May 04, 2007

2007 Milblog Conference

It is finally here!

I've got a full house and a full weekend.

Report of what I can remember to come later ;-)

REPORT: 5/6 2:30p
This year's conference was unquestionably the bigger and better event that we had hoped it would be. It is a good trend to have in the conference business...

I was a lot more comfortable at this year's conference than last year's, so that made a huge difference in what I took away. Last year, I felt stupid for showing up and having to explain "no, I don't milblog..." to every person I had the courage to talk to (mostly because someone else introduced me to them). This year, I didn't feel so stupid explaining "no, I don't milblog ... I milblog when there are fundraisers or support orgs need to get the word out. I'm a supporter."

I met so many great people that have done so much to help the cause, the community, and the country that I really felt honored to be in their company. And the best part about going to these events is seeing that the milbloggers are doing this, not because they have to, but because they want to. For some, it is just fun or a personal outlet - but there is still a meaning and outcome so much greater than that for those affected ... something made all the more powerful by the fact that it isn't someone "just doing my job."

For the social aspect, it was a kickass weekend. I don't think I had more than 5hrs sleep during the weekend but who needs sleep when you're having a good time? And anytime I end up in bed at 4:30am with another woman, some serious fun was had (right AWTM?).

Overall, it was just great to see my friends again (especially the ones I didn't think were going to make it) and make some new connections I can look forward to seeing again next year.

Posted by Princess Cat at May 4, 2007 05:00 AM @ 05:00 AM in Milblogging // Permalink | TrackBack

You're right - definitely kick ass. Though someone seems to have designated us as "scamps". Not sure I like that connotation. Then again, we do resemble the comment, don't we?? It was so good to see you again! I'm glad you made it again this year and I'm already counting the days until next year. Tomorrow I will go in search of your shoe post!

Posted by: HomefrontSix at May 7, 2007 04:58 AM

Hmm. It might be that teh "somene" you're referring to is none other that myself. The question for you m'dear, is how do you know that you were the "scamps" in question?

Guilty conscience, innit?

I had fun anyways, I'm almost certain. Very nice to meet you.

Posted by: lex at May 7, 2007 10:16 AM

It was great to meet you in person. Glad you're holding out on the bandaids. Sometimes, doling out a lot of swift kicks is a good thing. haha

Posted by: LL at May 7, 2007 12:40 PM

I alwasy miss the scamp calling damn....

thank you for the early morning offer as well Cat, and thank you for keeping my dead brain on track....

I stayed out much to late Friday....

I LOVE YOU, you make me laugh after 2 hours of sleep first thing in the morning...

Posted by: armywifetoddlermom at May 7, 2007 06:12 PM

Can I thank you for giving directions on getting to the airport! You were so good I didn't even get lost - that's quite a feat. *grin* It was wonderful to meet you.

Posted by: Teresa at May 7, 2007 07:35 PM

As always, you are fun to hang with.

Posted by: RSM at May 7, 2007 08:28 PM

Thank you so much for your help!

Posted by: Andi at May 8, 2007 06:37 AM

Well, "No, I don't milblog" is a LOT like "No, I'm a civilian" which is what I spent all my time explaining last year. So I agree that already knowing some folks and some folks already knowing you makes a big difference. Definitely agree that the trend is trending in the right direction. Next year we'll need an extra day just to fit all the coolness in...

Good seeing you again.

Posted by: Murdoc at May 8, 2007 07:33 AM

Of course, I'm irritated that you two slept together and left me on the couch. Is that hospitality?

It was great fun, like last year but slightly less drunk.

Posted by: buckethead at May 8, 2007 05:27 PM

It was such a pleasure to meet you. Your smile and energy were were a blast to hang with!!

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