7.21.2006

BlogHer? I Hardly Know Her!

For days there's been a big pink elephant in the room and I've sort of ignored it on these here pages.

Its name is BlogHer.

I've avoided posting much about the conference because I'm sensitive to the fact that 90% of you are not going--either you're not really bloggers, you're caught up with other more important obligations like jobs and kids and So You Think You Can Dance, or maybe you're just like thankyouverymuchSOnotinterested. Geek.

But my last post sort of opened the floodgates. So now I feel like for me not to mention all the things on my mind about BlogHer would sort of be disingenuous. I mean, I pretty much say anything else that's on my mind here. I don't worry about whether 90% of you are interested in reading about evangelical ice cream truck drivers or lame LA celebrity sightings or significant others who fart on cue, and I write about that, right?

But still, I don't want anyone feeling bad. I'm soft that way.

So for those of you not going - IT WILL SUCK! BORING! SEMINARS ON HTML PROGRAMMING AND SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION! RUBBER CHICKEN FOR DINNER! MATTRESSES STUFFED WITH SAWDUST! WATERED-DOWN DRINKS! AN OUTBREAK OF IMPETIGO! SURPRISE ENTERTAINMENT: CARROT TOP!

I give you all permission to check out of here right now, click on one of the brilliantly written blogs at right instead, shop at Cool Mom Picks, hug your kids, do your thing.

But for those of you going:

(please stay)

(please)

(because I've been dying to say)

Wheeeee! So fun! I'm going to meet you all and wheeeeeee! Whooo!!! I'm seriously, ridiculously, disproportionately excited. I swear, everyone I run into it's like the first thing out of my mouth. My neighbors, my neighbors' kids, the Greek waiter in the corner diner, the Korean deli guy who speaks like no English--they all know where I'll be next weekend.

And, I think, they're happy I'm going. So they won't have to hear me mention it for four whole days.

As for Nate, well he thinks I'm one ticket to Vegas away from being the keynote speaker at a Trekkie convention.

Anyhow, in no particular order, here are some of the things that have been floating around the old grey matter about the conference. Because you people, you lovely BlogHer-going friends, I think you want to talk about the same thing too (unlike Caesar in the diner, who just wants me to shut up and eat my grilled cheese). Fair warning: It's entirely rambly, and there are definitely typos.

If brevity is the soul of wit then...well, I'm shit out of luck.

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Writers are, by nature, misfits. As my mom always says, there aren't too many white, midwestern, Protestant, upscale, happy men who become famous novelists. Unless they're secretly gay. In other words, we are all uncool in some way almost by definition. Let's face it, the cool kids are not writers. They're certainly not online writers. They will not be at a blogging conference in San Jose next weekend, but thousands of miles east of there, sipping appletinis in the Hamptons with Steven Spielberg.

Of course you're cool. I mean those other people.

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Stop stressing about what to wear, gals, you're not going to dinner at Graydon Carter's house. You're going to the Hyatt San Jose, where you will spend hours in meeting rooms named the San Jose Room or the Haiawatha Sweet Northwest, surrounded by a bunch of postpartum women with flabby bellies--some 16 years postpartum, granted, but postpartum just the same.

Besides? There will be nametags. You just can't be cool in a nametag, no matter how un-mom your jeans are.

(Okay, that's the party line. But seriously? What are you wearing? I'm a skirt and tee gal myself.)

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Having been through the match.com years (another hiLARious post for another day) I've learned that people are not always in real life the same as they are in writing. There are no awkwards ums and ers in writing. There are far more adverbs. And there is no one who can catch you picking your nose or speaking with your mouth full. Which means I'm a little worried about disappointing people.

I have done my best to be honest here. I really do talk too much with a glass of wine in me, and have pathetic taste in music-- if Journey comes on during cocktails, I'll have a chance to prove it to you with my interpretive dance moves to Don't Stop Believin'. Perhaps it's all charming here but tedious in person? You'll have to be the judge of that.
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Using first names in the recaps: Tacky? Ginga (that's GingaJOY to you) mentioned it in my comments yesterday which, funny enough, has been on my mind. I can't help calling Kristen Kristen; or Her Bad Mother, Catherine; or Mother Goosemouse, Julie. It's just how I know them. But I do remember reading blogs for the first time and seeing all these first names and feeling totally left out for not knowing that Dooce wasn't really named Dooce.

