I just met a ton of bloggers, all of whom were inspiring, interesting, funny, amazing in some way. I have collected enough free stuff that I probably could hand out an item to every American citizen and still have some left over. I have probably eaten twice my weight in those delicious chocolate covered strawberries. I have cried more than ever before, due to touching, heart-breakingly beautiful Keynotes speeches. I loved it. Every moment.
I am, at this very moment, debating whether to go to Japan and Australia with my dad, or Blogher 2010 with my mom. It’s a harder decision than one would think. Well, I’ll jump that hurdle when I absolutely have to. Which, with the way tickets for Blogher sell, might be sooner than is comfortable. I have totally worn out poor Kakashi’s keys with the amount of checking blogs that I have done, and I still have a ton more to do. But I love this, this reminder of what has happened.
To me, this was more than sessions and swag and meeting new people. It had a sense of family that I never expected. I have a large family, and at reunions, I tend to stutter over people’s names before finally admitting that I just don’t know, as I did with many of you. I felt like a part of a community, a family, a group with one unifying cause. At the community Keynote, I sat next to perhaps the most inspiring woman, besides my mother, that I had ever met (she knows who she is), and I told her that, coming into blogging, I was concerned that I wouldn’t stand out, that there would be a million bloggers just like, or better than me. But, I continued, coming to Blogher, I realized that no one could be exactly the same as anyone else. Like stars in the sky, we each have a different light, and we each illuminate the world in a different way.
Whether we be mommy bloggers, life bloggers, book bloggers, or “miscellaneous un-life” bloggers, we each touch the blogging community and serve to make it better. Some of the things I have experienced in those couple days at the conference touched me more deeply than a lot of the experiences I’ve had in my life. One of these was something my mother told me, after her Keynote that had left me with torrents of tears streaming down my face.
I sat at my table, smiling at Sassymonkey and gnawing distractedly at a kabob as I watched the brave kareoke-ers as they sang.
“Remember my speech,” My mom said suddenly from beside me.
“Oh yes, it was brilliant,” I replied, sounding all too much like Giles from Buffy when he’s distracted.
“No, that’s not what I meant,” my mom argued. ” I want you to remember that if you put your mind to it, anything can be achieved”
The way she said it made it sound less Disney movie, and more epiphany post material. My mom knew she was going to have a Keynotes speech before she even wrote it. She is confident, talented, drop-dead gorgeous, and without her, I never would have met the amazing women, and men, in a minority, that I met at the conference. I want to thank her so much for everything she’s done for me, but I cant ever find words to describe it, just like I can’t describe Blogher fully, so I guess I’ll say the only thing I can:
I love you, mommy. I love you forever, and this blog is my love song to you.July 27th, 2009
Topic: Life, Ramblings Tags: epiphany, Life