March 8, 2007
it's the time of the season for blogging
I'm not a big conference person, but I think that's generally because all the professional conferences I attend leave me wishing I was smarter, more advanced in my career, and not as squashed into my black suit pants as I somehow always end up being.

Enter BlogHer {stage left}, the conference for women bloggers, about which I had little idea prior to going ("Sure Stacy, whoever you are, I'll share a room and potentially a bed with you in San Jose for five days. That sounds grand.") Some other people don't seem to get it either. I wish more people did.

Last year a few of us caught a little flack for attending. I think there was some perception that our attendance reflected some sort of naiveté, a desire on our part for each of us to be guaranteed entrance into blog superstardom, whatever that is.

But really what BlogHer ends up being:

[men, continue reading here; women, continue to next paragraph] is three days of ridiculous, n*ked fun. Of pillow fights and lace teddies and a good bit of girl-on-girl action. There are strawberries in Cristal glasses, hot tubs and belly chains, sure, but most of it is good, clean sex with [enter your town here]’s unsuspecting, boyish pizza guy. Oh, and the hourly washing of cars in our white BlogHer tissue tees. (While listening to Whitesnake, of course.)

[women carry on here . . .]
So anyhow. What this conference really does is create a sense of community within an unbelievably large population of writers. In the course of two days you are certain to encounter blogging genres completely outside your former circle of reference, given that blogroll jumping is not yet a viable full-time job. You meet well-known bloggers, or at least hear them speak from a well-positioned chair, and find out that a life of posting under pressure and relatively constant accessibility isn’t as carefree as you thought it might be. You discover during a session introduction that two of the people in your physical circle, out of a small group of 10, are listed on your sacred blogroll. And you surprise yourself, because at that very moment all you want to do is accost them like a weeping Beatles groupie to find out where one learned to express her humor so subtly and to pressure the other to tell you that one ridiculous Manhattan cab story in person.

It’s pulling up a chair at a table where you might not know anyone, and having six instant conversations, with one woman who blogs about dining in Minneapolis, another who has a site devoted to contracts law, another a photography blog of only black and whites, two more who write about two very different families, and one who posts well, about life. It’s imbibing the Ecto Cooler of alcoholic drinks, ones graciously sponsored by established companies who recognize that this blogging thing is here to stay. It’s having the woman at registration say she knows your site and loves it and feeling like all you want to do is squee and call your mom because, can you believe it? Someone actually reads this thing and came back for more after that post about Celine Dion – and she is an actual real, live person.

This real, live person will be there,

[this line for my male readers] learning about CSS in a French maid's outfit . . .

[this line for the ladies] in most unattractive, ill-fitting night clothing, potentially stealing leftover pizza from your room service tray while brandishing a plastic glass of Pinot . . .

hoping you are too.


35 Comments:

Anonymous whoorl said...

I'm there, you saucy French maid.

Anonymous Karly said...

Minus all the "for men" parts, that sounds like so much fun. Unfortunately, I am a loser and can't imagine going somewhere all alone without knowing other people there. I'm way to big of a chicken! Damn me!

Anonymous Jurgen Nation said...

You know I'll be there. And you knew me before the conference, asshat, because I came to DC for the weekend having only met you for a few hours a few months before. And now? BFF, bitch.

Anonymous Jurgen Nation said...

Also! I second the SQUEE! part. Because, Chris! And Julie! And Erika and Foodmomiac! And Becky and Kristy and Beth! And US and the spider in our room!

It's like summer camp, ladies, only with much better accoutrements and alcohol.

Anonymous Jurgen Nation said...

And Chirky! And the free drinks! And the leather whips and ch--wait. Wrong conference.

Blogger Lola said...

ooo, erika and i were just talking about this via IM today. and talking about sharing a room. hey, you wanna make it a foursome? (i mean that in the best roomie way possible.)

the long lost, recently rediscovered,
becky. (hee!)

misspriss

Anonymous girl and dog said...

But of COURSE blogging is here to stay, and IMO women like you rule the blogsphere!

Anonymous Jorge said...

It's no BlogHurl to be sure.

But...

I hope you have a wonderful time.

I wish I could go.

But for so many reasons, I cannot.

So you must tell me everything about it.

And call me when you are at the Utah airport again.

Blogger Amy said...

Have a blast and tell us all about it will you? :)

Blogger Reid said...

Celine Dion is a real life person?! Or did I read that wrong?

Blogger EDW said...

I love to drink the Kool-Aid as much as the next girl, but yet I find myself thinking "I'll never do that", although a year ago I would have laughed you out of the room if you told me I'd have a blog.

maybe it's just that I don't "know" a lot of bloggers, only being a year into this world.

Blogger Gwen said...

