Monday, August 1, 2011

The Highs and Lows of Blogopolis

There are so many things that happened this weekend that I cannot talk about. I have been sworn to silence.

Therefore the drunken shenanigans, the pashes goodbye, the table top dancing, the questionable photos, the massive overshares and abundance of euphemisms will go with me to the grave. However it is safe to say that when a bunch of people who don't get out often get a night of free drinks, they rock on. HARD.

Instead I can only spill the goss on myself, so here's the highs and lows of my weekend, in no particular order:

The Lows: 
  • Being shown a photo of sexay Veggie Mamma and StMurphy and saying I was his biggest stalker, only to find out he was standing right next to me when I said it. The embarrassment knew no end and I wanted to slink away unnoticed. However I got to meet him and now I love him even more cos he's a dirty bitch, just like me, so this one is actually a high.
  • Getting my hand stuck in a tram door on the way to the hotel and not being able to get it out until the next stop. I remained calm but the woman next to me started panicking that my finger was broken. I was half an hour late for my meeting because I was icing my poor, swollen hand.
  • Taking a bite of pizza at lunch without realizing it had mussels on it, that I’m a little bit allergic to – my tongue and throat started swelling! I took full advantage of the hashtag and live Twitter feed and put out the call for antihistamines which was retweeted long after the anti histamines were found (thanks Kate and Twitchy!). It was slightly overshadowed by Fi seeing the tweet and thinking I had asked for amphetamines.
  • Throwing up on the morning of the conference after only having four drinks the night before. I'm assuming it was a combination of six hours sleep over the previous 48 hours, no food in my belly, and a sleeping tablet. When asked by the gorgeous photographer Fi what I could possibly be throwing up, knowing I hadn't eaten or drunk much, I replied that I was throwing up my soul... and it got Tweeted. Bitches.
  • Almost missing my plane home. There is an entire blog post for that, full of tears and tantrums.
  • My boobs tingling and leaking whilst holding Veggie Baby, Squishy, and when in the car with Kate's BabyGirl after Kate kidnapped me. I developed a major case of Stockholm Syndrome though, so it's OK. 
The Highs
  • Blushing when Andrew Hughes of Reprise Media mentioned me as having a better media kit that some of the professional ones they see and having a massive head swell seeing my name explode over the Twitter feed screens and trending according to TrendsMap (the post on the media kit will be coming soon!)
  • Receiving the best backhanded compliment I've ever gotten from the amazing Lizosaurus when she called me "annoyingly stylish". It will now be my tag line. Glowless; annoyingly stylish. I would look much more stylish wearing one of these tshirts though, but Liz, I'm not wearing a bloody cat hat, no matter how freakin cute you looked in it.
  • Deepening my Blogger crush on Nicole Avery as I listened to her speak at the Blogger's Brunch and at the conference, and as I danced the night away with her at the post drinks. That woman really knows how to let her hair down.
  • Going up to Pro Blogger and boldly introducing myself as the chick with the kick ass media kit and asking him to pose for a photo, thus making him late to get the stage.
  • Singing sound of music songs with Lynda at post drinks. None of this crap current top 40 music for us, we went straight to the classics. Singing So Long, Farwell when she left was one of the best bits of the whole night.
  • Sharing an apartment at the Oaks on Lonsdale (who have the most fabulous staff, one who even loaned me his iPhone to access my bank account when my card was rejected) with some of the funniest, most amazing women I've ever met, who saved me on more than one occasion. Kelley, Shae and Toushka are totes my BFFs.
It's time for a montage, even Rocky had a montage! None of the images are edited so you can watch my fall from grace as the weekend (and more specifically the post drinks night) wears on.



85 comments:

  1. Awwww... You look SO pretty in those pics! Meeting you was DEFINITELY a highlight for me! Having lunch next to you & Veggie Baby was a high risk situation for me and my rock-hard boobies! But totally worth it! You are a star! Desperately waiting for your Media Kit ebook xx

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  2. Sad :( we didn't get to chat but happy we managed to say hi :)

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  3. Made best photo!! That is excellent. Just a tip - I can do even better. Wait for the next conference. Great montage.

