Thursday, July 24, 2008

BlogHer Awards Big and Small

BlogHer 2008 in San FranciscoNow I hate to bring up a sensitive subject but if you didn't make it out to BlogHer last week you might be interested in a few of the things going down. Maybe the list will bring up painful issues about why you couldn't go (why don't I just give you a paper cut and pour lemon juice in it, right?) but then again maybe it will console you that there were things that were fine to miss in the land of cable cars and conferences.

So without further ado I present my BlogHer 2008 awards:

Joby Gorillapod1. Best Swag Award. This one is tough--I'm tempted to give it to my cute little Joby Gorillapod or maybe to Mom Select who hosted a semi-secret swag room full of blankets, diaper bags and clothes for kids. They greeted you at the door, told you to grab and bag and fill it with whatever you'd like and I think I outfitted my niece for the next year. Well maybe I'm exaggerating just a tad but it was impressive, very impressive.

"Is this heaven?"

"No, it's a BlogHer swag room."

Merci Chocolates from Emily Post InstituteHowever, despite all of this I think I have to give the Best Swag Award to the Emily Post Institute who, when I walked by their table, decided that I looked like I needed more meat on me or something because they handed me--no lie--six boxes of gourmet Merci chocolates totaling approximately 25 or 30 pounds of good stuff. Though I have to ask: if I eat 25 pounds of chocolate why do I gain more than 25 pounds of fat? There's something wrong with a world where that's the reality.

Susan and Janice from 5 Minutes for Mom2. Fastest Talker Award. Goes out to the lovely and talented twins, Janice and Susan from 5 Minutes for Mom--though Janice might have Susan beaten out by a nose. I met up with them deep in the catacombs of the Westin St. Francis first thing upon arriving at the hotel for a video production they're creating featuring footage from BlogHer (it's just wonderful and you can view a trailer for it here--can you spot me?).

They're kind and friendly and glamorous and . . . the fastest talkers in the west. And that's saying something as I can keep up with the best of them when it comes to lip speed. Of course the fact that they'd been interviewing all day, changing clothes for each segment, trying not to sweat their makeup off in a room filled with lights all while running upstairs intermittently to nurse their infants probably contributed. Just a bit.

It was such a treat to work with them and I've never felt so glamorous in my life as I did when I sat down in the chair to have the makeup artist work her magic on me. See that picture their crew took? You'd never know I have warts all over my face would you? Amazing!

3. Most Lifelike Award. Goes to Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom--the second person I met at the conference and one whom I would have known anywhere. Easy to recognize from her fabulous sense of style and beautiful curly hair she gets the award for being the most like you'd expect her to be (not to imply every one else was just faking it--please don't infer that) and I enjoyed talking with her.

Though I have to admit that when I got off the red eye flight from Anchorage (where dressing up means wearing pants not held together by duct tape) I was wearing a mere white t-shirt and jeans for traveling comfort. Seeing how nicely she was dressed induced a quick panic attack of "Oh my gosh, who knew there were places in the world where people wear more than just jeans and t-shirts everywhere?" At least they were a new pair of jeans--does that count?

4. Best Celebrity Moment Award. This one is easy and it goes to Karen Walrond of Chookooloonks. The first time I discovered the world of momblogs I saw Karen's blog about her life in Trinidad so I timidly made a comment and within 15 seconds she'd sent a kind reply. It was about 5:30am in Anchorage and I think I woke Andrew up with my squealing but I read her blog faithfully in devotion. She has since moved to Texas and runs a photoblog but when I saw her at Guy Kawasaki's party Thursday night I knew I had to embarrass myself and say something to her. She was as gracious in real life as she was on her blog though I wasn't gutsy enough to ask for a picture with her--I'm a coward at heart you know. I have to also mention Foodmomiac--another blog I found at the early stages of Scribbit--and when I ran into Danielle in the halls of the Westin she actually recognized me and said hello and I got a little star-struck! That's going in the journal my friend.

5. Shyest Moment Award. Speaking of being a coward that would lead naturally to my shyest moment which would definitely be at Guy Kawasaki's Alltop party at his beautiful home in Atherton. I met some wonderful people and wanted to say thank you to Guy Himself but was waiting for a better moment than to just run up and interrupt his conversation by squealing, pumping his hand in a handshake and asking for an autograph. Kind of throws off the flow of things you know?

