I just returned from a long weekend at Blogher, which I’ve been affectionately calling blogger camp for girls. It was so much fun! and I miss it already. Where’s the pool? Where are the cool women? Why am I alone in my office?
The highlight for me was meeting some of the women I have been in contact with via email but had never had a chance to meet. Karen Walrond of Chookoloonks, pictured above, is a perfect example. She flew all the way from Trinidad to be at the conference and she is even more amazing in real life. It was also a gift to spend time with Jen Lemen currently on hiatus from blogging, Tracey Clark who makes gorgeous photos and Kristin Lemen who makes sassy maternity tees with lines like “Mommy wants a cocktail” and “Definitely not having a silent birth”. The list could go on of the talented women I met!
There is so much to say… Should I tell you about the closing keynote when Arianna Huffington inspired us with her fierce courage? or all of the other strong, inspiring voices like Caterina Fake, Mena Trott, Caroline Little and Grace Davis?
My panel was also a highlight of my weekend. My friend and roomie at the hotel, Maggie Mason, was the moderator of our panel entitled, Is the next Martha Stewart a Blogger? I learned so much from my fellow panelists and also learned that I am very nervous in front of crowds and that the only cure for the trembly-get-me-the-hell-out-of-here shakey shakes was to out myself and say okay, “I am very nervous!” It was like my personal pressure release valve.
It was also a treat to see all of my superhero clients/friends with their jewels! Having an online business, I don’t always get the pleasure of seeing my work in action. Here are some links to Meg Hourihan and Pim.
Mostly, I want to say thank you to everyone I met this weekend. I hope to meet more of you at next year’s Blogher!