Sunday, July 22, 2007

anticipation

I started getting incredibly excited about BlogHer this weekend. I truly can't imagine what it will be like to meet those of you who are going and am completely and entirely thrilled. I've not talked about it much but I remember last year at this time. I had just started blogging and saw all the chatter and thought: a conference about blogging? Sheesh. LAME. And then I read all the accounts afterwards and I realized it was hardly lame at all. Even though I had virtually no community here yet it showed me what was possible. And a year later I am actually going.
Sheesh. Not Lame At All.

Talking about it is a mixed bag, those who can't or choose not to go are perhaps bored by all the chatter or feeling left out and that is the last thing I want so I've purposely avoided it. But I know that I'll be bringing all of you with me, your writing and your hearts and will toast our community repeatedly. You might even feel some sort of an electrical impulse or something, I'd be interested to know if that was the case.

In fact that happened to me once. I had been a Burning Man girl before I had gotten pregnant with M. She was due in September so we had to miss the festival but I remember telling J that I wouldn't be surprised if I went into labor the night the man burns because of the collective power and energy being released to the universe with over 25,000 people drumming and dancing and chanting and communing while the Man catches fire and burns up the desert sky. And sure enough, a few minutes after midnight I went into active labor and I can forever tell her she was born the night the man burned in the desert, one of the most special nights of the year.

Long way of saying that you should all be forewarned, because this much good energy in one bloggity place could probably shift the blogging vibrations worldwide.

37 comments:

Sober Briquette said...

yeah!

I wanted to chime in to say that there had better be none of that "what happens at BlogHer stays at Blogher" stuff.

Telling all is one of the requirements.

crazymumma said...

How I have wanted to go to Burning Man ever since I first heard about it.

Please please write about it someday Jen, I think you know how much I love the idea of it.

As to being bored about hearing about Blogher, nope, just sorta wishing I had chosen to go. But Metro has promised she will say kind things about me. She wil represent for Crazy...if she remembers inbetween poker hands of course....

I look forward to any charge I might get out of the long distance collective rush and gasp.

Heather said...

HI Jen,

I would also love to read a post about Burning Man! My husband has been with friends, but I'm a school teacher and could never get the time off as it is usually in September. I just met a couple yesterday who were married at a Burning Man.

I can't wait to hear stories about Blogher, and hopefully see pictures as well. You'll all make wonderful memories that will carry on through the years...

Oh, The Joys said...

I remember feeling so LEFT OUT last year. See you soon!

kristen said...

I love that you were a burner. My sister is going this year, she's been to all the decompression, recompression, etc. that she can get her hands on up in BC.
I've felt left out the past 2 years when BlogHer came around and I'm just glad I get to see what it's all about. So. Excited.

slouching mom said...

I'm a bit sad not to be going -- not hugely sad, more like forlorn.

But I WANT you to dish about it all, 'kay?

I think it will be great fun to hear the stories.

KC said...

Counting the days. What a fitting birth story.

urban-urchin said...

Seconding Sober B's comment. But in the interm I have to say like I feel like the only girl without a date to the prom....

metro mama said...

I'm really getting excited now too! Can't wait to meet you.

Motherhood Uncensored said...

Looking forward to meeting you.

I'll be the tall one with the gihugic baby.

:)

meno said...

To de and urban-urchin; as if a bunch of bloggers could keep quiet about ANYTHING! HA!

thailandchani said...

I will definitely be interested to hear about the conferences and such.. and the highlights. :)


Peace,

~Chani

flutter said...

wish I could go, have fun!

knicksgrl0917 said...

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Bon said...

dude. of course you were a burner. i've always wanted to go...and would love to hear about it.

as i'd love to hear about BlogHer too, to be honest. take me there with words, friend. i'm hoping next year i can make it in person.

radical mama said...

ohhhh... have fun! Those changes in bloggity vibes can only be good, judging by the women I know who are going!

Christine said...

i am not bored, but i am little jealous!

Born on burning man night--amazing.