It reminds me of how you'll overhear some Hollywood blowhard in LA be all, "yeah, so Angie and I were lunching last week at Ago--that's Angie Jolie--and discussing Phil's star turn in Capote, and how he really could be the next Dick Burton."

I don't want to be that guy. Tell me I'm not that guy.

Then again, if I were that guy I'd have a way shorter plane ride next week and would definitely pay for everyone's drinks.

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I have a great visual memory. Not so much with the names though. Which means by far my biggest fear is that someone's going to come up to me and be like,
"Hey Liz, I'm Jen!"

(smile, blank stare)

"Jen R?"

(smile, eyebrows raised - not ringing a bell)

"My blog is called "Mom's Manic Madness?"

(I'm starting to sweat. Sweating a lot. Should have worked out my triceps maybe once over the last four years so I could be wearing sleeveless.)

"You know...Manic Madness? It's got the huge pink banner on top with the purple stripes, and a picture of my kid riding the elephant on the side? My tag line is a quote from Mallrats written in 20 point helvetica?"

"Oh JENNNNNNN! I love you! I've read every thing you've ever written! How's your uncle doing, by the way? Still touring with Dokken? "
I am totally freaked about offending someone by not "knowing" her right away from her name and/or face.

Therefore I propose that we all print out our headers and wrap them around our foreheads, indian princess style, to stave off any uncomfortable introduction moments. It won't be nearly as obvious as staring down at the right boob to check out the name tag. The geeky, horrible name tag.

(Helpful hint of the day: Wear your nametag on your right boob. It's instinctive to attach it to the left side with your right hand, but if you do it on the right side, the eye then naturally follows the line from the handshake...to the right side of the chest. That's what I paid $80,000 to learn at BU by the way. Worth every penny.)

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I'm thinking about doing a nametag that says, "Hi, I'm Heather Armstrong. Buy me a drink?"

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What is the etiquette about blogging people you meet and the things they do? I mean, you know someone is going to end up being That Girl Who Drank Too Much, or That Mom Who Sat in the Font Row and asked 477 questions.

Also, how about pictures? Do we need some kind of pinky swear the first night about this kind of thing? Do we need a BlogHer code of loyalty?
What happens at BlogHer stays at BlogHer.
Or maybe we just need legal wavers, like they sign at the end of Taxicab Confessions. Someone want to get to work on those? Any lawyers in the house?

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What else is on your mind? Let me know. Ask me anything. Tell me anything. This is the people's blog now, comrades.


71 Comments:

Anonymous nacken said...

Just why am I like 16000 miles away? Sounds like a fun thing ... what I am really curious about is the mommy:daddy ratio (it is called BlogHer ... not BlogHim). Looking forward to reading about it ...

And I never made it to a Trekkie convention ... but i DO own a star trek uniform shirt :)

7/21/06, 1:44 AM  
Anonymous Izzy said...

I heard there might be wearing of blazers. Blazers? I own no blazer. I'm already feeling the scorn of being blazerless *sigh*

And I'm still nervous about wandering around by myself like a moron staring at everyone's left boob trying to ascertain who they are and missing out on every fun thing that happens because everyone left while I was in the bathroom or something.

But if Journey comes on and I'm tipsy enough, I'll be right next to ya doing some interpretive dance moves. I loves me some Journey :)

7/21/06, 2:44 AM  
Anonymous Chase said...

I was wondering about the pictures, too. I, myself, plaster my face all over the net (no...not on those sites), so I couldn't care less. But how does one know if a pic or two is ok?

And how drunk can we get you so you agree to allow allll the pics up, Liz dear? >:)

7/21/06, 2:47 AM  
Blogger MommyWithAttitude said...

I'm the biggest geek of all because it didn't occur to me that I WANT to go to BlogHer until it was TOO LATE to go to BlogHer.

On the good side, it's one less thing that I have to stress, worry and obsess over for the next week.

7/21/06, 2:51 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Blog headers across your foreheads, Indian princess style!

That is absolutely how I'm going to imagine you all at BlogHer.

7/21/06, 3:41 AM  
Anonymous nacken said...

oh, and one question / quest for the upcoming weekend: Can you please find the OTHER blogging expat stay-at-home-dad???? I can't be alone, right? I am not Tigger !!! (Though Tigger's a wonderful thing) ... argh . disney movie overdose here ...

