I’m back from BlogHer ’12, and in the lull before the storm of my preliminary exams and the beginning of my first Teaching Assistant position. As always, I left the BlogHer hotel feeling inspired by the wonderful women I met, even more by the friends I saw, and ready to take on the world.
A few highlights:
- My panel was a lot of fun, as were my fellow panelists, Lindsay LaVine, and Divya Jayachandran, and our wonderful moderator Lisen Stromberg. Presentations, in-room questions and discussions, and the Twitter stream were all lively.
- My next most-favorite panel was on getting women elected. Not only was it successfully bipartisan, the Twitter stream conversation inspired me to blog, and I have an academic crush on the Rutgers Center for American Women and Politics. And it featured one of my favorite people, political author and pundit, Joanne Bamberger.
- I met a completely hilarious woman named Cindy, who somehow proceeded to explain to me that she used to be the number one hit for Pterodactyl Porn on Google, not that she produces the stuff herself. She just blogs about whatever random things she finds amusing. I spent the whole morning with her, laughing.
- I cried my eyes out while my dear friend Dresden read her Voice of the Year winning post. And while my also wonderful friend Vikki read hers, although I was mercifully less sobby for that one.
- Briar made me laugh, spent ages chatting with me, and when I was tweeting that we were afraid we were going to be stuck in NYC overnight (#BlogHerTarmac), offered crash space.
- I spent fantastic time and had wonderful conversations with too many other people to count.
- EDITED TO ADD: I almost forgot the MOST AMAZING PART! The President of the United States accepted the invitation to address 5,000 women bloggers, via live satellite feed! You can watch his address — and hear our roar of welcome — on BlogHer.com. (Romney was invited too; he did not speak to us.)
In T-9 days, I begin my 60-day long preliminary examinations. I’m glad I had so much fun before they get started.