Oh hi there! It’s August 1. Time for another try at blogging daily. Stay with me, friends.
I was fortunate to be able to make it to BlogHer this year. Thanks to a partnership with Fresh & Easy as their BlogHer correspondent. I’ll post more in the days to come and have a giveaway coming. Watch for it.
Here’s the thing about BlogHer. And it’s true for every time I’ve gone. Sure, people can point out negative things in just about anything. This year, I truly had a rewarding experience and am so thankful to have gone. Here are some of my favorite things about my time in San Jose:
The Bloggess was a pure joy to see. I laughed so much. I think I always felt like she was too much of a superstar to give two licks about me. But she is just so real. The anxiety she describes is so much of what I feel a lot of the time. Thankfully, meds and maturity have helped me to live my life anyway. Her humor is such a breath of fresh air. And she talks just like Kelly Clarkson. I love it!
I was in the same room as Kerry Wasington. Need I say more. I know, lame, I’ve been among the Shondaland people, obviously. But Kerry’s words were such an inspiration. I love her take on fame and paparazzi, civic pride and living the life she wants. I wanted to run up and hug her. But that probably would have caused a stampede.
I recently discovered Luvvie’s blog. From her Scandal recaps and her funny takes on dumb tweets. She has become a must read in my feedly. And she was super nice and gracious. And my favorite thing about her is her lack of filter. She says what she wants. Much like my awesome friend Briya.
I learned so much at the conference this year. I became inspired to finally get writing on the book I’ve been bouncing around in my brain for years, and learned a little about publishing. I became aware of a horrid initiative to be placed on the California ballot this November, threatening to cause harm to healthcare in our state and making lawyers richer. So, say No on 46, voters.
I also was dismayed to learn about the lack of women in public office and the gap that is glaring in potential women leaders to replace those that are getting termed out of office. I loved this session I attended with candidate for State Controler Betty Yee, my friend and politics superstar Erin Kotecki-Vest, and Mary Hughes, from Close the Gap CA.
And of course, fun time with friends. I’ve made so many lifelong friends through blogging. It’s no lie when people call it a community. These are my people.
And with that, I’m calling it a night. I could go on and on about everything I loved about going this year. I hope there’s more to come. It’s not about the parties, or the vacation from kids, or the other bullshit that people have said about Blogher. It really is about the way that I’ve grown as a person through blogging and the people I’ve met along the way. It’s about learning what I want to do as a blogger and as a woman. I’m so glad to be a part of it.