7/21/06, 4:09 AM  
Blogger So-Called Supermom said...

I am SO jealous......I started blogging as a pasttime but now I love it and totally want to go to BLogHer to meet all these wonderful people Ii read every single day. Okaay, I might be a little "blogstar" struck as well. However, NO ONE would kknow me so I chickened out and didnt sign up this year. Next year maybe.

And BTW---dont make that"BlogHeer code tooo strong---thosse of us left behind at home want to here all the goings-on in San Jose!!!!

7/21/06, 6:40 AM  
Blogger Foodmomiac said...

My biggest fear is being the one who goes up to you (and others) and isn't recognized!!!

Oh, and I have no clue what to wear and my camera is broken.

7/21/06, 7:07 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

Oh how I wish I could go...

Your tag idea is hilraious. I remember the first time I met a friend in a new highschool I had transferred to- It was the first day of school, and I was looking at the top of her page to see what her name was because I thought she was cool- and it said: My name is Courtney Love.

I felt caught. Haha, so I asked her name.

Interesting tidbit about the name tag. I'm left handed so I think I naturally put it on the right.

I hope that one year I'll be able to afford to go to blogher, and that you won't all be like, "BlogHer? Ugh, been there done that!" because I'd like to meet you and Kristen, and so many others.

Have fun, and don't forget the little Canadian who wishes she was there too!

7/21/06, 7:35 AM  
Blogger Marie said...

The nametag on the right boob thing is a great tip! I'm not going, but I'm fine with it! I'll have fun reading about it!

Have BIG FUN ladies!!

7/21/06, 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I think that wearing my banner might frighten some of the blogHers that don't read me. They might not get it.

That being said - I'll do it if you make me the hat/scarf/paper with tape to do it.

In real life I mostly wear jeans. I don't know if jeans are conference appropriate.

(ps - Tell Nate that two of my friends are in "Trekkies 2". They got addicted to "Star Trek" only after watching the first "Trekkies".)

7/21/06, 8:01 AM  
Anonymous Kvetch said...

I sooo appreciate your attempt at a disclaimer for those of us NOT going to BlogHer. So perhaps you should each of you going to BlogHer should adopt a non-BlogHer attendee (trade it for pings back to your blog or something, we can work out a system) so that those of us left behind are not forgotten? Oh boy. I need my coffee!!! Have a blast, I'm sure it will be great. Anyway next weekend I'll be picking up my daughter from camp. And who could give up that blogging fodder opportunity? ;-)

7/21/06, 8:10 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

What to wear is worrying me more than anything. I'm going to be pegged as a mommyblogger right off the bat, simply because I don't like wearing fancy clothes. I'll probably have my capri jeans and t-shirts, and maybe I'll go a step up with a polo shirt.

I'm also someone who can't shut up, even without a drink in me. so hopefully someone will tell me if I'm talking too much. Otherwise I will be that one everyone is talking about on their blogs, and not in a good way. And god forbid there is karaoke.

You totally hit on one of my fears - not being recognized by anyone.

I hope I won't have to ask everyone if I can post their pictures on my site. Because I like to take a lot of pictures, and I promised people I'd document the fun for those who can't make it.

I guess we're all a little nervous and very excited about going. This is my first big conference, and my first trip to California, so I'm going to have to work hard to not be caught with my mouth hanging open, amazed at everything around me.

7/21/06, 8:21 AM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

As a non-blogher going blogger, i implore you - keep talking! i'm not going because 5 weeks ago i didn't even know what blogher was (how's that for keener-bandwagoner?). but now i want - nay, must - know how it fares! Please, please don't let what happens at blogher stay at blogher.
I for one want to hear all about it, from all the gals that attend. Have a wicked good time, and have a drink for me.

p.s. funny coincidence; my old roomie is one of the presenters - she is totally funny and smart, so don't skip the tech parts.

7/21/06, 8:27 AM  
Anonymous madge said...

I think I might just have to check out of blogging for the two weeks following BlogHer. Having been SOCLOSE to going, I don't think I can handle the pain.

Have a great time!

7/21/06, 9:46 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Wish I could be there.

I'm always game for belting out an impassioned Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin' after a couple of cocktails.

You must give us all the deets!