The moment never really came so I never said anything and ended up leaving without speaking to him. Gutless aren't I? I have the hardest time just walking up to someone and introducing myself, and then it's kind of awkward to say, "I'd love to speak with you but I'm much better at writing so how about I just send you a note in a few minutes after I've had time to edit out all the dumb things I'm sure to say?" That's why I blog folks, that's why I blog.

6. Best BlogHer Panel Award. Well besides the FAQs for Beginning Bloggers (which I heard was just breathtakingly AMAZING of course--that tall girl really knew her stuff) the best panel award is to be shared by the "There's More to Monetization than Advertising" crew and the "Blog to Book Redux" trio. When discussing monetization Dana Loesch from Mamalogues had interesting insight into advertising networks that got me thinking. It wasn't that there was anything earth-shattering revealed and much of the affiliate information the panelists shared was technical and full of jargon--but hearing each of their backgrounds and areas of expertise gave me ideas about where I could take things here. They were personable and entertaining and it was kind of like a quiet little back row brainstorm session for me as they shared their thoughts about the industry and was time well-spent.

In the "Blog to Book Redux" panel the best part was demystifying the process of writing a book and getting me to think that if I can churn out 1000 posts here at Scribbit that maybe I yet have a book in me. Though the panelists dodged that pesky question that everyone wanted to know, namely, "How much traffic should your blog have before you can pitch a book?" Rita Arens sidestepped that one--the proverbial elephant in the room--and left us still wondering about the mysterious question of traffic but it was definitely worth the time to attend.

Sidenote: Least useful session award? Any session or meet-up where the moderator or panelists said something like, "I really haven't prepared anything to say I thought I'd leave it up to you guys." That's just a little bit irritating because if I came prepared with questions I'd like answered why couldn't they have done the same? But no grumping here, overall I was pleased.

7. Biggest Disappointment Award. Well besides missing opening night of The Dark Knight? Not getting to meet a few of the bloggers on my list: Rancid Raves, The Not Quite Crunchy Parent and Julie Pippert to name a few though there are others. Next time I'll have to do a better job of emailing and scheduling meet ups which is how I had such a lovely lunch with Jessica from Zakka Life Crafts in the basement at Macy's Thursday afternoon. Maybe I can convince Elisa Camahort Page and Julie Stone to hold BlogHer 2009 in Anchorage? Anyone willing to campaign with me? We'd set you up in style!

8. Strangest Party Award. Goes out to Macy's for the Saturday night party held after the infamous closing interview with Heather Armstrong (a.k.a. Dooce)--which could be a post in itself but don't worry, I won't subject you to more about BlogHer. Macy's is next door to the Westin St. Francis and the party there was rather dreadful. Yes, "dreadful" would be the right word to use here and for several reasons.

Macy's didn't close the store but crammed us all in there among shoppers craning their necks to figure out why we were in their way. We were like veals I tell you. There were security people checking tags at various places which created horrible congestion and the whole thing made it feel as if Macy's was corralling us there to get us to buy their stuff and perhaps write about how wonderful it all was but without any care as to what they could do to create a comfortable experience.

The food was . . . alright. A couple of the things they served were fine but the dessert consisted of fluorescent pink cardboard cookies glued together with spackling paste and they had nothing but wine to drink. Can you believe that? A party full of women and all they have is wine (and cheap wine I heard) so anyone nursing, pregnant or (like me) who doesn't drink was out of luck in that stifling crowd. I finally got them to give me some mineral water which is barely a step up from swilling a glass of crude oil in terms of pleasure--even for an Alaskan.

The party was sponsored by KY. Lovely. They had a table set up with samples though I heard they weren't giving them out because of "airport security issues" and those who wanted samples had to sign a mailing list. Odd. Apparently they're worried about a lot of women getting patted down for smuggling KY samples out of SFO. So instead of going out to dinner with a great group of ladies who'd invited me to join them I ended up in the lingerie department of Macy's, feeling rather homesick, dehydrated and staring at KY jelly displays. Sigh. I guess it could have been worse? Somehow?

9. Best Conversation Award. So why did I stay at the party? Well there were a few people I still hadn't met yet and I wanted to catch them before leaving the next day. I didn't get around to all of them unfortunately but the highlight was seeing Susan from Foodblogga--one of my most favorite bloggers--and her husband Dr. Jeffrey Benabio who writes at The Dermatology Blog who were up from San Diego for the event. It was one of those times where you enjoy talking with someone so much that suddenly half an hour or more later you look up and notice the party's over and everyone's gone. Getting to know them a little better made the evening worthwhile.

