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Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Reflections on BlogHer and the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge

It’s been over two weeks since the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge and BlogHer, and I still haven’t wrapped my mind around it all! It was an amazing weekend for so many reasons.

First off, as I wrote about already, the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge was A-MAAAAY-ZING. It was one of the most exhausting experiences of my life, but also one of the most empowering. Six women in three different time zones virtually coming together, bringing to the table unique talents and pulling off a FANTABULOUS event in a city none of us live in.  I still can’t believe it really happened. (Check out our adorable personalized SocialLuxe M&Ms…just one of the many fabulous touches of the night!)

The once-upon-a-time-I-wanted-to-get-an-MBA side of me was also fascinated watching so many companies recognize the value of the blogging community and trying to tap into that in unique and effective ways. I felt like our sponsors did a great job at that. The Swiffer team was really fun and Kodak interviewed bloggers and posted the interviews online. And that’s just scratching the surface of the cool things the different sponsors did, not just at our party but throughout the weekend.

If you want to see more pictures of our the Swiffer SocialLuxe Lounge, click here to see our Flickr page.

The BlogHer conference was amazing, as well. The sessions were great, the keynotes were fantastic…but the best part was meeting so many charming, thoughtful, funny, intelligent, inspiring and kind people.

The highlight of the weekend was attending a food blogger dinner with some of the most amazing women I met all weekend (see list below with links to their blogs). I had gone to a lunch earlier that day where I met Kalyn from Kalyn’s Kitchen and Lydia from The Perfect Pantry. After chatting with them for a bit they said, “Do you want to go to dinner with us? Trust us…you WANT to go.” Boy were they right. The bloggers I met at that dinner were wonderful, supportive, inspiring. It was a truly lovely evening.

Oh, and did I mention I met the oh-so-nice Carson Kressley…who told me I was stunning? And did I mention I love him?

Another fun highlight was seeing Paula Deen speak, and (thanks to Allison who is a champ at wrestling down microphones) I got the chance to ask her a question. Maybe one day when I feel like embarrassing myself, I’ll post the video. I fell in love with Paula, who was an absolute DELIGHT and genuinely loved talking with everyone.

Can you see why I haven’t written about my BlogHer weekend? I haven’t even scratched the surface, but my fingers are tired, so I’m stopping.

Here is the list of food bloggers I met at the dinner I went to.  Enjoy browsing their sites!

Kalyn Denny – Kalyn’s Kitchen
Elise Bauer – Simply Recipes
Kathy Strahs – Panini Happy
Kristen Doyle – Dine and Dish
Maris Callahan – In Good Taste
Cora Sedlacek – Cora Cooks
Deb “Biggie” Hamilton – Lunch in a Box
Gudrun Enger – Kitchen Gadget Girl
Jennifer Leal – Savor the Thyme
Ree Drummond – The Pioneer Woman Cooks
Jaden Hair – Steamy Kitchen
Sandie Hale – Inn Cuisine
Alanna Kellogg – Kitchen Parade
Sara Rosso – Ms. Adventures in Italy
Kelly Schmickle – Barbaric Gulp
Stephanie Tolle – Iron Stef
Stephanie O’Dea – Crockpot 365
Anne Marie Nichols – This Mama Cooks
Hetal Jannu – Show Me the Curry
Anuja Balasubramanian – Show Me the Curry
Krista Nannery – Londelicious
Roni Noone – GreenLiteBites
Kim Sacha – Building Blocks Show
Lydia Walshin – The Perfect Pantry


9 Comments »

  1. 1
    Diana

    You met Pioneer Woman? I’m super-jealous! She’s, like, a celebrity! Oh yeah…and Carson Kressley and Paula Deen must’ve been nice to meet, too. Ha ha. ;o)

  2. 2
    Linn

    Lovely, lovely! That top right picture is definitely the Jane I know. 🙂 You are fabulous and I’m so happy you had this awesome experience!

  3. yes, diana, met pioneer woman and got to hang with her a bit – and am totally in love. she’s a doll. I even made it onto her blog! http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/2009/07/blogger-bokeh/

    linn, as always, you’re too kind to me. and, yes, blue wigs are SO me. 😉

  4. Hi Jane…It was such a great pleasure meeting you and I look forward to collaborating in the future. I still need to write about BlogHer and all of the amazing woman and food bloggers that I met. Also, you guys know how to throw a party!!! Are you going to TypeA?

  5. 5
    Kalyn

    It was a fun time wasn’t it? So glad you had such a great experience at BlogHer. I look forward to going every year!

  6. It was so lovely meeting you! Can’t wait ’til next year when I can party with the best of them. The Social Luxe party looked like it was a huge hit. Congratulations!

  7. I must come across as such an aggressive lady! But I really wanted you to have a chance to chat with that adorable Paula. Wouldn’t she have been fun to have at dinner? Maybe next year at Social Luxe. 😉

  8. You have to post that video of you asking a question. I love Paula Dean! Her show has to be one of my favorite shows on TV. What a fun experience!

  9. 9
    Stimey

    The SocialLuxe party was fantastic! Definitely one of the high points of BlogHer!

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