Handwriting with Hallmark

I had too much to say for just one post. Not that I think 2 posts are going to capture everything that's in my head but, it's a start. BlogHer made me realize what I don't like about bloggers. And it's probably not what you think. I don't like that we don't put a mailing address on our cards! Because I thoroughly enjoy sending out physical follow up cards. I think it gives me an edge (of course, now that I've written this, the edge is gone. I hope you appreciate me sharing).

I still smile when I get a note in the mail from someone and so I try my best to follow up with a note here and there when I can (and when I remember).  I've made it a point to write it in to my momAgenda as part of my monthly to do's and definitely after a conference.

I like to stock up on cards. One year, CVS had a special to get a box for your cards with the purchase of X number of cards. And, yeah, I got it. I love that you can file the cards by occasion.  It totally feeds my OCD.  How cool is that? Tell me, if you'd seen these cards while shopping, wouldn't they just scream PICK ME UP! I got these eons ago and haven't sent them out yet but I know where they're going to go now. It's all about timing!

Anywho, I love sending out cards but I rarely get a blogger card with a mailing address. And if I ask for a mailing address I'll seem creepy, don't you think? Also, if I ask for an address then I've ruined the surprise.

I dislike that I don't have Martha's mailing address handy. I loved her interview and what she had to say and I saw about 5 things that I've been looking for for my home office in one of the brochures I received.  Plus, it's Martha so you know SHE sends out handwritten cards.

And who wouldn't want to send a card to Katie Couric? I'd send one to talk to her about the fact that she is so buff and how I'm now trying to figure out where I'm going to find the time to pump iron so I can be HAWT like her when I'm slightly older than what I am now.

Then there's Soledad O'Brien who looked poised and beautiful. To her, I'd write a note to let her know that I think all of the work she is doing (both on and off camera) is above board and how proud she makes me.

And don't get me started on bloggers! I'd love to send Queerie Bradshaw a snarky and funny card (actually, I'd love to send that entire Erotica panel cards thanking them for the awesome job they did and how funny and poignant they were).  Oh and then there's Brian from Central FL Top 5 who I only just met in NYC even though we are in the same city! I loved him and I'd write a note to tell him I appreciate his openness and his willingness to help connect me with others.  Yeah, I could go on and on and on but, surprise! I won't.

Instead, I will give you a chance to do this handwriting thing for yourself! Enter below to win a 10-pack of Hallmark Any Day greeting cards! And, if you should get a card from me, I apologize in advance for the bad handwriting. I was supposed to be a doctor and that, well, just didn't work out.

My BlogHer Recap

“So, how was the conference?” I’ve gotten this question about 322 times since yesterday. And my answer was different yesterday than today. Why? I’ve had time to think and I’m no longer exhausted thanks to a killer nap around 10 a.m. I actually volunteered at BlogHer so I didn’t get a chance to go to as many sessions as I wanted to but I got to Mic Wrangle 2 of them and they were pretty awesome.

So where to I start? Everyone wants to know about the swag. I should preface this by saying I am not a swag whore. This means that I will walk away from your booth if there’s a long line & your product is not of particular interest to me. It also means I stop at booths that may not have “good” swag because I believe in the product (like books!).

Yesterday I would’ve told you that it was not worth my last minute sprint. That I did not get a chance to connect with new brands because with 5,000 bloggers there, that was pretty difficult. I did thoroughly enjoyed volunteering. I loved seeing new faces and old saunter up to me at the registration desk and my anticipation of pulling up their info on the computer and checking out their twitter handle to see if I followed them.

I was at what was probably one of the best sessions: Erotica Out In the Open. After I got past my fear that the attendants would tackle me for both the mic and the lube I was giving away when they asked a question, I was able to settle in and realized that the session was about much more than sex. It was about finding your voice, owning it, protecting those that you love and shedding your fear.

Today as I woke up and checked out my timeline, responded to tweets and closed FB groups I realized how much I loved it. I was able to see some friends that I hadn’t met before and others that I hadn’t seen in a while. If you don’t think that online friendships translate to real ones, I feel sad for you. If you don’t get that when someone says oxoxox or I love you on Twitter or FB they can really mean it despite never having laid eyes on the other person, you are so missing out!

I miss my friends today. I miss Tonia who is me in that over-confident “yes dammit, I look good and I’m hot” sorta way that few people get. I crave a hug from Frelle with her big rack and comforting arms. I’m sad I only got to see Julie’s smile a couple of times and didn’t get to sit and chat with her. I wish that Chrysula would record herself reading a book or something because her voice is so soothing to me that when I get an online message from her, I hear it in my head. I can go on and on and on! LaShaun, Tawanna, Migdalia who I met for the first time and fell in love with, Alex who has the bestest most flawless skin E.V.E.R! All of my Stiletto Media girls who I will tell you more about later on in the week. I miss them all.

I also miss the brands. There were two that stood out for me this weekend. Two that I already have a relationship with but that I felt were solidified even more by some face time. I tell you this: while there’s no doubt in my mind that social media connects us, I also know that having face time with someone takes that relationship to another level. I spent SO much time with The Blog Frog girls and I’m so glad I did. Most of the time I felt I talked more about them than my own blog (and if I talked to you about them, go to the site!).

And then there is Windows. There was Jessica who was so informative and helpful.  And Kristina let me fondle her Asus (wow, I just read that and laughed! Yeah, I’m 12!). Get your mind out of the gutter people! I’m shopping for a laptop and because of them, I am looking to convert from a Mac back to a PC. Crazy, eh? More on that later as well.

So, was BlogHer worth it? Hell yes! I made some new connections and continued to build on old ones. They may not lead to a big brand contract or the million-dollar book deal but they lead to friendships and I cannot put a price on that. Especially when my online friends have done so much to support me in the past.

All in all, I’m glad I went. I’m also glad to be home! In two weeks I fly out to my first every conference as a panelist (shameless plug: tickets are still available! Come chek out The Niche Mommy Conference in NOLA).

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go take a nap drink some coffee chat on twitter do some follow up. Did you go to the conference? If so, what did you think?

Fifty Shades Of...Sili

By the time you read this I'll either be 1. frantically reviewing my packing spreadsheets to see what I've forgotten 2. getting the 2 hours of sleep I plan on slipping in 3. on my way to BlogHer 2012 or 4. partying it up doing business with around 4,500 other awesome bloggers (shameless plug: there's still time to sponsor me)! If we haven't met then, let's get to it! Welcome! If you are a regular, consider this a refresher, will you (and, why haven't you called?)?

I have not read Fifty Shades of Grey yet, what with potty training and Business Law taking up my time. Life around here has been more like Fifty Shades of Holy Crap (both literally and figuratively). But I do know that there are many different sides to me and so, what better title?

You can get the bio and find out who it says I am but, that's probably the hardest piece of writing I've had to do (if you'd like to re-write it for me, knock yourself out and then email it to me).

This post is a quick guide to the different "me's". Both visually and through my writing so, enjoy the ride and tell me, who do you think I am?