You can’t do it all at BlogHer. You can’t ignore the ubiquitous-for-a-reason advice about wearing comfortable shoes and not have your feet turn into raw hamburger by the second afternoon. You can’t explore the whole city while hanging out in a hotel. You can’t adequately hydrate yourself on Diet Coke and Red Bull. You can’t take good photos if you’re too lazy to haul your camera around. You can’t sneak off to your hotel room without feeling guilty for not taking advantage of every moment but oh god naptime. You can’t wear a Spanx product without announcing to literally every person in a ten mile radius that HEY CHECK OUT THESE FUCKING SPANX IT’S LIKE I’M A HUMAN SAUSAGE WOOO. Speaking of sausage, you can’t even remotely deal with the Jimmy Dean sponsor booth like a mature adult and of course you have to publicly deep-throat their featured product: a sausage on a stick.

You can’t spend luxurious amounts of time with everyone you’d like to and some people you will look for but never find. But the time you do spend with friends, the people you’ve known and brand-new faces, will be amazing, so good and fun, and your face and throat will ache from laughing.

I’ve been thinking about whether it’s worth it, this conference that requires so much travel effort and expense and seems to get exponentially larger and more unwieldy each year, and I think the answer has to be yes, because there’s just nothing else like it. BlogHer is expensive and chaotic and overwhelming and I love the shit out of it. I can’t wait for next year.

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Comments

35 Responses to “I ♥ NY”

  1. 6512 and growing on August 8th, 2010 9:03 pm

    Glad you got to do it up in the big city. You look awesome in that picture…but surely you have some more juicy details for us?

  2. Junni on August 8th, 2010 9:40 pm

    Is that a unicorn CAKE?? Charlie going to Candy Mountain?

  3. Kristi on August 8th, 2010 10:14 pm

    Those shoes? Kick ass! The End.

  4. Lucy on August 9th, 2010 12:28 am

    You look lovely, New York looks lovely!

  5. Ann on August 9th, 2010 4:38 am

    THANK YOU for posting the Duff cake. With all the boozing and ass shaking, we somehow didn’t stumble upon it at the party…..

  6. Aimee on August 9th, 2010 4:43 am

    I think you may have forgotten to talk about what the world wants to know about the BlogHer’10! :
    -Jimmy Dean Sausage clock
    _Maraduke’s Ball Sac

    VERY important stuff.
    :-)

  7. MH on August 9th, 2010 5:43 am

    Unicorn porn makes me cry.

  8. Kizz on August 9th, 2010 6:02 am

    It was lovely to meet you on Friday night. It was my first experience of the wonder of Blogher and I really did love it but damn, you can’t do everything. Woof.

  9. Sarah on August 9th, 2010 6:52 am

    It was so great to meet you at the Style Lush get together! We laughed, we talked about baby boy poop, who could ask for more?

  10. kalisa on August 9th, 2010 6:56 am

    So glad I got to meet you!

  11. Irene on August 9th, 2010 7:35 am

    DUDE!!! those shoes! where????

  12. Lawyerish on August 9th, 2010 7:39 am

    Goddamn, you looked hot in that dress. I am so glad I got to meet you! You’re pretty much awesomeness personified, just as I suspected you would be. And obviously gorgeous, goes without saying.

    Also, I’m thrilled you posted a picture of the famed unicorn cake since I was too busy standing around awkwardly, unable to hear a THING at that party over the din of music, to get to see it in person.

    I am so freaking old.

  13. Jenna on August 9th, 2010 8:10 am

    Holy hell, I need to ask – where did you get those shoes? Because I WANT! :)

  14. Kriss on August 9th, 2010 8:16 am

    HOLY SHEEP SHIT, those shoes!!! Rawr! =)

    My skechers-covered feet suddenly feel very clunky.

  15. donna on August 9th, 2010 8:41 am

    You look like a spy! Awesome!

  16. Angella on August 9th, 2010 8:53 am

    You had BETTER be there next year. Who else is going to make me get in a pedi-cab and careen through Times Square with me?

