put the fear of God and Oprah in me and has made me hesitant to share any negative details of my San Ho (copyright
Jurgen Nation, 2006) experience. So I won't snark to excess on the spider that jumped out of Stacy's hair towel when she pulled it from the bathroom shelf, the fact that it rained on my I'm a sassy, independent woman day trip to Carmel, or the man on our tour of the Winchester Mystery House who snapped photos without focus in every crevice of every one of the 110 rooms we visited just in case a dead person's "orb" were to manifest itself. Like any dead folk would choose to hang around San Jose when they could go to the Maggiano's in heaven.

I will, instead, share some of the sheer joy that I experienced while being surrounded by litters of
like-minded amazing women.

I have not felt that invigorated, that proud of a group of which I was a part, since I sold the top number of Samoas and those bland old Trefoils back in '82. Politicobloggers, Celebribloggers, Vinobloggers, Mediabloggers, those who chronicle their relationships and their body image and their life transformations and their experiences with racism . . . Every last one of them a
cool chick in her own way (except for that one . . . ;)

My confession for the day involves the fact that I felt somewhat isolated when I was there, that the absence of children or a true passion in life or a nationwide cause somehow left me unaccounted for in the blogosphere. Truthfully, how important can the everyday details of one neurotic, at alternating times humorous then purely miserable, comment-obsessed, Pop- and cat-loving woman be in the scheme of things?

I have since reconsidered this perception. My site may not change your world, but I have been absolutely lost without it for the past few weeks. Without an outlet for my stories about Bug lying on his back to expose as much hairy belly to the ceiling fan as possible, my sadness and confusion about my now defunct relationship with the ex-beau, and snorting overchlorinated water while failing miserably at the breast stroke, I have felt as if a portion of me was missing.

Thank you, to those of you who left such supportive comments when I lost my mind and left for a bit. Thank you, Delta, for opening up the embargo you put on anyone using 108,000 accured miles on flights to anywhere other than Lebanon with layovers in Bogota and Beaumont, and making a $10 flight available so I could attend BlogHer. This Her needed it.

Suffice it to say, it has been many months since I smiled - ok, ok, and snarked - as much as I did in those few days.

[Insert happy picture of Kris and Stacy here, the only photo taken in three days in which Kris doesn't have a wayward eye, when Blogger stops its tantrum and allows the upload. UGH.]

And although this site clearly doesn't generate school supplies for kids displaced by Katrina or provide Extreme Makeovers for kittens born with two faces, maybe in some little way my site is leaving a mark on even a tiny slice of this world. I know it has mine.

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55 Comments:

Anonymous carmen said...

I, for one, really enjoyed your company this weekend. I'm glad that you wil be sticking around, since it makes me happy to read.

And, of course, it's alllll about me.

I've got a great pic of you, Stacey and Heather over on my blog - email me if you want a copy.

Blogger t2ed said...

Kris: Making the world a better place one post at a time.

Blogs are supposed to be changing the world? Umm, yeah, I've been doing that all along. Couldn't you tell? All those crazy Ohio stories are like parables. No, wait, they are parables.

Now let my people go.

Blogger I-66 said...

That's good, I'd rather read about you than kittens with two faces anyway.

Blogger Mel said...

Welcome back, Kris! You sound like a totally different woman!

And just so you know, you've had such a positive impact on my world. Since the very begining, both starting out as brand new bloggers, we have watched each other grow into stronger women. I'm so proud to know you.

We haven't been in touch lately, and for that I am very sorry. But, I think about you more often than you realize. I'm always here for you... always.

love and hugs, Melly Mel.

Blogger JordanBaker said...

between the "litters" of bloggers and the two faced kittens, I see a nightmare in my future.

Blogger Kim said...

So glad you had a good time. You did need it and deserved it.

We need to get together soon. SOON!

Blogger Heather B. said...

Dude! I said San Ho, which I got from someone else, whatevs.

You act like I wasn't even there...tears.

Anonymous gorillabuns said...

i for one appreciate and enjoy your writing and love to read any adventure you choose to recount.

i'm so glad you are back!

Blogger Finn said...

It's impacted mine too. Every time I get to read one of your posts, it makes me smile and lets me know that no matter what I'm feeling, I'm not alone.

Glad you're back.

Blogger Freewheel said...

You've been missed! Welcome back.

Blogger Lefty said...

Welcome back.

Blogger dasi said...

