BlogHer 11, which I attended for a number of reasons, not the least of which being it was staged five miles from my house, seems to have been a big success. About 3,000 people attended, probably 2960 of whom were women, and I haven't heard many complaints about the content of the actual conference.
It was a little weird being there as a dude; but in that respect, it was much like the first parent-blogging conference I went to, Mom 2.0, in New Orleans, which I wrote about here. I also wrote about some funny stuff that happened to me at BlogHer 11 here.
Let me just continue to preface this (I'll stop prefacing soon, I swear) by saying that the bloggers who are the main characters in this drama ("teh dramaz" in bloglish) are people I know(ish) and who have always been helpful and kind to me in any interaction I've had with them. So I'm not trying to bash on any of them.
For the last three years, the BlogHer conference has featured a big ol' throwdown called Sparklecorn, a dance party hosted by MamaPop, that pop culture site I briefly wrote for. Past Sparklecorns are the stuff of legend, and every year, they get more outrageous and extravagant.
This year, they hired a super-famous DJ, called DJ Skribble, to keep the mommyblogger rumps shaking.
But the centerpiece of the whole party was undeniably the EPIC cake, made by Charm City Cakes, which is on some TV show or something. Naturally, I failed to take a decent picture of this cake, and in fact it was kind of hard to see the damn thing in the low light of the party, so all I can do is share (without permission) this pretty crappy picture my friend took.
When the dust settles (if it has indeed settled) there are around 200 Tweets with the phrase "racist cake" in them, and probably dozens of blog posts. Oh. Including this one.
So, if you are one of those people who thinks mommyblogging is all about parenting tips and poignant stories of adorable tykes, I hope this will clear things up for you. We are not afraid to tackle the serious issues of our day. This drama is about more than cake. It's about more than racism. It's even about more than unicorns. It's about fighting for your right to party.