BlogHERs, Green Moms, and Film

October 14th, 2008

People who know me “in the real world” know I’m not shy. You can still tell that I was the girl voted “most talkative” in my high school class! Yet when it comes to the blogosphere, I haven’t always been my normal gregarious self. I’ve been ribbed about not having a picture up on Twitter, and for trying to pass myself off as Catherine Zeta Jones here on OrganicMania.

There’s something special about connecting with other like-minded souls though the power of our words. When I read blogs, I think about the blogger’s sentiments. I don’t look at someone who may or may not share my race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, or age.

Yet as I prepared for BlogHER DC and my first face-to-face meeting with some of my Green Mom’s Carnival friends, I reverted to the old stereotype that I poked fun of in this post, BlogHERs Worrying About What to Wear. Of course, I had more to worry about than just meeting a bunch of cybersisters for the first time – I was also self-conscious about appearing on camera for noted documentary film maker Min Sook Lee’s upcoming film.

I couldn’t avoid the camera this time. This was something different – something worth doing. Min Sook is trying to raise awareness of the toxic products marketed to the most innocent among us – our babies.

She first spoke to Sommer Poquette aka Green & Clean Mom about her film project, and Sommer suggested that Min fly to DC’s BlogHER conference to meet several of the other “Green Moms Carnival” Moms. Although we email each other on a near-daily basis, it was the first time we had all met each other – Jenn Savedge of The Green Parent, Jennifer Taggert, aka SmartMama, Diane MacEachern of Big Green Purse fame, Jess, formerly of SurelyYouNest and late of Green Phone Booth, and Sommer.

So I put aside my fears and put on my lead-free lipstick and marched out to the conference. We enjoyed BlogHER and met up for dinner afterwards, joined by C. Levine of FoodieTots.

It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve had in my journey as a mother. These women are so bright, and so committed to making a difference and to empowering other women to make the right decisions for the health of their children.

And as I looked around the BlogHER conference room at all the women I didn’t know, I smiled at a few of the BlogHERs. As I looked at their faces, I wondered about what was going on inside their heads. What words of wisdom would pour out of their blogs the next day as they reflected on BlogHER?

In some sense, I wish I hadn’t been so preoccupied with Min and the cameras – I missed much of the conference as Min filmed The Smart Mama testing Big Boy’s toys for lead. (Be sure to read Jess’s great post about what turned up in the lead testing). But next year, there will be another BlogHER. The opportunity to be a part of Min’s film and to connect with these very special “Green Moms” was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Just one more example of how blogging truly has changed my life.

– Lynn

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10 Responses to “BlogHERs, Green Moms, and Film”

  1. Devra Renner on October 14, 2008 8:36 pm

    I am so sorry all I got to do was wave to you across the room! I wanted to hunt you down and talk and just couldn’t find you again! Please hunt me down, stalk me and make me have the conversation I wanted to have the next time we’re in the same room!

    I was just thinking about you, Devra! I wondered how we “lost” each other. You’re on..we’ll meet again! — Lynn

  2. marguerite manteau-rao on October 14, 2008 8:42 pm

    Thanks for sharing, Lynn! Women are a force to contend with, as proven by the 2008 elections . . .

    Yes, and you were with us in spirit, Marguerite. I felt your presence, but I missed you – again, even though we haven’t “met” face-to-face. I know your voice, I know your thoughts, I know your heart, cybersister! — Lynn

  3. Sommer on October 14, 2008 8:43 pm

    I’m beat or else I’d write a long response to your post. Well said, it sure was amazing! I’m happy it all worked out and I really believe we are working towards making the World a better place for our kids.

    Yeah, we’re all beat…just think how much we’ll get done when our kids are out of diapers! It was wonderful meeting you Sommer, and thanks again for setting the whole thing up with Min Sook! — Lynn

  4. Beth Terry on October 14, 2008 9:17 pm

    I so wish I could have been there. Can’t wait to see the pictures, and I especially can’t wait for the film!

    What an exciting time and movement to be part of.

    Beth

  5. Alana @ Gray Matters on October 15, 2008 3:29 am

    So glad you all had such a wonderful time and were able to meet. Hopefully next year (without a baby on my boob) I’ll be able to meet up with everyone. Can’t wait to read/see everything!

  6. JessT on October 15, 2008 6:52 am

    You are amazing! It was so nice to reconnect – we’ve got to do that more often now that we don’t have super tiny people in orbit. Can’t wait to see Boo on film too! What an amazing conversation and community – hopefully just beginning. Thank you for bringing us all together through Alltop/the Green Mom’s Carnival to begin with.

  7. Janelle on October 16, 2008 12:09 pm

    I’m reading everything everyone’s been writing about the green moms meeting at BlogHer and have just about constructed my own delusional memories of being there ;-)

    Sounds like it was amazing, but why wouldn’t it have been with so many amazing women involved! You’re all awesome – thanks for sharing your life, your words, and your wisdom.

  8. Expat Chef on October 16, 2008 4:18 pm

    I hope to make it to a BlogHer one of these days. It’s a great group of women, and from what little I have experienced (have to get out and about the blogs more) it’s made blogging very rewarding for me in meeting folks like you.

  9. Anna (Green Talk) on October 17, 2008 8:15 pm

    Lynn,

    Beautifully written (as always). Sounds so amazing. Like Beth, I can’ wait to see the film. I bet Catherine Zeta Jones has nothing on you!!!

    The sisterhood of the green moms! A film in the making.

  10. Colleen/FoodieTots on October 18, 2008 7:25 am

    I’m sure Catherine has already called her agent to demand to play you in the major motion picture. :) It was great to meet you as well and I look forward to staying in touch on- and off-line!

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