Tuesday, October 13, 2009

My Blogalicious Weekend

When I told my mother that I was going to a blog conference that was for women of color, she looked at me with a look that seemed to say, "Uh, honey, I don't know how to break this to you, but you are in fact, NOT a woman of color."  I guess the fact that I am indeed white and was attending a conference for women of color does seem to merit some sort of explanation.

Except, now having returned from the conference I can tell you, it actually doesn't.  I have never felt more comfortable, more welcomed or more honored to share my weekend with women whom I'd just met.  Women who are just like me.  Women who love to write, who love to share, who love to be.  

While we are all at various levels in our blogging lives and despite the fact that we are all jockeying for position in the blogosphere, there was not one iota of competitive spirit or, of cattiness or of criticism.  I only felt that the women that we were with were there to  support and uplift, to learn and to teach, and to enable and encourage one another.  Never have I had the opportunity to associate myself with a group of women who were more genuine, more graceful and just downright fun to be around.  I walked away wishing that everyone could've shared in the beautiful dynamics that moved this conference forward.  I simply cannot wait until Blogalicious 2010 and am looking forward to cultivating the new relationships that began to bloom.

9 comments:

My Life Is This said...

From the skeptic Mom - so happy it was a fun filled, learning, caring, sharing experience!

Christie-The ChatterBox said...

What a beautiful post! Thank you for also commenting on mine. I am so glad that you had such a moving experience at Blogalicious. It seems that EVERYONE feel this way and my heart is so full! I can't wait to see you again IRL!!

Annette said...

Maybe we are finally getting past the color lines ...

Cara Fox said...

Well put, Gayle! ; ) Had so much fun with you!

Tech Savvy Mama said...

I enjoyed meeting you too and look forward to catching up again in person in Miami next year!

Justice Fergie said...

so glad that you came and had a great time! i'm happy to have found a new bloggy friend and will be back to visit soon :)

Jen said...

My Life Is This - it definitely was a great time and so glad I went!

Jen said...

Christie, thanks for the sweet words!

Jen said...

Annette - wouldn't that be so nice!?