The other bloggers on the panel were Megan Jordan (Velveteen Mind), Kelby Carr (Type A Mom), Renee Ross (Cutie Booty Cakes), and Briar Sauro (Unwellness).
I ended up having to leave midway due to a broken necklace incident (the twins had kissed it before I left and I was absolutely nut-job about having it around my neck), but I wrote down some really interesting thoughts:
- Because IF is so emotional, we blog every moment of it to process it. But what happens afterwards, when you don’t need to talk as much. It's hard to move from IF blogger to mommyblogger.
- When a blogger gets under stress, that’s when people blog more. Connect more.
- Jump into what you want to do. Never be afraid to comment. You do not need an invitation to connect with another person.
- Meeting people face-to-face is like "live commenting."
The day kicked off with a discussion on blogging with Elisa, Jory, and Lisa, the CEOs of BlogHer. They are such great speakers and they set a wonderful tone to the conference--balancing fun with information. They announced at BlogHer '10 will be in New York. I would like to set up a dinner/social event for ALI bloggers either the night before or the night after--something that doesn't compete with the established conference events, but that allows those going to the conference to mix with those in the area. So...set out Sunday, August 6th on your calendar right now and we'll have a lunch or an afternoon activity or a dinner. Yes, we are finally going to have our own ALI event and tack it on so people can travel once and see a lot of people.
Coming up next time I post...the ALI lunch, the brilliant Op-Ed session, and my community keynote props (I hope someone tapes it!).