Megan Jordan of Velveteen Mind10. Funniest Blogger Award. This one is too easy and anyone who was there will agree with me that Megan Jordan of Velveteen Mind goes home with this one despite her desperate efforts to get me to say something incriminating.

I could try to list some of the funny things she said but it would kind of be like Hillary Clinton trying to recreate a Steve Martin SNL sketch, I'd be that successful. So you'll just have to take my word for it that the woman's got a wicked sense of humor and every time I talked with her I was laughing. In a good way.

11. Tastiest Treat Award. This could also be labeled "The Man I Was Most Tempted to Kiss Award" and it goes to the guy running the espresso cart next door to the grand ball room. You could--get this--walk up to him, smile and say something crazy like "I'd like a hot chocolate please" then he'd say "Whipped cream?" and I'd say, "You bet your patootie!" and he'd make up a hot chocolate for me. FOR FREE. Nothing says "I'm in love" like free fancy hot chocolate.

I kept coming back for more and considering how painfully frigid the entire city of San Francisco is (no offense to all you cryogenically preserved people living in the Bay Area) he is the one solely responsible for my survival that entire chilled weekend. I think air conditioning was invented in San Francisco or something because it's like it's made there and they bottle it for export to other markets. Freezing!

Scribbit, Loralee's Looney Tunes, Crazy Bloggin Canuck and GlossyVeneer12. Best Roomates Award. Definitely goes out to Amber at Crazy Bloggin' Canuck, Jill at GlossyVeneer and Loralee from Loralee's Looney Tunes who made me feel very welcome and put up with my nonstop jabbering for the entire time--they didn't even kick me out of the room, how cool is that?

Loralee seemed to know everyone and if there was any squealing to be heard you could bet she was involved--her stamina was amazing. Jill has been blogging since 2001 which in blog years is, like, 79 years or something. She's pretty amazing in her own way, the only person I saw who could walk up those San Francisco streets and not get winded--I even caught her doing Pilates before one of the parties. Amber has terrific business sense and besides being kind and sweet she was generous enough to share her Bacon Mints with the rest of us. Mmmmmm . . . bacon mints. Oh and if I haven't confused you all enough the picture shows me, Loralee, Amber and Jill from left to right, tallest to shortest.

My Legs on Alaska Airlines13. Customer Service Award. I'm totally giving this to Alaska Airlines. First, the red eye flight down to San Francisco was half full (nice of them to arrange that for me) and through careful planning and sneakiness on my part I was able to snag an entire row for myself with enough pillows and blankets to get an hour of sleep.

Then get this, on the return flight when I went to check in I walked up to the ticket counter and the friendly, perky agent said, "I see that you're tall [you noticed?] would you be comfortable in a seat with a little more leg room?"

In response I jumped up and down and danced around in glee until they had to call security. I had one of the emergency exit rows with no seat in front of me and here's the picture as proof. It may never happen again so I had to capture the moment. Though now that I look at it I wonder if I couldn't have got a more flattering angle on those thighs . . . 25 pounds of chocolate . . . maybe I shouldn't have eaten it all myself.

Anyway, it was a good weekend and quite productive though I was so happy to be home I clung to Andrew for quite some time in joy--I've gotta say I'm tired of sleeping with women, even such nice ones, which is kind of funny because I get to finish out my week chaperoning at our church girls' camp and sleeping with more women. Here's to BlogHer 2009!

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66 comments:

Mrs. Organic said...

I love your red dress. Your list makes me wish I had been there (except for the KY thing, how anticlimactic).

chelle said...

WOW look at that leg room!! My husband would have been in heaven!

Sounds like a fabulous trip.

Kim @ Up North Mommy said...

It sounds like you had a blast. I'm hoping to join you next year.

shaz said...

loved meeting you! and agreed - FAQs for beginning bloggers was surely the BEST panel!! :) i don't drink either, so it's a good thing i missed that party!

A Cowboy's Wife said...

What a creative post! I missed the Mom Central thing because it took our shuttle guy 2hrs to get us to Guy's house...ugh!!! We were so upset:(

I'm glad I got to meet you even if only for a second!

SuburbanCorrespondent said...

Sigh. If someone could please, please explain just what BlogHer is, I'd much appreciate it. I've been to the site numerous times, but it is just so huge, I cannot get a handle on it. Is it just a social networking site for women bloggers?

