BlogHer14 – 20 Observations & Reflections upon Re-Entry

 BlogHer 14 Recap

BlogHer14 Recap


I always look forward to the annual BlogHer Conference. This was my 4th year attending. In no particular order, here are 20 observation and reflections about my experience last weekend at BlogHer14 in San Jose, CA…..


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1. Tig Notaro Stand Up Set & Interview - Tig is a stand up comedian. If you don’t know her story, it’s best to hear it from her. But, in a nutshell, in a span of 4 months she was hospitalized for pneumonia, again for C-diff, broke up with her girlfriend, followed by the unexpected death of her mother, and finally was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer that required a double mastectomy. In August of 2012, a day or so after learning her cancer diagnosis, Tig performed at Largo in Los Angeles. Her set was taped, released on and went on to be nominated for a Grammy.

How someone who searches out humor for a living, talks about and deals with these misfortunes, is tear inducing, yet funny. If you haven’t heard “Live”, the set recorded that night at Largo, download it on Amazon for $5.99


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2. Guy Kawasaki interviewing Arianna Huffington – seriously these two need a sit-com or maybe a reality show. The Arianna & Guy show had me laughing. The woman sounds just like Naseem Pedrad’s SNL parody and speaks in soundbites, delivered in that Lisa from Green Acres accent. She dispensed practical advice that I will keep at heart.

  • Don’t glamorize being busy
  • No is a complete sentence
  • Sleep your way to the top  (i.e. get enough rest so you can be more effective)

Guy Kawasaki is a legend of Tech (and a personal hero of mine). He held the epic job title of Chief Evangelist for Apple Computer. I’ve followed him for years (not like a stalker, or anything), and seeing him out in the wild in the Expo Hall (at the Canva booth where he is the Chief Evangelist) was a thrill. Of course, I am way too shy to ask for a photo.

(Note: As a blogger whose blog is monetized, I don’t consider myself a writer. Many writer/bloggers take issue with the fact the The Huffington Post is basically made up of a collection of work that they don’t pay for, instead promising that by appearing on HuffPo,  the writers  will benefit by seeing more traffic to their own blogs. I understand why my blogging peers take issue with Arianna and the methods of The Huffington Post. But, I wasn’t really aware of this until reading other BlogHer14 recaps)


3. Kara Swisher – An impressive woman with a long career in Tech. I remembered her interview with Steve Jobs and Bill Gates for All Things Digital in 2007. Here, at BlogHer, she was interviewing some Twitter executive. I guess I could look it up, but yeah…no. That’s not what made the interview memorable.


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4. The Bloggess – Wearing hair extensions purchased in Colorado (because she couldn’t buy marijuana?) that might have come from a corpse, Jenny Lawson remains the patron saint of Bloggers everywhere. Her keynote/interview was charming, funny, inspiring and very hard to hear from the back of the room. Still a thrill to see her, even more than when she followed me on Twitter!


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5. The Skype phone charger - The best and most coveted SWAG. I liked it so much I picked up a few. (they are meant to be disposable, right? ;) )


6. Chuck E. Cheese Pizza Wheel  o’ Prizes- A blogger in front of me won a Disney Cruise. I won a Scrabble board game


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7. My lunch companion for the Arianna Huffington/Guy Kawasaki show – oh, and his owner Jill Adler aka @PCSkiGal

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  1. 1. Arianna’s keynote was actually hilarious, I wasn’t expecting her to be so funny.
    2. The Bloggess is now following me too! I was happy about that :) love her blog.
    3. I missed those Skype chargers! Boo. I still have the similar-looking one we got in Anaheim, though, from one of the sponsors.
    4. I have a funny Hilton elevator story too … 2 youngish guys w/ a cooler full of beer, asking if anyone wanted any / wanted to go party with them, lol.

    Was good to see you!

    • It was great seeing you too…
      Whenever someone tells me they haven’t read The Bloggess, I tell them to go to her site and search Beyonce the Chicken. Other than Dave Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day, I have never LOLd so much while reading!

  2. Tig Notaro was a highlight for me. I highly recommend voices of the year. It’s too bad BlogHer doesn’t provide dinner!

    I envy your selfies. I am really bad at taking them!

    • I hate selfies, too… But, know, that I only post publicly after I doctor them with MoreBeaute2 iPhone app! (Keep waiting for PicMonkey to release an iOS app… I need their weight loss tool! ;) )

  3. I ate the cupcake. Most definitely made of lentils or the earthiest flour known to humankind.

  4. I made the mistake of pausing too long to check a text message
    while K Kardashian was in the Expo and seriously thought I was going to get
    frisked. Overall, BlogHer14 was a great experience for this newbie.

    • We were sitting behind the Hairfinity booth (on that little San Jose stage) and saw her come in with her body guards. I thought they were about to ask us to leave.

  5. I really enjoyed your recap. I could relate to almost every word EXCEPT the pet thing. It would have made me very uncomfortable to be in a setting like that with dogs. But I guess they could have been around me and I didn’t even notice. I think I saw one in the exhibition hall…he (or she?) was pretty chill, though.

    I’m glad to hear the perspective of a veteran vs. a rookie. It didn’t exactly live up to my expectations and it sounds like from you and other vets, it may have been better in past years. If they bring it to the east coast next year, I might consider attending again.

    • I was missing my new puppy, so the canine companions we’re a nice way to connect. All the dogs I saw (about 3, I think) were extremely well behaved. If I didnt want the dog sitting at my knee during lunch, the owner wouldnt have let him be there.

      I hope it’s in a large city or Vegas ;) There wasnt much to see in San Jose. When it was in NYC and Chicago, I came in early to see the city.

      Thanks for reading!