How I Would Do BlogHer Differently Next Year

I WOULDN'T:

* Start using a new moisturizer three days before the conference. I hate you Mario Badescu Bee Pollen Night Cream! Why are you continuing to make me break out like a teenage boy? (Come back to me, Mario Badescu Seaweed Night Cream! All is forgiven! You don't actually smell that funny after all, I swear!)

* Talk about crack whores in my panel. Do I never learn?

* Worry so much about my panel in the first place. All that worrying for nothing! Turns out all you have to do to make people laugh is mention crack whores anyway.

* Leave my pedicure to the last minute. Not only did I end up picking a color that turned out to be way more Pepto-Bismol pink in natural light than I'd bargained for, but worse, I was barely able to concentrate on Us Weekly's groundbreaking, in-the-trenches coverage of Reese and Jake's Family Vacation! because I was so busy watching the hands on the clock in an anxious panic.

BUT I WOULD:

* Swallow my shyness and actually go and say hello to the people I really wanted to meet, especially the one person I really, really wanted to meet and yet couldn't bring myself to even make eye contact with, despite the fact that she was standing two inches to my left at a party.

* Give, like, more than one person my (newly-designed!) business card.  I now have a box of 499 sitting on my desk at home and no occasion to use them. Perhaps I'll start writing my grocery lists on the back of them---I'll have to write really, really small---or maybe I'll stick stamps on them and send them out as tiny postcards, with one word (HELLO!) on the back.

* Definitely take my boyfriend with me again to the cocktail parties. Fifty bucks to have a hand-holder, conversation starter, and security blanket by your side all night? Best fifty bucks I ever spent. 

* Remember not to leave said boyfriend alone with Whoorl for any extended amount of time, given that he seemed rather enamored of her by the end of the weekend. "Her hair!" he exclaimed in the car yesterday on the way home from Target. "It's just so perfect! It's like a really well-made white button-down shirt from Banana Republic. So classic and timeless!"

* Stop after the first cheeseburger. No, really stop.


Thumbs up for cheeseburgers! 

What about you? Any memos you want to send yourself for next year? Let's pull this old post up 361 days from now and open it like a time capsule and pledge to do the things we said we would or wouldn't do at BlogHer 2009. Oh, how we'll laugh at our conviction.


Thumbs up for BlogHer! Thumbs up for parties in the furniture department at Macy's on a Saturday night!

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Camels & Chocolate
Jul 21, 2008

How I Would Do BlogHer Differently Next Year

Actually go. Especially when it's in my own city.

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Jummy
Jul 21, 2008

I'm so glad you had a great time, Holly, and I'm glad your panel went well. How delightful that you're as amusing in person, if not more so (no need trying to deny it).

I'm sorry you didn't meet dooce; I've heard she's really lovely in person and you were so close! The good news is you will have another opportunity; I'm certain of that.

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HouseofJules
Jul 21, 2008

I was totally going to write what Kristin just did! YES, I'd actually GO to BlogHer.

How is it possible that you haven't already MET Dooce?

Jules
House of Jules

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Janet
Jul 21, 2008

Conversation between my husband and I on the way home:

Me: You SO could have gone to the cocktail parties! There were MEN at the cocktail parties!

Will: I'm good, thanks!

Me: No, seriously. You could have talked to Sean!

(This is where I describe how excited I was to meet you and how fabulous you and Sean are).

Will: Yes, they sound really cool.

Me: Great, then you can come along next year instead of going to baseball games! You won't be all surrounded by women--you can talk to Sean! He is so cool!

Will: I have an even better idea...

Me: What?

Will: Sean and I can talk at a Giant's game while you girls are at the cocktail parties.

Me: Well, the conference probably won't be in San Francisco next year so I guess you are out of luck. HA!

Will: There are baseball teams in every major American city, yo. We'll find something.

(Obviously Will is going to need some convincing about the cocktail parties. I have a year to work on him.)

