As luck would have it, this was the ONLY weekend that Ian would have to work this summer.
So much for the getaway.
I know I probably could have arranged childcare, but I'm a wimp where my kids are concerned. The last time we went away without them, we heard about it for the next few months and the whining that has already started happening about our upcoming anniversary weekend is giving me the most royal ... well, let's just say I'm not good with whining.
(Speaking of whining, I will not go on about how green with envy I was or how disappointed I am about missing an awesome line up of speakers; or how some of my favourite bloggers were there, bloggers who actually sorta "know" little ole me and I am dying to meet IRL, bloggers who did us so proud, even bloggers looking for BlogHim ... I'll just stop it now).
Wanting to be a part of some form of BlogHer action, I stumbled upon the BlogHer in Second Life conference. I had never heard of Second Life before this, and was intrigued. I signed up with the intent of following some of the activities in San Fran.
I didn't have a chance to check it out until Friday, and I wish I had earlier. Because I had no clue what I was doing. I set up my account, my sexy Avatar which of course looked nothing at all like me in person. That was the fun of it. Boob job, great Posh hair and no muffin top to be found, all for free!!! I could also navigate through various islands, build houses, buy land, chat online, see the "world" from different perspectives, SHOP, and even FLY!!!
That is, as long as I got lucky and could figure out how to do what I needed to do to get the most out of the BlogHer in Second Life conference. But unfortunately, once I got to the conference site, it took me a devil of a time to figure out how to get the live stream audio. And then how to actually take a seat at the right side of the SIMS line.
What really fascinated me is that Second Life is in fact another "world". There are several different worlds, islands, and groups; some bloggers even blog in Second Life. My understanding is that some colleges even run courses on there. Virtual reality at an entirely different level. My son has been on Runescape, and getting him off of that game is like pulling teeth. Having had a glimpse of this similar but on a bigger scale concept at Second Life, I can see how it can just suck a person in. Living another reality, as a different person if I so choose to be.
When I did finally get to hear perhaps 15 minutes of the final keynote speakers at BlogHer (Heather Armstrong and Stephanie Klein) before it went back to typing chatter, I had that eureka moment. Like I had finally made it, was actually there, even if it was a virtual world.
Just a minor detail that I was lying face down under the bleachers and could not figure out how to get back up. If that's what I had to do in order to hear Dooce discuss "live" how she had 42,000 comments on one post, and how she reads each and every comment ever posted on her blog, so be it.
At least I "got" to BlogHer this year.
As for Second Life, I think I really need to get a firm grasp of my First life, first.
So onward toward BlogHer '09 we go...