7/21/06, 9:52 AM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

Ah, Liz, you forgot those of us not going to BlogHer because we don't live in Cali and we're too broke to fly. I imagine that's a significant portion . . .

But that's okay, cuz us midwestern momz are plannin' our own party. WOOOO! Maybe we can find an empty barn and have a square dance!

7/21/06, 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Mother said...

I like the header thing. I've got my own little plan to assist in that cause.

However, did I read Blazers? Oy. I have all my outfits planned (4 to be exact) - and I'm bringing every single pair of shoes I own just in case.

Wee. It will be like the high school prom I never went to.

7/21/06, 10:17 AM  
Blogger Jill said...

The lawyers in the house say that it is spelled WAIVER.

But don't WAVER in your excitement at going to Blogher. I'm WAVING at you now. Have a great time! Wish I could join you (like you'd want someone who corrects spelling errors).

7/21/06, 10:24 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

I am officially proclaiming that it does NOT matter what anyone is wearing. I think it was Izzy who said just wear what you normally wear, except without the baby food stains. And blazers? Um, no. I'm thinking the conference rooms will be pretty warm with all those people packed in them.

I'm totally borrowing that nametag on the right idea, and I'll say "Mom101 TOLD me to". Here's an idea, everyone needs to post a current photo of themselves in the next few days. I don't know what you look like!

Do NOT let me go out on the dance floor. PLEASE. I don't need that kind of humiliation. I may, however, sing along to "Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin"-NAH nah nah NAH nah nah, nah nah nah NAH nah!

7/21/06, 10:25 AM  
Anonymous Mir said...

Um, I'm bringing a blazer. But only for my panel. In case I get cold. Also because years of being An Actual White Collar Type taught me that I am not allowed to speak at a conference without a blazer, under penalty of death.

Totally thinking of wearing my bathing suit and a t-shirt the rest of the time, though.

7/21/06, 10:55 AM  
Blogger J said...

I had no idea it was driving distance from my house...how does one get invited? do you have to be big time somehow? Cause my blog is SO not big time. ;)

7/21/06, 11:05 AM  
Blogger one smarmy mama said...

Or we're too poor to go cause, damn, that's a lot of money to convice the hubs to let go of so I can go "hang out with your blogging friends", especially considering how much booze I'd want to buy. :P

But, I'm driving distance from it and I'm half temped to drive down and just hang out outside. And then post paparazzi type shots "Look! I got Red Stapler as she was coming out of the bathroom! Look! I got MotherhoodUncensored first thing in the morning coming out of someone elses bedroom!".

7/21/06, 11:17 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

J: anyone is welcome. The tickets are sold out, however there are opportunities to "work" the conference in really easy ways to pay for the weekend. I saw a post about it: here's the link about it.

7/21/06, 11:32 AM  
Blogger PunditMom said...

Just promise to share all the cool things you learn with the rest of us! :) And if you take a blazer, leave the pantyhose at home!

http://punditmom1.blogspot.com

7/21/06, 11:32 AM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Oh and BLAZER? PANTYHOSE?

What are these things of which you speak?

7/21/06, 11:35 AM  
Blogger Piece of Work said...

Okay, if you all put your blog header on your forehead and I have to put that HIDEOUS BLOGGER TEMPLATE (because I'm too cheap/ HTML illiterate to have a cool one) on mine, I will lose my mind. Seriously, I cannot walk around with those fucking green polka dots on my head! :)
As for clothes, I'm bringing my shorts and my tank tops. Do I need a skirt? REALLY?? Blazers and pantyhose, I heard, were banned.

7/21/06, 12:32 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

God, I'm jealous!! I so would love to go. I'm sure the Flickr set won't even do the event justice!!

7/21/06, 12:34 PM  
Blogger jennster said...

i have a post about this too... it's just sitting in drafts for me to finish and then hit PUBLISH. lol
i'm a jeans and tank top kind gal. so that's me. i'm not trying to impress anyone here- just hang out. lol
what else? i am EXACTLY the way i post. same person through and through.

7/21/06, 12:37 PM  
Anonymous jen said...

I refuse to believe that any one is going...because I am not...hence...I am going to crawl into a corner at home with a six pack and a violin...and pretend it is NOT happening without me.

7/21/06, 12:55 PM  
Blogger Formerly Mrs. Kennedy said...

