So I just got back from BlogHer. I’m totally spent and my mind is blur of all that transpired. There were parts that I loved and parts that I didn’t. But I don’t want to focus on the negative because truly, at the heart of the matter, I got to spend the weekend with some amazing people.
I roomed with three fabulous Raleigh ladies. But we are uber lame and didn’t take a picture together, so here’s a collage of me with Andrea, Amy and Andrea (B!). It was so great to come together at the end of the day and decompress and chit chat into the wee hours of the night.
Thursday night was crazy. I beebopped all over Times Square and Mid-town. During all that beeboppin’ I met Roo from Nice Girl Notes. You know how sometimes you meet someone and you just click? I already adored her from reading her posts, but now I adore her for all that she is. And she is funny! We took our first pedicab ride together and enjoyed playfully harassing the poor dude trekkin with three of us ladies in the back. Bless his heart with all the cabbies trying to run us over. (We really weren’t scared for our lives. Wink.)
I literally felt like most of the night was spent doing drive-by hugs and “let’s catch up later” as I passed all sorts of lovely ladies whom I know and love. There were so many people that I wish I had spent more time with or at least, some semblance of quality time. But the times that I did share? They were AWESOME.
And that’s what I keep going back to – the small group and one on one moments over the course of the weekend. There was breakfast with Baby Bjorn (thanks Andrea for the invite!), dinner for Amy’s birthday, breakfast with Nicole, coffee with Cheryl and dinner with Julia and the Cheese Suite gang. Those moments are the ones that stick out in my head.
I have a core group of girlfriends here in Raleigh that have been with me forever. We don’t get together nearly enough. Our kids range from newborn to nine years old so our activities are all over the map. We need to be better about getting together because I miss them.
So while this past weekend was not spent with my steadfast, longtime friends, it was spent with a new group – a group that I identify with even if some of us live hundreds if not thousands of miles apart. Blogging has let me become a part of a community — one that I am beyond proud to be a part of.
We started out as strangers on the Internet. Then we became online friends. But now, it’s more. It’s real.
I am honored to call you all my friends. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.
See ya on the flip side (or the next conference.) You know, whichever comes first.
PS. I sincerely apologize if any of you are now singing the “make new friends” song from Girl Scouts.