Freaks and Geeks
Things I Learned, Noticed, or Was Reminded of at BlogHer This Year:
1. We’re all freaks and geeks. All of us feeling like third-graders with a rip in the butt of our pants. We all feel like everyone is doing it better than we are, is more confident, prettier, more together. We’re all a little insecure, a little afraid, and sometimes lonely. Elan said she was feeling particularly alone when she overheard some women whispering to one another “There’s Schmutzie!” She was wishing they would talk to her, but they didn’t approach.
2. Letting others see our true selves can bring us closer together. In a small group, I admitted, even after 10 years, I still felt intimidated sometimes. A newbie thanked me profusely for admitting that, because she had been feeling the same way. Then Elan told the story from item 1 and I didn’t feel so bad about feeling like I was being too much of a loner so much of the time.
3. Hotel soap and shampoo is often stanky.
4. People who are true experts are often very generous with teaching what they know. It’s the bullshitters who act like they’re too good to share with others.
5. Giving someone very specific thanks is far more valuable than just saying “You’re awesome!” I told Awesomely Luvvie that she had made me laugh more than anyone else this past year. She just lit up. It would be easy to say she’s awesome (bcuz, obviously – Awesome is in her NAME) but calling out the thing she is best at was what made her happy.
6. Jenny Lawson can’t help but be funny. Dang.
7. The country song is pretty sappy, but I really do think you should dance.
8. Taking the Monday after BlogHer off is an excellent idea.
9. Swag is rarely worth taking time away from talking to your friends.
10. A granola bar in your purse is your best insurance policy in case of hummus wraps.
11. (Because this blog goes to 11): Taking red stapler pictures will never get old for me.