You know what I love about BlogHer? It’s the phenomena of being surrounded by people WAAAAAY freakin’ smarter than me and what it does to my brain. It makes my brain hurt because it takes a lot of effort to pretend like you’re smart. That’s why you won’t see me ask a question in a session, because I’m afraid the spotlight will reveal the man behind the curtain and everyone will be like, “Hm. That Zoot? She’s a total dumbass.”
I ended up in a spontaneous chat session yesterday with FoodMomiac and Jeanne from House In Progress. FoodMomiac, of course, likes the write about food and Jeanne writes about DIY stuff. Now, we all know how I feel about food (Love to eat it, Don’t know how to cook it) and when my husband is the DIY’er in my home, but I felt like I learned loads from these woman. Here’s is my Most Valuable BlogHer Tip Of The Week. FoodMomiac puts her children’s dishes in a cabinet they can reach so they can help set the table or get their places set for dinner.
OHMYGOD. Isn’t that the most amazing thing ever? And if you already knew that tip, please pretend like you didn’t and be amazed with me. I’m totally rearranging my kitchen when I get home.
I’ve decided my BlogHer roundup this year, when I get back home and can focus on the experience, will be of the “Who Taught Me What” this year. I’ve been to some great sessions and I can’t wait to share with you some of the ideas.
But here’s another “revelation” of sorts. I missed the Momosphere Panel, believe it or not (I’ll explain that later – there’s an interesting story behind that choice) but I heard they only barely touched on whether Mom Blogs are “legitamate” which goes back to what I said earlier about feeling the need to apologize for having a personal blog. Because I feel like it gets dismissed so easily.
BUT – here is my revelation: I dismiss blogs all the time. (Please don’t hate me.) Now, I don’t dismiss them in the sense that I deem they have no substance, I just dismiss them as sites I won’t read and that won’t interest me. And usually it’s because their about a niche topic I find no enthusiasm for. So, in reality? I’ve been doing all along what I fear people do about my site. I’m afraid they won’t come by because I say, “It’s a personal blog.” Or worse, “It’s a MommyBlog.”
And okay – HOW DUMB IS THAT? Really? I’m getting upset over that? Isn’t that, you know, simply a choice that I make everytime I skim someone else’s blogroll? Why is it that me assuming there’s nothing on that knitting site that will appeal to me is okay, but someone assuming my MommyBlog is not awesome upsets me? Because I’m a DUMBASS, that’s why.
So, here’s my new stance. I’m a life blogger. I’m a personal blogger. I’m a MommyBlogger. And of course people are going to dismiss that. And I may thing they’re crazy like I do people who dismiss donuts or Harry Potter, but I do it too. We can’t read it all, and we much rush judgements that may keep us away from some awesome sites – but it’s nothing to take too personally.
Now – people who dismiss donuts? I take that shit personally.