Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Chicago Area Pre BlogHer Meet-Up...

BlogHer ‘09 is fast approaching and while excited to be attending, there has been a part of me questioning whether I should be. Inside my head is this tiny pendulum swaying back and forth.

I’ll feel out of place.
You live here…and can crawl home if need be.

Who would want to meet me?
You can meet other bloggers you read in addition to new ones.

I’m blogtarded and techno-challenged.
You’ll learn something.

I’m fine in the confines of my comfort zone.
You won’t grow if you don’t take a chance.

Well, this past weekend clinched it. I met up with some other bloggers from the area at Oz Park, located on Chicago’s north side. It was a cozy group; I’m sure some that were planning on coming weren’t able to as the date had been changed due to inclement weather.

There were seasoned veterans and some not as much; two gals showed up that are thinking of starting a blog in conjunction with a new business; and my favorite bloggy friend Lou was there. Meeting some of these veterans: a food blogger; a former TV Producer turned world traveler; a TV Personality; and one of the BlogHer Community Managers would normally intimidate me but it didn’t. Why? Because when it comes down to it we’re all just people…and we have something in common. The common factor, whatever the reason, is that we blog.

I want to give a shout out to Jamie for getting us together. Girl, you rock and I hope to see you again at the conference, if not before.

Here are a few photos from the day. Not everyone is pictured as some needed to leave and others came later. You can see more, along with some video clips here. To view the videos you’ll need to scroll down to the first comment and click on each one.

BlogHer ’09 and the City of Chicago look out!


Unknown said...

So who's that cute little blond right in the middle of the group shot? The one with the dark top?

Lola said...

How cool! If I didn't hate to fly so much, I would have gone. When it comes to New England, I'm there.

You'll have a great time, especially if Lou is going ;)

Kim's Korner said...

I agree, VERY cool! Love the last group shot!

bernthis said...

it's going to be a lot of fun. Can't wait to meet you

Badass Geek said...

Sounds like a fun time was had by all.

I wish I could go this year, if only to meet some of the people I know only through the interweb.

Jenny Grace said...

Awesome. Can't wait to meet you. And put a sticker on your boobs :)

Mental P Mama said...

Fun times! I am so glad you are going...I will go vicariously;)

Nej said...

Looks like an awesome time!!!!

Reinvent Dad said...

Can dudes go to the "Blogher" conventions?

Stesha said...

Blog meet-up envy here! I would love to meet some bloggers in my area.

Hope you have a great time at BlogHer.

Hugs and Mocha,

Captain Dumbass said...

If I was a Her and could get to Chicago, I'd meet you.

Watch out for Miss Grace.

Anonymous said...

I am so excited you are going to BlogHer. I would love to go.

What a lovely group of people you met up with. Sounds like a fun time. I am sure you'll have just as good a time at BlogHer!

Jamie said...

Great meeting you! We will definitely see each other at BlogHer if not before :)

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