Monday, July 27, 2009

What Blogher Did For Me

After a good night of sleep in my comfy bed, lots of hugs and kisses from my babies, and some time to reflect, I feel that it is time to try to put into words what I absolutely could not do over the past few days in the midst of blogger craziness! (Phew that was a long sentence!)

Blogher was really quite amazing. I enjoyed meeting so many wonderful women and men , yes there were men there! And they were as interesting as the women. I had a few great conversations about product development and marketing with John Kim from Whrrl, truly a great guy who is definitely in tune with his users. I met up with Jessica Gottlieb several times and can't tell you how fun it was to talk to her. Jessica is real and her sense of humor reminds me a bit of someone else we know (wink wink nudge nudge), only I don't have the balls she has.... yet. That's another thing I got from this weekend. I feel a greater sense of confidence in who I am and where I'm going.

When I started blogging seven months ago it was a bit of an experiment. I don't do anything half-assed though, so here I am. The opportunities that blogging has brought my way are undeniable. I love that my involvement in social media has given me greater power to help my clients and to grow my consulting practice.

Staying at home with my kids has always been exactly what I wanted. I LOVE it and would not have it any other way. I'd mortgage my soul to be able to stay here with them. I've been home for 10 years and, in the back of my head, I'm always thinking about how I might ever be able to go back into the world and make an impact. As my kids get older and I have more time to take on bigger consulting gigs, these thoughts plague me. Chairing school fundraisers isn't exactly monkey work but who sees it that way?

As I've gotten more and more into the bloggy bloggity of it all, I have had lots of questions going on in my head. Am I as smart as blogger X with all of that traffic and a crazy following? Am I legit, or am I faking how funny and smart I am? I headed to Blogher a bit nervous and not 100% sure of myself. Well, GUESS WHAT? I think I am "the real thang" and it may not be as BanteringBlonde or even as a blogger but when you attend a conference like this and you network with professional and non-professional women, just plain amazing women, you start to see that there really is very little you can't do.

I choose to stay home with kids. I will always choose that. On the other hand, I love that I can consult and use this drive I have to help my clients. Marketing and selling and talking and idea tossing and creating, and and and and and .... it is in my blood. It gets me so turned on that I can barely describe it in words.

I can't "have it all" but what is "having it all"? THAT is a blog post on it's own and you shall see it soon!

I have what I want and that is enough for me, for now.


18 Responses to "What Blogher Did For Me"
  1. Knit Purl Gurl said...
    July 27, 2009 at 8:31 AM

    Awesome, woman! I hope to be just like you when I grow up (blog-wise). I'm glad to hear you had a good time and came hoem to so many hugs and kisses! :)

  2. Mommy In Pink said...
    July 27, 2009 at 9:29 AM

    great post! sounds like you had a great time!

  3. Opus #6 said...
    July 27, 2009 at 10:24 AM

    Thanks for posting this. It is nice to get a feel for how the weekend affected you and your perception of yourself.

  4. Momma Bear said...
    July 27, 2009 at 10:38 AM

    so cool!

  5. septembermom said...
    July 27, 2009 at 10:44 AM

    Fiona, wonderful post! It's terrific that you met so many amazing bloggers. I'm thrilled by all of the great relationships that I have made in the blogging world. I also think that my self-esteem has received a much needed boost from all the positivity and love shared from blog to blog. Welcome back!

  6. Heatherlyn said...
    July 27, 2009 at 12:03 PM

    I think having what you want is having it all!

    I enjoyed your post explaining what you liked about Blogher!

  7. Randi Troxell said...
    July 27, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    im so with heatherlyn... i was about to say her exact words... having what you want is having it all!!!

  8. Beckie said...
    July 27, 2009 at 2:07 PM

    great post, blogging opens up a whole world and keeps a mommy brain active, that is what I like the most. Glad you had fun at blogher

  9. Lori Lavender Luz said...
    July 27, 2009 at 3:13 PM

    Of course you are the real thang. It comes through in your writing, your realness.

    Glad you enjoyed doubly -- your share and mine, too.

  10. Anonymous said...
    July 27, 2009 at 3:18 PM

    It is so cool hearing everyone's story about BlogHer. I'm glad that you found out that who you are is exactly how we read you.

  11. Christina - Rant Rave Roll said...
    July 27, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    ROFL... at Knit Purl Girl's comment.

    I am so glad you enjoy the event and that it was a positive experience for you!

  12. 3 Bay B Chicks said...
    July 27, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    I adored this post. It does sound like BlogHer was good for you, Fiona. If it helped to keep you in touch with who you really are and built your self-confidence going forward, then there really is nothing that you can't accomplish!

    Well done, my friend, well done.


  13. Connie said...
    July 27, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    I was very curious what you thought would be on the experience. So glad it was a positive one!

  14. John Kim said...
    July 27, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    It was a pleasure meeting you.

  15. Stacy Uncorked said...
    July 27, 2009 at 7:00 PM

    Absolutely love this post, Fiona. It makes me even more excited to go to BlogHer 2010 so I can gain the same sort of perspective that you did. Thank you!

  16. theothermother said...
    July 27, 2009 at 7:24 PM

    I agree with Healtherlyn, but I also think you can have it all as long as you don't expect it all at the same time.

    Did you "meet" Heather Spohr? I follow her blog, too.

    So glad it was all you hoped for and maybe more.


  17. Night Owl Mama said...
    July 28, 2009 at 12:39 AM

    you so make me want to go next yr. glad you had a blast

  18. ScrappinMichele said...
    July 29, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Those 3 lovely ladies look so happy to be using their poken!!

    I'm so glad I got to meet you and you really are the "real thang" girl!!!


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