Mom 2.0 Summit: The Wrapup, Part 1

by Gigi Ross on April 19, 2011

I wouldn’t be KludgyMom without putting my own odd twist on the “I just went to a blog conference SUCKERS! Muahaha! And here’s what I learned! And here’s all the swag I got!” post.

So, I decided to post in two parts. Today is the really meaty stuff that you are all dying for. Tomorrow, a bit lighter fare.

But first, I would be remiss if I didn’t thank my blog sponsor, The Frilly Coconut Design Shoppe, for helping get me to NOLA. She is the mastermind behind my lovely header, design, color scheme and more. She is why I look like much less of a hack than I truly am. She is seriously better than beignets. In my biggest Cajun accent, Thank you, Jess!

The Important Things I Learned About Myself, Blogging and Other Bloggers at Mom 2.0 Summit

1. I can, in fact, sustain my body on nothing but beignets, water, cocktails and mini tarts for at least three days.

2. The best way to get around the awkward moment of NOT knowing the blog of the person you’ve just met is by saying, “I think I’ve seen you on Twitter!”

3. No one, and I repeat no one, except for me and uber-nerds know the correct pronunciation of KLUDGY. Repeat after me: clue-gee. Note to self: consider rebranding. Further note to self: that’s gonna suck.

4. A key component to happy bloggers is having continual wi-fi. No wi-fi = grumpy bloggers.

5. A key component to happy elderly bloggers (elderly being: over age 40) is having time in the schedule carved out for dinner. Early dinner. No dinner = grumpy elderly bloggers who then have raging hangovers after drinking on an empty stomach.

6. The Ritz-Carlton is proud of their wines by the glass. $15 proud. Don’t they know I don’t even drink BOTTLES costing $15?

7. People who I knew from Twitter that I met for the first time? Insanely cool. People who I didn’t know from Twitter that I met for the first time? Insanely cool. Listening to some bloggers continually take swipes at PR firms in an arrogant way? Insanely uncool.

8. Don’t complain about a planned set of field trips getting in the way of more conference programming until you try it. Because at the point I’ve listened to 6 sessions on personal branding, seeing Nicolas Cage’s ostentatious mausoleum and mobile Mr. Okra Guy was a refreshing change.

9. it doesn’t matter what humid clime the conference is being hosted in, and how flat and disgusting one’s hair gets in said clime, one should be prepared at all times to be filmed for video spots. One should then rejoice when one’s horribly ad-libbed video clip does not make it into the conference highlight reel, shown in front of 450 people including peeps from Martha Stewart, Babble, YouTube and Oprah. One should rejoice that one is not a big enough or recognizable enough blogger to have even been considered for said highlight reel.

10. For the love of God, do not sit with your back to the stage during keynotes.  You cannot turn your chair all the way around, because you’ll miss the dialogue at your table. You cannot face the table, because then you’ll miss the keynote. You will have to contort your body as if doing Jazzercise, your shirt will creep up and instead of hearing about the future of social media, you will wonder whether you’re rocking a plumber’s crack to the Bloggess or somebody famous who is sitting behind you and who is now taking photos of said crack and filtering them through Instagram and posting a Twitter message with it like: Dumbass conference newbie at #mom2summit.

11. Do not ask a bunch of bloggers to read their pieces aloud to other bloggers and expect them to limit themselves to 5 to 7 minutes. If I had planned correctly, I could have packed my luggage Saturday night, taken it to the Eiffel Society, stayed for the entire Eiffel Society Loads of Hope event, which started at 8 p.m., and then headed directly to the airport for my 7:40 a.m. Sunday flight. Because I’m pretty sure that’s how long the bloggers read for.

Okay, yeah, so, the meaty post is tomorrow.  But in the meantime, I found Stacey Nerdin’s post at Tree, Root and Twig, and the comments that followed, to be an excellent overview of the hits and misses of Mom 2.0 Summit. Go check it out.


Brittany {Mommy Words} April 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Ah I miss you already babe! I’s so glad we got to meet and I just wish we had more time!

Michelle April 19, 2011 at 8:21 pm

Awww hell Gigi, I feel like an ass that I’ve always said Kl-uh-gee.

Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop. April 19, 2011 at 8:26 pm

Clue-gee?! Really.

That reminds me when you read a book and pronounce the names in your head over and over again. Then you hear someone else pronounce them differently and it throws you for a loop.

