If you’re a gal that blogs, and you weren’t at BlogHer this past weekend AND you have a lot of blogging friends, you saw a lot of pictures that made you wonder why the hell you were missing out on what only could be the party of a lifetime.
From what I saw on Facebook, there were all kinds of things I missed out on. There was learning, there was bonding, there was a lot of alcohol, there was LUBRICANT. Yes, apparently on top of everything else they gave away free lubricant and vibrators. I am so sorry I missed it!
In case you hadn’t heard I wasn’t there. Previously I blogged about what I thought was going to go down at the conference. However I had a party of my own instead. Here is what you missed out on this weekend at Not At BlogHer 2013:
I showered twice in three days (*GASP!*)
I stared in silence at a lot of pictures of people having fun at BlogHer.
My kids broke a broom among other things.
We almost ran out of cheese.
My husband worked all day Friday AND Saturday.
My kitten drew blood four times.
Actually I DID do something while this was all going on. I cohosted a Twitter party with Jenn from Something Clever 2.0 just for the unlucky folks that didn’t get the opportunity to be at BlogHer. It was dubbed Home Con 13 (#HomeCon13). It was my first real experience at a Twitter party. While I’ve been a part of #wineparty and #spikedpunch in the past, I seriously didn’t know what I was doing and really didn’t participate all that much. But the difference is this time I had some people in my court that were able to help me figure it all out and get the proper tools to stay with it. And it was a hoot! It was also so popular that it was the number one thing trending on Twitter!
(For those of you that are like me and don’t know what “trending” means, it means that it was the number one thing that users on Twitter were tweeting about!) Jenn has a very nice visual on her weekly wrap-up if you would like to see.
As a matter of fact, Home Con 13 was such a big success that we have decided that we would like to make it more of a regular thing. Perhaps even monthly! If you missed it, don’t despair, it will happen again. And I have some things to help you if you are one that is not well versed in the “Twitter party” avenue.
One thing you can do is download Tweetdeck. I always assumed this was something that you paid for, but it’s not. Here’s what I found out about Tweetdeck after using it:
The Pros-You can separate stuff into nice, neat columns so you can see what’s going on.
The Cons-There’s nothing in this program that puts the hashtag in there for you each time. Due to this I erred and many times I typed in homcom13, homecone13… I had several people tell me to just copy and paste it, but between the fact that my computer just plain has issues I can’t do a lot because the mouse I’m using is stolen. Yes, my mouse had issues so I “stole” the mouse from my kids’ computer. Shame on me-this situation will be resolved on payday, I hope.
Thanks to having the Tweetdeck, I was able to keep fairly good track of all that was happening. It all went so fast-even with Tweetdeck there was a lot going on. So many people tweeting all at once! But it was fun! So many people from all over the world connecting and chatting and having a blast doing it. Somehow I helped that happen!
Then chaos broke out. Jenn got thrown in jail. Then I got thrown in jail. That’s because nothing says “party” like both of your hosts getting thrown in the slammer, right? Not real jail of course, Twitter jail. Being thrown in Twitter jail happens when you send a certain number of texts within a certain amount of time, or follow too many people within a certain amount of time, or piss off the Twitter gods…
When it was all said and done, I may still have felt bummed for not going to Chicago and attending BlogHer, but I got to have a lot of fun without even leaving my house or having anyone come over to my place. It’s nice to have people to talk to that understand the stuff you’ve been going through! We know how to have a good time here!
Were you one of the lucky ducks who got to go to BlogHer? Was there anything unusual and/or different that you would like to share from your experience? Did you get to attend our little shindig on Friday night? What did you think? Did you miss out and think it sounded like fun? Keep an eye out here on my blog or over at Jenn’s place. We’ll let you know when the next party will be held!