Okay, based on my experience last year:

1. You get a name badge to wear on a shoelace thing around your neck. No stickers that say "Hi! My Name Is."

2. The air conditioning is way too high, so if you're like me you'll need some kind of wrap, or layers of thick woolens t-shirts, or go ahead and wear your Century 21 blazer if it makes you feel sassy.

3. It will feel awkward to want to talk to people and take their picture at the same time, but you will do it because otherwise you will have no pictures.

4. It's going to be on the east coast next year! Woo! Drinks are on you!

7/21/06, 1:18 PM  
Blogger gingajoy said...

"What happens at BlogHer stays at BlogHer."

It'd better fucking not, s'all I'm saying...

There are some of us who, though bitter, intend to live entirely vicariously. And there is something surreal about seeing pics and hearing stories about all these faceless bloggers getting together (and getting hammered..i hope).

i expect to be entertained, dammit!

7/21/06, 1:23 PM  
Blogger Mayberry said...

I'll be there and damned if I even own a blazer, but I'm thankful for Mrs. K's tip re the a/c. I don't mind if anyone takes my picture, and in fact I do have one that I will post later today or tomorrow on my blog, so you can all recognize me and say hi!

7/21/06, 1:56 PM  
Anonymous chelle said...

hehe You make me almost want to go! I knew as soon as I heard about it we could not afford such a trip and I wanted different things anyway....but to meet you and some of the others would have been amazing!!!

Have a blast and take pictures!!!!

7/21/06, 2:04 PM  
Blogger MamaChristy said...

"There are no awkwards ums and ers in writing."

Obviously you don't read my blog! ;)

7/21/06, 2:20 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I am a bit sad about not going, but I am thrilled that you and Jennster and Kristen are going. Here's the thing though. I will be more sad if you don't share. When you come back, please, please tell us about it.

7/21/06, 3:18 PM  
Blogger toyfoto said...

I am not jealous, but I do wish I could be there oogling the blogstars. This was a fantastic recap, though. The right boob thing? BRILLIANT!

7/21/06, 3:33 PM  
Anonymous MetroDad said...

I would totally go to BlogHer but I'm afraid that everyone would find out that I'm just a single, white farm girl who has never left her home county before (except that one time I entered the 4H contest at the state fair.)

7/21/06, 4:13 PM  
Anonymous mothergoosemouse said...

Liz, skirts and tees for me too. A dress or two. Maybe a pair of capris. And all my shoes. Still waffling on whether or not I need to buy a new, anti-Mom bathing suit.

And no one will recognize me. Which will give me plenty of opportunities to surreptitiously observe everyone else and take pictures. Mwah-hah-hah-hah!

7/21/06, 5:29 PM  
Blogger Silly Hily said...

"What happens at BlogHer stays at BlogHer." ???????
Oh hell no!!!! For the dorks (me) who are too "new" to go this year and who will be too chicken to go in the coming years, we need someone to give us a FULL report of who got drunk and started singing while dancing on top of the table.
"Hold on to that feelay-y-yang..Street lights..Peeeeopleoooooh-ooooh-ooooohhhh!"

7/21/06, 5:50 PM  
Anonymous Christina, aka Kitty said...

Ooooo, this sounds like so much fun, I may have to get off my ass, turn on the TV more often for the kiddos and actually start a blog (next year on the East coast??? Cool!) Question though: do you need to have a certain size audience to count as an official 'blogger' or would it be ok if my blog was read by no one but me and probably my loving husband? (although I may not tell him so that I can then blog about him!)

7/21/06, 9:46 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...

What *is* the etiquette on BlogHer recaps? Cuz I fear that I'll be the one passed out under the table after two drinks and three bad jokes. And that you'll all head back to your laptops and write something about how sooo lame HBM is, and, really, she is kinda not very funny AND dribbled wine on her skirt AND mispronounced 'hermeneutics' while lamely trying to say something profound about the discourse of blogging. And? Were you kidding about that headband thing, Liz? (LIZ!) Cuz if I turn up and am the only one with one of those I will totally know that you set me up.

7/21/06, 10:31 PM  
Blogger Carmen said...

I'm already going to be the person unknown. Not only that, when I give my name and blog name, there will be dead silence. And then a voice will pop up in the back and ask, Why would anyone read her?

I'm currently having nightmares about this.

7/21/06, 10:33 PM  
Blogger Jaelithe said...

That's great to hear that they're letting people work to get in!

