Last year, I was a little underwhelmed with BlogHer. I didn’t learn as much as I thought I should. Didn’t connect with as many people as I hoped I would. Didn’t come home as transformed as I wished I could.
Not so this year.
This year? I had fun. I learned and connected. Laughed and cried. Hugged and got hugged. Socialized and…danced? Yes, Internet. I danced. In public. And not polite little shuffling, either. Nope, full on spastic dancing. I’d blame the alcohol, but I think it had more to do with the company.
Because the women at BlogHer? Were (and are) amazing. I met good friends I’d been waiting to see. Made lots of new ones. Caught a ride from the airport with one bloggy crush. Chatted up another particularly non-scary blogging superstar at a party. Even shook hands with CecilyK (a woman who both inspires and frightens me).
One session brought on a mini nervous breakdown. Others bored me to tears. A speech by Jess Weiner motivated me to take on the world. The closing keynote made me want to tear it down.
But most importantly? The weekend left me profoundly grateful for the community I’ve become part of and spinning a little giddily, trying to process it all.
Will I go next year? I have no freaking clue. But man am I glad I got to go to this one.
I’ll probably write one more post about the whole mess before I’m through. And then we can move on, I promise. But you know what? After the amount of money I threw down? I better be able to mine more than one post out of it!