Official Exhausted BlogHer ’09 Post.
This one isn’t going to be about the sessions I attended or about the sights I saw or the level of social anxiety I experienced this weekend. No, that will come later this week.
This one will be about the people I met this weekend. Some I’ve “known” for four years, others I only heard of this weekend, and still others fell somewhere in between.
Kerri, Julia, and Lee Ann. My d-blogger crew. Kerri and Julia were two of the first diabetes bloggers I found when I went seeking information and support following my husband’s hypoglycemic seizure and my type 2 diagnosis in 2005. Lee Ann came onto the scene about a year ago. But as is the case with each of these individuals, there’s so much more than diabetes involved in our friendships. More on that later this week, too. (Man, I’m really committing myself to blogging this week!)
Jenni Prokopy, who runs ChronicBabe. Wow. Meeting her was an honor. I discovered ChronicBabe through Kerri back in early 2006 when I needed a lift on dealing with the chronic conditions that had been thrown at me a year earlier. I later found that her attitude towards chronic conditions assisted in my coping with long existing mental health issues as well as the newly discovered physical ones.
Through Jenni, I met Cinnamon, who makes absolutely fabulous bags and purses, and Veronica, who tries to “navigate and understand the intersection between being a feminist, a mom, and a Latina”.
Kim over at Emergiblog. I began reading Kim’s blog about four years ago, too. At the time I was convinced that I would attend nursing school and was taking all the pre-requisites necessary to do so. In the end, I decided that maybe it wasn’t in the cards after all, but I continued to read Kim’s stories from the emergency room and the world of nursing. She has been supportive of my journey with type 2 diabetes, as her husband has faced a similar one in recent years. Oh, and we both love watching college football. (Yeah, I love ALL football.)
It was great to room with Lynn at human being blog and to see other Denver/Boulder bloggers such as Bantering Blonde, Crazy Bloggin’ Canuck, and Crunchy Domestic Goddess. Holly promoted The Blog Frog, while Tara was doing her thing for Lijit. All of these women I had a pleasure of meeting last month at a local BlogHer meetup.
Those who left an impression with me during sessions, both speakers and audience members include Ree, Loolwa, Mr. Lady, Moosh in Indy, Katrina, Sarah Beckley, and Barbara. OH, and I was beyond delighted to sit next to Elise Bauer of Simply Recipes and to see that she found an old high school friend by complete surprise, sitting right there in the same session.
Those who left a lasting impression at meals or parties (hardy har har) include Suebob (and her red stapler!), Shauna Glenn, Kim Swartz, and Marianne Thomas.
A huge thank you goes out to Poppy Buxom. Because of her, I ended up with a great view of Venetian Night and the best city in the world for a couple hours Saturday night.
I’m sure I have forgotten someone somewhere, but you get the idea – BlogHer offered the opportunity to meet women from all walks of life. Even after my hemming and hawing, I’m glad I went.