BlogHer '09: The Aftermath

The BlogHer organizers warn you that you’ll want to leave room in your suitcase for carrying your swag home. Someone even suggested packing an extra collapsible bag. Forget the extra suitcase: I need an extra car. Seriously!

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This is the Day 1 stuff. Add in two more tote bags of goodies, including two free books, and you’ll see my dilemma.

And this is not to mention all the food and drinks available every time we turned around. Before it was over, I was making a conscious effort to avoid making eye contact with anyone who looked like they might want to give me something.

I even passed up the free Levi’s post-it notes! (And y’all know of my love for office supplies.)

While the swag is lovely and fun, the biggest bang for my dwindling bucks was participating in the community of it all. It’s the strangest experience, alternating between feeling empowered and capable of achieving every single dream I’ve ever had…and feeling humbled, awed, and totally inadequate in comparison to some of the amazing accomplishments of others. But even that’s good. If nothing else, I had the concept of infinite possibilities proven to me. Over and over and over again.

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Today’s a vacation day for me. After a swing by Mary’s place, I’m off to the ‘burbs for a visit with friends. I have no idea what we’ll be doing, but I hope it doesn’t involve walking. Or cookies. :)

Hope you’re all having a splendid weekend!