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  4. Oh. My. God. Those photos!!!

    Best weekend eva!! Not a euphemism.

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  5. It sounds like you had a blast. I'm not even more annoyed I didn't go or anything now. No, not at all. 
    xxx

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  6. hehe Thanks for the giggle and Yes you are annoyingly stylish and very sweet,

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  7. awesome montage! WTF was up with my dancing? I should not be allowed near alcohol.

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  8. Also it must be an indication of how much I like you that I am actually commenting using stupid disqus. hate disqus

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  9. Fantastic montage, Glowless.  It was so great to see you again!  I hope your boobs are back to normal and that Tricky has resumed his duties...

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  10. Loved all the pics! I hope to make it to one of these events one day! You were definitely glowing through your highs and lows :)

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  11. that was a classic! funniest wrap up I've read except for your misfortunes! and yes I mentioned your media kit in my blog post!
    corrie:)

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  12. Was I line dancing at the end of that?  I think possibly yes. Love you Glowless x

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  13. Great wrap up! Love that I could live & learn vicariously through your pics and post xx

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  14. I am sitting here feeling hungover and missing you all hard.

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  15. What a great montage! I've been waiting for the pics. And I saw all the tweets about your media kit, rockstar! xo

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  16. Awesome photo gallery !
    You're just so gorgeous in IRL, you totally bowled me over...even if we were in McDonalds and your hand was swelling up like a balloon :)  Hope it's getting better xxx

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  17. LMFAO Love the montage! You looked fabulous!

    So insanely jealous of you guys though. You's all suck lol

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  18. Sam @ Learn. Create. Do.August 1, 2011 at 12:09 PM

    Great montage! It was a fab weekend.

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  19. Glow I think it is impossible for you to look anything but glowtactualr.
    Glad you had a fabulous weekend, and got the recognition you deserve xx

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  20. Ahhh wonderful pic's. That one of Res. Dad and Shae..... Oh, Clint. Hilarious.

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  21. "Photo Gallery"  ??? What was I thinking ??
    Montage !  I meant, montage !!!!!
    :-)

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  22. Looked so much fun! I appreciate you putting the names of the bloggers behind the blogs that I do follow too. 

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  23. the more I read about blogopolis the more envious I get... Looks like you had a wicked weekend, and got to meet some great people. thinking I'm gonna have to get my butt to one of these sometime..... 

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  24. Awesome stuff.  You crack me up.

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  25. Glad you had a fab time - glad you all did. I haven't been to a blogging conference yet, but the spirit and joy you guys demonstrate is one hell of an advert for such events. Well done everyone!
    PS Mind is boggling at what kind of shenanigans require swearing to secrecy :)

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  26. Suzi under the windmillsAugust 1, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Oh so jealous!
    Glad you had an awesome time!!!

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  27. I think we should just get naked together! I adore you!!!! xoxoxoxoxo

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  28. Loving that video - looks like SO MUCH FUN!!!! 

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  29. So looking forward to hearing about your media kit - high praise that I'm sure is well deserved!

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  30. LOVE the photos! And can't wait to see the media kit tips!

    Lovely to see you again, too :)

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  31.  hey you were smiling :-)

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  32. I'm glad you took that as a compliment, it was how it was intended! Great to finally meet you, too!
    (PS, you would look amazing in a cat hat...)

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  33. Looks like you had an Awesome time, Loving the pics.

    "A better media kit that some of the professional ones" I so wanna see your media kit hehe ;)
    Well done!

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  34. The_Snowball_EffectAugust 1, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Looks like you had an awesome weekend. Love the montage!

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  35. Love this Glow, was a little bit scared to watch it in case there was evidence of my bad dancing!  Thankfully there was just my horrid photo.  I am only now just starting to feel good!

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  36. great initiative. Your photos are splendid. :)

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  37. Glad to see you had a relaxing weekend. Now i'll have to follow your links to all the other bloggers you mentioned...could be a long night!

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  38. Great seeing you Nathalie! Next time a week long conference, OK?