And, let me get this straight - you're from Alaska and you are complaining about the cold? What?

Christie O. said...

doh! i am so sad i didn't make it to blogher 08. i can't stand it i'm so sad. (and almost as sad that i didn't win the alarm clock, oh well).

looks like you had a great time! it was all i pictured and more! i am sooooooooo going next year! and wow, you're tall!

ames said...

Okay, now I really *am* jealous that I didn't go. I'm so glad to hear that FoodBlogga is as groovy in person as I suspect she is, wish I could have been there and joined in!

I *love* that lamppost in the picture! San Francisco is so cool.

Christine said...

Security issues with KY? What about, uh, packing it in checked luggage? Weird. And thank you, thank you, thank you, for that review on the Macy's party. So on target and I truly hope someone planning BlogHer '09 reads it. And pays attention to it.

Anyway, very creative recap!

Sheri said...

I am so jealous! Even though I'm a very new blogger I would have love to be there, so much to learn and so many lovely bloggers to meet.

Thank you for posting about it. I for one am reading as much as I can about it, I wish there was a complete recap online.

allysha said...

so fun! I'm glad you had a good time.

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

it was great meeting you and ditching macy's for dinner... and i loved your awards... :D very clever!

Amber said...

I'm exhausted just reading that! But don't worry. You could have given ONLY me the best roommate award over the others. They wouldn't have cared or noticed. Really....

:-)

Owlhaven said...

So nice to meet you!

Mary

Blessed said...

I like that Gorilla-Pod...

Maybe one year I'll get to go to BlogHer :(

The leg room would have been awesome!

J at www.jellyjules.com said...

I always feel sorry for people who are tall on flights...with their knees up around their ears, and then the person in front decides to recline their seat...uh oh. (And the person in front SHOULD be able to recline their seat, it just shouldn't be painful to the person behind them.)

I was wondering if you were HOT in SF, since when I saw you in Alaska in February, you were wearing a short sleeved shirt, and I was frozen. :) Hotels are indeed evil that way...I worked in one for many years, and they have two settings - freezing, and naptime inducing hot. Neither good for conferences.

Jo-Lynne (Musings of a Housewife) said...

Awesome recap! I wish I could have met you. Next year?

Adventures In Babywearing said...

This is my favorite recap of BlogHer yet. And I laughed outloud at the award you gave to Janice & Susan. Michelle, I just might have to come to Anchorage so we can hang out more!

Steph

MileHighMommy said...

I really liked how you summarized the whole BlogHer experience using the "Best of/Awards" theme - very cool and creative!

Just out of curiousity, how did you find your roommates? Was it a random thing, or did you already kinda know them through blogging? I'm still a pretty green blogger, and this whole BlogHer conference thing is utterly fascinating to me!

Robin (PENSIEVE) said...

Michelle,

This is one of my favorite summaries of BlogHer yet--extremely telling, about you and everyone else! While I wasn't dying to attend, I DO feel like I missed out on something wonderful...and I would've loved to have met many of the women who are already a part of my life.

:)

avalonne83 said...

Hi Michelle!

I'm avalonne83 from The Black Cat (http://avalonne83.blogspot.com/). I nominated you for the Brillante Weblog Award 2008. See you my post: http://avalonne83.blogspot.com/2008/07/nomination.html

Scribbit said...

I should have given an award to Jory Desjardins, Elisa Camahort Page and Julie Stone for all the work they put into this, it was a helpful conference and I'm glad I went though by the time it was over--really after that Sat night party--I was ready to head home. It's wonderful meeting new people and getting to know those that you've only known through their writing but it can be a little overwhelming to always be trying to remember names, be on your toes and all that. I'd go again and if I did I probably wouldn't have been nearly so nervous.

Suburban Corresp--BlogHer is a women's BlogHer organization that any woman writing a blog can join--it't not just mombloggers it's foodies and tech blogs and any blog written by women. They have an ad network that you can join and on their website there are posts about all sorts of topics relevant to the community. They have editors on the site to chose topics in specific areas and BlogHer works with lots of other media companies to promote women blogging. Does this help? BlogHer is also the name of the conference put on by this organization so it might be confusing--when we say BlogHer it might be the organization or it might be the conference depending on context.

Her Bad Mother said...

BIG SIGH.

I wish that I'd met you. Saw you, but was too distracted/anxious/hormonal/exhausted to do anything about it.

