Today is the fourth day since I got home from BlogHer13 in Chicago. I’m a little less exhausted, and my voice is less raspy from all of my chatty chat chat.
I got to see old friends and make some new ones. I’ve been glued to the computer since to see what they are all doing now that they have gone back to their tiny homes in my laptop. It seems like most of them are doing laundry and reading GOMI like I am. Except I’m probably the only one who will admit the GOMI part publicly.
BlogHer itself was much better than I thought it was last year, but then again I didn’t attend any sessions and only saw the three sponsors on the expo floor I had already identified as those with whom I wanted to chat. What little I saw of the expo hall was eons better than 2012 because it was much more open and not so miserably hot. I didn’t feel like we were all breathing each other’s hotel bar morning after breath, and I saw nary a blogger push or shove for a sample of vitamins like I did last year. The only thing that sucked was that it was a 3ish mile or so shuttle bus ride away from the official BlogHer hotel, so getting back and forth quickly was tough.
I was invited to the official BlogHer Lean Cuisine luncheon where we were served fresh versions of their microwavable meals as six good looking chefs tried to convince us that the meals that arrive in our grocer’s freezers were designed by them in their own kitchens. We were also instructed to demand what we want from food production companies and retailers, and we’ll get it. When I asked from the front row if we might see an organic line from Lean Cuisine, Chef Le French Guy said that if I can find a large enough organic farm to handle their demand, they would do it. I smirked and said, “OK.” and then the PR person chimed in that they are certainly searching for ways to meet that request. They then continued their sales pitch for their “Honestly Good, minimally processed meals.” I did learn from the presentation that food trends, much like fashion, trickle down from the elite down to us bougies, and that we should start seeing organic coconut & carrot sauce (it really was delicious) on burgers at McDonald’s and on cupcakes at Wal-Mart in 36-48 months.
Otherwise most of my time was spent meandering my way to Chicago event spaces to attend the offsite, unofficial parties. Prior to BlogHer, people were weeping and pandering via social media to be invited to these parties, because THAS WHAR ALL DA SWAGS ARE. It reminded me quite a lot of college sorority rush, and getting invitations to the best parties/houses were coveted. I went to the SocialLuxe Lounge because I like parties and I was a finalist in the BlogLuxe Awards. I didn’t win, but it was an honor just to be nominated. Just kidding. I’m really pissed that I didn’t win. Because I like parties and winning.
All of the parties were pretty awesome, because parties, but the very best, most exciting one I attended was actually a dinner hosted by Life 360. It’s a great app for people with kids and teens who are old enough for their own phones as you are able to track their locations, keep up with spending, and stay in contact with everyone in your family network at once. Or if you want to stalk your SOs every move, you can do that, too. The Life 360 staff is a group of incredibly smart and innovative women, and I’m full of squishy gratitude that I was invited to dine with them. It was an amazing experience.
My other favorite party was the National Geographic Kids party. I love NatGeo. I had no idea that the World magazines I read voraciously as a child were a NatGeo product, nor did I know that NatGeo is a nonprofit. Their grants have funded Jane Goodall and the search for and recovery of items from the Titanic. They’ve also recently partnered with Angry Birds in their Playground books, and I got to meet Becky, who edited the NatGeoKids Angry Birds Playground: Dinosaurs book that Frat Boy The Elder and I have been reading alllllllllll summer. I got more squealy over her than I did when I met Guy Kawasaki, which was not at all.
When I met Guy Kawasaki in the bar at the Sheraton, I told him that he needed to get his picture made with me so I could make him famous and he could get more twitter followers. It obviously worked. You’re welcome, Guy.
I was sponsored to attend BlogHer13 by Therapon, the clinical grade skin care line used and distributed by many plastic surgery offices. Thank you, Therapon, for sponsoring my trip to BlogHer this year.