I really meant I couldn't have afforded to fly there, though, amazing free ticket opportunities aside. Remember? I'm 25. My student loans are still hanging like an albatross around my SAHM neck. We are currently saving for a new house, and I don't think my husband would take "BlogHer ate our down payment" as an excuse. Heh.

I really was joking, though, about the barn. I'm not bitter that all of you fab blogging babes whom I worship are going and I'm not. (What? I'm not! I'm nooooooooooot!)

;) Just be sure to take lots of pics everyone, okay?

7/21/06, 10:44 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

Wow. This was a long post. But I loved every word. And I'm sad. I can't go to BlogHer......damn it.

I will make it next year! If it's the last thing I do!

7/21/06, 11:06 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

I should have stopped reading when you told me to. I should have but I'm that girl that does the opposite of what she is told just because.

And man now I am greener than the incredible hulk. Which is not such a great look for me. I am so insanely jealous and wish I were there. I hope you all have fun (of course you will) and look forward to reading all about it!

7/21/06, 11:32 PM  
Blogger Lisa said...

Wahhhh. So. want. to. go. Would sell mine (or anybody else's) kidney to go....

7/22/06, 12:03 AM  
Blogger Mommy off the Record said...

Oh, I was so totally going to wear a name tag that said, ""Hi, I'm Liz/Mom-101. Buy me a drink?"

Cuz you KNOW I'd be drinking free all night if I did that.

See you at the conference!

7/22/06, 1:03 AM  
Blogger Jozet said...

What happens at BlogHer better well be posted on this blog! With photos!

I will be quietly delivering a child through my abdomen or vagina while all you are whooping it up.

And as far as nametags? Psssshhtttt. Next year I'm wearing one that says, "I'm Mom-101. Eat your heart out!"

:-)

7/22/06, 9:21 AM  
Blogger Bobita said...

I know that I am not still in junior high...but I feel really nervous about meeting everyone! And in some cases, I feel like I'm preparing to meet a celebrity because I am sooo excited!

Nervous, excited...all jumbled into one!

7/22/06, 3:23 PM  
Blogger Amber said...

Y'know, who needs your crappy HTML coding at that crappy conference in that crappy state of California with all those crappy people.

I am currently setting world records in the amount of crap I am changing. Now THAT is a conference worth attending....

(SIGH) HAVE FUN!

7/22/06, 10:18 PM  
Anonymous neva said...

yeah yeah. i've been trying to ignore all the BLOGHER this's and BLOGHER that's because i'm not going. i can't go. and if i can't go, i want to pretend it's not happening. so THANK YOU VERY MUCH MISS...uh, er... MISSY! for rubbing my face in the fact that all you fabulous sweet young things will be galavanting about in San Jose.

actually, i remember how much fun it was to read about all the encounters last year ("oooh Tracy is so gorgeous!" "oooh Heather has skin to die for!" "ooooh Alice has a sweet ass!")... kind of like hearing how spectacular the decorations were at that prom you didn't get to go to. yep. thanks a lot. can't WAIT to hear about fucking BLOGHER (and read something like... 50 *thousand* more perfect posts in the process).

bitter? moi? sigh. no, i always keep my lips pressed together like this.

(seriously, i hopehopehope you have an amazing time... it sounds like a lot of fun, and not at all gay)

7/22/06, 11:37 PM  
Blogger Happy0303 said...

Came across your blog and wanted to stop in and say Hi! I'm so jealous that you're going to BlogHer! I hope you have a great time!

7/23/06, 1:28 AM  
Blogger modmom said...

i live in sunnyvale,
next to san jose.
it was 108 degrees today.
the streets were like a ghost town
(no pedestrians).
i've never heard of it that hot here before.
you'll need light "layers" for moving in + out of air conditioned areas.

i want a full report!
i'll make my own indian princess header to wear at home + during my 6 weeks of daily radiation starting monday.

7/23/06, 2:54 AM  
Blogger carrie said...

You are going to have a great time, don't worry so much! And, of course, you WILL spill all of the beans about what goes on at these conferences upon your return, yes?

Carrie

7/23/06, 4:00 AM  
Blogger bea said...

oooh! I want to go to Blogher conference, pullease!

Stoopid Concorde, broken and not fixed. Stoopid country 12000 miles away.

Have fun guys - I can't wait to hear all about it!