Which is a long way of saying . . . Clue-gee?

Rachel - A Southern Fairytale April 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Clue- gee

Got it 😉 and the Twitter part — totally on 😉
bashing PR peeps – also — TOTALLY uncool 😉

SoberJulie April 19, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Next time I’m going with you!
Oh and Frilly Coconuts is designing for me soon too after seeing your blog!

Mae @ Here in This House April 19, 2011 at 8:55 pm

next up: the origination of kludgy/clue-gee! also, love the shout out to Mr. Okra. how many times did we see him on that walk? three? four?!?!

Jen April 19, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Like you, I would like to know what blogging conferences has against people eating meals besides lunch.

I gotta a ‘food baby’ to feed and I need food. 😉

Christina April 19, 2011 at 9:14 pm

Great post Gigi! I did go over & read Stacey’s post too. It is so refreshing to hear a so-so review of a conference. Even without being there I have to agree. We don’t need to stay at a Ritz Carlton, I’m cool with La Quinta! Glad you got to go and can’t wait to hear more.

By Word of Mouth Musings April 19, 2011 at 9:16 pm

hmm . next up SheCon, then TypeA followed by Blogher (even have Relevant tix) then next year, review, review, review and pick and choose where I want to go.
So interesting reading everyone’s feedback on the conference, from the Little Fish, the BigWigs and Somewhere Inbetween’s – great post from an awesome blogger
(as always)

Poppy April 19, 2011 at 9:22 pm

If I knew the correct pronunciation, there is hope for the rest of the blogosphere. I’ll help with the campaign, it’s the least I can do for all that you’ve taught me.

RookieMom Whitney April 19, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Hiya, we didn’t meet but I was behind you or near you on the walking tour. I am familiar with the term kludgy and have probably used it myself (former product manager at electronic toy company) and was surprised to hear you have to explain it to someone. I’m even more surprised to read her that you had to explain it to a lot of someones.

This is a great wrap up. I agree with the dinner problems (read my wrap up for my solution) and I TOTALLY agree with the Loads of Hope length-of-programming comment.

Single Dad April 19, 2011 at 9:37 pm

Yay, I was saying it the correct way! So proud of myself.

Yuliya April 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Thanks for bringing us with ya Gigi…I feel full from the virtual beignets :)

Elena April 19, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I love all the conference recaps! Too bad you missed Nicolas Cage in the streets at 2am getting arrested!

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:50 pm

we heard ALL about it!

Julie {Angry Julie Monday} April 19, 2011 at 9:58 pm

Hilarious Recap….and I kept hearing about the $15 glass of wine.

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am super bummed I didn’t get to meet you. I’ve been reading you for a lonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng time! Thanks for coming by and reading!

Shell April 19, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Aw, don’t rebrand- it’s okay if we all mispronounce- we get your point.

When I am not fed, I am CRANKY. Oh, so cranky.

i want to hear the rest!

Stacey @ Tree, Root, and Twig April 19, 2011 at 10:13 pm

Oh my gosh, this is hilarious. The whole thing about Twitter is SO true, and I usually supplement it with something like “Well, you know, avatars are SO SMALL, it’s hard to recognize people in real life!” And proper session positioning is SO important! Everything you wrote about that has happened to me (minus the plumber’s crack…I hope). Finally, thanks so much for linking to my wrap-up. The comments have indeed added much more texture and depth than I could have written alone – it’s been a great gathering place for thoughts and feedback.

Grumpy Grateful Mom April 19, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Your are seriously funny! I will probably still mispronounce your blog name wrong in my head, but you will never know. Muahaha! Wait. Forget I just said that.

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:49 pm

shhhh. sometimes I mispronounce it in MY head, too!

Paula@Simply Sandwich April 19, 2011 at 10:44 pm

Okay.. about the only thing I have going for me right now is that I did pronounce (in my head) you name right because in your “About” page, you said, “A kludgy mom (clue-gee mom) is a mom who…” Please keep the name! :)

As an official newbie, I may need a little time before I head out to a conference.. :) Thanks so much for the info and update!

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

it’s interesting to read how many people have read my “about me” page! I think you’re conference ready, personally!

Lori @ In Pursuit of Martha Points April 19, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Umm…I’m one of the uber-nerds who knows how to pronounce Kludgy.

But then, I’m married to an engineer.

And I’m takin’ notes for BlogHer, baby. But then, I’ll actually have the source material with me.


