Imagine my delight when I found a familiar face in the crowd during a recent BlogHer party. I’d spotted Debra Mathy pouring her luscious Zinfandel at an exclusive gathering. Hours earlier I had arrived at San Francisco’s St. Francis hotel for the 2008 BlogHer conference. Learning that the three-day conference was taking place in my own backyard, I hopped on a BART train and began the round of pre-conference parties.
SORORITY GIRL MEETS BLOGHER
As a former sorority girl I thought I was up to the challenge of mingling with 1,000 plus female bloggers, along with the random male thrown in the mix. As I entered the hotel lobby, I spotted a woman walking the corridor with an Alltop party sign.
“Are you looking for the Alltop bus?” chirped the friendly gal sporting her plaque much like the limo drivers who troll the airport baggage claim terminals looking for designated VIP’s.
“My blog’s on the Alltop travel list, but I wasn’t invited,” I lamented. Mind you, I’m years away from the sorority rush experience, yet I was feeling like the co-ed who didn’t receive her bid invitation into the elite sorority.
Mommy Needs a Glass of Wine T-shirt courtesy of Baby Brewing.com
ON THE BUS
“Get on the bus,” she said with a wink. “It’s gonna be a great party at Guy’s house.” For those of you who don’t know Guy Kawasaki, he is the man behind Alltop, an entrepreneur and a twitter maniac. I board the shuttle and am immediately surrounded my Mommy bloggers chatting up a storm with their seatmates. I learned quite a lot about blogging from Kristen Hammond of Mommy Needs a Cocktail fame. She is not only hilarious, she’s quite the marketer, handing out cocktail shakers sporting her blog at the BlogHer conference.
After a few mis-adventures in downtown Atherton, we arrived at the Kawasaki household. Our poor driver had scribbled down directions to the party location and finally checked his male ego, parked the bus and asked for directions. Needless to say, every blogger on the bus with a GPS in their cellphone was frantically waving smartphones in the air asking anyone who would listen, “what cross street is that?”
While it’s not quite couch surfing with complete stangers, I felt that I had crashed a party and sheepishly shook hands with the host as he welcomed me into his backyard. I ambled over to the wine table and was delighted to find Debra Mathy pouring her wares from Dry Creek Valley’s Dutcher Crossing Winery. Another savvy marketer, Debra writes about Dry Creek on her blog.
WINE BLOGGERS CONFERENCE
I learned about the Wine Bloggers Conference taking place in Sonoma County, October 24-26, 2008 from Debra. Put on by OpenWine Consortium (OWC) the group is a non-profit wine industry association fully embracing bloggers, twitters and web 2.0 users. If you’ll be in the Santa Rosa area during these dates, register for the conference and prepare to meet America’s new wine media.
I’ll be attending the Wine Bloggers Conference. Will you be there?