|Me with Science of Parenthood, From Meredith to Mommy, Urban Moo Cow, Momopolize, Not So Super Mom,|
Pickles Ink, My Dishwasher's Possessed, Ava Chin, Mommy Needs a Martini, and Her Royal Thighness, among others!
They're real people! Not just avatars and cartoons and logos! And not only are they actual human beings, and awesome ones at that, but getting to know them has completely changed my internet experience. Now, when I go around reading blogs... I hear them in the voices of the brilliant people behind the keyboard.
And that is pretty freakin' sweet.
For me, there were a few moments that stand out more than any other.
1. Hearing some of my favorite bloggers read some of their best work at the impromptu post-cocktail party open mic.
|Sharing our best|
I'm sure you remember last year when I bugged you a million times to vote for me for Blogger Idol, and you read all the posts and got to know a couple really incredible bloggers? Well, one of those in the top three with me was Real Life Parenting. And you know what? That lady is a class act. And utterly hilarious.
|This lady is hilarious.|
It was such a great way to start the con. Every time I met somebody, a lightbulb clicked on over my head. "You read about your son pooping in the car! It was so funny!" "Your bit about the pumpkin crap... brilliant!"
And the thrill of the occasional person coming up to me and saying, "Was that true? Is M okay now?" was also kind of awesome.
It's hard not to be instant friends with somebody when you already love each other's writing.
2. Getting inappropriately drunk and dancing like a maniac with some of the funniest ladies on the internet.
|Who's that drunken blogger in the stripes? Oh... wait...|
3. The way strangers on the internet can come together to help other strangers.
|The Blog U faculty- they are a fun loving bunch.|
I'm also not just talking about the half a dozen women who happily opened their doors to share AquaNet with me. Because no 80's prom is complete without it.
The day before Blog U started, one of the local commuters had to cancel her plans. So in the course of a day, she and I transferred her ticket to Old School/New School Mom. Some other bloggers helped me get her a bus ticket, and some of her friends back home- writers as well and contributors to her Stigma Fighters project, helped her find childcare so she could come to the conference.
Once there, people helped her with last minute things- including a bed to sleep in after the prom, and a ride back to the bus station in the morning. That lady deserved a break, and now she's better prepared to help Stigma Fighters thrive as an NFP. And that?
|Old School/New School Mom, me, and my spectacular roomie- Woof Tweet Waah|
...there was one other thing. A little thing. I can't help but get a little glow every time I think about it.
During the keynote panel about writing for others, HuffPo Parents put up examples on the big screen of what to do- what notes to aim for, what subjects to address- in order to get a successful post.
|What's that on the big screen?|
|Who is that attractive blogger?|
I would say I didn't learn anything, because OBVIOUSLY I've got this whole thing figured out... but that's a lie. I learned tons. I learned so much, and I'm taking it all and putting it to good use.
Look out, world, I'm coming to take you by the horns.
I'm a Blog U graduate, hear me roar!