BlogHer 2009 or bust???*

BlogHer '09 In Real Life
*Alternately titled: My Neuroses About BlogHer
Last year, as a blogging friend of mine and I sat at home on our computers attending BlogHer in Second Life instead BlogHer in real life in San Francisco, we made a pact that we would do whatever it takes to get us to the BlogHer Conference in 2009. Neither of us have yet to experience the awesomeness that is the BlogHer conferences. Sure, last year we participated in some of the BlogHer in Second Life events and that was a lot of fun, but nothing, I can only imagine, like actually attending the conference IN REAL LIFE, WITH REAL WOMEN.

Unfortunately, life circumstances beyond her control have made it difficult if not impossible for my friend to attend BlogHer this year. I really wanted to go with her, but I understand that there’s just not anything she can do to change it for this year.

I, on the other hand, was told yesterday that CEs (BlogHer contributing editors) had just one day left to register for the conference. Still unsure whether or not I would make it to Chicago in July, I filled out my registration, held my breath, and hit send. For all intents and purposes I could be at BlogHer in July. I’m now registered! But I can’t say with 100% certainty that I will be there.

I’m still working on some health issues and while I’m definitely seeing improvement and am pretty sure I will be doing a lot better by July, it’s always a crap shoot, ya know?

Also, due to the fact that my good friend can’t attend, I have no idea who I could room with. I wanted to stay with someone I’ve known in person, who really knows me (more than just what I put out on my blog). That’s not an option at this point, so what do I do? Post a BlogHer roomie want-ad and hope that I get someone I’m compatible with? Am I making too big of a deal out of the roomie situation? Does who you room with really matter?

I worry too that going without a close friend will leave me to fend for myself, something I’m not the best at doing. I’ve never been a social butterfly. I worry that everyone will already have their groups of friends they hang out with and that I won’t find a group to be a part of. Again, it’s probably silly, right? But it’s a fear of mine nonetheless.

My other concern is over how my son (who will be 2 1/2 at the time) will do without na-na (nursing) for the several days I’ll be gone. It will be my first time ever being away from my kids overnight. We’re working on night weaning with Julian right now and I don’t think that will be an issue come July, but what about nursing during the day? Maybe he’ll decide he’s done while I’m gone. Maybe that will be OK. Maybe he will start back up again when I return. Oh, there are so many questions.

And then there’s the question of how will I pay for my trip? Should I try to secure a sponsor or two to help with airfare and hotel? It certainly would make going a lot easier if I had some help paying for it. It all just seems so overwhelming.

I know, logically, that my kids will be fine, that my husband Jody is totally capable of caring for them in my absence. I know too that I could be fine at BlogHer. I might be nervous. There might be some uncomfortable moments for me, but I think that overall it would be an amazing experience. I mean, that’s why I wanted to go in the first place, right? To experience the awesomeness of it all. To meet the many women I’ve corresponded with only virtually over my past 4 years of blogging. To learn more about writing and to be inspired to be a better blogger (something I could really use as of late).

So what do you all think? Am I up for a trip to Chicago this summer or should I just lock myself in a padded cell? Will you be there (at BlogHer, not in my cell)? Do you want to sponsor me? And does anyone need a roommate? ;)

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16 thoughts on “BlogHer 2009 or bust???*

  1. Amy, you haven’t expressed anything that I haven’t read about being nervous about attending BlogHer for the first time on a bunch of other blogs – including my own. My advice?

    Go anyway.

    I haven’t heard of a person who’s regreted going even though they’ve expressed some doubts about not knowing anyone there. Because I’m sure you’ll know people there – I’m going. You can say hi to me!

  2. Yes. Go. Get Sponsored. If you get a double sponsorship I’ll go with you and be your roomie ;) Ah. If money grew on trees I’d sponsor you! You have been at this for so long and write one of the best green mommy blogs on the planet (and I don’t say that just cause I now know you in person). The wheels are turning. Don’t we need something to do know that Obama is in office and the chicken ordinance has passed?

  3. If it makes you feel any better… about the breatfeeding: my son and I weaned when he was around 15 months. He would go a week at a time and eventually two weeks at a time without nursing. When he would ask for some “milky” I’d always tell him that I wasn’t sure if there was any, but we could try. And there WAS! I couldn’t believe it, especially after some of the two week stretches. But the milk was still there. Eventually he left too big a gap and it went away, but my point is, a few days away shouldn’t be a problem for your milk supply. And if you’re really worried, you can always take a hand pump with you. :)
    You should go! How fun!

  4. You know, maybe Xanax can be a sponsor. I’m sure there are a lot of people feeling the same.

    I used to have horrendous anxiety so understand. Hang in there. That’s the best advice I can give.

  5. I wanted to throw in my experience with the BFing. When my DD was 2 and 1 month, my grandfather died and I traveled to the funeral alone. We were still nursing approx 2x a day, and I was gone for 40 hours or so. I didn’t have my manual pump (because I had packed it up in a box and shipped it elsewhere because we were moving) so I was just on my own. :) I hand-expressed in the shower after my one night away from DD. I felt kind of full the whole time I was away and was a little nervous about leaks but nothing dreadful happened. My DD did really well with my husband; she was sad that I was away at certain moments during the day, but generally was happy and content to be with dad. I did wonder if maybe she would not want to nurse when I returned but she started up nursing again with no problem; she nursed for another 4 months or so. Just thought I would share my experience in a very similar situation…

  6. I concur with your other readers – Go, Go, Go! You’ll thoroughly have a great time and the fact you have not been away from your kiddies at all since their births shows your commitment and need for a tiny break. Plus you can blog about what the experience was like. I’d love to see Chicago someday too.

    Let me know about the possibility of sponsors as well. You’ll also have to get a hotel room, and perhaps that cost can be reduced by having a roommate. Keep us posted of your plans!

  7. You have to go to Blogher, you have to. :) I would room with you, but I’ll have the baby with me and have already a couple events planned in my room for my sponsors. Unless you want to deal with a 3 month old and come to an organic tea party and a baby wearing party. :)

  8. Good for you, Amy! Go for it! I have one question, maybe you or another reader can answer: I am really intrigued by the Blogher conference, it sounds like an awesome learning experience and networking opportunity, but is it just for Blogher-affiliated bloggers? I’m a blogger, but not a part of the Blogher network. Can I still go? Would I be out of place? If I went, I wouldn’t know anyone! Ack! Okay, that was like 10 questions. Sorry.

  9. i think i’m going to go. as soon as they announced it in chicago, i put the badge on my blog. i’m not going to stay downtown, though, to save money i’ll drive back and forth. there are still some other issues involved (family) but hopefully it will all work out…and we’ll meet in person, cuz you should do it. you deserve the break and the real-life connections….

  10. You have to go, I read your blog daily and well I can meet you LOL. I am going all is good except the hotel is stilliffy but hot dang I am going to blogher LOL

  11. I’m bringing my husband, so I can’t offer a room, but I’d love to meet you and hang out.
    It’s a lot of fun. Overwhelming, yes. But in a very good way—-it’s a bunch of women supporting women; always a good thing.
    xoxo steph

  12. Bring your family! Downtown Chicago if filled with fun things to do. Heck, your kids might just want to ride on the train, ride on the elevator. But, you should make it a family road trip. Hit the museums, maybe a baseball game.

    Driving will be cheaper. You’ll solve the roommate issue by bringing your family (and look into renting a condo close to the conference and you’ll save tons of money!). You’ll have support.

    You’ll make connections and start “interviewing” roommates for next year!

    Make it a fun road trip with lots of stops!

    (Just an option) I can tell you want to go, but are conflicted.

    Peace to you.

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