I just came back from the swell BlogHer conference, where there was much talk about how much is too much, and much ado about all kinds of things and nothings (and sometimes me thinks thou dost protest too much). But mainly and muchly, I found that I just downright enjoyed much. Much gathering, giving, eating, meeting, conferring and hanging with dear friends, old and new.
And since I have forever locked myself out of Flickr, because I can not for the life of me come up with a username/password combo they are happy with, I will share some faves here (most of which were completely stolen from Laurie and Gwen)…. in an effort to hopefully begin to convey how very happy I was to attend this fantastic conference (my fifth and favorite, so far…they get better every year). And how much I’m looking forward to next year (In NYC. Are you kidding me?! I’m counting the days.)
Here are a few reasons why I like to go to this conference so very much:
1. The Gathering. In Chicago with Kirtsy girls.
And this time, that included a larger group. Kirtsy chicks + Amy, Angela, Karen, Katie, Tracey, Sarah, Sarah,… and Karey! (above, most right) who lives far far far across seas. It was the first time I’d ever met her, and it was a treat. She’s as smart as she is gorgeous, her style is impeccable, and really, she’s just as awesome as you’d imagine. More so. Definitely a highlight of the trip to see so many awesome Kirtsy editors!
2. The Eating. Oh the eating.
The next evening, we joined the smart, creative women of Cookie Magazine along with those of Friday Playdate, and Cool Mom Picks (Liz and Kristin) for the loveliest meal I’ve had in a while, at a total sensory feast of a joint called Blackbird. Spectacular food (Gabby posted some great photos). Compelling conversation. It’s always so fun to laugh hysterically about Twitter with people who actually know what Twitter is. (And love it as much as you do.)
3. The Giving. Of chocolate.
This year, we were super excited to hang with Anna from Hershey’s and hand out Hershey’s Bliss candy bars. Many of you know I’ve been obsessing about this chocolate since sometime last Fall, so it was a dream to get to hand out my own personal Bliss…an afternoon sugar rush of 1,500 bars that unexpectedly didn’t make it into the People’s Party bags…to friends, old and new, young and younger.
This was honestly a highlight for me, and an unexpected treat. It was totally fun to see people’s faces light up when you handed them gorgeous bars of chocolate. I absolutely loved Anna, and am more determined than ever to get to that chocolate spa of theirs!
Also, I loved hearing and seeing how conference attendees were referencing the Hershey’s Kirtsy Party Alertsy for their party info. So glad we could help! I know I was totally lost without mine.
3. The Meeting. On interesting ideas.
I feel like the impromptu meetings at this conference were the best yet. So many smart women (And men too! Hi George!) were all together in one spot. It was bound to happen.
We were particularly inspired in the Microsoft Microspa (where I proposed marriage to Shawn, one of the talented massage therapists. He ignored my question but handed me a very nice beverage.) We had so much fun partnering with Microsoft for Hands on Social Media sessions earlier in the year, so it was great to in-person meet the smart people we’ve been working with.
Then of course there were the completely spontaneous meetings, like this one that Laurie captured with Stephanie and Jen of Project Picture Hope. (I’m 99% sure they were Skyping w/ women in Rwanda as this photo was taken.)
There really are so many women who have started projects, businesses, non-profits, organizations, inspirations and life-changing adventures as a result of meeting through this medium. It’s truly magical how this whole silly fantastic endeavor brings souls together.
Most of these souls never see each other, although I’m lucky enough to see my soul sister Karen on a semi-regular basis in Houston. I love this shot Laurie took above. And I love that I could say something to make Karen’s face do that smiley thing it’s doing there.
5. The Fun. With friends.
="http://thequeso.com/uploaded_images/Picture-2-711502.png">Catherine Connors is brilliant. And she agrees, Robert Pattinson should be consumed.
Ree and Gabrielle. What talents. (Ree’s photography stuns me…she even took a photo of us with one of her super cool cameras and put it up on her blog the very next day.) They are both forces of beauty…you can literally feel the kindness emanating. It’s just good to know they are both walking through the world.
Always a treat to see Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom (and her lovely twin Susan too). They always have a lot going on.
Tracey Clark. Oh Tracey Clark. I have had so much fun working with her (and Shutter Sisters) this year to fill the Kirtsy book with the most amazing photography. The Shutter Sisters suite was my sanctuary this trip.