I officially waited too long to post this and it's starting to become a blur, so I'm combining the two days of the actual conference into one post.
I know I started Friday with a carb-tacular breakfast in the main ballroom with Cagey and her daughter Anjali. At some point, I went back to the room to get a Power Bar out of my suitcase so my blood sugar wouldn't plummet during the first sessions. For those working on next year's sponsorships, might I recommend finding a yogurt company? It's the official food of women, you know!
After the opening session, I continued my efforts to find some of the people I hadn't run across the night before. Liz Rizzo found me while I was being interviewed on video by CafePress about the t-shirt I had on. It took me a while, but I finally ran across Suebob, too.
I had lunch in the iRobot room and got Suzanne to sign a copy of Off the Beaten (Subway) Track: New York City's Best Unusual Attractions while I was there. Remember, you can win a copy (sorry, not autographed) of your own by commenting here.
After lunch, I attended the Midlife Bloggers and Sex & Relationships breakout sessions. After that, I attended the Community Keynote, which I cannot praise too highly. It seemed to me to be the essence of the BlogHer community distilled into twenty readings. I hope it continues each year, even though I know it must have taken a lot of effort to choose the presenters.
I had an event-filled evening beginning with the reception at Ruby Skye, where I had the chance to talk to lots of different people. Liz and I left a little after 8:00 p.m., met up with Zandria, and took a cable car to the marina for a dinner cruise sponsored by Nintendo. The night views of the city were beautiful and it was cool to cruise right by Alcatraz.
After being up late yet again, I actually managed to wake up kinda sorta on time for the 7:00 a.m. yoga class on Saturday. Which is to say that I woke up around 7:10 and decided to go anyway.
After the morning keynote, I attended the Women Without Children and the Blogosphere session. I thought the lunch break that followed was excruciatingly long - an hour and 45 minutes. Once it ended, Nancy and I went to Karl's BlogHims Birds of a Feather Meetup to see what motivated various men to attend the conference.
My last session was Blog to Book Redux, where I discovered that I may be the only blogger in the world who isn't trying to write and publish a book.
The closing reception at Macy's was...interesting. I was starving when I got there, so I alternated between meeting people, taking photos and stuffing myself with whatever food I was offered. My equilibrium was off a bit all day, presumably from the previous evening's boat ride, so I forewent alcohol in favor of sparkling water.
Even though my own roommate was heading up the book signing, I managed to forget to bring my copy of "Sleep is for the Weak" to the reception. Duh. Thus, I got no autographs at all, but I did take quite a few photos.
I capped off the evening hanging out in Cagey and Monkey's room, eating Pakistani food and drinking a Kingfisher beer. It was a great chance to decompress from the chaos of the rest of the conference.
So that was my BlogHer '08. I gave away more than 130 business cards, met a different person for every one of them, and still managed to get into work on time Monday morning. Guess it's time to start planning for 2009.