...or I could just post a lot of photos and show you the crazy social side of it. Okay, I'll be a little bit responsible....
I went to a few workshops at BlogHer that were really really great. One was a writing workshop, where I heard from some really serious bloggers and writers about having a goal for your posts (what a concept!), and thinking about the core actions you want to come from your readers. I heard this several times over the course of the weekend, so I took this as a great take-away. You can read the liveblogging from the writing workshop here.
Beautiful blogging was a great workshop, and I just felt akin to the women around me who were committed to putting out good things into the universe, and cultivating good with their blogging. I thought it was interesting that the workshop about making money with your blog was also going on at the same time and that room was so loud and overflowing you could barely walk by. I guess we beautiful bloggers are a different flock. And that's fine with me. You can read the liveblogging from the Beautiful Blogging and Powerful Posting here. There are some great links to presenters and attendees also in that post. Many I'm adding to my reading list: you should too.
Opening night featured 20+ bloggers reading posts that had been selected in a juried competition. It was the highlight of the weekend. Such brave women to share their truths in their blogging, but even more so to get up on stage in front of 1,000 others and to read them out loud. We laughed, we cried, we gave standing ovations. Awesome power of words. Awesome power of truth.
I found it odd and humbling to answer the question when meeting new people, "What do you blog about?" I put out a call to my friends on Twitter to help me out, and I have to say thank you them for all of the nice feedback on that. So many of us blog about our lives, but to try to describe that to people can be tough, and when I found myself telling the woman from CafePress that I blogged about things like local foods and canning, she stared at my blankly and repeating back to me, "Canning? Really?!" as if it was a foreign language. Sigh. Just know, there is a huge world out there of bloggers, and our little niches are just that, little niches.
I have lots of notes and cards and tools and swag to go through. So many great women I met: a few I knew from online, and many I did not. I do know this...
I used to bash the mommy bloggers. Diapers poop blah blah blah. But you know what? Being divisive within women's blogging is perpetuating that woman against woman crap. We are not our enemies. We all have our own truth, and while I may not relate to the truth mommy bloggers blog about, they have every darn right to put it out there. More power to them.
And another sidenote? The queer blogger's break out session was the weirdest thing of the whole conference. Weird, weird and more weird. The ad-hoc queer blogging get togethers were much better!
And now, for the debauchery. As told through photos.
Read the commentary about the photos in the photoset here.
Oh, and RSG? Thank you for being such a great friend and travel companion. I heart you!