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.