Happy Friday, lovelies! I have to have to have to point you back in the direction of Spring because, as the title of the post suggests, we’ve done a big fat revamping. Not only did we post the very first video with our very new co-host Tiffany Moore (she’s so cute & funny & smart & engaging!), but we redesigned the site, too (“we” being “the lovely & talented Jess Swift”). We have big, fat, grandiose plans for Spring – like starting a video channel, having more contributors, taking over for Oprah (y’know, little things) – but, well, we’re not exactly sure when they’re gonna roll out & how it’s all gonna happen. It’s kinda scary & pretty exciting at the same time, so you know I’m happy (I love living in that scary/exciting place!). So please please (with sugar on top) head on over to Spring & watch our videos & comment everywhere & add us to your RSS feed /get our newsletter or email updates & help us take over the world spark some awesome conversation. Our June videos are all gonna be about the Law of Attraction, & both the videos & the comments that are already happening are super stimulating (hehe, I said “super”).
Speaking of scary/exciting, I hafta tell you briefly about the scary/exciting thing I did on Wednesday night: I attendended a networking event ALONE! Now, you might be saying to yourself, “Michelle, you can have a conversation with a wall, what are you talking about?” in which I’d reply, “But I’d only talk to that wall if someone I knew was in the vicinity!” Seriously, I don’t go anywhere alone – not to restaurants, not to the movies, not anywhere (OK, subways & sidewalks & parks & food stores & coffee shops to work don’t count – I go there alone all the time, you know what I mean). And even though I know I can talk to a wall, & I don’t have a problem meeting new people & – heck, I’ll say it – they usually find me pretty fun/nice/engaging, I don’t trust it enough to have the strength to walk in the door by myself. So, when my friend who was accompanying me to the BlogHer Meet-up left me a voicemail that she had to go home sick (hope you’re feeling better, Kylie!), I listened to the message on the platform of the 6 train, 1 stop from where I needed to go, & panicked. I was tired. I looked great. I spent an hour getting there. It would take an hour getting back. I was scared. What was I scared of? I finally told the Vampires to leave me the hell alone, as I spent enough time looking good (I ironed, for Pete’s sake!) & getting there that I couldn’t just turn around when I was 1 short stop away. Also, I know logically that I can talk to a wall. My Vampire didn’t have a comeback for that one. So, I transfered to the local train, got off at 28th Street, & walked into the restaurant. Because I was a few minutes early, I was told to wait at the bar until the downstairs space opened up. I went about my “busy business”, checking my iPhone to see if any emails came in in the last, oh, 4 minutes, & I was greeted by a warm smile by a woman – alone – at the next table.
“Are you here for BlogHer?”, she said.
“Yes,” I responded, relieved. “Are you?”
“Yes,” she said. We both laughed.
“We must have The Look!” I said. “I was going to ask you the same thing.”
Her name was Patty, & we hit it off right away. By the time we made our way downstairs, we were chatting up a storm, & Patty even told her Mom – who was worried about her going to an event “alone” – that she met “a nice Jewish girl from Long Island” (my words) & she was doing fine. Patty & I got a drink & some nibbles, & sat down in a large booth where Tracy was already situated (alone, too!). Throughout the evening, we were joined by brave BlogHer’s who approached us – sometimes alone, sometimes with a friend or two – to ask if they can join us in our big booth. Blog names & twitter handles & business cards were exchanged, & for 2+ hours, I met a wonderful array of interesting women & – of course – found a whole new slew of friendly faces to speak to at BlogHer this August (which I thought I’d have to go to, gulp, alone).