Are you kidding? Your blog is DEFINITELY leaving its mark! Even the mundane isn't mundane when you write about it. And you're right, I think the most important thing about blogging is making yourself feel good. (Wait - that sounded kind of perverted - I didn't mean it that way. But I'm sure you understand.)

Blog what you feel - don't worry about what other people think. Although you may be surprised at how much more enjoyable blogs like yours are than blogs that try to save the world...

Blogger playfulinnc said...

I'll have 2 slices, please.

Blogger Wicked H said...

Are we limited to only one slice? Welcome back lady! As you can see we were patiently waiting your return.

Happy Dance being done right now inspite of my co-workers scheduling me for a visit to the rubber room. You are worth it!

Blogger Robin said...

I am very happy to see you posting again. I like seeing how the other half lives. Welcome back!! :)

Blogger Rosie said...

"My confession for the day involves the fact that I felt somewhat isolated when I was there, that the absence of children or a true passion in life or a nationwide cause somehow left me unaccounted for in the blogosphere"

YEAH GIRL! That's right! I wasn't at BlogHer but I've heard this same sentiment a LOT!

(Although there is a pretty strong constituency of cat-loving, wine-drinking, childless bloggers....you're reading a comment from one right now ;-)

Personal blogs rule.

Anonymous Jeni said...

Rock on sista. I personally enjoy the goings-on of everyday life. I identify with you because I'm single and the same age. And oh, I love chardonnay too:-)

Reading your blog helps me not focus on my own pathetic life:-) Keep it up. Don't go away again!

Blogger Chantel said...

Welcome back, I'm so glad that I'm not the only wine soaked girl out there blogging.

:)

Blogger Sizzle said...

you are so making your mark on this world. you've definitely done so on my life! :)

Anonymous chris said...

Welcome back. You have changed my world, baby. SPACE.

Love you AND your orbs.

Anonymous Maliavale said...

Welcome back! And who needs a "thing" to write about, a schtick? I think our lives are good enough, dammit!

Blogger Shawn said...

Wait...what...there are gonna be pictures of your orbs here now?! Awesome!

Oh, you didn't say that did you?

Um yeah...well...great... I'm glad you're back and stuff. Even without the orbs. And it's your great and sometimes terribly funny observations about day to day things that make it so fun to come here, by the way.

My life without your 80's pop allusions = not something worth living.

Blogger J said...

I'm so glad you're back! Missed you. Glad you had a great time in SJ. Winchester Mystery House was a big dissapointment to me when I was in 5th grade, and I've not gone back. Carmel is beautiful, though, and I hope you liked it. :)

Anonymous Lassa said...

Yeah. I KNOW that spider. He paid a little visit to me as well...

I totally want to go to DC now for drinks! You seriously made my experience so FUN. I am not kidding. Can't wait for Chicago next year. Be there or be... you know, a shape. Love ya!

Blogger KlevaBich said...

OMG you're back! I am SO HAPPY. Glad I checked back just to see if you'd changed your mind. I shall definitely drink a toast in your honor tonight. Not that I'd ever STOPPED drinking...

Blogger Foodmomiac said...

You were one of my favorite new people - I am so glad that you are writing again.
And, I have seen a bunch of cute pics of you on Flickr. I'll email you the links tonight.

Anonymous Whinger said...

Personal blogs are totally the best...especially those with cats.

I enjoyed meeting you, and hopefully we'll see each other again.

I do hope there is freeflowing wine when that happens. :)

Blogger Miss Scarlet said...

You make me crave wine. That's something, right?

Blogger goldennib said...

A very sweet post. You were missed.

Although I don't comment often enough... you're blog is one of my favorites. I like the personal/snarky/witty blogs like the one you write much better than the ones that leave me thinking I'm not contributing enough to the world. Give me a single woman with no childen who likes her wine any day over writing obsessivly about what Tyler and Skyler did that day. :-)

Your writing matters. You have tons of people that support you. I loved the day I stumbled upon your blog and Stacy's blog. :=)

Anonymous becky(priss) said...

i kinda felt the same way: not quite sure where i fit in with everyone. what is a personal blog(ger) anyway?

but it worked out because i met you & stacy & erika & danielle & heatherb & carmen & lena & vi (you get the drift?) & so many others. and because of that, i came away with great memories.

Blogger Egan said...

Cool, she's back. You're a fantastic blogger, but you already know that. Simply read the comments on your posts. We adore you. Okay, I shouldn't speak for everyone, but I'm thrilled you're back.

Blogger babyjewels said...

