It's Thursday and I had planned to do more BlogHer pictures - but I have been doing some thinking, and perhaps I need to further explore what's on my mind.
I realize I have come off pretty negative on the whole BlogHer thing - in terms of BlogHer as a group and organization, as well as an event.
Maybe I'm not giving them a fair shake. Maybe I'm too far outside the whole thing to be able to accurately assess the value proposition here. Maybe I just don't get it.
But this I do know - were it not for BlogHer, most of the people I met over the weekend would still be ephemeral and unrealized. They would still be avatars and thumbnails and emotions plastered on pages of the Internet - real, and yet, unreal. BlogHer gave me real people to talk to, hug and interact with. BlogHer colored in all those people, behind all those posts, with the crayons of reality.
For all the complaining I've done, I owe BlogHer so much for having given me so much. I'm sure there are people who went there and got just as much out of BlogHer as I did - just as I am sure there are others whose expectations were, for one reason or another, not met.
Would I do it differently? I'd like to - but how? The sponsors are necessary in order to help control costs. The only other way to control costs would be to do a Woodstock and hold it in some farmer's field. It would minimize costs, anyway.
No, I guess, when you stop and think about it, maybe all the accoutrement of business that now surrounds BlogHer has become necessary in order to allow 1300 women and a few men to be in the same place at the same time and to be able to relate to one another in relative comfort.
See y'all in New York. I just don't know if I'll have a ticket.