I arrived in Houston around 4:30 yesterday, and after tracking Cecily down (she was busily chatting in the lobby rather than waiting for me in the room - how dare she!), I settled in to the room, registered, and then got ready for Mom 2.0 Summit.
I have to say that so far, this conference has been different from my experiences at BlogHer '09. And all for the better. Which is not to say I didn't enjoy BlogHer, because I did. But this conference is more my speed. I feel less intimidated. More inclined to say hi to strangers. It feels like a smaller, more intimate setting. And my short runway for approaching this conference limited my pre-conference jitters.
There seems to be a really supportive, women-being-nice-to-women vibe here that isn't necessarily common to large gatherings of women. And I love that.
Last night's Mad Men-themed party was a great way to start things off. I poofed my hair as best I could and helped Cecily position her bumpit. I met lots of women - quite a few of whom are celebrities of the blogging world - who were warm and welcoming and didn't seem at all put off by the fact that I am delightfully oblivious* to who is who and the relative hierarchy of the blogosphere. It was a highlight of the evening to have a woman come up to me and tell me she was a fan and a longtime reader and let me prattle on for a good five minutes about myself before I finally asked, "So, what's your blog?"
"Finslippy," she replied.
Yeah, that's me. The clueless one. How great it is to be around women who are by and large forgiving of such social faux pas.
We took lots of fun pictures with this neat green-screen thingie that lets us look our most fabulous early-60s selves. (I'll link to them when I find where they're posted.) Here are a few shots of us just hanging out.
The keynote this morning was nice, and I've been to one session so far that was really great. I have to say - better than the ones I attended at BlogHer. The caliber of presenters, combined with the intimate yet knowledgeable panelists makes me think that this conference is a great fit for me.
I hope to have a few minutes tonight to digest some of my thoughts from that first panel, so I can talk about them with you.
Most of all, I just wanted you all to know that I'm here, I'm having a good time, I'm enjoying myself, making friends, and marveling at the power of women connecting.