28. If you are sharing a hotel room with multiple roommates and all roommates are handing out different company’s swag, don’t think you accidentally entered a mini-warehouse instead of your hotel room upon arrival.

27. However, those same roommates may make fun of you if you talk in your sleep.

26. Especially if you talk about web page design.

25. Trying to bowl like a professional will not help your score be any more professional. IMG_1683

24. If trying to slide your leg like a professional, you will trip and fall if you simply emulate the RIGHT-HANDED person next to you and you’re actually LEFT-HANDED.

23. If word gets out that there is a bowling event full of women from out of town, it will draw out of the woodwork leering men who say they were sent there by the Mexican Tourism Board to learn about blogging. They will invade your bowling game. And they MIGHT even have business cards.IMG_1680

22. Business cards are cheap these days. Don’t believe them.

21. “Swag” does not necessarily constitute great free stuff. It actually means “Lots of stuff that will take up a whole suitcase and make your walk through the airport that much clumsier, and when unpacked, will clutter up your house and you won’t know where to put it all.”IMG_1734

20. However, it is a KID’S paradise.

19. A bag made out of a T-Shirt is quite impractical. Ever tried putting things in and taking things out of a neckhole?IMG_1749

18. The only piece of swag that you will use while at BlogHer is the First Aid kit of Band-Aids.IMG_1747

17. Fairies aren’t always “fairies”, if ya know what I mean. IMG_1630

16. Everyone has at least one fan. And wow it makes the heart feel good when ONE person in a conference of 1,500 finds you on the last night right before you’re about to head up to bed and is excited to see you. IMG_1705

Thank you for making me feel very nearly important, Caitlin!

15. One way to get TWO pictures of yourself in the top 23 photos taken by a photographer at a party called “Mommy Needs a Cocktail” is to be the one of the only ones in attendance NOT having a cocktail.

14. However, your picture might look awkwardly sober compared to everyone else’s.

13. If your husband says “those shoes look horribly uncomfortable”, then he’s probably right. Even if they felt perfectly fine in the store. Especially after making 59 laps around a cocktail party looking for a familiar (or just friendly) face.

12. The Riverwalk in Chicago is sticky if you walk it barefoot due to uncomfortable shoes.IMG_1595

11. Uncomfortable shoes are just made tighter and more uncomfortable with the addition of band-aids from a swag first aid kit.

10. One of the most fun things you can do in a Little Black Dress is play Wii.IMG_1624

9. Copper people are mean.IMG_1636

8. According to all six humor panelists in the Humor Seminar, one of the funniest sounds in the human language is a very foul curse word. And to be really and truly funny, you must use it liberally.IMG_1651

(I hope you don’t mind that I plan on staying merely “somewhat funny”.)

7. Tim Gunn is one of the nicest, classiest, most gracious celebrities ever. But he has a weird effect on the camera lens. I think it’s his magical powers to always look 10 pounds LIGHTER on camera – the camera lens reflects out to make everything around him look bigger.TimGunn1

6. In Chicago, they have signs that would NEVER be in necessary Alabama.IMG_1674

5. BlogHer may be the only place in the world where women don’t find it revolting and disgusting to wear a McDonald’s bag on their head, and even find it “The Thing To Do”.IMG_1703

4. Walking a red carpet and getting photographed by the Paparazzi is fun. I don’t know why everyone complains about it.Bowlher1

3. Apparently, it is perfectly socially acceptable to put “Adult Electronic Devices” in the same swag bag with Children’s DVDs about Ballerinas.

2. The best friends that you will make are the informal-passing-time-while-waiting-in-line-to-meet-a-celebrity type, not the begrudgingly-let’s-get-to-know-each-other-like-we’re-supposed-to-even-though-we’re-all-introverts-type.IMG_1670

1. An innocent button that says “You Go Girl” may not just be an uplifting message of positivity: It may be an advertisement for a FUD, or a female urination device, for which women can pee while standing. DO NOT WEAR BUTTON.

23 thoughts on “28 Things That I Learned At Blogher

  1. Hilarious post-and I am so glad you do not use curse words. Only really uncreative people use curse words-I think Will Smith said that one time. Anyways, you looked great and I would have loved the swag-(except for maybe a few things :)). The swag would probably have been my favorite thing-I love me some freebies-whatever they are!

  2. Okay Rachel-I have no idea who I just post four comments up. Really, sometimes I wonder about myself.

  3. Great Post! Looks like you learned alot and had a great time! You definitely weren't in lil ol' Alabama were ya? Glad ya had fun!

  4. Loved this list! lol I'm glad you don't curse either…I can tolerate it sometimes but just prefer not too if possible :)

    You looked fabulous in your LBD!

  5. I have to admit, I have no idea what the CheeseburgHER party was actually supposed to be about, but the fact that every picture I see of it has a bunch of women wearing McD's bags on their heads makes me REALLY REALLY want to attend!

  6. You do stand out a little in the drunk moms pics. In a good way, though. : )

    That t-shirt bag is goofy. It looks like an accident that someone decided to get rid of.

    I meant to mention that "silver people" are also mean. I was lucky to photograph a couple of them from the relative safety of the inside of a bus in San Francisco. They still cussed me out. (Which I'm glad that you don't do. "Funny" is not the word I choose to describe cursing.)

  7. So funny! I love freebies! I guess I should start calling it swag, it sounds more sophisticated! I'm so glad I won a prize!!!! Thank you so much!

  8. WOW! You really did hit up the fun spots in Chicago.

    I will confess that I was totally weak-kneed when I met you. You are gorgeous! I am so thankful we met while there.

    p.s. I totally re-gifted or donated back half my swag.

  9. I'm still laughing at the memory of YOU GO GIRL!
    I need to make a list of weird schwag.

  10. Awww, now those Mexican guys were cute, friendly, and I didn't get hit on (which is more than I can say for some other guys at BlogHer!)

    Thanks for posting the pictures too! I hadn't been able to go look for the Tim Gunn one yet!

  11. okay the one about the sign you wouldn't find in Alabama makes me laugh. you are so right. :) and i am so jealous you got to meet Tim Gunn!

  12. It was great to meet you to! So nice that we got a chance to talk during a quiet moment. Those were few and far between!

  13. You crack me up. I loved this positive post about blogher. I hope to meet you one day.


  14. LOVED this post. I wasn't at BlogHer, but I just LOVED. THIS. POST (if I hadn't said it already).

    I also loved the post(s) you wrote after it.


    (Found you via a comment you left on Boo Mama's blog.)

  15. So if the person in the stall next to me is facing the toilet and standing while peeing…I should not immediately panic and assume I went to the wrong restroom, right?

  16. Just found you on the Alabama Bloggers site. I finally linked up my blog. This is really funny. You have a wonderful sense of humor, and you don't need to use curse words to be funny.

  17. Hi
    I see Mom Writer's Literary Magazine on the bed and that makes me very happy because I gave that out!!!! Nice blog and we may have met at BlogHer. Best Wishes. -Loren

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