Sunday, July 20, 2008

Day 2 recap

BlogHer was an amazing experience and an exhausting one. Today I felt totally blah. Mostly just lounged around the house napping and watching Season 3 of The Wire.
Curt and I had lunch with Dad and Hilda. We headed to their hood to check out their new place and area. They just got their furniture on Tuesday (I think) and they were completely unpacked. I was impressed. They have a cute place with a decent-sized private courtyard. 
We walked around a little bit and got our lunch to go so we could go back to their place and eat. It was kinda windy and chilly. And we had Zipper with us so we decided it would be best to have our food to go. And it was a good idea. We had a nice visit and then headed home.

OK, onto Day 2 BlogHer recap:

I woke up Saturday morning pretty tired already. I got to BlogHer a little after 9. The opening keynote started at 9:15. I have to say it was freakin freezing in there. 
The first breakout session started at 10:45. The session I attended was about women who are childfree in the blogosphere. I was really happy to see a session catered to this particular subject. The panel was a mixture of women: one who couldn't have children, another who has chosen not to have children, one who wants them but the opportunity hasn't happened for her and another who has known since as far back as she can remember that she didn't want kids. The audience had a great mixture of women, too. There were some great discussions. I felt a lot of support and comfort.
Afterward I had lunch with Cory, Holli and Faith and a new friend Caroline. The Michelin Man came through. He came through the keynote in the morning, too. (I got a pic with him earlier in the day.) I asked Faith if she wanted to go meet him. He danced with her and then posed for a pic. She was so excited. It was cute. And she was also super excited to see pics of Joey on my phone. Maybe she will also become a fan of Joey's blog
After lunch Holli and I took Faith to the Sesame Street Suite for her appointment with Grover. She got to tape a short session with Grover. It was very cool. Abby Cadabra was also there. 
After that onto Breakout Session #2. I attended a session about "coming out" via blog. Women have talked about different things on their blogs. One talked about her bulimia, other depression, one being queer, another various serious issues. It was a really great session. Between that session and the first one I attended yesterday it made me start to think about my blog and what I really want to talk about. These were good sessions and really made me think. I will eventually talk more about that. No worries. I will still keep everyone updated on the norm.
Breakout Session #3 I attended a photo walk with Holli, Cory and Caroline and many other bloggers sponsored by the Shutter Sisters. The 4 of us took off on our own. It was fun to hang out, try to sneak into the Top of the Mark and just enjoy the city a little. We ended up at Grace Cathedral, which was absolutely gorgeous.
After the photo walk was the closing keynote. Two well-known bloggers answered questions for the audience. It was interesting to hear what they had to say.
I have to say I was very disturbed to hear that many bloggers have had horrible comments left on their posts. And I am not talking about hey, I think you are stupid and I don't like your ideas. No, things like ... you deserved your miscarriage because you don't believe in God, or I won't be attending BlogHer if you are going to be there, etc. And, of course, most of these truly evil comments are anonymous. 
After the closing keynote was the last party. I went back to Holli and Cory's room to relax a little and for all of the girls to get ready. Then we headed to Macy's for the partay! BlogHer had 3 floors of Macy's. Yummy food and wine was available. We had a lot of fun. It was a great way end a great conference.
I said goodbye to the girls and then I headed home. I felt like old friends with Holli and Cory. And I really enjoyed spending time with super sweet Faith. I have to say Holli has done an amazing job with this amazing little girl. 
And I look forward to seeing them at BlogHer 09.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a fabulous time! I bet it was exciting to meet the people that you blog with!
The different panels and topics are interesting.Glad that you had such a good time. Have a good week at work. Hugs -M

Monday, July 21, 2008 7:31:00 AM  
Blogger hollibobolli said...

We had the best time with you - Faith has been "Ann this.. Ann that.." non-stop since we got home. I'm so glad she got to put a real, human face with the person she's known long-distance for so long. I can't wait for next year either.


Tuesday, July 22, 2008 9:50:00 AM  
Blogger Bayjb said...

Hi there - I met you at BlogHer on Saturday's morning keynote speech. Yes it was freezing in the ballroom and you're absolutely correct that the elevators were ridiculously slow at the hotel. It was nice to meet you!

Saturday, July 26, 2008 4:31:00 PM  

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