Blogher 2009 - The Ultimate Petting Zoo

This week I spent some time at a fabulous petting zoo of sorts – I met
almost every single one of my favorite bloggers. I pet their perfectly
magnificent hair, I touched the lovely silk on their dress sleeves, I
shook their perfectly moisturized hands, and I grasped their shoulders
in an authentic hug. It was like being at a wild animal park where
bloggers can run free in their natural habitat and then some are set
aside behind bars where you can walk up and look at them and point and
talk about them and still yet, others are in a corral where you can
reach out and touch them with the thrill that their mighty roar might
tear your chest in half or their bite may rip your arm off. I LOVED it!

reaction to the women whose lives I’ve spent hours peering into over
the last few years was very different from how some of my new buddies
reacted. They were timid and unwilling to jump up and introduce
themselves; they’d point out different people that they enjoyed reading
about and say they hadn’t worked up the courage yet and then others
would say that they had indeed finally introduced themselves to this
person or that person.

Meanwhile, I would walk up to the person and introduce myself, ask
about their dog or their job search or their new home. The reason I
read blogs is because they are real and the people are real. If this is
the case, why wouldn’t that person want to meet me and why wouldn’t I
want to meet them? They aren’t any better or more fabulous than I am
otherwise I would read about them and not of them. Most of the bloggers
were warm and a pleasure to meet and for that I will continue to peer
into their lives and pour out my own.

I didn’t really meet any of the unapproachable, “better than sliced
bread” kind of women I’ve heard so much about. Perhaps it’s because of
the quality of person I choose to connect with online. Not to say that
there weren’t plenty of women who looked to be unapproachable or snooty
but I didn’t introduce myself and neither did they. There was no need,
I don’t read their blogs and since we didn’t have a connection in Real
Life, I won’t for the time being. However, there’s always next year in
New York!

As much as I ohh’ed and ahh’ed over these “internets,” the mega
bloggers were equally ohh’ing and ahh’ing over Carson Kressley and
others. Carson and the gang did nothing for my curiosity or enjoyment;
it was all about the bloggers!

To the lovely ladies at Blogher 2009; I am not sorry I treated Blogher
as a zoo (at least I didn’t compare it to a freak show!). I’ve enjoyed
every opportunity that I’ve taken to interact with you In Real Life,
I’ve appreciated the moments that you became a human to me and that
your stories became authentic and tangible. Thank you.


Kat blogs about her neighbors and other suburban encounters at . You can also follow her on twitter @theburbblog.