Sunday, March 20, 2011

AusBlogCon -- What a ripper!

I hardly know where to start. I have about five posts in my head that I want to write and unfortunately no pictures to go with them yet as I brought the wrong cable so I can't download them from my camera (though I have a Plan B).

This past weekend has been, hands down, one of the most magnificent of my life. It was quite surreal. It began with a lunch with Mia Freedman of Mamamia and group of other bloggers, a shopping trip with Nikki from Styling You, an absolutely UNREAL evening put on by my sponsors, GSK, in which I got to speak and also meet, for the first time, many of my wonderful bloggy friends, a Nuffnang cocktail gathering, and then on Saturday the ABC conference itself and the dinner and dance that followed.

Yes. Surreal.

I will post about all of them, in more detail. With beautiful photos.

But for now I want to say... AMAZING. What a stunningly talented and big-hearted group of women (and men). And you know what I was most struck by? To a one, each person I met was JUST like I imagined them to be from reading their blogs. Their personalities really shone through in their posts, because no one seemed a bit different from their writing. There were a lot of faces I didn't recognize, but once I sat down and started talking with each blogger, I felt right at home, like we were old friends. I will repeat myself...amazing.

My only regret is that I was only able to spend short snippets of time with each person. The conference was one day and that day flew by. I wanted to sit and talk for hours to so many of my friends, but that just wasn't possible.

I read my poem Woman, A History, and it was emotional for me, especially in the aftermath of everything that's occurred since I wrote it. I fought to hold back tears. There were so many incredible presentations and readings. I just soaked up all of them and didn't want them to end.

Thanks you Brenda, for conceiving the idea and following through with it. Thank you Veronica and Tina and Nicole and Karen and everyone else who pitched it to make AusBlogCon 2011 a reality. I know it was a lot of hard work and required endless amounts of your time and energy.  But know this. This conference was a pivotal event in the lives of so many people. I know it was for me. I cannot tell you how much it has meant to me to be here and have the experience of meeting everyone.

You did this. You made this a reality. You brought us together and changed our lives and cemented friendships and elevated the Australian blogging world to new heights. God love you. You are all amazing.

...and now for a few pics stolen from the gorgeous inside-and-out Bern Morley (So Now What), because I know how to pilch photos off Facebook:


Wanderlust and Bern - GSK Event





Woogsworld, Kerri Sackville (Life and Other Crises), Wanderlust, Bern



 
And this one pilched from the Nikki of Styling You. Is she not stunning?
I now have a girl crush on Nikki. Entire post to follow.


Kristin and Nikki

Wanderlust and Styling You!




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33 comments:

  1. I love you, K. Thank you so much for your love and support. It means a lot to me. And please, don't leave us. Just overstay or something.; )

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  2. It was fantastic to meet you to my love, beautiful woman that you are, and your poem, once again, bought me to tears. I cried when I read it on your blog, and tears fell down my cheeks when you read it in person. Beautiful, beautiful lady, I wish that all your dreams come true. Have a great time in this beautiful country we call home. xxx

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  3. Just brilliant. I haven't even got the words to put to how wonderful it was to finally be in the same room as you. xxx

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  4. p.s. Agree wholeheartedly with everything Brenda and Kakka have said (hi Kakka!)

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  5. Oh, I've got tears welling up just reading your post and knowing how short a time we had. You are one beautiful woman who I'm very, very proud to call a dear friend. xx

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  6. And look at YOU! see, you're shining! I knew you would.

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  7. It was so great to meet you finally!

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  8. You sound so happy! I'm so happy for you!

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  9. So very jealous, but also happy you had a great time1

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  10. Was lovely to meet you-and I was so thrilled to her you read that poem aloud.

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  11. good to see you and everyone else have such a ball!

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  12. Love reading everyones post-conference posts!
    And Mia freedman!Oh can't wait for that post. How exciting. Hope you're enjoying Australia!
    : )

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  13. One of my highlights of the conference was not only meeting you, but also listening to your exquisite poem.

    And even though we only spoke briefly its easy to see what a treasure you are Wanderlust - we HAVE to work out a way to keep you x

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  14. When I got home I realised that it would have been so good to actually sit down with you and have a big talk and a cry. There aren't many that understand....

    I hope you are having a restful time here in Oz and that your kids are enjoying themselves. For three weeks, at least, you don't have to be afraid.

    Hugs

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  15. @ Madmother - I'll just have to come up to Brisbane. :)

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  16. Yes, please come to Brisbane! I got a little teary myself when you sashayed into the room at the GSK thingy and just lit up the room. You are even more gorgeous in 'real' life than in your blog. I felt truly honoured to be in that big room of women (and men), and to be part of a community, a real, big-hearted community. And didn't we have fun?

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  17. @MaidinAustralia - We *did* have fun! Oh, and I broke open the red frogs today and the kids were in heaven! Thank you so much. xo

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  18. Wow! What a thoroughly glam event!

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  19. @ Steve - it was very glam! We took some special pictures just for you. Stay tuned. ;)

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  20. @ Holly, likewise. SOOO glad you came to the dinner and dance. Lovely meeting you, gorgeous.

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  21. @ Kakka - thank you so much. One of these days I'm going to make it out to Perth. You've made your end of the country look so appealling in the pictures you've posted. I really enjoyed meeting you. And I also have to get out there to see my beautiful friend Toni. xo

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  22. @ Donna & Brenda - I won't make it hard for you to keep me, I promise! Love you both. xx

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  23. Great photos, it looks and sounds like you had a wonderful time. I am so crushed I wasn't there to catch a glimpse of you and say hi!

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  24. WOW! What a weekend! And all because you're a blogger. Makes me so proud to have joined this amazing community. Can't wait to be at AusBlogCon IRL next year (rather than via Twitter!! LOL!). Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to meet you!! :)

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  25. @ Becky & Kellie - Next year, yes!! I'm so ready. :)

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  26. You're all just so gorgeous!!!! x

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  27. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. I'll have to start saving for next year!

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