Jenn said...

Ugh.

I am so, so, so wishing I could be there.

Please, have a margarita (on the rocks, salt) and think of me!

mamatulip said...

I think this is going to be an amazing experience for you.

Aliki2006 said...

It WILL be fun to hear to stories...I wish I could be there, too.

Have fun!

Tabba said...

i'm totally mourning my dead trip.

however, loved the story about the burning man and your labor. so befitting.

painted maypole said...

I'm very interested to hear what happens at BlogHer, although I am a bit jealous I won't be there to meet all you fabulous gals and paint the town red (I went to college there, and miss the city much). But as I already had a vacation booked and will be in LONDON next weekend, I think I will get over the disappointment of missing it.

OH> And you must, must, must blog at some point about Burning Man.

bgirl said...

what a great experience it is sure to be. have a fantastic time

and on the burning man note...i finally discovered it in 2002 and was bound to go, but life (and my not-so-nice ex) had other plans. the following year, i had the little dude and soon found myself a single mama. so i have yet to go. though i've devoured the site, the videos and happily my birth mom and her hubby are going again this year! i live through them this year...but next year...i'm there. :)

Julie Pippert said...

Luaghing in joy for the fun you guys will have and crying for myself...

Just...log stories. And take pictures. Maybe even leave a little space for me so I can photoshop myself in LOL.

Momish said...

I remember reading all about BlogHer last year and being bored, feeling left out. This year, however, I love reading about the anticipation and then will devour the many posts about what happened. For me, even though I am not going, it seems like everyone comes alive when there is recanting about actual bodies and personal interactions.

It's like seeing a movie one year, then going to the live play the next. Who knows, maybe next year I can play one of the parts!

Have the best of time and then please do come back and tell me all about it and the wonderful people you met!

Beck said...

I don't travel at all, so me going was never an issue. I'm VERY interested in it, though!

karrie said...

I was a new blogger last year and thought it was lame too. To be frank, all the squeeing and pictures of shoes really put me off. I couldn't really grasp the value in attending.

So many interesting people are attending this year--and several of the sessions really look interesting--that I decided to give BlogHer a second chance. :)

See you soon!

NotSoSage said...

Huh, never pegged you for a Burner. Kidding, of course.

What a perfect labour story.

Someday you'll have to return home from Belize and we'll go be the old Burner Biddies who freak all the young kids out, k?

QT said...

SO not surprised about M's birth story.

I thought BlogHer would be strange at first, but it is all what you make out of it. I think it is going to be amazing.

Ally said...

I, too, would love to receive a full report about Blogher. I'm not able to go, but would love to hear about how it was. Have a great time everyone!

Ruth Dynamite said...

I'm excited and curious about the whole weekend. Just don't know what to expect.

Daisy said...

I wish I could go, but I'm not bored by people's posts about BlogHer. I'm looking forward to reading a few live-blog transcripts and lots of fun posts. since I can't be there, I'm looking forward to second best!

PunditMom said...

I can't wait. I want to start packing NOW! ;)

In the Trenches of Mommyhood said...

I'm not going this year (as I just started blogging in Sept. and my original feelings were much like yours were) and am now SAD.

Will be saving my pennies in '08 to be able to attend and meet all you lovely women!

Lawyer Mama said...

That's kind of what I thought last year too. And now I am so freaking excited it's not even funny. I'm turning into a junior high school girl again. SQUEALLLLLLLL!

And yeah, I have my bag half packed already.

Lillithmother said...

jen, that's so you...to consider others like myself who feel left out...thank you. why just today i was thinking about how much i want to be there and see the people that i now call friends face to face...heart to heart. but alas it's not meant to be...this year anyway.

i'll be waiting for that vibe sister...

Lil

ps. BM is on the list of places i'm craving for...4 yrs and counting now.

Susanne said...

Like De I want to hear all about it. And I have made my peace with not going.

And I'll be happily reading all the stories and look at all the pictures afterwards.

I hope you'll have a great time.