7/23/06, 7:07 AM  
Blogger Amy Jo said...

I'm glad you're excited! I'm going next year if I have to sell my teeth, so I understand your giddiness!

7/23/06, 9:40 AM  
Blogger Mega Mom said...

OK, I may be a Mom and a "Her", but that is about it. I don't fancy myself a "writer" and I'm definitely not wearing a blazer. My saving grace is that my blog is so bad, I may seem great in comparison. I feel bad for all of you who have a good blog to live up to (ha--oh, did I mention my sarcasm?)

I can't wait to meet everyone and it'll be a shame if they don't like my Sober Elaine Dance. I don't know if I can do karaoke without booze and I may be the only one who never sees the inside of a conference room opting for virgin pina coladas by the pool instead.

The header idea is perfect. I will work that into my outfit planning.

Not to make your head too big or anything, but Mrs. F, Kvetch and I all agreed that your's is the first blog we turn to. Seriously, I really hope you're as good in person, you do have quite a bit to live up to :)

7/23/06, 3:46 PM  
Blogger Fidget said...

waaaaaahhhh I wannna GOOO OO OO HO HO HOOOOOOO

maybe next year when it's east coast

this year, tip a few drinks for me

and I am so down with the blog print out princess hats - it would make everything easier

7/23/06, 4:43 PM  
Anonymous roo said...

I met her in a smokey room...
Smell o' wine and cheap perfume...
said her name was Elizabeth from Table for Five...

Some will laugh,
Some will boo-ooze,
Some will stare at her left boob!
Hey my name-tag's on the right!
It goes on and on and on and o-o-on!

Strangers, meeting...
in the Hyatt San Jose!
Bloggers, posting
in the Ni-i-i-i-i-ight!

(Just a reminder that however dorky you may feel, there's someone dorkier... and her name is roo.)

7/23/06, 9:59 PM  
Blogger Mom101 said...

Roo, this is awesome! The only thing dorkier is me, as a kid, thinking the lyric was: I smell her wine and cheese perfume.

7/23/06, 10:07 PM  
Anonymous wordgirl said...

I'm not going but...I kept reading. Is that okay?

7/23/06, 11:33 PM  
Blogger Queso said...

Soo...how was it?

7/23/06, 11:40 PM  
Blogger Queso said...

Oh. I just realized it isn't yet. Obviously, I'm so very not cool that I don't even know when the prom is.

Also please tell Heather Armstrong that I said she should buy you a drink.

7/23/06, 11:54 PM  
Blogger Mary Tsao said...

Knowing bloggers, you won't have to worry that someone will write about the silly thing you did because she'll be too busy writing about the silly thing *she* did.

I'm also worried about not "knowing" people or about people not knowing me. In general, I'm horrible with names and faces. I promise not to be hurt if you give me a blank stare.

It's going to be a great time with lots of photos and plenty of memories. Can't wait to meet you!

7/24/06, 1:56 AM  
Blogger jenB said...

east coast next year? blahhhh.

it will be fun.

so weeeeeeeeeeeee to your heart's content. :-)

see you there.

7/24/06, 3:29 PM  
Anonymous badgermama said...

Roo, I'm dying of laughter!!!! gaaaaaaah! I'm printing that out and will make people sing it in the bar.

All the cool people will be wearing the headbands, i predict.

last year there were plenty of professional techy or media or "real journalist" people in nice worky outfits... but also plenty of ripped jeans, sweatpants, whatever. It was okay that way. My own outfits will be ridiculous beyond compare. Expect to see my underwear. No wait... let me rephrase that. Ask to photograph my underwear! I got specially funny ones just for blogher. If my ass isn't all over Flickr by Sunday, I'm going to cry.

7/25/06, 2:02 AM  
Blogger Lady M said...

Oooh, must get over shyness before conference starts. Looking forward to seeing many of you in just a few days!

7/25/06, 2:58 AM  
Blogger Overwhelmed! said...

I'm not going but I wish I was so I kept reading!

I expect a full report (with pictures) when you return. Oh, and you have to share all the first names that you learn about! :)

7/26/06, 2:56 AM  
Blogger KTP said...

Dude, Heather Armstrong should host the open BAR.

7/28/06, 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Jem said...

Sniff. I manage to do all those stupid things you listed and I didn't even go!

5/25/07, 6:34 AM  

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