The Top 10 Things I Loved About BlogHer

August 9th, 2010

I had a great time at Blogher. Some people in my circles asked why, given all the controversy about the Nestle sponsorship and the excessive, sometimes reckless consumption which marred BlogHer ’09.

So here’s why. Here’s a list of the Top 10 Things I Loved About BlogHer.

  1. It’s the only time I get to see my tribe: the members of the Green Moms Carnival and the many other bloggers whose work I respect so much. I tweeted that I was up “partying” with The Smart Mama, Condo Blues, Fake Plastic Fish, Mindful Momma, and The Soft Landing. But actually, we’re a little nerdier than that. Sure we love to party. But you can do that anytime. Looking up municipal water tables and calculating the amount of time a glass of water stays fresh before bacteria breeds? I just can’t do that with my friends at home in Bethesda!

Siel, Jennifer, LynnphotoGreen LA Girl Siel, left; Jennifer Taggert of The Smart Mama and Yours Truly Relaxing After a Session

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Ok, Ok, this pic was taken last year at BlogHer ’09. Can you believe we don’t have a group shot from this year?

2.   I loved seeing all the women. It’s a very special experience to be at a conference for women, by women, particularly if you’ve worked in fields, like I have, where there are few women on the conference circuit.

doppelgangersphotoDoppelgangers? It’s been said that Alicia of The Soft Landing and I look alike. What do you think?

3.  It was a better BlogHer than last year from a sustainability perspective. Would I call it a Green Conference? Or even say, “BlogHer Goes Green?” Uh….no. But it was a huge step in the right direction. And I’ll have more to say on that in my next post.

swag exchangephoto

4. Great speakers. My favorite this year was the ending keynote. When I listened to the beautiful 70-year old Marie Wilson of The White House Project and Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, I was inspired.  Her vitality made me think,  “Wow, I’ve only just begun. I’m not so old after all. I have a lot yet to do and to give.”

MarieCWilson

5.  The Babies of BlogHer

6.  Great dancing. The dance floor rocked. How often do most of us get out dancing? Uh…never. (Except for my recent college reunion!)

7.  Pampering.

8. Never being asked to stop tweeting.

9.  Interesting people. The opportunity to strike up conversations is right in front of you all the time. Every woman there has a story. What’s hers?

bloganthropy photoWith Debbie Bookstaber, co-founder of Bloganthropy.  (Thank you, Corolle dolls for your sponsorship of Bloganthropy!)

10.  Wonderful venues. New York, of course, was amazing. So was Chicago last year (my first BlogHer conference). And next year, BlogHer ’11 will be in San Diego. I’ll be there. Will you?

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– Lynn

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11 Responses to “The Top 10 Things I Loved About BlogHer”

  1. BarbEzell on August 9, 2010 3:20 pm

    San Diego, here I come. So close I’d hate to miss it, now to start a blog :)
    PS Love your work, I follow all the green gals.

  2. Lynn on August 9, 2010 5:02 pm

    Thanks so much, Barb! Let me know when your blog is up – I’ll look forward to checking it out!

  3. Stimey on August 9, 2010 6:28 pm

    It was fantastic to see you there this year. I also really love BlogHer. I love it every year. See you in San Diego! And hopefully before!

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  5. Mindful Momma on August 9, 2010 8:11 pm

    Nice recap! I’ve got some great BlogHer photos – I’ll try to post them tomorrow!
    .-= Mindful Momma´s last blog ..Wearing Green for BlogHer10 =-.

  6. Lynn on August 9, 2010 8:45 pm

    Stimey and Micaela, Thanks for your read! OK, I have an excuse not to see Micaela till next year – she lives in Minneapolis!

    But Stimey – you’re right, we better see each other before then! I also plan to blog your autism session. It was very moving and informative!

  7. Anna on August 11, 2010 10:00 pm

    I wish I could have stayed for the rest of the conference. It was great seeing you at the green party. Alas with two boys going to college and such little time left with them, Blogher had to go on the back shelf.

    San Diego! I love that place.

  8. Lynn on August 11, 2010 10:18 pm

    I’m so glad you made it to the green soiree! And does this mean I’ll (hopefully) see you in San Diego next year??

  9. Condo Blues on August 13, 2010 11:14 am

    The best part of Blogher was being able to connect with my green tribe in person. Where else can you sit down with a group of like minded women and have conversation that ranges from serious issues like corporate responsible to fluff like Buffy the Vampire Slayer?

  10. Lynn on August 13, 2010 6:54 pm

    Totally agree, Lisa! :)

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