July 27, 2009
I went to the Mamapop Sparklecorn Extravaganza and
All I Got Was This Lousy Stick of Deodorant
Well, I did get to eat a fine piece of unicorn cake ass and I did fondle Edward Cullen's cardboard ass, but still. I received no swag. Those broke-ass bitches at Mamapop totally robbed me!
But I kid Mamapop.
For me, their party encapsulated all that was so very right with BlogHer this year. Yes, despite the Nikon Hates Baby Brouhaha (and why anyone would even think a baby should be at a cocktail party is beyond me) and Hags for Swag Bags Gate (The fist fights for swag bags was unreal this year and while I love free stuff as much as the next gal, bruising babies and elbowing folks outta the way is never cool. Ever.)
So, despite that and the odd lack of plain old ice water in a water pitcher, I had a great time.
And I have to give some credit to Momcentral. No, I did not go to the party. Hell no. I did not write that post to get re-invited, I wrote that post to call the company out on what was rude, unprofessional and disrespectful behavior. The experience left such a bad taste in my mouth just as I was about the embark on a trip that I had been anticipating for months. However, Thursday morning I woke up and packed my bags with a determination to just let it go and have a great time. To focus on what mattered to me, which was meeting and connecting with people.
And I did precisely that. I had such a fabulous time with my roomies - Rita, Celeste and Blondie. We giggled far too much and far too late into the night. I had a lovely time meeting folks, laughing and having amazing conversations that left me teary-eyed on the plane back home as I reflected on them.
I will not be linking to all of those people in this post as I will inevitably forget someone. And I do not want some links to have a perceived "value" over others because it does matter to me if someone has a readership of 5 or 5,000. It was not about popularity this weekend.Yes , I will be sending out a ridiculous amount of I Loved You, Did You Love Me, Too? emails over the next week or so. And I want to treasure and keep close to my heart some of the amazing experiences I had this weekend. In short, I came away from BlogHer with what I believe, I hope will be a few new friends. Maybe. Maybe not. After all, I had no earthly clue that Brit would become one of my most trusted friends when I met her at Blogher 06.
I linked to Mamapop for a very specific reason. Truthfully, I normally do not read their site, but RSVP'd to their party because I knew it would be fun. But it ended up being more than that - their party was amazing simply because it was about people. People! There was great music, drink and cake. Folks were there not for the free stuff - they were there because it was fun. Everyone was having an amazing time just hanging out. No one grabbed their free stick of deoderant, then hoofed it to the next party for more swag.
And while AlphaMom's CheeseburgHer party was a close runner-up by a mere hair and had the same atmosphere of Good Old Fashioned Socializing for the Nothing Other Than the Mere Sake of Socializing, MamaPop wins my personal stamp of approval for The KickAss Party of BlogHer.
People stayed..... And laughed..... And danced......And connected.
So, the next sarcastic pundit who wants to knock on BlogHer and write us all off as money-grubbing whores, I will remain adamant in my stance that it was not all about the networking, marketing and swag. I personally witnessed folks making friends and having fun.
And truly, is that not why most of us are blogging in the first place?