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BlogHer09 Recap (With Photos!)

fashion
FASHION

comraderie
COMRADERIE

anxiety
ANXIETY

sightseeing
SIGHTSEEING

anger
ANGER

ego boosting
EGO BOOSTING

tears
TEARS

truthtelling
TRUTH-TELLING

troublemakers
TROUBLE-MAKING

drinking
DRINKING

cliques
CLIQUES

support
SUPPORT

100 Comments

  1. maggie, dammit

    BEST. BLOGHER RECAP. EVER.

  2. Jozet at Halushki

    I love that you wore green lederhosen and a wig for the entire conference. I like your confidence.

  3. Finn

    You totally suck, you know that don’t you?

  4. moosh in indy.

    Brilliant.
    But you forgot “There’s no place like home”
    Because really? There’s not.

  5. Loukia

    Hilarous. Thanks for making me smile – even though I was not there – today, as it’s very depressing and I’m beyond sad about baby Stellan.
    Hope to see you next year at BlogHer ’10 in NYC.

  6. rachel-asouthernfairytale

    ha ha ha ha ha ha ha

    Neil, you’re a doll and I thoroughly enjoyed hanging out with you at the Social Luxe lounge and seeing you around the conference.

  7. Burgh Baby

    Finally! A BlogHer post that covers all the angles!

  8. Whit

    You nailed it.

  9. Darryle

    Perfect.

  10. OHmommy

    Neil. You nailed this one.

  11. Jill - GlossyVeneer

    Brilliant! I wasn’t there this year, but that works just as well for last year’s BlogHer!

  12. Marilyn

    BEYOND brilliant. Genius. 🙂

  13. akaMonty

    ALMOST PERFECT! Except you left out the sex. *that’s what she said*

  14. Allie

    Perfect!

  15. Astacia

    Spot on 🙂

  16. Raychel Celeste

    Hahaha. That’s just great.

  17. palinode

    I represented the Lollipop Guild.

  18. slouching mom

    Snort.

  19. Zoeyjane

    Genius.

  20. Elizabeth, Table for Five

    Absolutely brilliant! It was terrific to meet you at the Shutter Sisters PJ party and put a real face to the twitter profile 🙂

  21. Jen

    I could not have said this any better. Like everyone else said this is just Brilliant!

  22. Heather

    I love it! I’m so bummed I kept missing you!

  23. Y

    So, wait. Are you saying that I was Dorothy or the Witch? I need to know this.

  24. Headless Mom

    Now I will just sound like the follower that I am….This is perfection!

  25. Maria

    Absolutely.

  26. Lee of MWOB

    Neil. Only you. You are one unique brilliant dude. I don’t think Black Hockey Jesus could have thought of this post…..

    🙂

  27. Issa

    Dammit Neil you stole my idea. Crap what am I supposed to do now?

    Love it. Great post.

  28. Catheroo

    AWESOME

  29. Rhi

    Fantastic 🙂 Loved meeting you, Neil!

  30. cryitout

    Awesome.

  31. Christine

    Yes. YESYESYESYESYES. YES.

  32. sarah

    Hilarious.

    I really loved your session on blogging as storytelling, too. After a weekend of “how do I get more hits on my blog?!” and “what is product branding?!” and having swag chucked at my head, it was nice to sit in a session where people discussed, oh, I don’t know, WRITING blogs. Thanks for that!

  33. VDog

    We didn’t get to Bump. 🙁

    Great to meet you face to face, Neil.

  34. Lynette

    Well. It certainly looks like I missed a rip roaring good time. Are you the one in the ruby slippers, or the one in the pointy hat?

  35. Lolita

    Perfect.

  36. Gwen

    You clever little blogger, you. And I feel fortunate that I get to say that you are even better in real life.

  37. Jeannine

    Excellent, Excellent recap!!! I’m so deliriously tired that I’m reliving the emotions again right now.

  38. Ann's Rants

    Perfect. Great to meet you.

  39. deb

    so who’s the main character? where’s the Anacin? i’m confused!

  40. The Glamorous Life Association

    Great to meet you and hang in the Shutter Sister suite.

    My recap was less Wizard of Oz and more HEATHERS.

    http://marcywrites.com/2009/01/oh-my-blog/

  41. Kristabella

    That pretty much sums up my whole weekend!

    Excellent post!

    Nice to briefly meet you in the elevator!

  42. Mr Lady

    Well played, sir. Well played, indeed. See you soon, mister. 🙂

  43. Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting

    Fantastic!

  44. Corina

    Neil: Those ruby slippers make you look HOT. You own them….

  45. ByJane

    Yep, you got it. A pic is worth a trillion words….

  46. LVGurl

    Right, but would the BlogHer weekend synch up with Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon?”

  47. SciFi Dad

    Dude, tell me you’re actually going to write about BlogHer, please, because your recap is one of the few I was actually looking forward to reading.

  48. Colleen - Mommy Always Wins

    The only thing you missed was a shot of Dorothy and the Scarecrow picking apples off the trees with the caption: “SWAG”

    😉

  49. merlotmom

    Very cool. Very cool. Was nice to meet you, Neil!

  50. Ellen B.

    Congratulations on all your new fans, Neil. You have definitely boosted your popularity meter!

  51. lizardek

    Too funny!

  52. magpie

    Woot!

