My BlogHer shout-outs

31 07 2009

BlogHer was intense!  And brilliant!  The highlight for me was the community keynote — I laughed, I cried, I chased down people at the cocktail parties and demanded their cards.  (Any type of smooth conversational moves? Yeah, I do not have them.)  I enjoyed great conversations with people, but because I didn’t have business cards, NO ONE WILL REMEMBER ME.

Note to self: next year, think about business cards at some point before you actually board the plane.

On the plus side, I stashed all the business cards I picked up in the same purse pocket as a pack of gum, so they all smell minty-fresh!  Maybe next year I should try the same thing only with my own business cards.  I’ll be the one with the tiny MOO cards that smell like mint…

At the newbie breakfast on Friday I met the lovely Sabrina from Sugar Inc., whose clothes were to die for.

I had an excellent conversation at lunch on Saturday with two lovely women named Beverly; we talked about the state of feminism and the possible characteristics of this “fourth wave” (which may or may not be a wave at all).  It was a great conversation — thanks, ladies!

On Saturday night, my dear friend/travel companion/partner in crime (who blogs at One Shoe Off) and I had a great time chatting with Becky of Deep Muck Big Rake and Aviva Pflock (whose book Mommy Guilt was recently published).

At the CheeseburgHer party I chatted with Alana from Letter B and her sister, Kara; together they fight crime run a crafting blog!  (Well, maybe they also fight crime, but if so, it didn’t come up in our conversation.)

I met lots and lots of other wonderful people, but I wanted to make note (for my own sake, really) of the conversations that really stood out to me among many others.  It was a great experience!

(On a different note, I wonder why BlogHer isn’t getting more attention among the feminist bloggers I read…)

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BlogHer 2009

21 07 2009

In a couple of days I’ll be headed to BlogHer with a very dear friend.  It’s the first time for both of us, and it’s my first time at a conference that is neither (a) for super-religious teenagers (I should post about those conferences, though; they’re terrifying) nor (b) academic.  I’m a little bit overwhelmed just thinking about it! On the plus side, I bought some desperately needed new shoes that should provide the necessary comfort while still looking stylish.  At least, I will keep my fingers crossed that they do, because if they don’t I have no other good options for footwear!

At any rate, I’m excited about the conference and seeing so many smart, savvy women all gathered in one place.  Feminist issues are dear to my heart, and, after all, what is more feminist than women writing and publishing whatever they want, having their voices heard and finding support in an increasingly isolating society?  Okay, so maybe a few things, like equal pay for equal work and universal access to health care, but how will we accomplish those goals without communication?  Not easily!  So go bloggers!