BlogHer ’09

A lot can change in one year. For instance, if one year ago someone had mentioned BlogHer ’09 to me, I would have been totally clueless. My response would have been along the lines of, “BlogHer? What the hell is BlogHer? Leave me alone, I have to check my Facebook!”  Yes, it was approximately one year ago that I dipped my toe into the social media pond and joined Facebook. One year ago I was still in the honeymoon phase of Facebook, when Facebook was fun, not like Facebook now which is lame and aggravating. Somehow Facebook led to joining Twitter which in turn led to the creation of this very blog.

Twitter has introduced me to many friendly, funny and creative people so it’s no surprise that these people have funny, creative and moving blogs.  And it’s through Twitter that I learned that once a year these bloggers get together for a conference devoted to the blogosphere and everything blog-related –  BlogHer.  As the date of BlogHer ’09 got closer, more and more people were tweeting about it. All of this BlogHer talk peaked my curiosity. Maybe I could partake in some of the BlogHer fun, after all, BlogHer ’09 was going to be held in Chicago – Chicago is practically my backyard (that is, if your yard was 25 miles away from your house).   I really wanted to meet in real life the people I follow on Twitter as well as the authors of the blogs I read, but my attempts to procure any type of pass to BlogHer was an epic fail.  I contemplated driving down to Chicago without a BlogHer ticket to just hang out in the lobby of the Sheraton hoping that I’d meet people.  But I figured real BlogHers would be busy doing scheduled BlogHer activities and hanging out in the lobby without a BlogHer pass would be make me a creepy loser wanna-be BlogHer stalker and someone might call security on me.  So I stayed home and lived vicariously through the tweets of others.  I learned a lot about BlogHer including some of the BlogHer lingo: 

BlogHer ’09:  Attended by around 1400 bloggers, this 3 day blogging conference in Chicago at the Sheraton was complete with interesting speakers, discussion groups and opportunities meet with some of the brands that support bloggers.  Oh, and there are lots and lots of parties. 

Swag: free stuff

Bewbs: breasts

Parties: Did I mention there were a lot of parties?

Squee: I’m still not sure what it means to squee.

Reading the tweets from BlogHer I realized that I didn’t belong there. BlogHer is for the blogging community, a community that I’m not part of. Yes, I have a blog, but I have a hard time keeping up with it. I have more drafts than actual posts and I can’t seem to find the time to complete them. So many of the BlogHer attendees balance work and family while maintaining successful blogs that people want to read.  This balance has eluded me, resulting in a small and insignificant blog written by a  small and insignificant blogger. And I’m not sure if BlogHer is the place for a blogger like me. 

As I was reading BlogHer tweets thinking about how there’s no way I could possibly be a part of this blogging community, I received an unexpected tweet.  One of my “in real life” friends, a real social media goddess, had gone to BlogHer for the day and she tweeted:

Key learning (not kidding) is @drlori71 can legitimately call herself a humor blogger. Seriously, you should read her Loripalooza blog.

Me? A legitimate blogger? Well, I wasn’t sure if I agreed with that, but it sure was nice to hear. Plus, it’s not polite to reject unsolicited flattery and giant boosts to the ego, so I gladly accepted it.  Yet, I still found it odd that someone could consider me a legitimate blogger.  But maybe BlogHer ’09  could help me realize my blogging potential.  One thing I learned from BlogHer ’09 is inspiration; the BlogHer attendees have  inspired me to work harder on my blog and really make an effort to post more frequently.  So if one person thinks of me as a legitimate blogger, maybe others will too and I’ll be an accepted member of the blogging community. 

And maybe, just maybe, one day I’ll make it to BlogHer.

And maybe one day the Cubs will make it to the World Series.

Will either of these things actually happen? We’ll just wait and see.

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Welcome to Loripalooza!

My sincerest apologies to Paul Boutin, but I’ve started a blog.  Who, you may ask, is Paul Boutin and why have I decided to devote the very first sentence of my very first blog entry to him?  Well, Paul Boutin is a correspondent for the Silicon Valley gossip site Valleywag.    One of his columns was recently published in Wired magazine and in his article Mr. Boutin graciously passed along some friendly advice.  To quote Mr. Boutin, “Thinking about launching your own blog?  Don’t”.   In his opinion, social multimedia sites like Facebook and Twitter make blogs (again I quote Mr. Boutin) “look so 2004”.

Ouch, that’s a little harsh.  

Mr. Boutin is a fan of brevity and his argument is that the time it takes to craft sharp, witty blog prose is better spent expressing yourself on Facebook or Twitter (OK, that time I didn’t quote him, I just plagiarized him).  There’s more to the article, but I won’t bore you with his thoughts…I’d prefer to bore you with my own thoughts.  

Since blogs are “so 2004” maybe I should jump in my DeLorean time machine and travel back to 2004 to start my blog.  Unfortunately, the flux capacitor is on the fritz, so no time travel for me.  I’m just going to ignore Mr. Boutin’s advice, and start a blog right now in 2008.  Hey, I’m a fan of Facebook and Twitter, but I highly doubt they are going to completely replace blogs.  Sometimes it’s hard to express yourself in a brief Facebook or Twitter update.  For example, how can I possibly convey my love of Entenmann’s Devils Food Crumb doughnuts in a mere 140 characters?  It’s impossible! 

So, yes, I’ve started a blog.  Paul Boutin may not be happy about it, but I am.