The games began Thursday afternoon when I made a mad dash out of my house to catch the train into the city after already having missed the earlier one. My husband sped through the streets as I watched the clock tick ever closer to my departure time. When we swerved into the station, coated in sweat, I said, “See? We have three whole minutes to spare.”
Exactly three minutes later the train arrived, and I boarded to find a nearly empty car. I slid into an unoccupied row, leaned back into the vinyl upholstered seat and closed my eyes. I’m not gonna say taking the train into the city by myself was the absolute best part of BlogHer, but it was one of the highlights.
I relished that brief, quiet moment to myself ahead of the non-stop, live action of BlogHer15. As soon as my train pulled into the station, it was off to the races. I met my roommate Amy of A My Name is Amy who was a LTYM cast member and teamed up with the talented ladies of Science of Parenthood who are gearing up for their book tour, the ever lovely Susan of Beyond Your Blog who was an Expert Among Us, the fabulous Danielle of Martinis and Minivans who is also the host of the show, Moms Everyday, Louise of Single With who was my roommate at BlogU and the hilarious Sarah Maizes, who I think has had about 10,000 different careers. She gave us the rundown at the humor course she taught at BlogHer – television show producer, author, standup comedian, mother, freelance writer – and afterward I thought, I’ve done nothing!
But I went to BlogHer to hopefully change some of that. I wanted to use this conference to push myself out of my comfort zone. I decided I had take advantage of every opportunity even if it was scary – as most opportunities are to me. So when Danielle said she was conducting interviews for Moms Everyday, I said, “Sign me up,” even though I much prefer the quiet, comfortable, obscure area behind the scenes where there’s no pressure to pretend you’re actually a capable, intelligent person. It’s so much better there. But I knew one day I might be expected to carry on an intelligent conversation so I thought this would be good practice for me. It was a less intense, less high-stakes venture than, say, being interviewed by Oprah or going on the Today Show with Hoda and Kathie Lee. Not that either one is a real possibility, but still for some reason when you go to conferences or are just generally going about your life, you have to speak to people. And so I have to learn how to speak. Which is a real pain in the ass.
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