Kidding! It’s a week later, and I’m still recovering from my first BlogHer Conference experience as are many others (I’ve noticed many post BlogHer attendess/cold sufferers on Twitter this week which has turned me into an amateur epidemiologist.
I spent 3 1/2 days in San Francisco at BlogHer 08 and 3 1/2 days working in my California office in San Mateo, California–in other words–a long week from home. Bjorn the Houseboy and my geriatric cat were very happy when I returned on Wednesday night. In fact, I walked into a room full of people and a surprise birthday party. Surprised!
I’ve been thinking about what I want to say about BlogHer since it started because it was beyond an interesting experience. For instance, there was tons of women-targeted marketing; MicroSoft, GM, HP, Macy’s, Bertolli, K-Y Jelly (!), iRobot (because apparently men don’t vacuum)–the list goes on and on. Of course, most of them were not marketing to me because I don’t have any children. So while it’s nice to see women, who spend most of the money in this country, marketed to properly, it was a little alienating to realize that I was not their target. Nonetheless, I did walk away with a couple of flash drives, some K-Y Jelly, and four boxes of Merci Chocolates.
Here is what I came away with. Women who identify themselves as political bloggers often approach blogging differently. We tend to blog less about our personal lives and blog about political issues. Although we often end up blogging about the same things, it’s the approach and often the motivation that separates us. I find it ironic, but not surprising that in the NYTimes article on BlogHer and the discount generic levitra blogging glass ceiling thatthey somehow missed the one session that approached that very topic head on–Top Notch Political Opinion Commentary. And they published the article in the fucking Fashion & Style section. Honestly, that’s more than ironic, it’s kind of stupid.
What was most important to me at BlogHer was networking and I was finally able to meet a bunch of inspiring activist women who attended including: