Meet the BlogHers, or The One Where I Drop Many Names
That's how it's felt meeting all these women so far. They have legs! They can walk! Oh my God, Julie from MotherGoosemouse is walking - how cool! Plus they're all three-dimensional. Nothing at all like the little pixilated photos I've seen on their blogs for months. They even talk and smile and bounce their knees under the table and put pretty polish on their toenails.
Just like real people.
And for real? Everyone is seriously younger and prettier than they look on their blogs. I don't know why I thought that Mir was like 50 but she's this adorable petite young thing.
When I hopped the free shuttle to the Hyatt from the San Jose airport, the first person I met was Roo.
Pretty, pretty Roo, one of the first bloggers I ever discovered. And now she's here! Talking to me, every bit as eloquent and thoughtful as her writing; being nice enough to keep me company after the desk clerk informs us that, um, yeah, we're like four hours early for check-in.
We grabbed a table outside, while I looked for Catherine like a complete loser fan overeagerly stalking a rock star. The delightful Mary Tsao joined, and since pretty much everyone in the whole blogging world seems to know her, the table just sort of grew from there. It was like the student union in college, only without the turf wars with the rich Euro kids at the adjacent tables. Julie showed up (how much do I love Julie?) and it was instantly comfortable, like meeting a long-lost friend.
In fact, the whole weekend so far has seemed rather like attending a highschool reunion with amnesia. You know the people--you just aren't quite sure you could identify them without the nametags
Without further ado I announce the BlogHer (Night 1) Class of 2006:
(NB: This is by no means a comprehensive list of all the awesome people I've met so far. It's just the ones for whom I was able to put my wine glass down long enough to take a picture.)
Asha, Most Likely to Succeed (and to be found giggling in the back with Mom101 through the lectures)
and Julie, Most Likely To Facilitate Drunkeness
Mir, Most Prolific
Stephania, Class Fashionplate
PS: For those bloggers not at blogHer, Shannon at PhatMommy is doing a very cool virtual BlogHer thingie. Check it out! It's just like San Jose but the hangovers are optional and your beds are probably a little more comfortable.