Monday, July 20, 2009

My obligatory "OHMYGAH, BLOGHER IS IN 2 DAYS!" post...

So I started this blog three and a half years ago to a.) stave off the mind-numbing boredom of bedrest during my pregnancy, and to flex the old writing muscle to see if it still had any oomph left (by the way, thanks so much for all your amazingly sweet comments about my angst-y post the other day. It meant a lot to me).   At the time, it would never have occurred to me that in the summer of '09 I'd be choosing to hop on a plane and spend my first three nights apart from Ethan in 3 years with a bunch of women, most of whom I've never met, at a conference/big-ass party called BlogHer.  

And yet here I am, with a stack of business cards sporting my blogs' names and plans to attend, at last count, six parties in three nights, fretting over what shoes go with what skirt and, oh yeah, will anyone have heard of my tiny little blog when I get there? 

The cards?  All I can say about those is thank the lord for Twitter.  I joined awhile back, became annoyed by the sheer idiocy of yet one more pocket of the interwebs in which to deposit my inane thoughts and "this is what I am doing at this very moment" updates, and pretty much wrote it off.   Then I randomly started following a few bloggers on Twitter and (cue giant sucking sound) I was pretty much hooked.  One of the first things I saw was someone say "I just ordered my business cards for BlogHer!!"  My head kind of exploded a little bit---business cards?  Really?! For what?! Sigh.  

But?  When in Rome, my friends.  So I got me some Vistaprint business cards that day.  Would love to show them to you, but I cannot seem to get my last name to black out enough to make them blogosphere-friendly.  But they are a super zen-y water ripple, probably giving potential new readers the idea that I am some sort of yoga practicing, om-meditating, mellow mama who writes about the vision of my third eye and how open my chakras are.  Won't they be surprised???!!  Don't get me wrong--I really want to be those thing.  I'm just, erm, a little too highly strung.  Is that a nice way to say it?  Okay.  

So that's the business card thing.  There's also the party issue--all of these parties that I've RSVP'd to, hosted by the "big bloggers."  This is the part that freaks my freak.  There's all this encouragement to "say hi!!!"  "smile at people!" "Don't be afraid to talk to people!"  "We're all just big nerds!" But my fear is that is a mask for "We are so a sorority that is going to beat you down in a 2-day long rush that will drain every ounce of self-esteem and confidence you have as you try to make us like you, sucker!!!"  

I'm a pretty weird combination of socially awkward and uber-outgoing.  The idea of approaching someone I don't know and trying to start a conversation?  Would rather chew off my own arm, really.  But once someone starts talking to me?  I'll pretty much invite you to my next pap exam (I swear I really won't, though.  I just like hyperbole...a lot).   I think of myself as a shy over-sharer, which seems paradoxical, but I just kind of need someone else to make the first move.  To show an interest.   Then, I will most likely talk until your interest has been sucked dry and is nothing but a dried-out husk of it's former self.  Sounds good, huh?  It's all so, so awkward.  Believe me, I know.  

Fortunately, I am planning on attending the parties with a few women I already "know."  Having shared our blogs with each other for as long as we have, I am confident that they already know and like me enough that I won't have that nervous verbal diarrhea.  I will hopefully behave myself in the same "she's a pretty normal, funny girl!" kind of way that most people I am friends with think of me.  And that will put me at ease enough that I can spread my wings a bit and introduce myself to a few new people, too.  I hope.  But there's always the chance that for weeks to come, dozens of bloggers will be saying, "And then there was this girl...." as they recount their own memories of BlogHer, and "this girl" will be me, and I will have done something like talk their ear off, chattering a million miles and hour, stopping only to take a giant swig of some fruity booze drink.  

The really ridiculous thing about my going to BlogHer?  I don't even have a ticket.  Nope.  Just going to hang out and chat with people in the lobby.  Talk about blogs an' stuff.  I did have a moment of breathless excitement today when an email popped up in my inbox from the BlogHer organizers about my waiting-list status.  I thought, "could it be???!!!  Is there a ticket with my name on it?! Squeeeee!!!"  But no, there wasn't.  Just a "hey, here are some things you can do since you can't get into BlogHer!"  Lame. 

But still, I won't be the only blogger going to BlogHer and not going to BlogHer.   There are lots of us.  And from what I can tell, they all have business cards, too.   It's really just this huge excuse to sit around with a bunch of women, drink coffee (oh, and booooze), talk about our lives, our aspirations, our kids and who we are.   And wear pretty shoes.  I'm pretty excited about the shoes.  

So, if you read this and you're going to be at BlogHer, don't be afraid of the potential over-sharing.  Say "hi" to me and I'll do my best not to verbally puke all over you.  And I'll give you one of my cards.  

12 comments:

Sarah said...

Soooooo excited! I went crazy at H&M today but need more shoes, shampoo, and some crap from Sephora-- am going back to the mall tomorrow.

Sarah, you are a fantastic writer, and this is a great opportunity to promote your blogs. I KNOW that no one has ever read me, and I am so beyond cool with that-- I just want to meet you and Becca and Amy and have some fabulous cocktails!

lonek8 said...

I am not going, and I am SAD! but also relieved because trust me - that whole shy over-sharer thing? I have you beat I guarantee. And I have been by myself with three babies for 8 months so even the slightest resemblance to adult conversation send me into hyperdrive. I know you will have a fabulous time and I can't wait to hear all about it!

klynch said...

have a great time looking forward to hearing all about it.. your the second one I've herad going..

Becca said...

I am bringing one dress and am planning on wearing it all day on Saturday and to all of our evening activities too. I hope that doesn't make me a huge dork but with all the "be yourself" vibes going around I figure it's just what's going to work best! Maybe you and Sarah can do a What Not to Wear intervention. :) Maybe I should buy some mascara since I lost mine a year and a half ago.

Hopefully I've convinced you that you will not be the biggest nerd there, because I will be with you!

Jane Silvia said...

You are going to have a GREAT time! Especially with your fab new shoes.

AJU5's Mom said...

I would be going crazy if I was going to BlogHer. The whole big group of people I do not know and are more "popular" than me would kill me. Plus, I am like Becca and would have to have a What Not to Wear Makeover for sure!

Aunt Becky said...

you best call me, yo.

Alice said...

i *do* have a ticket, but i still feel like a total poseur... i just got cards made up LAST NIGHT, in fact :-) and i haven't bought any new clothes or shoes, which obviously is unacceptable. cue my personal "OHMYGAH BLOGHER IS IN TWO DAYS AUUUGH"...

kasandria said...

I'll be there randomly standing in the lobby too! No ticket, but I do have bus. cards and even some swag bags to give out. Maybe we'll meet each other!
Kasandria

Corinne said...

I am so envious of everyone who is going! Have a great time, I'd be feeling the exact same way if I were in your (sure to be fabulous!) shoes :)

Always Home and Uncool said...

What's going on in Chicago?

Maggie May said...

I stumbled here and love the story in your header..and your saucy picture :) I am jealous..i wish i could have gone