  53. ingrid

    next year … i MUST come

  54. Natalie

    Oh goodness, all my favorite things.

    Next year, I must go. Blogher10 or bust!

  55. Fairly Odd Mother

    Great recap. Although I thought the cliques looked better than those guys.

  56. Donna

    I’m glad you finally made it to BlogHer (although sorry it was one of the ones *I* couldn’t get to). Maybe I’ll finally meet you next year in NYC.

  57. Kari

    Love it!

  58. Kari

    p.s. Loved your storytelling panel at BlogHer too. I got a lot out of it, so thanks!

  59. Kellyology

    Bwhahaha…best recap yet.

  60. Stimey

    Dammit. Which suite was that in?

  61. eliz

    Reading your tweets (and now seeing this excellent recap) about your impressions of BlogHer was almost better than experiencing BlogHer myself. It was quite a weekend, no? Sorry I didn’t meet your or go to your panel, but I agree with Sarah – there was a dearth of actual writing sessions, and unfortunately virtually the only two were happening at once.

    I also echo Ellen B.

  62. churlita

    I thought it was in Chicago, not Oz. I still kind of think of Chicago as the land of Oz anyway.

  63. Long Story Longer

    Brilliant. As usual.

    🙂

  64. Kerri Anne

    Perfect. It was so great to meet you, good sir.

  65. corrin

    Very true!

  66. Maya

    OMG I LOVED THIS!

  67. perksofbeingme

    BEST. RECAP. EVER.

  68. Matthew

    All this bs about “story telling” and you do this. I hate you.

    (But really like this post)

    You could be in my clique anytime. Can I be the guy in blue? I like his hair better.

  69. Amy, Resourceful Mommy

    So bummed I didn’t meet you and this is the BEST BlogHer recap I’ve read so far. Love it!

  70. Chicken Liver

    Like any good movie, one that you want to watch again–you need trouble making.

    Blogher wouldn’t be blogher if not for the drama. Oh the drama. It is a womans meet up after all.

  71. Miguelina

    Oooh, I like your shoes!

  72. Margaret (Nanny Goats)

    Yeah, that clique of self-righteous, self-aggrandizing, blogging ho’ Oompah Loompahs really pissed me off. Otherwise, the conference was great.

    Also? It was great “Bump”ing iPhones with you. And attending your panel on Storytelling. You, my friend, rock.

  73. Parentopia Devra

    I’m so happy you followed the yellow brick road and came to Chicago!

  74. Chris

    My favorite movie of all time. I’m glad BlogHer was THAT good. 🙂

  75. Twenty Four At Heart

    This is so, so, perfect! Of course, I found myself over analyzing even this ….
    Hugs!

  76. gorillabuns

    so, tell me how you really feel? and BTW: did you see any boobs?

  77. Avitable

    What, no “Burgers with Avitable” image from that one scene from Oz? Fucker.

  78. Danny

    Love it, this is my kind of post!! That said, I’m dying to hear more about your workshop and your general impressions of that event that I can’t imagine ever attending. What was it like being in the testosterone minority?

  79. flutter

    perfect.

  80. Velma

    I love this so much that I don’t even care that you don’t remember meeting me the first time. Heh.

  81. vodkamom

    Do you still have my shoes?

  82. Vicki

    At least it wasn’t Apocalypse Now. Thanks. This is great. Now, for a full recap, please!

  83. Chicky Chicky Baby

    I bet poppies leave you with less of a hangover.

    Great meeting you!

  84. better safe than sorry

    love the shoes, but that is the creepiest movie i’ve ever seen, which makes me worry about what blogher was really like, hopefully, no flying monkies, eek!

  85. Mocha

    Shit. When you’re clever like this I sorta hate it. You jerk.

  86. Only Aman

    wait… which one am I?

  87. Melanie

    perfect!

  88. Cara

    Pure awesomeness.

  89. califmom

    Prezactly!

  90. Don Mills Diva

    Yup – that pretty much sums it up!

    Soooo bummed I didn’t get to hang with you. I saw you at Mama Pop but then you were gone. Or was I gone? Can’t remember now.

  91. Deb on the Rocks

    I’ve figured out all the others, but who was Toto?

  92. Janie

    I don’t think you could have summed it up any better! I wasn’t there but I can only imagine.

  93. LetterB

    Lovely, precise, and true, Neil. I’m a little sad to be back in black and white. Wonderful meeting you, darling.

  94. Karl

    I know I’m late to the party, dude, but I don’t read recaps until after MINE is written. Enjoyed you immensely as a roommate, but next year I’m injecting you with a GPS microchip. The needle isn’t all THAT big, don’t worry.

  95. Sandy - Organize with Sandy

    Great post!! (plus I love Wizard of Oz)
    It was good to meet you. I sat at your table at one of the closing sessions. I had to leave a little early to meet someone…but was glad to meet you.

  96. amy@ bitchin' wives club

    How did I miss this earlier this week? Gah.

    Handily the most creative re-cap of the weekend. Well done, sir!

  97. Karen (Miscellaneous Mum)

    I’m coming next year 🙂

    Let’s hope that photo re-cap isn’t taken from something like, oh, A Clockwork Orange or something 😉

  98. Karen MEG

    My fave recap, on so many levels!

    So glad to have met you, Neil!

  99. thenextmartha

    Can I be the scarecrow?

  100. Mamie

    I have never wanted to bein a clique until today.

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