Regretting.

Amanda said...

Saw you, but too timid to cross the room. Maybe another time.

cndymkr / jean said...

It sounds like you had a great time. If you need to share that chocolate I'm willing to help you!

dawn224 said...

I loved loved loved meeting you - still shocked you knew exactly who I was - shocked, thrilled, a little starstruck :)

Deb said...

Fantastic write-up.

Being a drinker I did not know that you didn't have options at Macy's. That's appallling!

But I got free lube, so they told you a story on that one. And I went through security just fine.

What a weekend, huh?

Blog O' Beth said...

I am so sick that I didn't go this year. Next year I'm going - for sure! And I'm meeting you and a whole list of women I want to meet in person and gush over and embarrass myself and eat fattening foods and regret it all later. Alas, the fun of BlogHer.

To Think is to Create said...

Sad to have missed you at dinner, I wondered what would become of you getting swallowed up by Macy's. :)

I think your readers should know that you are tall and gorgeous and reminded me of a mermaid.

Cagey said...

As you know, I was SO disappointed we did not meet up. It seemed as I blinked and the weekend was over. That could be due to the fact that I spent a good portion of running back and to my baby. Darned kids.

Jill - GlossyVeneer said...

So glad I got an award! And I'm also so sad that I missed out on getting a Gorillapod... those things are cool.

You are totally wonderful and I hope we have the opportunity to get together again sometime.

Doll Clothes Gal said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all! Love the list.

An Ordinary Mom said...

Am I jealous? Just a tad ... but then I don't think I would have done very well at this conference with a one week old baby ... not to mention the post partum recovery issue :) !!

I am glad you had such a good time. One of these days we WILL meet!

Chookooloonks said...

Aww, thanks for the kind words! It was lovely meeting you in person. Hopefully, we'll get to see each other again next year?

Say hello to those Northern Lights for me,

K.

Kristen M. said...

Thanks for being kind enough to share your thoughts. There is so much build-up for BlogHer but it seems like everyone is too tired to write about it when they get home.

Scribbit said...

Oh I forgot--MileHiMommy you asked about roomates? Seems like I emailed Loralee about what she was doing back in January when I registered and then she asked if I wanted to join them since they were looking for a fourth person. I had a few others email me later to look for roomates so I think people just kind of ask around.

Dana said...

You are awesome.

Thanks for the feedback. I wanted to make sure that people walked away inspired (and not overloaded on terms like SEO and CPM and blah blah).

Why did I not see you and say hi?? There are so many people that I either saw but couldn't get through the crowed to them fast enough, or people I didn't see there at all. BOOOO.

Scribbit said...

Oh I waited in line for a few minutes and wanted to say thanks for the work you all did and to ask a couple questions more but I was behind about four others and chickened out after a few minutes. :) Gutless is my middle name :)

perilloparodies said...

this may seem silly to you, but you have been awarded. i have stated why in my blog. please go to perilloparodies.blogspot.com to see. :-)

Susan from Food Blogga said...

Oh, Michelle, I can't believe I made "best conversation." If only my high school mates could see that now. ;)

You made the party for us as well. Now all we keep talking about is, "When are we going to visit Alaska?"

angie said...

Thanks for the commentary.......I really enjoyed it.

Chris said...

Glad you had fun!

all over the map said...

You needn't give me a paper cut and squeeze lemon juice into it, I'm wallowing in my own little pity party right here in front of the monitor-thanks!
What a great event. I would have been a sponge just sucking everything up. One day!
I can never wrap my head around all the talent out there from woman bloggers.
Your description alone sold me on wanting to be there. Thanks for more good links. Love Velveteen Mind and Guy Kawasaki - what a genius. Sigh.
Looking forward to the video from 5 Minutes For Mom.

The Not Quite Crunchy Parent said...

Michele,

I too missed meeting up with you. I kept asking about you and hearing..." I just saw her..." and "She went that way..." and "you just missed her..."

maybe next year:-)

Nicole said...

I totally agree about the Macy's party...it was such a let down. I think we stayed for three minutes. After all the great venues, I was really looking forward to what BlogHer had in store for us there. But like you mentioned, it was poorly planned. I couldn't believe there was nothing but wine to drink. That was the topper for us. Stephanie (Metropolitan Mama) and I commented to each other that we wished you had joined us at Lori's Diner!

Average Jane said...

