Okay, the part about me almost dying? A bit of an exaggeration, but not much. And yes, The Bloggess really turned me into a zombie. But more importantly? I learned a lot. A LOT. AND had a great time while I learned. Evo ’11 definitely gets two thumbs up from me.
So I’m going to talk about what I learned tomorrow. Today? It’s all about the drama!
And now, the fun stuff that happened…
I Became a Zombie (Thanks to The Bloggess)
The first night we were there, The Bloggess was speaking. As soon as we sat at our table, she walked up to me and said “You want to be a zombie, don’t you?”, which makes NO sense if you don’t follow her blog (which you totally should if you don’t and aren’t easily offended). I said yes, of course. Turns out I just had to pretend to be the zombie at my table during her speech. Sounds weird right? No….it really doesn’t if you already read her.
Anyways, what I really wanted to tell you was that I wanted more than anything to get a picture with her. I’m sure Gigi was ready to strangle me or hog tie me and drag me up to Jenny by Day 2. The Bloggess is my idol and I adore her charm, humor, and more than anything, her humbleness. But I was too chicken to ask her to take a picture with me…she is blogging royalty after all….until the last night we were there when I almost died (more on that in a minute).
She was standing by herself. I was
stalking scanning the room and noticed her. I finally asked her if she would take a picture with me…and she said yes!
Yes, I totally stalked her all weekend, and she was still as sweet as can be. And I love her for it. Also? She put my business card in her bra. Which of course completed my weekend.
I Almost Died
I know, I know…sounds dramatic, right? Not if it’s happening to you! Gigi, me, and The Working Mom got onto a gondola to ride up what appeared to be a very large mountain (little did we know it was going to be further than we could see) to attend the conference’s closing party.
I should probably mention that all of us are not fans of heights. The weather was…well, it looked like rain *might* be coming. So like a bunch of dumbasses, we got onto the gondola to head up the mountain. About half way up, while the wind angrily threw the gondola from side to side, we stopped. Yes people, they stop the gondola when weather is bad and/or there’s a fear of lightning.
And as Gigi describes it at Kludgy Mom, “…we were lining up to be the First Bloggers Ever To Wet Their Pants For A Reason Other Than Laughter At A Conference.”
We were terrified. We actually discussed an evacuation plan to get out of the gondola. Our survival technique? Tweeting of course!
When we finally started moving, this is what we saw:
TheWorkingMom tweeted that I said that “Wow” was the understatement of the year…and it was! Because we were only halfway there when we came across this sign!
Obviously, the three of us survived…although @TroyPattee was tweeting us and
harassing teasing us the whole time….lucky for him we didn’t actually punch him in the stomach when we met him as we threatened to do!
Small, but a notable mention, I want an iPad. Not a laptop, not a smart phone, but an iPad.
Gigi is sitting next to me the whole time working/playing away on her iPad, while I’m praying for reception on my
By the time BlogHer rolls around, I plan to have an iPad. Though not necessary, I still want it.
The Best Part of The Conference
By far, the best part of Evo was having the pleasure of representing Clever Girls Collective. We got to spread the word about their fabulosness, and our excitement and passion was genuine.
You may have heard about some Evo drama that happened when a I-won’t-name-them brand said they would never compensate bloggers. I am extremely proud to say that I am a Clever Girl, and that I always get paid for my time and influence…and that I can do it authentically even though I am being compensated for it.
But above all of that? I got to meet Sheila…and she was AWESOME!
Last but not least, a HUGE shout out to the other half of #CleverDuo, my IRL friend and confidante, Gigi. How many bloggers can say that they have been able to spend an entire weekend with their fairy blogmother…learning, laughing, and working together? Fun doesn’t even begin to describe our weekend!
Stay tuned, because tomorrow I’ll tell you what I learned…and I’ll have some tips for you to help you prepare for BlogHer!