You’ve heard about blogging conferences and events, right? Basically, a huge group of bloggers get together in a pre-determined location to do what people do at work conferences — network, hang out, and learn. Or, that’s what I’ve always assumed happens at work conferences, but according to this piece published by the Wall Street Journal, the only thing that happens when you gather a large group of mothers who blog together is a whole bunch of selfies and mini bar raiding.
I’m not the only person slightly miffed by the piece, and Morgan from The 818 expresses her disgust much better than I can:
Last year I attended the Mom 2.0 conference in Miami, Florida. I was lucky enough to share a room at that conference with one of the most respected women in the professional blogging circles I personally run in — a woman named Katherine Stone. I think it was the same person the Wall Street Journal interviewed for their silly fluff piece on this silly trend of Mommy Blogging and these silly little Mommy Conferences which *giggle* are really just a great excuse to get away from our kids and eat junk food. (shhhhhhhh.) Except the Katherine I roomed with didn’t turn on the TV or declare her freedom from Nickelodeon once. She refused to ignore any phone calls from her husband or children so we could do tequila shooters on the beach and then lay around eating snacks we tell our kids will rot their teeth. She didn’t even want to split the brownie I had left over from the plane ride.
Instead, the Katherine I roomed with introduced me to the editors of Babble, which directly led to me landing the column you are reading right now. The Katherine I roomed with was given a humanitarian award for the meaningful and selfless work she does as an advocate for maternal mental health. The Katherine I roomed with was greeted with hugs and admiration from the inimitable list of attendees, who ranged from New York Times best selling authors, to Emmy award winning television producers, to agency heads, to Internet superstars, to doctors, to lawyers, to fashion designers, to yes…(oh the horror) Moms who blog.
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