I'm so glad I got a chance to meet you at the Macy's party. I saw you for a moment at the Alltop/Kirtsy party but you disappeared before I had chance to say "hi."

Nairobian said...

the list is so interesting!fast talkers...just had to be women!thanks for the post

All Rileyed Up said...

Great post. I feel a little like I got to experience BlogHer now!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Still laughing about the "patootie" comment. I use terms like that all the time, my husband calls them 'country witticisms'. People tend to find them refreshing and endearing...and apparently worth a free hot chocolate :)

Julie Pippert said...

Oh I'm going to have to hand out another fabulous recap award for this! Loved how you broke it down and shared.

I missed meeting you too.

I felt the same about the Macy's party. I was opting to not drink, although I did try a sip of the wine (oops) but I was able to get a sprite. I wonder why they didn't help you with that! Also I got some caramel ice cream in a nut cone that was yum.

But it was overall such a wonderful, enriching experience. I'm not sure how to settle back down this week, into normal life LOL.

But the swag rocked my world. My personal fave? The charm bracelet from Emily's list. My husband? Most liked the bluetooth. The kids? Most liked mom on Sesame St. with Grover on a DVD!

Good N Crazy said...

I'm jealous, and this is it. The last blogher post I'm reading. I'm seriously ready to meet a few of ya.

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Sponsored by KY? Ohmygosh that is HYSTERICAL. This was such a fun post - I so hope I get to be there next year. And ditto on the mermaid comment (just from the pictures) you look kinda like Darryl Hannah, so it stands to reason.

KY - still laughing!! (Is that immature of me?)

Lei said...

Well the most important thing is that you had leg room on that flight! Lol. Holy cow... that's the best for us long-legged creatures... ;)

Glad you had such a good time, I'd love to go one of these years.

Loralee Choate said...

You were fifty kinds of fun and wonderful, Michelle.

I had THE best time with you guys. Better roomies couldn't be had!

Mommy Cracked said...

I am seriously cracking up over the Macy's party description. I love your honesty about it all.

Rivster said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!! What a terrific recap. It made me almost believe I was actually there.

Hey -- does anyone know the details for BlogHer '09? Want to clear my schedule!!

queenoftheclick said...

Thanks for the blogher recap. It was fun to read.


The leg room on a plane is awesome. You can always call an airline and ask for the exit row seats. Most times they haven't been sold.

Rita Arens said...

Scribbit! I saw you but didn't get a chance to wade across the thousand bodies in between us.

I dodged the question because I don't know the answer, but it's fair to call me on it. Of the 23 contributors in my book, the biggest names have upward of 60,000 unique readers per month. I don't have anywhere near that myself. Of course, that's each, and there are 23 of them. I don't think I could've sold a book of my own with my traffic right now on the basis of traffic. I hope to be able to sell another of just my own work on the basis of my writing.

Therein lies the rub. If you're a fabulous writer, who cares about your traffic? But then maybe just don't mention you're a blogger. You see what I'm saying?

Scribbit said...

Thanks for answering--I figured also that you were looking at a collective work where it took into account the traffic of the group as a whole when publishers looked at it.

I enjoyed hearing your experiences with the project, it was helpful and encouraging!

Marketing Mama said...

Great post, love all your observations about the conference and your list of awards! Sounds like you had a fab time overall, although that Macy's party sounds like a big disappointment.

jpdmom said...

I am finally getting around to posting about BlogHer - I am so behind the times, I wish I had done it last week. I came home so sick from BlogHer though. So nice to meet you in person, thanks for being so helpfuland informative at the Blogging Basics. Your re-cap of the whole event was great, though I might have added a few things about Moneytizing your Blog.

SabineM said...

Oh wow!, SOOOO COOL!! (minus the KY party)
I want to go next year!!!

Alice Wills Gold said...

I totally wish I would be funny enough for the funniest but that would really be stretching it.

I definitely think I could outbeat anyone on the fastest talker award. Growing up in CA and having a load of siblings and limited earshot tiem is good for one thing.

Too bad they don't really appreciate fast talk here in the south.

Design Mom said...

I am back at my desk this week for the first time since BlogHer and I'm having such a good time reading everybody's reports.

I'm completely honored to receive an award!! I loved meeting you and think your new jeans were hot!

It was especially fun to discover you are supermodel tall, you gorgeous lady.

Sacramento said...

Hmmm i like your post. :)

Nikki said...

Found out about your blog from a friend in SF. Hope you don't mind. Great write up :)