The downside to BlogHer...
Everyone has been asking me about BlogHer '10 so I'm finally back to give you a recap and share some New York City pictures. Honestly this might not make a whole lot of sense. I loved going to BlogHer and would go back to another conference in a heartbeat. But...it did give me very mixed feelings about the blogging community. The people I ate breakfast with that first morning were awesome. Loved them! We talked about real life and laughed about how some of us are just too lazy to even pay someone else to set up a WordPress blog platform for us. On the other hand...most of what I saw at BlogHer was bloggers gossiping about other bloggers. Or jamming their blog business cards down my throat not to make a connection but simply to get followers. It annoyed the daylights out of me because I just didn't expect that. I thought women who pay that much money for the conference tickets would be going for more of a reason than just to increase their numbers but the ones I came in contact with (after breakfast) seemed to be set on that. If that is what blogging means to them--oh well. If it were just about numbers and attention (online of all places) for me then it just wouldn't be worth it.
Another thing I didn't really love was that I couldn't find a lot of young bloggers or small-moderate blogs. Most of the conversations I had (again, after breakfast) went like this: "WHO DO YOU BLOG FOR? HOW MUCH MONEY DO YOU MAKE FROM BLOGGING? WHO ARE YOUR SPONSORS? OH SO YOU ARE A MOM? WHY DON'T YOU HAVE A BIG MOM BLOG? OH...YOU'RE A MILITARY BLOGGER. I'M SORRY. WELL, HERE'S MY CARD. FOLLOW ME ON TWITTER AND SUBSCRIBE TO MY BLOG. NICE MEETING YOU!" And yes, they were almost always yelling. I'm proud not to have a mom blog. I don't have any problem with those, that's just not my thing. And I really don't need people to feel sorry for me because I blog about military life. I'm proud to blog about something apparently so unpopular.
I saw a very shallow blogging community. I know that doesn't represent everyone there but it just happened to be the part that I experienced. Like I said before though...I'd go back.
The best part of BlogHer '10 was the International Activist Bloggers who spoke on Saturday Morning. In my opinion they should have skipped the Swag Bags and sessions and just had these ladies on the stage for 48 hours. These incredible women actually risk their lives to blog about issues in their countries. They expose corrupt governments and speak out for people who aren't given any voice at all. Listening to their stories put so many things in perspective for me. I get a little annoyed that I can't post certain pictures or tell the whole internet world exactly how awesome my G.I. Joe truly is but I have no stinkin' clue what true censorship is like. OPSEC isn't censorship, its just good sense. If I can "stand here" and type exactly what I think about America, its military, the religion of its majority and give this White House administration a few choice words then I've got it good. People around the world can be snatched from their homes at night because of something they write. And we complain about not being able to vent! My life is great. I have more freedom than I know what to do with and will probably never know what its like to have my basic human rights violated. The women I got to hear speak are risking their lives even in America but they use blogging to do beautiful things. They made the whole conference worth it. I'm so thankful Blue Star Families gave me the opportunity to attend!
Now that I'm done ranting its time for some pictures!! I will probably post more pics later. Its insane how many we took just in the 48 hours we were in the city.
|"I got Mommy's mate-up baeg! Wet's go!"|
|"NEW YULK! NEW YULK!" She definitely cried when we checked out.|
|2 Year Old Heaven.|
|We stayed at the Algonquin Hotel and got to sit at the Round Table. It was incredible to be right in the midst of all that literary and journalistic history.|
|I just adored this man's expression. He's so happy.|
Really random but cool BlogHer '10 highlight:
I got to hang out with celebrity stylist Rebecca Weinberg!
She's incredibly sweet and so much fun.
When she showed me this vintage Pendleton Wool blazer I told her my Grandma adores their brand.
So she let me try it on and takes pics with her!