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  39. My makeup had melted off by the end of the night but I was having so much fun I just kept taking photos - I don't have any from the last conference so I was desperate to document this one!
    Was amazing meeting you, Lina, and I have your note on my dresser to look at when I get up in the morning to inspire me.

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  40. You have set the bar high, Clint. Can't wait for you to top it!

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  41. No, not a euphemism. But definitely an overshare.

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  42. Ohhh my lovely Tutu (nup, can't call you Ames, you're Tutu) I thought of you while we were there so often. Am bummed you missed out.

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  43. With more emphasis on annoying than stylish :)

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  44. Your dancing was awesome. Totes awesome, even.

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  45. When the notification came through that you'd commented, Kim, I nearly fell off my chair!

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  46. Hehe he resumed his duties perfectly so all is well. But my gawd my boobs looked awesome by the end of the night!

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  47. Glowing at the beginning, sweating at the end - it's all the same though, right?

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  48. Thanks Corrie, it's much appreciated! All the attention is amazing but definitely very overwhelming! 

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  49. Such a great weekend :) Great to spend time with you, Veronica!

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  50. There was line dancing, dirty dancing, table top dancing, conga line dancing you name it. We are the Dancing Queens!

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  51. I hope you learned that taking self portraits is a great way to remember who you met :) 

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  52. *sigh* oh yeah, there is such a massive come down.

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  53. I have the biggest ego right now. Someone needs to put me in my place... oh that's right, I cried at the airport. Done. 

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  54. The hand is much better, as of yesterday my wedding ring now comes off again! I was completely bowled over by your awesomeness, Grace. You are mesmerising and I can't wait to work with you!

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  55. Everyone needs a little montage in their life.

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  56. So so so fabulous, Sam! I hope you all don't mind I just used your photos without asking... didn't think of that til just now. Oops.

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  57. AMAZING weekend! The glow this time was thanks to illuminating concealer - after no sleep I pretty much slathered it over my whole face!

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  58. Isn't it awesome?! Res Dad knows how to party!

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  59. I knew what you meant, but so glad you have clarified and shown respect to the power of the montage :P

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  60. Can I have a copy of that pic please?!! Mwah. x

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  61. It's so nice to be able to put faces to names. But I had to get everyone to introduce themselves to me by name, blog and twitter handle!

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  62. Do it, Vicky! You won't regret it! ProBlogger announced one in October I think? 

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  63. Thanks, Caz! Was a brilliant weekend full of so many funny things, I wish I could write them all because you'd be in stitches.

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  64. Oh Emma, when you attend (you WILL attend) one you will see. The shenanigans are the best part of the whole thing!

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  65. Totes awesome. Everyone time someone says totes, a kitten dies. Oops.

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  66. I would totally turn you :P xxx

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  67. The all powerful montage is to be worshipped like a god! 

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  68. Thanks, Julia! The post should be up early next week :)

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  69. Great to see you too, Megan, even if I did take a bite of pizza and have to slink off. I tried to hide it from you guys because I was so embarrassed, but when the swelling started I had to come clean and ask for help!

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  70. Most definitely, Liz, I have been telling everyone how cool it is!
    P.S. not a chance!

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  71. It was great! So many memories, so few I can share... heh.

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  72. It's coming - keep an eye out early next week.

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  73. If Rocky had a montage then so can I!

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  74. Oh I thought you looked so cute in that photo!!! Overwhelmed, but cute!!!

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  75. Thanks, Kev! I didn't take a camera to the last conference so this time I took one everywhere I went!

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  76. Well worth it, they're amazing women!

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  77. wish I could have been there to meet you all xx

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  78. Veggie Baby still prefers you...

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  79. My milkshake brings all the babies to the yard

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  80. I will autograph it for you... :P

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  81. Lovely photos. I can tell you had some nice time all of you! "Annoyingly stylish" is one of the cutest compliments I've heard!

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  82. You know, when I think of Blogopolis I think of us sticking our tongues out! I never wrote about Blogopolis - I actually wrote a post that will be up tomorrow about why I never wrote about it. You made my day fun, and I thank you for that x

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