Ashley April 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Um, this was kind of my reply. Also married to an engineer.

Thank you so much for the great recap Gigi- looking forward to hearing more!!

julie gardner April 20, 2011 at 9:57 am

I am not an engineer or married to one.

But I AM the uber-nerd who read your ABOUT page the minute I found you.

So I knew it was CLUE gee.

(I love “about” pages. And don’t like it when I don’t know a word. nerd.)

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:48 pm

We’ll kick it old school at BlogHer!

subWOW April 19, 2011 at 10:55 pm

Welcome back! Sounds like you’ve had loads of FUN in addition to cocktails and minitarts. :-)

Sam @ Weekend Getaways April 20, 2011 at 3:03 am

Thanks for given very nice information . I like #7 and #8 sentence these two points in your blog . I’ll wait for your new thought and i hope you’ll send it soon.

MainlineMom aka Sarah April 20, 2011 at 7:05 am

Great post! It was really sooo great to meet you and I hope you didn’t feel TOO much like a newbie. Now you’ll be a veteran next time around!

I had no idea how to pronounce Kludgy either…glad you clarified it for me…IN PERSON! :)

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

it was awesome to meet you as well…I hope we can connect at another conference soon!

Kmama April 20, 2011 at 7:32 am

I know it’s clue-gee, but in my head, I continue to pronounce it kl-uh-gee. It’s a sickness.

John April 20, 2011 at 7:40 am

I’ve known how to pronounce your online persona since day 1. Does that make me a nerd or übercool? (I also know the key-code for a umlaut, which may answer that question).

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

that makes you an ubercool nerd. Like me!

Alexandra April 20, 2011 at 7:58 am come I know it’s Kloodgymom?

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm

because you’re my oldest bloggy friend :)

Diane April 20, 2011 at 8:22 am

Actually, anyone married to an engineer with a healthy appreciation for the myriad uses of duct tape knows how to correctly pronounce kludgy.

Megan (Best of Fates) April 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

I’ve never had a beignet and I’m crazy jealous.

Also? Turns out I’m going to mispronounce your name when we meet, so that’ll be awkward.

But awkward’s my niche, so I’m prepared.

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

at least you’ve prepared me for the mispronunciation that is imminent. I’m good with that :)

julie gardner April 20, 2011 at 9:58 am

Love your list. This was plenty meaty for me.

Who doesn’t worry about their butt cracks showing? All the time?

Years off my life…

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

ALL the time!

MommaKiss April 20, 2011 at 10:24 am

what the hell is a minitart and why don’t i have one?

Leigh Ann April 20, 2011 at 11:04 am

Sounds like you had a great time. I can’t wait for my first conference, even though I know I’ll be a nervous wreck.

And? I’m glad I’ve only said “Kludgy” in my head and not aloud to you.

MommyLisa April 20, 2011 at 12:13 pm

Ummm – I am 43 and NOT elderly. ;P

blueviolet April 20, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Ok, so that twitter thing totally works, and actually it’s usually the truth anyhow, and the contorting backwards to see the stage…omg, I was kinked up after the final keynote for the rest of the night and the whole next day!

I’m also sick about the fact we didn’t get to spend time together. A mere hello is insufficient. I’m pretty shy in person at first so you have to force yourself on me.

Next conference! I insist!

kludgymom April 20, 2011 at 8:46 pm

yes, I agree! I kept seeing you talking to people at parties, but didn’t want to intrude. :) next time round – we have at least a cocktail!

Ally April 20, 2011 at 9:38 pm

I’m horrified right now that I am three years into “elderly” status when it comes to bloggers. I’m also not sure whether I would have my hair go flat in humidity (a problem I’ve never, ever encountered) or go insanely frizzy in humidity (a problem I just may know a little about). Aside from that, the conference sounds great! 😉 Except maybe those $15 glasses of wine – ouch!

Kelley April 21, 2011 at 1:23 am

This was so entertaining and self-deprecating, which is why it was so entertaining. Well, that and other things. I still remember when you corrected me about the pronunciation of “kludgy”. I am going to start polling people randomly to see if they know how to say it. Don’t re-brand until I get back with you,’mmmkay?

Kelly April 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I love number 10! Ha! Had me laugh out loud!! Sounds like it was awesome! :)

Erin I'm Gonna Kill Him April 22, 2011 at 9:57 pm

I was truly hoping you would have learned an appreciation of scarves at this conference.

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