I can still remember the first time I saw my dog Molly. It was August 29th, 2006. She was in pretty rough shape, with some medical issues that needed attention (and let's face it, money), but as soon as her paws hit the floor, she was like a toy who had been newly wound up. Goofy and playful, running all over the place, jumping up and trying to give kisses. And she opened up a place in my heart that I never knew existed before (and yes, I realize what a cheesy line that is, but it doesn't make it any less true). I think that's the beautiful thing about adopting a pet. That symbiotic relationship. You may be rescuing them, but they rescue you right back, in their own way.
Last week at this time my lovely roomie and I, along with more than 5,000 other (mostly women) bloggers, were lamenting the fact that BlogHer '12 was coming to an end, even as we continued to meet and greet and celebrate together.
It may not come as a shock to you, but bloggers love to write. So when you gather a bunch of bloggers together for a big conference, they're going to write about their experiences. (I know, duh, right?) Our BlogHer '12 attendees have been writing up a storm since they got home from the conference, sharing their highs and lows, their great pics and their "I think that looks like Sparklecorn because of all the glowsticks" iPhone shots. We've been reading along, laughing and crying, making notes for next year and years to come. We've been hearing you, BlogHer '12 attendees. And we want others to hear you too....more
Whenever anyone new to the BlogHer annual conference has asked for a description of the Voices of the Year Community Keynote, I resort to saying something like, "It's the beating heart of the conference." And then I add, "And also its funny bone." Then, "Okay, and also its conscience." It may sound hyperbolic, but I wind up saying that the Voices of the Year Community Keynote is nothing less than an in-person demonstration of why so many of us bother to read and write blogs....more
Since I returned from vacation at the beginning of this week I've been trying to catch up on all the things I need (and want) to do (including sleep!), but I haven't yet been able to manage this with any great success. It seems as though I've been going almost non-stop ever since I got back from New York, and have ended up squeezing in only the absolute essentials on my To Do list. I'm not sure I remember ever being this busy before... I'm must say, though, that I'm enjoying it!
Reflecting on my BlogHer experience in New York City this year, I realized that my conference was filled with a lot of little moments that created a bigger picture of the event. As we read through all of your important post-conference posts, I wondered if others here at BlogHer had a moment this year that really defined the conference for them, that they will look back on and think, "Oh yes, that happened at BlogHer '12. Of course they did.
I asked a few staff members who in one way or another shaped your conference this year to share their moment in hopes of inspiring our members to share their moment. This is what they had to say....more
The weeks and days leading up to the BlogHer conference are a crazy time for attendees. There are so many worries and considerations when attending a conference like this, and it is important to make the most of the time, money, and energy spent getting there and while you are there. Some of my considerations were:...more
Hopefully you have made your way home -- safely -- from BlogHer '12 and have started the re-entry process into your daily life. I know a large number of you already have, because you're tweeting about what you did, what you liked, what you didn't like, what you learned, and what you've written since the conference. You guys are awesome and we love it all. Today we decided to give readers a broad twitter overview of what people are tweeting since the conference ended.
Today was my first day back at work after my short vacation and BlogHer '12 adventures, and even though I was only off for a week and away from home for a few days, was it ever hard to get back into the regular swing of things!