Sunday, October 12, 2008


Your arrogance was evident in your opening sentence. Your anger at Boston's male social media elite seemed designed to forge or widen a chasm of resentment.

If you'd like men to come, change the conference name.


BlogHer Boston was my first experience at a blogging conference- and only my second social media conference. By and large I found the environment to be engaging and passionate and welcoming and open and interesting and interested and helpful. Only one exchange (of many) left me feeling blech.

I'm a fan of Girl Power. I loved my experience at the Danskin Women's Triathlon for that very reason. Women supporting women. Strengthening bonds and foraging friendships. RAH! RAH!! I am woman... and all of that.

Don't get me wrong, I was fine with a few men participating yesterday- but if there were a whole gaggle of men it would've changed the experience for me. I've written a lot about moms needing moms and women needing women. It's a passion of mine.

I went because of GNMParents. That's the place where I invest energy in effort to really develop community. Because women need women and parents need parents. Because I admire the contributors at GNMP who lay it on the line to share and grow and learn from and lean on the other great people who hang out there.

I wasn't promoting this space. Here... this is different. It's not for promotion. It's for me and I am completely fine and almost always comfortable with my small but loyal following. I like knowing you're here.

You are here, aren't you? (That's your cue to leave me a comment- just tell me one thing you've done in the past 48 hours...)


Erica Douglas said...

I've been to work...twice

Amyellen16 said...

spent time with my mother and grandmother.

Nancy said...

I updated a not-for-profit mailing list. (and went for a long walk on a beautiful autumn afternoon)

InTheFastLane said...

You know what I did yesterday already :) So, what did you learn for GNM?

Anonymous said...

Last 48 hours... I was at BlogHer! And yesterday I might have killed a mouse. Will blog about that this evening. Doh.

Fun to meet you, and I'm totally adding you to my Google Reader. :-)

Anonymous said...

started working on an afghan for mom & dad's new house in fremont.

it's for the kid's room upstairs and will hopefully match the kind of cabin feel of it all.

The Pez Man said...

In the last 48 hours, I have attended a wedding, worked, visited with my injured son, had my home broken into, disappointed some people by being the "real" me.

I am now wondering why more people do not see that men need brotehrhood as much as women need sisterhood. And more frequently than we will admit, men and women need friendship together.

PBS did a show a while back about how "The Sisterhood" is so well accepted by men and women, but men are not afforded tha same luxury wit their own gender. Because of the "Girl Power" push, women are stronger both mentally and physically than men, and some study showed how far behind men are for their emnotional inadequacies. Was kinda eye opening.

Oh yeah, in the last 48 hours, I was given a small box of Pez Dispensers to use at work, which I needed desperately.

catnip said...

About 48 hours ago I was having a drink with you!

I totally know what you mean about the first part, and hopefully sleeping dogs will lie very still.

Meg said...

erica- so nice to see your name- I was just thinking of you and wondering how old erin is now. 2 1/2 I think?

Amy- yeah- thanks for doing that ;)

Nancy- the second part of that sounds better than the 1st-

ITFL- lots of good stuff coming soon!

goddess- really fun to talk with you on Sat, too. I'll have to read about the mouse thing.

kat- how nice- the house looks so pretty. I loved chris's post about how much thought went into everything.

pez- you bring up such a good point. I wonder if I could find that pbs thing b/c I would love to see it btw- most of those 48 hours sound like a big bummer.

and what fun it was! now that we've met people we should plan a meet up in the spring.

Thanks for saying hi-

The Pez Man said...

Meg- It was a great show. Wish I could now recall the title to make it easier for you. Sorry.

The 48 hours were not really a bummer at all, just life. Depends how you look at it, I suppose. Gotta just live life.

I am very thankful for what I have, who I am around, so the rest is just "stuff."

agnes said...

When I was little I used to draw on the floor. And now I don't, because I am big. But, when I was little I was in your tummy, mom, and dad's. And I couldn't get out.



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