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My BlogHer '11 Diary – Day Two

Babble's own Catherine Connors (@HerBadMother) and Meagan Francis (@MeaganFrancis) hangin' out poolside at BlogHer '11

Day Two of BlogHer ’11 was a whirlwind of meeting new people, reconnecting with friends, learning, listening, eating, walking and a whole lot of fun. And I’ve got the photos to prove it!

After all the hassle I had (not) getting from Myrtle Beach to San Diego on Day One of BlogHer ’11, the trip today went very smoothly, and I arrived at the San Diego airport just after lunch. The BlogHer Conference itself is taking place at the San Diego Marriott and Convention Center, but I registered late, so I am staying right next door at the Grand Hyatt.

The airport is only a few minutes away from the waterfront area where both hotels are located, so my cab ride from the airport only took about 10 minutes. I haven’t been to San Diego since I was a little girl, so I had forgotten how jaw-droppingly gorgeous it is, ver, and when I checked into my hotel.

Lobby of the San Diego Grand Hyatt

After I got settled and took a quick shower, I walked downstairs to the poolside cabana hangout being co-sponsored during BlogHer by Babble and Sway Group. That’s where I took the photo of Catherine and Meaganthat you see above. I also enjoyed seeing my friend Danielle Wiley at the Cabana (yet another MomCrunch contributor), and getting to meet up and coming young blogger Cassie Boorn, who is the brains behind the popular “Letter to my 20-something Self”  online project.

The unbelievable view from the Babble + Sway Group Cabana at BlogHer '11

 

Also yesterday afternoon, several other bloggers and I meandered along the water in the Embarcadero Marina Park/Seaport Village area just outside the Marriott and Hyatt hotels. If you’ve never been to San Diego before, you almost can’t believe how gorgeous it is. Plus, the weather was perfect – clear and sunny, light breeze, 72 degrees and zero humidity.

There was an actual PIRATE ship sailing around the hotels because, y’know, pirates + bloggers are such a natural fit ;-)

We ran into this particularly chatty BlogHer attendee hanging out down by the water.

In the late afternoon, I attended the Community Keynote readings from some of the women selected as BlogHer’s Voices of the Year for 2011. The event and the party afterward were sponsored by HTC. Blogger Eden Kennedyserved as emcee for the keynote readings, and while all of the bloggers were wonderful, my two favorites were Bon Stewart, who made me cry, and Jenni Chiu, who made me laugh.

The party after the readings was terrific – gorgeous setting and lots of interesting people to meet and chat up.

Security worked the door at the party, making sure that all of us bloggers don’t get too out of hand.

DJ working against an incredible San Diego backdrop

I ran into Neil Kramer at the VOTY party; Neil appears to be one of a very few male bloggers making the BlogHer rounds this year. It was great fun getting to meet him in person.

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Neil Kramer blogs at www.citizenofthemonth.com

To Be Continued: I’ll have lots more photos and info from BlogHer ’11 – Day Two to add later, so be sure to check back. Right now, though, I’ve got to get some sleep!

Here’s my BlogHer ’11 Diary – Day One

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