And So It Was BlogHer (’10)

Monday, August 9, 2010

Where to start? That’s what I said to myself anytime someone asked me, “So, how was the conference?”

There was plenty to see, hear and think about just entering the swarming lobby of the hotel.  I wouldn’t say I felt overwhelmed (a word often used to describe the first BlogHer experience). But I was definitely impressed … with the numbers, with the level of excitement in the air, and with the general sense of community being surrounded by other women who do what you do.

Lots of business cards stacked on my desk.

Lots of swag items (just peep the crazy-long list of sponsors) jumbled in a large black bag—itself a piece of swag.

Lots of women I wanted to meet: Karen Walrond and Liz Gumbinner and  Rita Arens and Mishelle Lane, and more. So happy I did, too. These women were all as warm, witty and inspired as one could hope.

Lots of women I wanted to meet, but missed: Memoirista and  Cecily Kellogg, I’m talking ’bout you … to name just two.

Lots of women who I didn’t even know I wanted to meet until I did. Creative, smart, funny, crazy (the good kind) types like: Danielle Henderson (whose business card says: “Ass Kicker. Name Taker.”) and Lotus Carroll and Three Girl World and The Worst Mother in the World and Urban Mama and Deb On The Rocks and … The list is long, people. But when you get some time, do click on the links above and read up on these fine, fine folks.

Clearly, lots to process … which explains the lateness of this posting.

One of the best things at the conference was the Closing Keynote: How to Use Your Voice, Your Platform and Your Power. The panel?

  • Marie Wilson, founder and president of The White House Project (and creator of Take Our Daughters to Work Day!)
  • author and activist Gloria Feldt from Heartfeldt Politics
  • P. Simran Sethi, an Emmy Award-winning journalist, blogger and environmentalist.

And it was all moderated by journalist Alison Stewart, who is absolutely gracious and genuinely “happy to meet you,” it must be said. So I just did.

If/when BlogHer makes the transcripts or the video link of this keynote available to all, grab it. You will walk away feeling encouraged, enriched, edified, and—thanks in large part to that wise and hilarious Marie Wilson—entertained.

Now, in other business … on Friday I mentioned doing my bloggy cuts wrap-up today. But, my mind is overflowing with information, links, stories, plans, obligations, and deadlines, so I won’t be able to get it done.

Apologies. And, an explanation:

Part of my Grand Return project involves changing how I work. For the last too many months, I’ve been going fifth-gear, high-octane and it’s just not sustainable.

I read something on Lifehacker.com about building up your attention span and focus. These days, we’re all flicking the channels in our brains from this to that and then bouncing over there, before we’ve even digested the first thing.

Some advice from that attention piece that I’ve tried to put into practice:

  1. Do slightly less than you think you’re capable of
  2. Increase your capacity while staying under that bar

I’m calling it operating at Three-Quarters. I know I can do Full, but I’m making a conscious effort to dial things down a bit, leaving room to breathe, reflect, regroup, and relax.

That said, I will leave you with one bloggy cut from last week. An article from NYTimes.com looking at how the job market (talking upper levels: CEOs, Supreme Court Justices) seems to be anti-mother. This hot topic came up at the keynote, too. I’d be interested to hear what you think. Here’s the story. Be sure to leave your comment.

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9 Comments
  • 1
    Erica says:

    You met Karen Walrond. I’m jealous. I have to go next year! *putting pennies away*

    • 1.1
      Ms. Mack says:

      Indeed I did! And…ready? She took my photo! Just got it from her. It’s fantastic. A real talent, that one, and cool-down-home peeps. Next year it’s in San Diego.

  • 2
    pendulumswing says:

    Good for you! Wish I could have been there, too!

  • 3

    It was so lovely meeting you! You are quite adorable. :)

    • 3.1
      Ms. Mack says:

      And you are sweet, Lotus. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment. Also, thanks for the photo tips. I’mma keep learnin’!

  • 4

    I’m blushing at the thought that I, a once-a-month blogger, would make your list. I really loved bonding with you over pedicures and our favorite television shows. We should send Ecco a thank-you note ;-)

    • 4.1
      Ms. Mack says:

      Any friend of “The Wire” is a friend of mine. :-)
      Good bonding. Good chatting. Good meeting.
      More soon, I hope. Thanks for checking MMM out.