What does a BlogHer look like?

What does a BlogHer look like? When I arrived at the airport this morning I looked excitedly around for my fellow BlogHers. Maybe I would be on the same flight as Jessica, or seated next to MNAC. Maybe I’d meet someone new — and we’d know each other by our laptops.

Armed with this open and seeking spirit, I did something uncharacteristic of a veteran DC metro rider — I looked around, and I talked to my seatmates. I didn’t meet anyone headed to BlogHer, but I met some great people along the way: here are a few of their stories.

William and his wife, grandparents on their way to surprise their daughter on her 40th birthday. For the price of a smile, I heard his stories and was privy to a family secret — he and his wife were on their way to San Fransisco to meet their son, daughter, and son-in-law for a very special surprise party. This fun-loving family is planning to surprise the daughter and son-in-law at a San Francisco restaurant — dressed as chickens — sing Happy Birthday, and do the chicken dance, and then — and only then — take off the masks and join the couple for dinner. When I complimented him on his family, he replied, “We just want her to know that we love her, we’re thinking about her, and to go forth into the world and do good things.”

Carol (not her real name) sat beside me at the gate and told me all about her three children, including her 20 year old daughter who is headed to Tokyo next month. She’ll be traveling by herself, and her mom is worried about her, wondering if she should get her an escort to the gate (Um, no.) or a special hanging badge holder for her ID and airplane ticket like the teenagers waiting at our gate had. She’ll be — get this — going to Tokyo for a week to teach 5-year-olds to bake American treats. A week of baking brownies, apple pie, cookies, and cakes of all sorts — without being able to speak the language. Oh, if only she knew Japanese like the rest of her family….

M., a middle school teacher, and I broke the ice over a simple shrug and comment about boarding, and our quick friendship took an interesting turn as we walked onto the plane together. In the span of four minutes, we discussed the English comma, her children, and the somewhat random fact that her daughter is an Electrical Engineer who’s finally found her passion … in astrophysics. She’s thinking about going back to graduate school but is unsure of the quickest and best route. Since she had mentioned their hometown, I was able to recommend a woman on the faculty there who is insipiring and may be willing to talk to the daughter for 20 minutes one day about graduate school, astrophysics, and careers. There’s also a new post coming up on the Women in Planetary Science Blog called, “So you think you want a Ph.D.” that might be helpful to her … I caught up with her afterwards to mention that.

If these lovely folks are half as nice as the women and men I’ll meet at BlogHer, I’m in for a great weekend.

Edited to add — it’s already wonderful. And take a look at this great head shot that professional photographer Sherry Heck took of me at the SV Moms party tonight — as it turns out, she does all kinds of pro bono photography for people who are very sick, with some great organizations in the Bay Area. We talked about it afterwards. I don’t think she knew I had cancer before. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me. More about the conference — and my upcoming talk — tomorrow.

Susan in San Francisco!

Susan in San Francisco!


24 Responses to What does a BlogHer look like?

  1. Bubba's Sis says:

    What an excellent, excellent photo! You look fantastic!! So glad you’re having a good time!

  2. catnip35 says:

    That’s a great photo of you. You’re glowing and your hair is adorable 🙂 I’m happy to see you enjoying yourself.

  3. mcgearstella says:

    You look FABULOUS! Hope you’re having a wonderfully well deserved great time!

  4. debi says:

    You look fantastic. What a beautiful smile.

  5. Wow, you are radiant! Look at your thick hair and glowing skin! Can’t wait to hear all about the trip.

  6. Meredith says:

    This photo captures just how I picture you! Just glowing!

    Isn’t SF wonderful!? We were there two weeks ago and saw the Blogher adverts at the hotel we stayed at. I would have loved to have been there when all the great “bloghers” were there.

    Not sure if you are there with the kids or not?? We found a nice playground over on Hayes St which Leo 18 mo.s played for a good hour and didn’t want to leave. Always a good sign. Had some yummy food over in that neighborhood, too. Good shopping, I might add.

  7. Robin says:

    Very nice photo! Good luck today with your presentation, I wish I was there in person, but know I’m thinking of you…

  8. I absolutely ADORE that pic of you babe! You look so happy and fun!

  9. sprucehillfarm says:

    What a wonderful experience for you. I just love the photo. You look so good!

  10. Susie says:

    I love how natural the photo looks, rather than a posed portrait. You look so happy!

  11. WOWOWOW!! What a fantastic photo!

    So glad you’re having a wonderful time, Susan… Hug Canape and that wee Bird for me!

    Report back again, as soon as you find some time!!

    Lots of love, CGF xoxo

  12. Kate says:

    Great photograph!
    Enjoyed meeting you on Friday and hope you rec’d my email about my friend, Dr. Wendy H who is a survivor who writes amazing books.

    Enjoy the conference.

    Best, kate

  13. Robin says:

    Wow – you look AWESOME!!

  14. carosgram says:

    You look fantastic!

  15. deb says:

    You look healthy and happy. There is light shining out of you. Enjoy Blogher.

  16. Tara-Lynn says:

    Good luck at the talk tomorrow…you will do a great job. You look fabulous!

  17. mandi says:

    sounds great so far! and that pic is amazing! you look incredible.
    I was just thinking of how great it would be to photograph people with illnesses to get awareness out there. that’s wonderful that she does that.

  18. Paulette says:

    You look absolutely beautiful and you are glowing. Just what I have prayed for you, and will continue to do so.

  19. Heather says:

    Susan I love your new photo! You look absolutely beautiful. I can’t wait to hear all about your adventures at BlogHer.

  20. imstell says:

    Susan, you are rockin’ that look! Why in the world would anyone looking at your healthy, radiant skin, smile and hair EVER think you’d had cancer.

  21. twithhoney says:

    From that picture I’d say a BlogHer looks happy. And you certainly deserve that!

  22. JessicaAPISS says:

    I wished we were on the same flight, but then I would have monopolized your cute ass.


    Loved your session.
    Loved spending time with you.

  23. Liesl says:

    Hi, I just saw an article about you and your site on CNN.com. I hope you’re better now. I will keep you in my prayers. I’m close to you, in Gaithersburg actually, if you ever need anything.
    I’m definitely coming back to read some more. I’m at work right now.
    Have a great week!

  24. Owlhaven says:

    So glad to have met you in person!!

    Hugs, and hoping and praying your test results were good


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