I wanted to title this post “Things that make you go “Hmmm…” but I figured I’d go with a more informative title!
I’m really no good at those long, witty and interesting recaps of Blog Conferences. I really wish I could sum up the whole weekend for you, but at this point, I’m all BlogHer-recapped-out!
I learned so much from all those that I met and spent time with in Chicago, but a couple of people blew me out of the water with their statements. I thought I’d share them with you here, and ask you to share your best “nuggets” of knowledge.
I spent some great time in the MomSelect/MomTV Suite with incredibly inspiring Maria Bailey. I laughed, I cried (really, ask Danielle!), and had a few moments of low-key, good ol’ fashioned “hanging out”! I can’t remember how the conversation got started, but Maria mentioned that someone had asked her, “How do you get to be an ‘A-list’ blogger?”
We all agreed that the term “A-list Blogger” doesn’t really mean much, and shouldn’t really be a goal in itself. However, she said something I thought was really profound.
(paraphrasing) Whatever these successful bloggers did to become just that, you would not want to emulate! If you want to be successful, you have to do what other people haven’t done before, and not just copy what others are doing.
I also got to meet and hang with John Kim, creator of Whrrl, who is an inspiring innovator, as well as all-around kind person. At lunch with the Wii Mommies, he said he had actually looked at our blogs after meeting us and had some suggestions. I thought it was really neat that he actually took an interest and the time to learn about us.
I have been planning a re-design of Real Life to reflect more of what it has become, so I kind of cringed at the thought of John looking it over. But I had one of those “slap your forehead” moments and a great compliment from him.
John mentioned that when he met me, and spent time at the EA Party, I was so energetic, full of life, funny, and “larger then life.” (Oh, stoooooop!!) But my about page on the blog is so factual and doesn’t give my personality (and stunning beauty- my addition) an accurate picture. He’s so right!
Reflecting on that with Jason Keath, he said, “Why don’t you have a video on your about page?” Uh…. Yeah, why don’t I? Duh… Why haven’t I done that yet, can someone please tell me?
And last but not least, Kelby Carr and Amy Lupold Bair drove it home that we can ditch the pretense, pomp and circumstance at these conferences, and be ourselves! What delightful women to be around! I felt the same way talking to them at Blissdom, and it was such a welcome reprieve from women sizing each other up and trying to impress each other. I was SO delighted to see them on the trolley to my first official BlogHer event, an awesome dinner with the Frito-Lay people!
So, tell me: What is your “nugget” of knowledge or inspiration from BlogHer ’09?