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michelle
Jul 22, 2008

Just wanted to say that I truly enjoy your site. I never remember to give out business cards either. I believe I still have a business card from all my past workplaces. I stick them on my bulletin board for no other reason other than to remind myself that I'm employable.

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Susan
Jul 22, 2008

I think someone at Macy's is saying NEXT YEAR NO BLOGGER PARTIES IN FURNITURE.

You KNOW I'm right.

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Skeezix
Jul 22, 2008

I think you look particularly fetching in your McD's bag hat, I sort of hate your for that...because I'd look like a homeless crack whore in one.

One of these days I'll actually work up the guts to go to blogher, even though my piddly little blog is no great shakes.

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Ida
Jul 22, 2008

Hi Holly,

I'm about to depart from the Middle East, which is even hotter than August in Charleston, and I'm bound for SE Asia. If you have a moment, please email me a few of your favorite spots/highlights from your big trip with Sean. I'll swap you insight on Rome—I was there last month and loved it. Capri, too!

Best,
Ida

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Amber Santos
Jul 22, 2008

Lady, I have the dweebiest blog on the planet, and even I met Dooce.

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Diane
Jul 22, 2008

Actually go - would be at the top of my Blogher list. I would be the red-headed girl at the back of the room hoping to see someone I know and way to nervous that you would think I was a stalker or something to come up to you and chat.

#2 on list - actually say hello to all my favourite bloggers once I purchase tickets to everything

#3 -learn how to wear a bag on head and look as cute as Holly. I am not sure how you do it but any form of chapeau on your head looks adorable. Not so pour moi!

#4 Come home from Blogher - tired and happy and ready to go again!

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jinius
Jul 22, 2008

crack whore jokes should be a litmus test for friendships. if they laugh, then you know they are cool. if not, then you don't need them!

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ali
Jul 22, 2008

i came home with a million business cards too. i never remembered to give them out...boo.

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Raven
Jul 22, 2008

My moo cards arrived AFTER I left so there is a box of 100 of those here, not even cracked + however many hundreds are left of the other kind I had printed. Oy.

I wish I would've made it to the Cheeseburger party. Looks like a lot of fun! Plus I might have gotten to speak with you longer than in that hallway :)

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Jen
Jul 22, 2008

I wouldn't have had the guts to talk to Heather either. So the fact that you were able to stand next to her was admirable!

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Chiada
Jul 22, 2008

Definitely fifty bucks to the hand-holder/conversation starter/security blanket. I sooo know that feeling! What is it about those guys who know no strangers? I wish I had that skill rather than being stuck in my shell. It's very difficult to break out of my shell.

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whoorl
Jul 22, 2008

Holly! I also stood at said party, just willing myself to walk over to Heather, but I couldn't do it. GAH.

As for you and Sean, you all definitely win the Most Insanely Attractive Yet Completely Down-To-Earth Couple In The World. I had such a great time talking to both of you. (And I'm SERIOUS about the skiing. I've been talking about it nonstop since I've returned home! D's ear is falling off!)

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Carrisa
Jul 22, 2008

That Macy's party was the best thing ever. I'm very proud of my self for not spilling or breaking anything. It was lovely to see you again and meet Sean. And I should have listened to you when you said to bring a light jacket. I thought I was tougher than the weather and would welcome the chill and breeze since it's almost a hundred degrees outside. I was wrong. Will not happen again.

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Ashley
Jul 22, 2008

Funny, I would feel the same way about you as you do about Dooce if we were in a room together. How is that for perspective?

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Emily
Jul 22, 2008

Things I Will Do At BlogHer '09: ACTUALLY ATTEND.

I think that's enough for now.

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Angella
Jul 22, 2008

I can Photoshop you into the photo I had taken of me with Dooce is you want ;)

My vow? Find a new pose that doesn't involve me puckering my lips.

It's won't happen, but my intentions are good.

