I got into the elevator to go to the first workshop. A man steps in behind me and shouts "I'll Call Baila???!" My big, fat head thinks, "I'm famous!" until I realize that he was reading the words that were sprawled across my chest on the sticker graciously provided by NBN.
Still, I had a ball.
I hitched a ride with One Tired Ema. (She really is tired. I tried to comfort her, but I think saying, with a big sigh, "Just wait 'til they're teenagers" wasn't all that helpful).
Truth is, I didn't exactly learn anything from the convention. The organizers have their agenda and that's fine, especially since I'm on their side. They organized a great event at a beautiful venue (Beit AviChai--I really enjoyed that photo exhibit, did you?), with good food, all for 50 shekel. I have no need to be snarky or cynical.
Only thing is, I wanted more socializing time. I wanted to talk to bloggers I have already befriended and to meet new ones. Not enough time.
Second thing is, I'd like to see some of the smaller bloggers represented. You know, the regular Joe who doesn't necessarily reach or try to reach thousands. Just sayin'.
Over at RivkA's blog, a bunch of us are talking about a more informal gathering (no sponsors, no agendas, just a bunch of fun people hanging out). Stay tuned for details if that does indeed come together. It was good to see RivkA in person.
I forgot to bring my camera this year, durnit, so I can't post pictures, like I did last year; but the convention was fun because these great bloggers showed up:
West Bank Mama, who was to shy to say hello last year. Did you know all her kids are boys? And all of mine are girls. Hmmm.
Mom. Now why wasn't she on a panel?
I saw Batya, but didn't get a chance to say hello. She looks amazing. (See I told you we needed more socializing time!)
Jameel presented, trying desperately to hold on to his anonymity. At least he didn't wear that smiley face thing; it's really doofy.
Gila, who helped me accost Dudi Stark of NBN so we can get interviews.
Ruti. I love your blog title (but you see Dave's point, right?)
Sandman--you see there really wasn't enough time for socializing.
Dave "the-delete-key-is-your-friend" Treppenwitz.
Risa, a blog I am just getting to know.
It was great talking to Pnina, another person crazy enough (didn't you say that to me once, Ruti?) to make Aliyah with teenagers.
And of course, the star of the day, Benji, who was great. Go check out his new Rosh Hashannah video here.
For photos of the convention, see Jacob Richman's site. (And SZ, I'm not going to caption 6,000 photos).
Haveil Havalim is up The Reform Shuckle.
Here's looking forward to the third convention....
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