Even though it's in my home town this year, I had no intention of attending. I was planning on standing outside the Navy Pier convention center and throwing flowers at you and Stacy and ummm .... Stacy. Also, you.

Maybe it's because I got enough of the hot girl on girl action in 12 years of boarding school.

Or maybe I'm just pathologically shy.

BUT, I have solved the problem all together by leaving town that weekend.

Still, I think I will miss the flower throwing ......

Blogger themikestand said...

I KNEW IT!


[quiet weeping]

That looks really neat. I look forward to your recap of it. :)

Blogger Kelly said...

Mang, I need to get in on that! Meeting others in such an enviornment would be so... empowering! So... damn fun!

Blogger kris said...

I hear all y'all and more y'all on the shy thing. And being newbies, as well. That was basically my situation going into last year's BlogHer -- I had only been blogging a year, and, well, believe it or not, Miss Kris is a certified introvert. The environment is really just that welcoming. And so am I, after a single Yahoo!tini.

Anonymous zandria said...

I'm glad you're going to be there! This will be my first time, but I'm definitely going. If I can't meet you when you live just a few miles from me, I can at least rendezvous with you in Chicago. :)

Blogger Lola said...

I didn't know anyone there either. It was my first year. And I felt very welcomed.

(well, I knew one person, but I didn't expect her to take me around - she's way more well known than I am. and she wasn't there the first night, so I was on my own anyway.)

Blogger annie said...

Came THIS close to going to BlogHer last year! Maybe this year I'll be able to do it.

Chicago is a wonderful city, but it could be a tadbit hot there in July.

Will be sure to leave my introversion at home, and bring my little battery-operated, handheld fan instead.

Anonymous Gooseberried said...

I'll bring my lingerie and hope to meet you. While I'm wearing it.

Blogger Cheryl said...

sounds fabulous. If only I were in a position to travel anywhere right now...sigh i miss the real world.

Blogger Sarcomical said...

as long as there are cocktails and some people who won't make me want to cry from akwardness (such as you guys), you know i am there.

uhh...now i just have to figure out how to drive to downtown without seizing up in fear.

Blogger Kim said...

I think we should roadtrip it to and from. Seriously.

Anonymous amy said...

I really wanted to go last year, but what with the moving, didn't work out. So - I was just now looking at places and schedules - and wouldn't you know? I'm going to be at a work conference July 25-28. IN CHICAGO!! Which is just craziness. So - I'll be there, almost in person. But not quite. Because I'll be at a different hotel. Three freaking blocks away. That's just crazy coincidental if you ask me. so - maybe I'll see you there.

Anonymous Filtering Life said...

Oh...so want to go...so want to go. Problem is I got a kid on the tit and I think that may put a damper on pillow fights, belly chains and french maid outfits...so not to be a Blogher killjoy...I will wait till next year.

Blogger Lisa said...

I really want to go but my organization has our annual meeting at the same time. Sad!

Blogger Maya said...

Damn - foiled again by wedding season ...While you all will be having pillow fights and learning about css and stats and how to attract more readers and BEHOLDING THE MIGHTY DOOCE...I will be saying, "Ok, we're moving into cocktail hour...yes, I can direct you to the ladies...Do you need to be bustled"? etc.

Dammit. Last year I *could* have gone and stayed at my sil's house - but had a wedding. I'm hoping that NEXT year I'll be able to go.

Anonymous dionna said...

I wish I had the street cred (oh - and the money and time off of work) to attend . . . here's to hoping I can go next year :)

Anonymous Jurgen Nation said...

GWEN! And EDW! And Dionna! (I haven't read any of the others yet, and Kris, yes, I'm drunk) YOU HAVE TO GO! You MUST. Or else bad things will happen. It will be like the thing in Hawaii the Brady boys found. BAD LUCK. If you don't go. If you go, good luck and all will be well.

I'm just saying.

Also, HOORAY! for vodka!

Blogger kris said...

That's my girl. ;)

Blogger janet said...

I'm considering it...need to figure out the $$ part mostly. But damn if you don't make it sound fun

Blogger Maethane Boy said...

There does seem to be a lot of quiet weeping from your "blogdurs" readers. Please console us by promissing that there will be vlogs of the highlights??

Anonymous Gooseberried said...

Where are you staying?

Blogger missbhavens said...

What's with June and Conferences? Vloggercon in supposedly in Jume and so is the Pixelodeon AND so is my 20th HS reunion! ARRRGH!!!

I barely have enough sick days to cover all that...now BlogHer, too!

Oh, I'm tres jealous and can't wait to hear all about it.

Drink for me. Seriously. Lots.

Blogger kris said...

I think we're staying at the more expensive hotel - I don't say that for any particular reason other than that's the only thing I can remember about it. It might have a W in the name?

MissB, I so wish you could make it. :( This same thing happened last year with your competing conferences! Murr.

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