Where is THE best place to be in Chicago tonight?
At BlogHer 09, with an entire community of women (and a couple of guys) who all have one thing in common: blogging! I had made friends with four bloggers before I even left baggage claim. The energy, the camaraderie is unbelievable. Last year I was floored by it, this year I’m rejuvenated just being in the atmosphere.
BlogHer09 officially starts tomorrow, but the speakers/panelists met tonight followed by a reception sponsored by Sprint. And guess what? Sprint sponsors Nascar, so I have an inside connection now! (Hi Sara!).
A bunch of women came walking in with major swag bags from the Hyatt around the corner; I’m seriously sorry I missed out on THAT!
But I didn’t miss out on meeting Jenni from ChronicBabe! Jenni will be sitting on a panel tomorrow entitled “PatientBloggers: You Are Not Your Disease, You Just Blog About It Every Day”. Kerri from Six Until Me will also be on that panel (missed her tonight), along with my new acquaintance, Loolwa Khazzoom from Dancing With Pain.
My panel will be on Saturday and is called “Healthcare by Committee” , or how to use the internet to find information on health without freaking yourself out (that’s my personal definition). Fellow Better Health blogger Dr. Gwenn is our moderator. You would think after last week in DC, I’d have this down, but I still have “stage fright”!
I’m sporting a “ChronicBabe” pin, because while I might not be officially a “ChronicBabe”, I’m chronically babe-ish! At least that is what I told Jenni to get a pin. I have no shame. I don’t have any hair left, either, as you can see. This is what my hairdresser calls “a little off the length and a bit of shaping”. Hah! Captain Picard had more hair.
I’m telling you, BlogHer is such an inspiration that I had ten blog ideas before I even landed in Chicago! And then I walk into my room after the cocktail party and this is what I find on my table!
No, it’s not from a secret admirer, it’s a “Welcome to BlogHer 09″ gift from Columbia: Land of Flowers! It’s the first time I’ve ever gotten live swag at at conference!
Flowers in the room, Starbucks Coffee sitting on the desk and this view of Navy Pier from my hotel window.
Oh yeah, and the President is around the corner!
Not sure why he is in Chicago, but we saw the motorcade out the window.
Downtown Chicago is beautiful. I’d been through Chicago before, but not downtown.
I am so blogging this!