What is the Sound of 40+ Bloggers Blogging?
Now we hit our dilemma.
I am now blogging about a conference on blogging. And others, I’ve little doubt, are blogging about blogging, and so on and such and around and around it goes… Like a snake eating its own tail, it’s hard to know where to stop.
My person problem is that I shouldn’t be blogging about the conference at all. I should be blogging about the Eric Carle Museum reception I attended last week and how cool that little event was. Still and all, I’ll say a couple words about this past week-end first. I feel obligated to do is to ply you with random pieces of information too, though. Things like:
Did you know that Kelly Herold bears a striking resemblance to a young Judy Blume?
And so it goes.
My week-end began with flying into Chicago on Friday and having dinner with author Elizabeth Fama and her family that night. Note to the General Public: I highly recommend having dinner with Elizabeth Fama and her children. Wry, witty kids, great food, even better conversation, and I happened to be wearing a t-shirt sporting her teenage son’s now terribly famous Hippo character. Ms. Fama’s house was directly across the street from Chasing Vermeer author Blue Balliett‘s home, which was cool. Plus we discussed, amongst other things, the possibility of fellow Chicago resident Amy Timberlake (of "That Girl Lucy Moon" fame) and her adaptation of her book (done with Adam Rex) "The Dirty Cowboy" into a musical. I am THERE, babies!
What I learned during my time in Chicago was that it is best to stay in the hotel where the conference is taking place. Fail to do that and you run the risk of coming into the 7:45 a.m. *shudder* opening ceremonies late. Which I did. The CTA (Chicago Transit A-word) runs super duper slow on Saturday mornings and my 5:45 a.m. wake-up call was pretty much for naught.
So I walk into the Radisson and lo and behold there’s the conference room, front and center, and there are 500 people present. Do I exaggerate? Of course. But it feels like 500 people, and there’s organizer and author Robin Brande front and center handing me my name tag and allowing me to scoot in while Tasha Saeker of Kids Lit (the children’s literary blog that got me started in the first place) was discussing Kidlit Blogging, Part 1. I lurked quite happily for much of the time. I’m a lurker by nature. If I’m on a listserv, a Yahoo or Google Group, or a classroom I tend to keep completely silent.
Class act on the conference room too. I’m new to all this stuff so I was blown away by the bowls of peppermints, food in the hallway (continuous and throughout the day), and copious amounts of water. I’d show you how cool it all was… but the batteries in my camera died and I wasn’t able to replace them until 4 p.m. or so. So here is how Mark Blevis saw it.
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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