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Leah
Jul 22, 2008

Next year: Listen to the me of 2006 and 2007 and DON'T BRING BUSINESS CARDS AT ALL. Serious waste.

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Rhi
Jul 22, 2008

Next Year: Not eat the BlogHer food, but instead go out to eat. I was seriously disappointed in the lack of bacon.

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Meena
Jul 22, 2008

What I would do different next? Definitely attend, for a change! Have been wanting to do it since last year, never quite happened. Next year, for sure; will you sit with me though if I come? I'd hate to be the lonely girl all alone crying in the corner 'coz no one talked to her! And about those business cards, I suck at handing them out too - even I always carry a stash in purse!

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Kristabella
Jul 22, 2008

I wouldn't have ordered quite so many business cards. I think I gave out 50.

Next year I won't stress so much about clothes and just wear what I'm comfortable in.

And I'll come in a day early and leave a day later so I don't feel so rushed at the beginning and so TIRED at the end.

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katelin
Jul 22, 2008

i would have stop after one cheeseburger too, haha. two was definitely too many for me :)

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mary
Jul 22, 2008

I'm mad that my biz cards have all this writing on the back on what a great company we are that I can't possibly use them for grocery lists... but you're onto something with the mini postcards.

Glad you had fun! I so want to go next year!

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regan
Jul 22, 2008

Next year I will bring less clothes. My suitcase was so big that I could barely lift it and cab drivers even had a hard time getting it into their trunks.

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slynnro
Jul 22, 2008

I, for one, thought the crack whores mention was sheer brilliance.

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janet
Jul 22, 2008

I love that Sean went to BlogHer. My husband is a dear, but hell no could I ever get him to come with me. Yay Sean!

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Heather B.
Jul 23, 2008

I wish I had actually spent more time walking around San Francisco. Oh well. I guess that means I'll have to go back at some point. Which would be a good idea if I plan to move there.

P.S. I have one of your business cards. Which is good in the event that I have a sudden lapse in memory and I can't remember your name. Thanks for preemptively thinking about that one.

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Kyran
Jul 23, 2008

That's so funny! Several times, Heather was close enough to swat me if the small talk got animated enough, and I couldn't bring myself to interject. It just would have felt rude. If someone else had introduced me, however, that would have been the bee's knees.

Could it be a Commonwealth thing? (Because, you know, we were both clearly so reserved the rest of the time--as evidenced by flickr!)

Sean was/is truly charming. Watch that hussy Whoorl. She'll be running her fingers through his hair and calling it "research". ;-)

loved seeing you both.

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Amalah
Jul 23, 2008

I would actually take my camera out of the case and, you know, take a picture or two.

As for things I did that I would do again? I would go pregnant again because people forgive pregnant girls for ALL SORTS of embarrassing social fuck-ups, and I would also drag you to random mommyblogging panels for a good cry again.

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skinny monkey
Jul 23, 2008

Crack whores? Really? HA!

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Nadine/Scarb
Jul 23, 2008

Yesss! Another blogger who references crack whores as much as I do!

I also couldn't bring myself to talk to Dooce. Even when Kristin said, "Hey, I'll introduce you." I got all weird and shit. I also could not bring myself to introduce myself to Finslippy or Amalah and I was right behind Amalah on the escalator up to the shoe department in Macy's. Also, your Sean. He was too good looking and it made me nervous. I love that he had the balls to come to the parties though.

I agree with Rhi -- eating off the compound would have been better. Why did they pack everything so tightly that one couldn't eat properly and then come back for whatever session/event?

I may have to borrow (OK, steal) this idea and do a similar post.

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maggie
Jul 23, 2008

how cute are you guys?! ( very )

sounds so fun, looks so fun.

