I’m gone a week and now find myself struggling with how to encapsulate seven days of awesomeness without boring you to death. I mean, to me it was far from boring but to you? It might be. And if I am gonna kill you I’m gonna do it swiftly not long and drawn out. I’d hate to see you suffer.
I am rather fatigued but in a really great way. Being back in California was fantastic. Seeing all my old friends was JUST what I needed. I will write more on that another day because my friends? They deserve their own post. They are THAT wonderful.
I’ve already been getting the email inquiries about BlogHer. I have to tell you upfront that there is NO WAY IN HELL for me to explain the experience. I’m very discombobulated about it. It was frenetic and fun while also a bit isolating and totally overwhelming. Picture 1,000 bloggers in a room and instead of typing their thoughts they are talking. It’s that loud. We have a lot to say, that’s why we have blogs, right? The only time I had any quiet was back in my hotel room which was in a different hotel from the conference. That was both a pro and a con. Stephanie Klein posted about a feeling I also had at the conference. There were definitely times where I felt left out of something that I couldn’t put my finger on. It wasn’t the wild and crazy time I thought it would be and maybe that’s my own fault for not putting myself out there more. Oddly, I was completely worn out even though I went to bed around 11pm each night. Yeah, I know. I am a party animal. I think being “on” all that time just got to me.
I am thankful for Carrisa, Rhi, Aimee, Vanessa, Kerrianne, Jenny and Danielle who always made me feel welcome. I felt less lost at sea with them around. And at one point I asked Aimee, “Are you my PR agent?” because she was seriously talking me up to big name bloggers. Not that they will remember me but I am touched by Aimee’s sweetness all the same. One thing I was expecting more of was one-on-one time to really talk off-blog about stuff with people I knew on line. I got that a little but not nearly enough. I have only been to relatively small blogger gatherings before this so I was not prepared for the frenzied pace at which BlogHer ran.
I do have to give a shout out to the women behind the conference though. I worked with some of them months beforehand as the Volunteer Wrangler for the event and have a bit of insider’s knowledge about how EPIC an undertaking the conference is. BlogHer is not a big organization even if they seem like it. These women, and in particular, Kristy Sammis, work very, very hard to pull of what was overall a very well-run conference. When I told them I was writing up some notes for next year’s Volunteer Wrangler they asked, “Aren’t you going to do it again?” I think the look of shock and dismay that crossed my face said it all. But hell, I’ve been known to change my mind. . .
I could very easily make this post a link-fest but I am a) too tired and b) worried I will leave someone out so I am skipping it. You can, however, jump over to my Flickr page and see photos from BlogHer ’08. I took the time to link those in the pictures. It’s not everyone I met but it’s a good sampling.
Am I glad I went? Yes. Would I go again? Maybe. Ask me next year.