Chicago bloggers are fortunate that the city has hosted the BlogHer conference two times, but in 2010 it was held in New York City. A handful of Chicago bloggers who opted to stay back in the Second City during BlogHer10 decided to hold a meet-up of their out here in town. Chicago social media mavens Hope Bertram, Sara Fisher, and Kim Moldofsky organized an evening of networking, conversation and fun at Theory Chicago.
The group of nearly two dozen women was treated to a private screening of Melissa Pierce’s film, Life in Perpetual Beta, a crowd-sourced documentary that explores the ways technology is changing our culture. Melissa, a mom of three who created the most of the film while her young ones napped, celebrated her birthday with the group. Chicago singer and newbie blogger, Jan James, wowed the women with her soulful rendition of “Happy birthday.”
Inspired by the Tutus for Tanner 5K at BlogHer, attendees posed wearing the (now) official Chicago tutu in exchange for a small donation to the cause. Nicole of Help! Mama Remote called the get-together “a night of fun, laughter, hope, and inspiration,” that left her wondering how a few hours together with people she’d never met before could be so impactful.
There was little in the way of swag, no dance floor, and the party was over by 10:00, but there were many cards exchanged, lots of laughs shared, and several friendships forged during the event.