...Aaand that's enough of the cutesy wordplay from me. Plus, it's not even entirely accurate. While I'm no longer at BlogHer, I'm not really home yet, either. As we speak, I'm sitting in Luke's parents' kitchen in northwest Indiana, having just finished my remaining two Parents posts for the week and contemplating going to bed, seeing as I can count on one hand how many hours of sleep I got last night, thanks to Luke and I abandoning our hotel room in order to sleep on a futon in the basement of my sister's house alongside both of our children. (Thanks for that, kids!) But as worn out as I am, I can't turn off my brain and all my thoughts about this year's conference.
First, the highlights. I'm glad I found the courage to introduce myself to some of the higher-profile bloggers I've been reading for years: Mom-101, Motherhood Uncensored, Uppercase Woman, and of course Amalah, my Internet idol, whose site I've been following since I first stumbled onto the blogging scene in 2004. (And who totally recognized me before I even said my name. I don't care how much of a fangirl this makes me, that alone was worth the entire conference.) It's easy to get star-struck among all of the A-listers you know and love and to let that keep you from saying hello, especially since they're almost always surrounded by friends and admirers, but then a few of you were gracious enough to seek me out and say nice things about my writing and my kids, and I thought about how good that made me feel. In my opinion, I owed it to those bloggers to let them experience the same warm-and-fuzzies I did by telling them how much I enjoy their writing. In those instances, it wasn't about distributing my business card or pimping out my URL, I just wanted to pay them the compliment I felt they were due and go on my merry way. Though my meeting with Amalah led to a reaquaintance with Cheeky Lotus which in turn led to a face-to-face with Alpha Mom's Isabel Kallman, and when she asked for my card HELL YES I whipped that bad boy out faster than a New York minute. "If you're ever looking for contributors, let me know," I said casually. Like, maybe I could be swayed to provide content every now and then for your kick-ass-popular Web site. You know, when I'm not reciting Frog and Toad from memory or fishing toddler-sized poop turds from the bathtub.
I also appreciated the addition of the Geek Lab sessions. I sat in on two of them, both related to Twitter, and they were immensely helpful. In fact, my only complaint in that regard is that they didn't offer a comprehensive full-length session on all the tips and tricks there are for managing your account. Maybe next year.
There's definitely more on the plus side of BlogHer than just these two things, as well as a few aspects I could have done without, but it's time for me to hit the hay, so future musings are on hold until next time. Normally I save unfinished entries in draft form, waiting to hit "Publish" until I can thoroughly flush out all the points I want to address, but what happens is that I get so caught up in my day-to-day that suddenly three days have passed and I can't remember where I was going so I scrap the post entirely while my blog sits dormant all the while. No more, I say! From here on out, I'm giving myself permission to post shorter, less developed entries and expand on them in future posts as I find the time. Aren't you lucky!