Saturday, July 25, 2009

Lessons Learned From Stalking BlogHer

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You may have noticed that there is a li'l shindig going on for women bloggers this weekend in Chicago.

I would like to state for the record that while I am sitting here at home in a stained tee shirt, I am in no way jealous even though those bloggers are getting all manner of free loot in the way of tote bags, cameras, camcorders, printers, laptops, washers, dryers, and more.

Have I mentioned that my camera has a very strong will? And sometimes gives me lip? And that right now it is non-functioning?


Anyway, I have been following the Twitter Stream of the blogging conference and thought I'd share some third hand information I have gleaned.

  • "Fragrance free" is a term loved by the "green" bloggers, but it is unregulated by the Federal Trade Commision. Therefore, my oilcloth aprons will henceforth be known as "fragrance free".
  • "Green" bloggers are a little uppity about their loot and don't seem to like free Bounce scented dryer sheets. Don't be gettin' all up in my grill, green bloggers. You know it's true.
  • Some lady bloggers don't act like ladies and use Very Bad Language. This is supposed to make a writer's stories funnier. I can't say that I agree.
  • Bloggers should never mention in real time when they will be out of town. Stalkers can be dangerous, you know. Say the bloggers who are all in a Sheraton in Downtown Chicago. Away from their homes for the weekend. In real time.
  • Companies will pay for bloggers' travel expenses to a big city if the bloggers will mention the company 247 times in a single weekend.
  • I could totally be bought off by one of those companies.

So, there you have it. Everything from BlogHer in summary form, and you didn't even have to leave home. And get free stuff. And eat out at fancy restaurants. Or get to meet Pioneer Woman. Or Paula Deen.

You're welcome.


TammyIsBlessed said...

That was too funny!

I found your site through Raising Olives. I am hosting a blog carnival titled "Encouraging your Children's Relationship with Jesus" and I would be honoured if you would consider participating. All participants who blog and link back to the carnival before Monday are eligible for a giveaway. If you can't post by then, I would still love to hear your thoughts and ideas about this topic! Thanks.

Christi said...

Hmm, I was always taught that only . . . intellectually limited people used curse words because an intelligent person could find a way to express themself without resorting to cursing. Honestly I can't think of a single joke that is improved by using curse words.

I also have no interest in reading curse words so I don't. If any of the bloggers I follow come back from blogher thinking they need to swear, I won't keep following them.

Oh and I have a just curious question about your aprons (ok maybe a couple). Are they real oil cloth (like the historically used oil cloth) or are they plastic-y covered fabric? And if they are the real oil cloth, are you making it yourself or are you buying it already made. I have read directions on making an oil cloth table cloth (using any fabric and coating with . . . I forgot what) and it is on my list of things to do for when I am completely caught up and bored (Hahahaaha! like that will ever happen!)

Smockity Frocks said...

Thank you, Tammy. I'll check that out.

I buy the oilcloth and make the aprons. Here is a quote about the fabric from my supplier, "The oilcloth of yesteryear was resin-coated vinyl and the finish sometimes cracked or flaked. The new version is made of hi-tech plastic (PVC with poly/cotton backing) that won't crack but has the same colorful shine."

Thanks for your interest.

Weird Unsocialized Mom said...

LOL I am so already daydreaming of going to BlogHer next year. I'm looking for one of those companies that I can mention 257 times in a weekend. ;-)

Kimberly @ RaisingOlives said...

I'm totally not jealous. Either.

Where do you find companies who are willing to pay expenses if you mention them 247 times in a weekend? Not that I'm interested in having an all expense paid blogging trip or a free washing machine.

Smockity Frocks said...

I know Uprinting sponsored at least one blogger. For more insider tips, you would have to ask someone in The Know. Which I am not.

Lora Lynn @ Vitafamiliae said...

Okay, I hear you mocking the "greenies" and their disdain of Bounce, but seriously, for people with nasal sensitivities? That stuff will send us through the ROOF. I hate it, but I can barely go to church without having a rhino-breakdown because someone who used fabric softener walks by. Makes my nose itch like CRAZY! And if I got something like that in a swag bag? And it tainted the rest of my swag? Yea, I'd be hatin' on it, too.

but that is because I'm high maintenance.

Kimberly @ RaisingOlives said...


I appreciate UPrinting, but they haven't even bought advertising on my site, I'm not thinking that they love me enough to send me on a posh trip.

However, I seem to recall some space on Smockity devoted to printing needs, so I vote Smockity for next year in NYC. Go Smockity!

Joelle said...

LOL! I don't blog regularly enough to go to BlogHer, but I was thinking it would be kinda cool to get to meet all these bloggy people one of these days. Except I haven't been terribly impressed by the reports that have come back from BlogHer this year.
I totally hate it when people start using bad words in their tweets or their blog post. I come pretty close to dropping them. Or I don't subscribe at all to them in the first place. Way to lose me!
Oh, and hi. I think this is the first time I stopped by your blog. Nice to meet you. :D

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