I met a few gals this weekend at BlogHer 14. Smart chicks, cool chicks, so-creative-they-blow-you-away chicks. When I got home and started looking through all those business cards, I checked out their blogs, too. What do you know? Smart blogs, cool blogs, scary creative blogs, just like the chicks who write ’em. Funny how that works.
Here are some of the talented broads I met this weekend:
Jenny Lawson, The Bloggess. Jenny and I have met at a previous conference, but this year we shared a special moment. She gave the first keynote of the event, and afterwards, I approached her to tell her how listening to her book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, helped me through the very difficult three months when I had to pack up our whole house and get it rented out, while taking care of all three kids alone because Erik was in California. I used to play the audiobook while I organized and packed the massive junk heap that was our basement, for an hour or two each night, and knowing I was going to get to laugh my ass off helped me find the energy to face the work after a long day with the kids. I thanked Jenny, we hugged, and I didn’t even try to steal any of the human hair she bought in a kiost at the Denver Airport.
Johanna Stein — not actually a blogger, but the author of How Not to Calm a Child on a Plane (& Other Lessons in Parenting from a Highly Questionable Source.) She led a session on screenwriting and was so helpful, and she has written some hilarious videos like Thanks Mom and Angry Squirrel.
Jennie Goutet, author of blog and book A Lady in France. Jennie and I met at the closing party and couldn’t believe how parallel our lives had been, since we had lived in Paris the same year and had also both lived in China. Continue reading