photo credit Carla Duharte Razura babyjidesign.comI'm so un-photogenic so I cringe about those photos that are out there on the web. Like ones of me chewing food or bending over. The one above is of me (right), Naomi (left), and Jenn from Frugal Upstate, a blog that I'm only now starting to read after having met her. I just love that about the conference, meeting new people and checking out their blogs.
This one was taken on a fake red carpet outside the BowlHer party, which was in a super-cool venue that was like a retro bowling alley, right in the middle of the city.Since I was a snarky teenager, I've hated posting for photos, so I really didn't play it up. I don't know why but it just feels so stupid. I need to live a little, or drink more. And let me just say that is the first time I've ever worn a feather boa. I ditched that about 5 minutes into the party. It was really itchy!
I'm all like "are you serious?" in this photo. Candice really is rocking out, and don't you just love Naomi's bowling outfit? I'm so pissed she didn't win, and frankly the winners were not worthy of wining a trip to NYC. One of them looked like a bad Cyndi Lauper and the other looked like a Donna Reed knock-off. Seriously, what did either of those costumes have to do with bowling? Naomi had an actual bowling shirt, and there were quite a few others who were dressed to the nine-pins.
BlogHer09 was nothing short of dramatic. You've probably seen the recap posts, from the swag bullies, to the lady with the baby turned away at the Nikon party and who stared the #Nikonhatesbabies twitter drama, to the rude blogger that threatened the Crocs guy, to an actual fist fight. Geez! Talk about take-me-back-to-Sweet Valley High.
While I didn't witness the actual bruises (was it really just a myth spun out of proportion?) that resulted from swag swarm or the gaggle of women who bum-rushed the Room 704/Eden Fantasys people grabbing swag bags before the party even started, it was pretty crazy. I don't know what it is about free stuff that makes people go nuts, even over something as joyless as a USB drive or a cheap reusable bag.
I'm often conflicted about getting free stuff as a result of my blog, since I try to live an eco-friendly lifestyle and it pains me to think of UPS coming to my house as often as they do. While I wasn't snatch-happy when it came to swag, I still took my share of it, but really tried to consider whether I'd really use it or not. So far, everything I brought home will be of great use to me, including the 4 Michelin tires that I won and didn't have to actually stuff into my suitcase! We desperately need new tires before winter.
I've been asked if I'll go next year, and to be honest, I'm not sure. While some of the conference content was a little heavy on the fluff (did I just negate my point?), I did enjoy the Eco-Blogging session, the Community Keynote highlighting a variety of bloggers, and Geek Lab stuff. My favorite part is meeting the people that I chat with online, and since many of my dear readers (all 5 of you!) weren't there, it was a little lonely. I did meet so many new bloggers, but I really would have liked to party with some people that I already know. So I'm still on the fence about next year, but since it's in New York, I probably won't have to spend quite as much.
I wanted to thank my sponsor, Glitterful Felt Stories, for supporting my trip to the conference. I'm so appreciative of it, and hopefully you get some business as a result of chatting to bloggers about your cute products.
One more thing, here is my favorite piece of swag, well, actually more of a gift from Mom Most Traveled. It's a handmade fabric book from Laos, that she didn't make, but bought from local artisans.
I love that the frog is laying blue eggs, hopefully not blue poops. You wouldn't see that on many American toys.
Ok, I've totally neglected our already filthy house in order to catch up on posting and on the gossip. Expect me to check into your blogs this week, or maybe next since I forgot that we're headed to the beach later this week.
Thank you for all of your great comments this week on my posts, and please forgive me if I haven't responded to each one. I really like doing that, but I just don't think I'll find the time.