I am heading to my 2nd Mom 2.0 Summit this week. Opposed to last year when I boarded a plane to Mom 2 all by myself and knew no one except for Stacey Ferguson and Liz Gumbinner. This year, I am looking forward to seeing a lot of people I know. I met the majority of these women (and men) last year at Mom 2 when I was brazen enough to go all by lonesome.
This year, I am even lucky enough to have a roommate, who makes the experience all the more fun.
But, don’t mistake this upcoming trip as simply a reunion. While it is exciting to reconnect with women who I have not seen since last Mom 2.0 or Blogher, I am heading out with goals in mind.
Last week, the WSJ posted a piece which claimed mommies (mostly stay-at-home/digital mommies) use conferences as a front to escape their homes, families, and day-to-day responsibilities. Many bloggers have already written responses to this which would dwarf anything that I would have to say on this subject. You can read them here and here and here. I am definitely NOT going to throw my hat in the ring in responding to that post.
What I will say is that conferences provide a much-needed foreground for meeting people IRL in this digital age. Often. I read and write about the new level playing ground afforded to us with the intro of the internetz. We can network, chat online and grow relationships all from behind our screens in our very own offices or while wearing our bathrobes at home. The truth is, these digital connections only take it so far, and I am a big believer in moving digital connections into something face-to-face.