Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Confirmed

I have a confession to make.

Over the last several weeks I have felt deeply ambivalent about my plans to attend the BlogHer conference in Chicago this year.

When I bought a ticket three months ago I had no idea that the dates would fall right in the middle of the time we are embarking on a major move into a new home. And that they would fall during a week when my husband expects to be back working 14-hour days. And that they would fall just before the week Graham's babysitter has booked holidays.

We have so much going on during that time period, that the last few weeks I started to think that the logistics of actually skipping out to Chicago in the middle of it all was just an impossible indulgence.

And so this past weekend, despite the fact that I had already made plans to car pool with a great bunch of Toronto bloggers and room with this lovely lady, I started to seriously think about just selling the ticket and taking care of the mountain of business I face here at home.

Then I got an e-mail yesterday...


I'm Speaking at BlogHer '09

So...umm...yeah...I guess I'm going.

And...umm...I guess I'm going to read a commentary post in front of about...gulp...1,000 people at the Community Keynote.

Hold me?

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46 comments:

MYSUESTORIES said...

I hope you will be speaking about always making sure you leave plenty of room for family obligations while playing in the blogosphere!!!!

Just kidding!!!! Have a great time. It sounds like you are going to need this break. Enjoy!

Don Mills Diva said...

ACK! Sue you are KILLING ME!

Cheryl said...

I'm so excited for you, and jealous! I know my blog isn't that great yet, but hopefully next year I'll get to go!! Have a fabulous time!!! You deserve it!

kbreints said...

Wow! That is awesome! Have a great time! Life will be waiting for you when you return... for sure.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I wasn't at all ambivalent about not going until just now.

Jaina said...

Wow, congrats! Dang it! Three of my favorite bloggers are speaking!!! I wish I could go :( We need a live feed or something.

Michelle said...

WAAAAH!!!
Now I'm even more upset that I can't go :(
Maybe you'll speak again next year?

Sass E-mum said...

Live feed? Great idea. Give Jaina a free subscription for that thought.

Way to go. I thought I was so over my BlogHer envy.

Kat said...

Wow! Congratulations! That is so exciting!!!!

I wish I was going. It is only about 2 hours from my house. But it is also about 2 weeks from my due date. Hmmm. Not sure I could chance it.

Have fun! I know you'll do wonderfully. :)

Headless Mom said...

I'm so thrilled for you! Now there are even more reasons to go to BlogHer (like I really needed any more!). Can't wait to meet you!

And to Cheryl, I went last year when no one knew me (does anyone even know me now?) and had a blast, met a bunch of AWESOME women, and learned a few things about improving my blog as well. This conference really has something for everyone!

Chantal said...

Oh that sounds like fun. I won't be there but maybe they will post it on YouTube???

OHmommy said...

I can't wait to see you again. And... CONGRATS!!!

Mandy said...

If I ever start of feel better, I'll start celebrating! Whoo hoo!!

I"m excited.

Now I just gotta update my freakin' blog.

CC said...

Congrats! You are one brave lady! I don't think I could juggle all of that....

Reluctant Housewife said...

Wow! That's awesome... Now I double wish I was going. You'll do great.

Amber said...

Well done! I'm sure it will all come together very well. Or at least, I'm sending my best wishes that it does. :)

Tatiana said...

oh, very cool for you! I can't wait to hear how it goes :)

Aunt Becky said...

You're going to regret telling me that you're speaking because I am totally going to your lecture. I will get a piece of poster board wherein I will write "Aunt Becky Hearts Don Mills Diva" and then through the heart I will cut out an oval. Where I will stick my face. I'll cheer loudly after every word you say.

Aren't you sorry you told me?

Vered - MomGrind said...

This is great! Congrats and don't forget to have fun!

InTheFastLane said...

AWESOME!!! I wish I was going! 30 minutes from my house and we already had a trip planned. booo....

Anti-Supermom said...

I can't wait to hear you - I remember that (I heard) you rocked the house last year.

I'll have to make myself known at the cocktail party.

Congrats, Kelly.

Teena in Toronto said...

Well, isn't that exciting?!

Heather said...

How EXCITING! I will be in Chicago-- Couldn't get the conference tix in time but I AM going to be at some of the parties and will be doing an interview for after graduation at one of the hospitals in downtown Chicago during the day Friday. Hopefully we get to squeeze in a hug or two during that time? I'd love to meet you- Congratulations on the honor of speaking! You totally deserve it!

flutter said...

you're going to rock it.

Elaine A. said...

Oh yay! I certainly hope I'm there to hear it. I can't wait. So glad you will be there! : )

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Oh I'm so glad! I can't wait to hear you and meet you in person.

Brittany said...

WOW!! Congratulations!! That is so exciting!

Trannyhead said...

Good luck!

Kyla said...

Have fun! I can't go this year, it falls during my summer maths and I can't swing it. Dumb medical aspirations getting in the way of my BlogHer fun. ;)

angie said...

Congratulations. Wish I was going to be able to hear you!

Parent Club said...

Holy Cow! What an experience - good for you.

Elisa said...

Congratulations! I'm glad you are going afterall :-)

Secret Agent Mama said...

Oh, I cannot wait to see you and to hear you speak!!

<3

Whitenoise said...

Hey, good for you! Can we look forward to something on youtube?
;-)

wheelsonthebus said...

congrats!

Magpie said...

Congratulations, and I'll be in the audience cheering you on. Can't wait.

Heather said...

Congrats!

Mommy Cracked said...

They couldn't have picked a more fabulous person to speak! You are going to be great. I wish I could be there to hear you. I'm in a wedding that weekend. Congratulations!

mare ad mare said...

bet you thought it was only going to be a thousand or so - til someone mentions YouTube!

Good luck, have fun!

Leanne said...

Oh, ENJOY!

I'm still on the wait list for a ticket.

Procrastination thy name is loser.

Sigh.

Karen MEG said...

Yay you :)! I'll be hootin' and a hollerin' for you...

the planet of janet said...

awesome! just another reason why i'm so sad that i'm not going....

Janet said...

I wanted to go when it was first announced. Then I became ambivalent. Then I stopped blogging. But now that I'm reading all of the BlogHer built-up buzz? I kind of wish I was going. Alas.

Have fun and best of luck on your speaking engagement!

Rachel said...

and you... are going to be amazing and spectacular and riveting and hundreds of women who previously were lacking you in their life, will find a spot they didn't even know was empty... suddenly filled.

I can't wait.

BlondeMomBlog (Jamie) said...

Yea yea yea!!!! Congrats!

I am not going (sniff) but I can't wait to read about it.

Break a leg... or hork a feed reader? Either way...good luck. You will do great!!!!

caramama said...

That is truly awesome! Now I REALLY wish I was going! Good luck, and try to enjoy yourself when you are there.