In Chicago for BlogHer ’13 and few plans. That’s the way I roll. At my first conference way back in 2009, I listened to excited attendees squeal about their non-plans, all the parties they’d attend and all the panels they would not, and I was horrified. So much squealing. “Why would you spend all that money to come to a conference if you’re not actually going to attend sessions and learn a thing or two or take anything away?” I asked them in a judgy tone, in my head. I’m that attendee now. The only panels I know without a doubt I’m attending are the two writing labs that Susan Goldberg and I have been charged with running. After that? Who knows?
Voices of the Year is always a highlight, and Queen Latifah is hosting! “Gabriella,” I asked Gabriella, “if Queen Latifah wants to tap this, I have your blessing, right?” “Uh, no,” she answered without even looking at me. “Wrong answer. Your answer is, ‘Of course, Honey,’ because you know that it would never happen…even though I’ll be wearing my new matching bra and panties just in case.” “Keep your underwear to yourself,” she huffed. And that was that. Sorry Queen. No free spin.
Also on the must-do list is the 2nd annual BlogHer Fashion Show. Pause while all who know me laugh so hard that they must change their soiled underpants because they know that my “fashion” consists of the same pair of shorts or jeans for at least 3 days in a row, at least, and frumpy top. I do appreciate couture as I appreciate fine art, but I am as good at styling myself as I am at painting. Not good. But this year my blog wife will be walking the runway and there is no way I would miss Vikki on the catwalk. Even though she tells herself that she has no swagger, she’s cool without knowing how cool she is which is the coolest kind of cool there is. Werk.
After that? We’ll have to see where the wind in the Windy City takes me. Whatever I do and wherever I go, I do know is that I will leave the conference feeling good about blogging and feeling inspired to do more - not that there’s anything wrong with focusing on the blogging, but for me, my blog is a springboard. While I still enjoy the practice of writing free form and without guidelines or direction, I see what else could be.
Since last year’s BlogHer, some of the contributors of Lesbian Family decided that it was time for the site to get with the now. Lesbian Family is no more, and we are now the proud, queer parents of VillageQ. All you Qs and Allies show us some love! Get your tushies over to the site. Leave a comment. LIKE the Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter, and do it now. The more you support us on our platforms, the less likely I’ll be to ask you for cash. No joke. And thank you.
See you on the other side!
|Vikki, Susan and I - the before pic|