As I may have mentioned before, I will be going to BlogHer again this year.
I will be presenting a Room of Your Own panel with Leslie from The Bearded Iris. The topic is Blogging and Anonymity. It's on Friday, from 3:15 - 4:00. I expect you all to be there, so it won't just be me, Leslie, and a room full of empty chairs being live blogged into shame and ignomy. If you can't be there, a written apology and gift card or a therapy session is acceptable.
Anyway, I will be at BlogHer again. I'm a bit more nervous this time, what with presenting a panel, but I'm also pretty excited. I like Chicago, I like Leslie, and I can't wait to see my online friends in their actual, corporeal versions. Plus! I think I'll be taking the train in. Which is fun. Ish. I mean, it's not Orient Express or even Via Rail [what up, Canada?!], but still. Amtrack? Should be o.k. Unless someone wants to drive? Because I hate driving.
Where was I?
I met a lot of amazing people when I went last year. And, of course, most of them will not be attending this year. Which bums me out, but also is kind of exciting. Because those fantastic people I met? Were not necessarily the people I had planned on meeting [or, come on, stalking]. Instead, I met some brilliant people who I just happened to cross paths with - they knew someone or were sitting at the same table as me or happened to be in the Serenity Suite at the same time - and we clicked.
I fucking love that click.
These are people who I am still in contact with, who still inspire me, who still crack me up.
I know a lot of people go to BlogHer and other conferences to connect with brands and make connections to further their businesses, but I love the fact that I can go without that type of agenda and STILL come away with a feeling that I've gotten even more than I bargained for. That I won at BlogHer.
So, if you're going to be in Chicago the July 25- 28, let me know. I want to meet more delightful people who will make my life more engaging. But it's not only to my benefit that we meet. I've got something for you, too.
I'll be the one who knows where the good bathrooms are.