Whenever I reference one of my online friends, unnamed loved ones often ask, "You mean your friends that live in your computer?"
Why, yes. Yes, I do mean those friends.
When I started blogging, I had no idea that I would really and truly become friends with women I had never had
gin and tonic coffee with. Women whose voices I had never heard. Women that were making their way in the world- in cities far away from my own.
Women's friendships are powerful and no one was shocked more than I to find that online friendships can be equally powerful.
Many of us met at BlogHer Conference last weekend. While the conference was informative and my head is still reeling with all that I learned, the best part of the conference was connecting with my
Many of these pictures were snapped on our phones (excuse the lack of quality photography) but they capture the experience perfectly.
We were thrilled that Ilana of Mommy Shorts brought her cutiedoodle baby.
Robyn of Hollow Tree Ventures is possibly the sweetest (and funniest...and smartest) person on the planet.
This is just me...holding Keesha of Mom's New Stage and Ilana of Mommy Shorts just a little too tightly. My bad.A trip to Chicago would not be complete without a wild cab ride and cab dancing.
Elevator shenanigans with Kim of Let Me Start By Saying, Kelley of Kelley's Breakroom and Katy of Katy in a Corner.
Due to my constant photobombing, Anna of My Life and Kids and Hillary of Because My Life is Fascinating mocked my skill.
These ladies are hilarious! Janel of 649.133 Girls, the Care and Raising Of, Nicole of Ninja Mom, Stephanie of I'm Still Learning, and Kim of Let Me Start By Saying.
Ellen and Erin put the "sisterhood" in the Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms!
One of the best parts of the conference was gathering for meals. Nothing brings women together like
Every week, I join other In The Powder Room contributors to bring you the funny. It was great to yuck it up around a table instead of through a computer screen.This is my favorite picture. It sums up the entire weekend. Laughing, sharing, and spewing out of our noses! This is Kim of Let Me Start By Saying. Let me start by saying that her face is like sunshine.
BlogHer should be renamed, "HugHer!" We had never met each other and we were hugging like we had won a year's supply of Godiva chocolates.
THE BOOK SIGNING!
Kim, co-author of I Just Want To Pee Alone, arranged a book signing and reading at her in-laws deli, Bongiorno's Pizza & Italian Deli.
It was the first time that so many of the authors were gathered in the same place. You can imagine the shenanigans and the laughter that ensued with funny women like Karen of Baby Sideburns, Tara of You Know It Happens At Your House Too, and Andrea (also in the running for sweetest person on the planet!) of The Underachiever's Guide To Being A Domestic Goddess.
As women came through the line, I was again stunned at the instant connection. Meeting women who have been so generous with their comment love and who took the time out of their busy lives to show support and meet us...I was overwhelmed. I battled the urge to leap over the table and squeeze them.
I stood on the curb, waiting for my ride. I watched my friend and ITPR editor, Leslie of The Bearded Iris, walk away. There she goes. There goes my friend.
We are all going back to our own corners of the world. Tomorrow, we will be back to our online shenanigans.
But now, I will hear their voices when I read their words.
Now, I will chuckle to myself about the time four of us shared one hotel room.
I will remember that no one makes me snort laugh harder than Nicole Leigh Shaw.
When I read Jen of People I Want To Punch In The Throat's rants, I will remember how she teared up telling about a connection made. (Don't tell her that I said so, but she is a total sweetheart!)
I will remember that we are friends.
COMING SOON! Really soon, like this Thursday!BlogHer was more than a hugfest, y'all! I joined forces with funny ladies Anna of My Life & Kids and Katy of Katy in a Corner to bring you some vlog love. Stay tuned for "How To Network At A Conference And Other Tips on "Professionalishness!" Here is a sneak peek...