I am back from my first BlogHer, and let me tell you…it was quite an experience. It had to be, if I haven’t blogged for a whole week because I’ve been so busy. I never thought that I could so enjoy spending nearly 5 days with more than 1000 women, but I loved every second of it.
I got to meet women from all walks of life, but the common denominator was that all of us have something to say — something that we are passionate about. I learned about connecting with my “tribes” — other bloggers who I share a common attribute with — and I met a room full of green bloggers and others as passionate about our health and the environment as I am, and I even met a couple of celebrities, including Paula Deen, the Food Network’s Dave Lieberman and my eco hero, Danny Seo.
But more than all of that, I had an opportunity to connect, in real life, with all the women who I spend so much time with online. I got to spend a lot of time with my fellow ElevenMoms (top photo), and I got to meet ladies like Denene Millner from MyBrownBaby (above, left) and the rest of the BlogRollers, Sommer Poquette from Green & Clean Mom, Naomi from Superdumb Supervillain (above, right), and Kathleen from Katydid & Kid. I got to show them that, in real life, I really am a self-depricating, mildly funny introvert who who doesn’t drink, ever (even with free alcohol flowing in abundance) and that I’m really just a human being writing about what I love, and I learned similar tidbits about many of them. That is what I will remember most, even years from now, about my first BlogHer.
Yes, I handed out tons of business cards, went to too many parties, and connected with brands that I’d one day like to work with. But that wasn’t the point for me. Neither was the tons of swag that people trampled each other to get (I’m not kidding). I love the way my girl Katja over at Skimbaco Lifestyle described her BlogHer “mistakes.” Read her post. It really puts the whole experience in perspective.
And if you’d like to see more of what I saw and did for the past 5 days, check out my Flickr photo set. There’s some really great stuff (and beautiful women) in there!
I do have to hand out some thank yous, though. My first BlogHer would not have been possible without my awesome sponsors: Walmart, which handled the conference fees and hotel & travel expenses for me and the rest of the ElevenMoms, Green with Glamour, which provided me with a beautiul eco-friendly cocktail dress by Beau Soleil and, and HP, which provided a ENERGY STAR rated DV2 laptop that allowed me to tweet and stay in touch while I was on my trip.