Then, one night when I was in Twitter, Julia Roberts from Support for Special Needs tweeted me that she needed me to submit a photo for the mini-conference. I was really confused. She explained that the BlogHer was graciously providing lunch on one of the days for the special needs bloggers, and we were having our own panel after the lunch. I had no idea! I was so thrilled!
It turned out that the Special Needs Mini-Conference was the absolute highlight of BlogHer for me! For one thing, I was able to meet all my fellow bloggy friends and idols that I've long wanted to meet. And they were all in one room! The other highlight was that the topic discussion was the most relevant one I went to at BlogHer '11. I really enjoyed hearing people discuss the challenges of blogging in a niche that maybe many outsiders didn't really want to read. We talked about how to make our blogs more accessible and relevant to all readers.
We definitely didn't always agree on our approaches (do we ever?). For example, we talked about whether writing anonymously or writing under our real names were important. We also talked about how divided our communities were when they really should be united to get actual change in providing support for our kids.
I left the session feeling I could conquer the world!
And did I mention that the food BlogHer provided was sublime? They actually provided us with much better food than the general conference received including a dessert table with about 5 different desserts. It was fabulous that they provided so much support for our community.
My only complaint was that the mini-conference should have been longer! The lunch and one session wasn't enough to cover everything or even have good chitchat time with my colleagues. We're all beginning to think that this should be an all-day thing or even a separate conference.
It was fabulous and I want to thank Julia Roberts for putting this event together, even if she did refuse to give me an autograph (hehe).