Holy Moly! BlogHer! I am still working though my experiences there. I went to almost all the sessions. A couple were productive and interesting. However, the main even was…not lunch with Martha Stuart, or even lunch with Katie Couric (although that was awesome!) It was meeting and connecting with other bloggers. I don’t mean the random networking and thrusting of cards at each other, but the truly meaningful connection I made with some of the individuals there. Sometimes it was just a short conversation that stayed with you, other times it was a discussion that was so intriguing you changed your plans just to continue it.
I met some great friends, finally understood the nuances of Twitter, and learned quite a bit at BlogHer12. I also had a wicked good time! There was a party every night. Saturday night at the Sparklecorn party I had a blast! I danced so long and hard that my friends thought I was drinking, while I was sober and just dancing it out. That was a blast. Plus, any party where Ace of Cakes brings a Punk/Space Unicorn clearly rocks!
Hopefully there will be more BlogHer posts coming, however I am a little distracted with a couple of events. 1) One of my Besties gave birth to a darling little girl—and I get to meet her tomorrow. 2) Packing for my trip back to Turkey. There is a lot of bag weighing and triaging of clothes at my house. GRRR…Damn the one bag, 23 kg limits!
I am still having trouble posting regularly. I feel like it has something to do with the intrinsic nature of sharing and blogging. With blogging so often you give up pieces yourself, you share your experiences, share your thoughts, and share yourself. I still really don’t want to go out much. I just don’t feel social. Getting together with good friends is one thing, making small talk is another. I will attempt to post more, as I am now back in Turkey and taking trips. It just feels like I have blogging inertia. Fellow bloggers, do you ever feel blogless?
I am starting to get back…to what? Not to the way things were, but to a new normal. After the wake and service, everyone else’s life went back to normal. Ours still has a huge gaping wound in it. Nothing works or functions the way it used to. All of us have issues, and daily reminders. There is nothing like starting the day by trying to cajole the dog to do her business. Sometimes she will do so if bribed, but otherwise is still waiting for Dad to walk her.
For the last few weeks I have not wanted to really do anything, see anyone. The impulse to isolate myself is slowly fading. A couple of weekends ago I went to a good friends wedding. I was able to see friends I haven’t seen in five years. I had a great time, and opened up a little more. Friday I met up with a childhood friend I haven’t seen in about 20 years, and we were able to really connect and had fun. I have been off the grid for a while, but am slowly making my way back into life. One day at a time we are building a new foundation for the way our lives are now.
There may be some changes coming up and some disruption to blogging ahead. I am having issues with Blogger. Well with Google and Turkey.
Google doesn’t pay taxes in Turkey and so the government has internally blocked some of Google’s ISPs. This means at the moment, my friends and readers in Turkey are unable to access my blog. I am looking to move over the site to another provider but it might take a bit of time and research. Hopefully this will be resolved soon. Please let me know if you have any suggestions.