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simon
Jul 23, 2008

a. You were very likely the only person who noticed the moisturizer side-effects or toenail anti-nausea medicine color. I learned that every woman at BlogHer was so obsessed with her looks/clothes/toenail color/hairstyle/whatever, that no one had the cognitive capacity to look at those same details on anyone else.

b. When a gentleman is surrounded by so many ladies, it is great if the only thing he mentiones noticing was somebody's hair. There were, after all, approximately 2000 breasts at the convention. I find it endearing that he refrained. Really, all I could talk about afterwards were the breasts, and Leah took it quite well.

c. If you'd like, we can meet up, and I can pretend I'm Dooce, and we can make small talk for about 40 seconds. I'll say something, and you can blog about it for days, and then remember it well into your dotage, maybe telling your grandkids about it. Then you can say something, and I can forget you exist, because do you know how many people I've met this weekend? Like, a jillion. Not that there's anything particularly forgettable about you, it's just that there's only so much space in a girl's brain, you know, and I have about 20,000 readers. It's tougher than it looks.

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sunny
Jul 23, 2008

so I wanted to leave a witty comment here about how glamorous you look - even in a mcdonalds bag..and that I loooove your haircut... and that I found my way to your blog via your flickr photos via the mightygirl blog entries about blogher.

umm...but I don't know what to say except that I'll keep reading your blog. it's fantastic. crack whores. good stuff. (topics, not the actual items).

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Anne & May
Jul 23, 2008

Dude! Did you know you're on SXSW's website!

http://2008.sxsw.com/interactive/

You're practically besties with Spoon now!

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amy
Jul 23, 2008

I know others have said it but I am vowing to attend next year. We'll see how that works out.

I have wanted to meet Heather A. since I started reading her blog around 2000, and I'm sure I'd be a bumbling idiot if I had the chance to meet her. Hey, next year maybe we can meet her together.

I found your blog via Moose's flickr photostream and have been reading it for a few weeks now. Great site! And you and Sean are quite possibly one of the most gorgeous couples I have ever seen. :)

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All Adither
Jul 23, 2008

I knew that one person was going to be Dooce. I really didn't even have to click. But I did.

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Kaili
Jul 23, 2008

I'd GO to BlogHer.
Loved seeing your posts about it!

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Kaili
Jul 23, 2008

p.s. I'll take your advice, pay the 50 big ones and bring my boyfriend. Just don't tell my husband! Hahaha!

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barbie2be
Jul 24, 2008

i totally could have gone to blogher this year since i got laid off last week and i only live 45 miles from SF. i suck.

on the business cards, i thought this was funny. when i was packing up my desk after getting laid off, i found one of my business cards in the drawer from a job that i had back in 1994. i have lived and worked in two different states since then. and yet, there it was. how weird is that?

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WendyB
Jul 27, 2008

Any panel that mentions crack whores is a success in my book.

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Antonia
Jul 27, 2008

I mentioned crack whores in conversation. I got a blank look. I sort of tried to cover it up with a cough and said "Look! Badgers!" to change the subject.

Next year, I'll get there about a week BEFORE the conference, so I'm not completely spanked on jet lag when the time comes to meet the people I've been dying to meet for years. God, I was tired.

Thank you for helping to make it a terrific weekend! I thought you were lovely. See you next year, I hope. Next time I won't be so exhausted.

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jenB
Jul 29, 2008

The crack whore comment was a HIGHLIGHT of your panel, so there.

p.s. i love you

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Gwen
Jul 29, 2008

If I did it again, I wouldn't wait until the last cocktail party to talk to you, turning the whole event--in my head--into the biggest! thing! ever! so that when you actually seem like you could be interested in having a conversation with me, I run away in fear and feel monumentally stupid afterwards. I also would bring cards of some sort (or not depend on someone else to bring them). I would make more of an effort to get to the sessions that interested *me* instead of the ones that interested the people I was with. And I would spend more time forging new relationships instead of lounging around lazily in the easy ones I already have. Mostly, then, I would act like the grown up I am in real life.

One thing I don't regret? I would totally wear my blue polka dot skirt again (Boden, by the way, and worth every single dollar I paid for it).