Last week at Yahoo!, almost everyone around me was star struck. They all got to sit in on a live David Beckham interview. Amazing, it’s true. But I rubbed elbows with some famous people too, and I’m just now able to digest it.
For the past couple months I’ve been eating, sleeping and breathing an event that finally came to life: the Yahoo! Mother Board Summit. I made the mistake of dubbing it The Mother of All Conferences. It definitely became that…for me, at least. (Yes, this explains my silence the past week. Call off the search parties.)
And while I had considered every detail of the presentations, the accommodations, the logistics, you name it…there was one thing I didn’t process in the rush. I was about to meet some of the most successful mom bloggers in the country.
Ok, I admit it. I’m a mom blog nerd. I love reading, commenting (surprise, surprise) and hearing different perspectives on life and motherhood. I used to start my day with all the Silicon Valley Moms’ blog posts until it recently shut down, and the Yahoo! Mother Board is made up of many of those contributors. That’s why when I recently changed roles at Yahoo!, all my friends knew this would be the *perfect* job for me.
I’m not going to lie, there have been some late (late) nights recently where I questioned that. But on Friday, as I stood up on stage and looked out at so many women I’ve admired from afar, I felt right at home.
And though I didn’t get nearly enough time to talk to the women between schlepping extra power cords (a girl’s gotta tweet…like, nonstop), greeting our phenomenal Yahoo! presenters and making sure there were enough bar tenders/breakfast sandwiches/cupcakes/hotel rooms, I did learn a few things about them.
Sweatpantsmom, who has my favorite tagline: “I just look like I’m wearing my pajamas”, cleans up well.
Her Bad Mother seems like a pretty good mother. I mean even her ring tone is the Thomas the Train theme song. Maybe if Homeland Security had heard it, she would have gotten to SFO more easily (but I wouldn’t have been the someone who handed her some wine)!
Just Precious sure did look the part, but she’s got so many friends, I barely got to say hi.
Tech Savvy Mama isn’t just really, really tech savvy. She’s really, really nice.
And believe it or not, even The Go To Mom finds her little guy challenging.
These are just a few of the 62 inspiring, fun, engaging women I met this week. I’ll write about the event in more detail on YodelingMamas this week, but tonight, I’m just enjoying the fact that I spent a couple crazy days in very, very good company.
(Thanks to Sugar My Bowl for a great recap, including the attendee list!)
PS- My apologies to the Yahoo! Editorial team. While I’ve since seen tweets that this should be 300 words or less, I’m afraid I missed that part of your presentation for some very, very important reason…guess I bet start reading the Yahoo! Style Guide myself!
PSS- If you’re into Twitter, search #ymotherboard for all kinds of chatter about the Summit. And hey, feel free to follow me while you’re there: @usingourwords & @yodelingmamas.