BlogHer: First Thoughts.

by Amber on August 6, 2012

I’ve been home for almost 24 hours, but I haven’t quite digested the whirlwind experience that was BlogHer 12 yet. As I said in my tweet this morning, it was awesome, and amazing, and inspiring, and absolutely, positively exhausting.

A few images from BlogHer.

The City

New York, the third time around, wasn’t nearly as intimidating. Of course, this time I had my iPhone, along with its maps, and apps, and general cheat sheets to help me find my way around. I still only saw a fraction of it. A corner of Central Park. FAO Schwartz. Fifth Avenue.  Little Italy and the surrounding neighborhoods.

Just enough to make me want to see more.

Someday, I will.

The BlogHer Teaching

You guys? My Geek Bar sessions were amazing. When the time came, I wasn’t the least bit nervous. I knew I know my stuff. And I knew I could teach other people how to do what I know how to do. And I did.

My “students” said things like “light bulbs are going off right now.” And “oooohhhhh, so that’s what that means.” And, “wow, that finally makes sense.”

In other words, I did my job. And I enjoyed doing it. In fact, I think I’d like to do more teaching. I just have to figure out how and where.

The BlogHer Sessions

I chose the sessions I went to very carefully this year. I was looking for inspiration. And motivation. And straight up girl power. I found it all. In spades.

I am freshly motivated. Ready to make a difference. And prepared to take on the whole damn world if I have to. Can you hear me roar?

The BlogHer Keynotes

President Obama opened the conference. Need I say more?

The keynote speakers were amazing and inspiring and….see the very first sentence of this post. I came away with a sense of my own power – our own power. We women (bloggers and otherwise) are a force to be reckoned with. We run the whole damn world (the world just doesn’t always realize it).

I am thinking it’s our duty to do something with all that power. Something good. Who’s with me?

The BlogHer Bloggers

I love me some bloggers. Lady bloggers especially. They are my people.

I had so many fantastic conversations, I was almost hoarse by the end of the day. I made a habit of plunking myself down next to a random stranger. And walked away with quite a number of new contacts and friends.

The world is a fascinating place, filled with even more fascinating people. If you need proof, just go to next year’s BlogHer.

The BlogHer Travel

Sucked. That is all.

The Welcome Home

Made me never want to leave again. My daughter threw herself in my arms. My animals wrapped themselves around my legs. And my husband? Well, he sighed in relief.

In other words, I had a good time. I’ll write something deeper and more worthy of this blog. Later. After I recover. Right now? I need to sleep.

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Sarah Ann Noel August 8, 2012 at 1:42 am

I am not part of the BlogHer community, but recently learned about all their conferences, etc. and everything I’ve been reading about them just raves. It’s nice to see your review in sections and get a feeling for all there is offered at the conferences!

I found your blog visiting other mommies who are promoting MAH clothing–such a cool organization. I just got a shirt to review in the mail this week, so I wanted to see what other bloggers are doing. Glad to have found you!

Enjoy your downtime now that you’re home! Will be back to read and connect more!

Sarah
the Reverie blog

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Alexandra August 12, 2012 at 2:40 pm

It was so good to see you, smiling and ready to give what you know: you were all there in spirit, and I”m with you: I LOVE TO SHARE WHAT I”VE LEARNED.

I am , and always will be grateful to BlogHer for every opportunity they’ve sent my way. BlogHEr has given me amazing platforms and the space to be heard: to have others learn from what I’ve learned.

They really do empower and I am grateful to Elisa, Lisa, and Jory, and all BlogHEr staff involved for what they give to us and how they’ve created this community for us.

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Amber August 12, 2012 at 9:46 pm

It was awesome seeing you, too! Maybe if we both make it there next year, we can sit down together! It was a great opportunity and I’m glad to have had it.

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