Oh Joy, You are BACK. Don't leave me again. I won't be as graceful the next time. But I will be graceful today and not make a joke about being underneath Egan again. And 20 bucks richer.

Did I just zing myself?

Blogger Thérèse said...

There is just something about finding yourself surrounded with like-minded people that makes you feel very good about it all. :)

Blogger Alecia said...

A while ago I decided there are only two types of people worth knowing or being. The do-gooders who have passion and commitment to making the world a better place for all of us to live. And the people who are here to remind the do-gooders how to take a load off and have a good laugh. Clearly, I fall into the second category. ;) Cheers...so glad you are back!

Blogger mamalujo1 said...

I've missed your blog. I'm so glad that you are coming back. Your blog doesn't change my world, but it makes it just a little bit better every time. That's a gracious plenty, and an amazing thing, when you think about it.

Blogger Egan said...

Your body is a wonderland.

Blogger delooz said...

Does this mean that you're coming back? If so, yipee!

Now if I could only muster up that same enthusiasm and stop feeling like blogging was like standing naked in front of my co-workers.

Blogger Lena said...

Hear that? That's me sighing. With joy.

Kris is back.

Oh, and from now on? I prefer to be referred to as "and again". Thanks.

Blogger Megarita said...

Yay for meaningless blather! I missed you!! And I'm fascinated by your trip to BlogHer. I'm so busy trying to keep this little critter under wraps so as not to get my ass fired that I can't imagine this "sharing" of which you speak!

SO pleased you're back. Between this and MG, I might just make it after all. :)

Blogger Brookelina said...

I'm so happy you're back I could kiss you. With tongue. And a little groping.

Blogger Egan said...

Brooke, you're so naughty.

Anonymous Jurgen Nation said...

I don't even get a "cool chick" link? Dude. I deserve MY OWN POST.

Yeah, I said it.

Blogger Trundling Grunt said...

did you see Kathy Sierra? I believe she was there.

Oh yes, good to see you back.

Blogger BabsieD said...

Thank Bejezus.

Now back to my wine.

Blogger missbhavens said...

A hearty "Welcome Back!" to you, Miss Kris! Oh, it's so good to read your voice again.

I had the same feelings when I attended the Videoblogging conference in San Fransisco...unaccounted for. Strangely isolated. I, too reconsidered, and felt better for it.

You and your writing has most definitely left a mark on me.
And it doesn't even sting anymore!

Welcome. Welcome back.

Blogger femme d'espoir said...

The scene: puppy at the door kind of greeting, tail wagging, jumping up and down, very hyper...

"She's baaaack... woohooo, yes, I'm happy, she's back. Watch me do the happy dog dance. That's right, I waited for you right here at this door. Didn't move."

pant pant pant

Blogger mysterygirl! said...

Yay! Welcome back, Kris! :D

Blogger Plunky said...

Oh crrrraaaaaap! I even was talking about you at BlogHer to different people, I can't believe you were there! Of course saying how sad I was that you may not blog anymore and how many people were feeling the same way. If I had known you were going I would have been one of those people who came up and said "Oh my gawd! I know YOU. I love your blog!". AND I may have jumped on you and licked your face...but I would've denied it the next day...

Anonymous nabbalicious said...

Yahoo! Welcome back! I'm glad to see you writing again. I really wish I could have been there. Maybe next year? I hope to be in CA by then.

Although, I hates to break it to y'alls, but I went to college in "San Ho," and we've been calling it that since at least 1991. :)

Blogger bandick said...

"Laughing appears to boost your blood flow and researchers say it may reduce your risk of developing heart disease."

Umm, I'd say you are doing very important work here and we all thank you for it. Missed you, Krisser!

Blogger Spinning Girl said...

How so very honored I am to share the Blogosphere with you.

Blogger Guinness_Girl said...

Dude, am I going to have to kick some Girl Scout A-yu-ss? Trefoils, bland????!!!??? Don't knock my favorite cookie, bitch.

;)

Anonymous Jorge said...

I am going to say right now that I have not read any comment in this particular post, as I am tired and achy and catching up is too daunting.

Instead, I will just say that your Blog means a lot to me, because it is a piece of you. Every piece of you is precious, and I treasure whatever you put out there for us.

The best part of my blog is the link to yours and Dave's. :)

J

Blogger Beth said...

Don't ever doubt that your blog changes lives - it certainly changed mine. Been going through a lot lately and reading your blog - so open, so honest, so real - has encouraged me to to be more open and honest (with myself and with others) too... and I am much the better for it.

So glad you came back!

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