    I MISS YOU.

  17. Victoria on August 9th, 2010 9:23 am

    Glad you had a great time :)

  18. Becca on August 9th, 2010 9:49 am

    Love the pictures. Would love to hear more!

  19. Danell on August 9th, 2010 11:43 am

    Pardon me, but Spanx? Really? Isn’t that sort of…redundant, or something…with a figure like yours? Shit, I’d prolly run around NAKED with that figure, shouting “CHECK ME OUT!”

  20. Kristabella on August 9th, 2010 12:01 pm

    SO GLAD I finally got to meet you!

    Also, I’m jealous because I thought those elevator mirrors were fat mirrors! And apparently they aren’t since you look hot! :)

  21. Dana on August 9th, 2010 12:09 pm

    Goddamit! I wish I ran into you. I was on the look out but you were stealthy. Next year!

  22. Gretchen on August 9th, 2010 1:08 pm

    There are UNICORNS at BlogHer?! That’s it… I’m coming next year.

  23. samantha jo Campen on August 9th, 2010 2:03 pm

    I’m so glad we got to like, chat and stuff this year. Over lunch. Talking about poo.

    Those are the good times.

  24. Anne on August 9th, 2010 2:27 pm

    It was amazing, wasn’t it? I’m SO, SO, SO, SO glad I got to meet and hang out with you several times over the weekend. I like you even more in person than I did online, and DAMN but I didn’t think that was possible.

  25. JustLinda on August 9th, 2010 5:30 pm

    It was my first time. Sorry I didn’t get to meet you (but maybe we cursed over the elevators together and didn’t even know it??)

    I found it worthwhile and intend to go next year. I was overwhelmed and didn’t meet all those I would have liked to shake hands with, but there’s always next time. And the people I did meet where pretty darn awesome!

  26. Helen Jane on August 9th, 2010 7:22 pm

    I love that you’re down with the total everything of it all and explained it better than I could. Plus, dude, you’re, like, really, really hot.

  27. michelle on August 9th, 2010 7:39 pm

    What an amazing time! A very dear friend of mine from my college days is now a blogger, who goes by the name Tech Savvy Mama, and she attended it this year and last summer. I used to know (i.e. read) people at diaryland in 2002 who went to the old JournalCon. I always love reading and hearing about these kinds of meetings and meet-ups. And yeah, btw, great shoes.

  28. Kristen on August 10th, 2010 12:18 am

    This year was my first time attending and yes, I found it simultanesouly overwhelming and awesome. Was hoping to meet you, but as you said – I ran into far fewer people than I hoped.

  29. kate on August 10th, 2010 11:36 am

    HORSE? HORSE?…. WITH A HORN? Bet your little guy loves that picture!

  30. Kristine on August 10th, 2010 1:19 pm

    Next year? You. Me. We’re gonna eat the unicorn head.
    (Or maybe I’ll just ball up enough to say hi. Either or.)

  31. Shawna on August 10th, 2010 6:02 pm

    Glad I ran into you early on, because I was apparently fated to not see you again. Next year in San Diego? Hells yeah!

  32. Amauri Domingos on August 13th, 2010 7:01 pm

    Suas fotos de New York não estão boas ! Você teve um ótimo professor ao seu lado, mesmo assim não aprendeu bem.

    Mandarei outras para você Linda.

    Beijo

    Amauri Domingos

  33. LOD on August 17th, 2010 8:44 am

    You were on my list of Hopeful Meetups. Sorry it didn’t come to be. Next time.

  34. Mocha on August 18th, 2010 4:50 pm

    Ok. I’ll comment and proclaim my love for you RIGHT HERE ON YOUR BLOG.

    Ok? Happy now?

    xoxo

  35. Amauri Domingos Times- Square that night on January 3rd, 2011 5:08 pm

    Se eu fala-se ingles, voce estaria na minha lista.

    If I spoke english you were on my list.

    Your family photos are so nice

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