Mom 2.0 Recap

26th April 2011

While I was away, I mostly ate. I managed to “outgrow” most of the clothes I brought with me. New Orleans is good for your butt.

I was in Louisiana to do a presentation with Erin Loechner and Liz Gumbinner, the women I also presented with at the Alt Design Summit. Our panel was “How’d You Get that Sponsor?” and I was really happy with it. (You’ll find recaps on the Mom 2.0 blog, and Work it, Mom if you’re interested in the business side of blogging.)

We ate some more.

We had cocktails.

We had more food.

The closing keynote on the future of media was excellent, and I’m still chewing on something Margaret said. She mentioned how personalization algorithms were getting so good that soon we’d have to seek out differing viewpoints on anything.

So maybe one element of the “future of content” lies in synthesizing and presenting differing viewpoints for people tired of hearing their own opinions echoed back. Do people get tired of that?

I also did my first reading! Oh my goodness, it went poorly. I read A 12-Step Guide to Threesomes, but while I was on stage shaking with fear, I realized that half the audience was sober, and I was in the midst of Operation Separation, and I was wearing a minidress (like a common whore), cataloguing a laundry list of ways in which one might fictionally seduce me. Had I actually been naked in front of my high school class, I don’t think I could have been more uncomfortable. In retrospect, I should have been much more inebriated, so I proceeded to do that backstage while Heather petted my hair, and teared up when she saw me tearing up, and did not bullshit me about how great I had been. This is why we are friends.

I stayed a couple extra days with Anna Beth in a gorgeous apartment on St. Charles. We went antiquing, ate some more, had red wine on the porch.

When I was a little kid, this is what I thought it would be like to be a grownup.

27 thoughts on “Mom 2.0 Recap

  1. Cecily

    From where I was sitting, sober in the audience, you actually were quite funny and charming on stage. Seriously. In fact, my husband – my cohost of over SEVEN YEARS OF POETRY READINGS – loved you, and quotes you often since. Really.

  2. Kate

    Apologies for this comment in advance:

    I pulled up the first photo through my feed reader, and it looks like a staged photo of a big pile of, well, another white substance, and the dollar you were using to, you know.

    Then I saw the bit about eating and New Orleans, so I’m surmising it’s the leftover powdered sugar from…something? Still, totally gave me a startle and then a chuckle!

  3. Cindy

    I’ve visited New Orleans many times and it’s usually always about the food. I can see myself retired there with my own little daiquiri shop.

    I’m 100% sure that your reading went over fabulously, because you are fabulous.

  4. clg1213

    i need to catch a plane myself today to say “i don’t” to a judge…MA makes me return to say it, even though it is uncontested and i moved away months and months ago. you shall be one of my models of poise.

  5. Roxanna

    Hmm. I have to chime in here. I thought your reading went very well — you started out just nervous enough to charm us and read it in a perfectly tongue-in-cheek tone so that we all felt like we were in on the joke.

    You probably think I’m trying to bullshit you, but hey! This is the internet and my opinion counts too.

    PS – I loved your dress. It WAS NOT too short. But I grew up in Miami, so you may want to take my opinion with a grain of salt.

  6. Kyran

    I’m going to second Roxanna. I had to step out halfway through to go do that weird video thing out front, but I couldn’t tell you were rattled at all. I love that piece, and was tickled when you announced it. Also, you could have recited the constitution standing there on those legs, and it would have rocked the house.

    At least you walked on and off stage correctly and didn’t pre-empt the MC. (I thought she was giving us the list to memorize, so she could go get drunk and we could introduce our own damn selves).

    Hope to see (and hear) more of you in the future. xo

  7. Bahiyyih

    My first thought on looking at the picture of you standing on stage was, “DAMN! Get it, girl!!” You have legs that go all the way up to there, and I will always be jealous of your hair. I’m sure that things feel more chaotic under the surface, but I’d be happy to EVER look that chic.

  8. misstraceynolan

    I am reading this post from my happy place, which happens to be on St. Charles. Makes me feel like a grown up : )

    Congrats on having your first reading, even if it wasn’t what you had hoped. xo

  9. Sarah

    That sounds like the dream come true. Hanging out with Erin, Alice, Jon, Heather, you. Throw Rebecca in and an Epiphanie bag, and I’m yours!

  10. Farrah

    “When I was a little kid, this is what I thought it would be like to be a grownup.” – PRICELESS. There is just something about New Orleans…

  11. Kate

    Psh, that dress could have been much more mini and I would still think you looked bangin’.

  12. Jessica

    New Orleans is such an intoxicating and delicious city; it’s on my life list as my next place to live. I dream about it daily. Very glad you had a wonderful visit, aside from your reading nerves. Im sure ABC showed you a perfect time. Please head north to her town on your next trip to LA: I want to meet you!

  13. Martha

    Maggie, I think you’re holding up so well. And I completely agree with the comments about having the legs to pull off the dress. When I read that you wore a short dress, I had to scroll back up because I didn’t remember an inappropriately short dress when I’d looked at the photos.

  14. Pretzel Thief

    Aw…I almost teared up at Heather tearing up at YOUR tearing up! (Now, there’s a mouthful.)


    I’m sure you were better than you think in your reading, and you looked faboosh in that awesome(ly) chic minidress!

  15. Daniella

    Maggie, I love that you don’t always do everything perfectly and you are happy to admit it.
    Perfection in inperfection is my motto.

  16. Cindy

    I have been thinking about what you said, wondering if people ever get tired of having their own opinions echoed back.

    For me, I think it depends on how strong I feel. If I feel confident and sure, then I can withstand the gale-force wind of a well-articulated opinion that knocks me on my arse. Not even can I withstand it, I welcome it.

    If I feel defeated and small, then I troll the internet in search of affirmation of me.

    So the disturbing question is: do personalization algorithms assume that they are reaching out to a society filled people who feel defeated?

  17. Alison

    It is hard for me to imagine anything you do not going well…really, it is! But I respect you enough to believe you when you say that the reading wasn’t 100% perfect, and I thank you for sharing the less-than-perfect parts of your life. It reminds me that I am OK when I am not perfect (like this week, for example, when I managed to lose both my phone and my wallet — separately!).

    Also, now I really want to go to New Orleans!

  18. Amber, theAmberShow

    So maybe one element of the “future of content” lies in synthesizing and presenting differing viewpoints for people tired of hearing their own opinions echoed back. Do people get tired of that?

    No, I don’t think so, unless it comes with a big scoop of “but this is all wrong, and here is why” on the end. I fight not to be closed-minded, but it’s hard sometimes. I just want to be RIGHT, damnit!

  19. Asha {Parent Hacks}

    Good for the butt, indeed! My jeans would agree with you.

    Just want to say that your talk with Liz and Erin was fantastic. I got so much out of it, not the least of which was inspiration to be confident and purposeful. You each had your own spin which made the talk that much better. I admire your hard work and savvy, Maggie.

    And I know I always say this, but I hope we can spend more time together the next time I see you!

  20. Asha {Parent Hacks}

    PS. Re: the “future of content” — that’s why human curators are so important. Filtering the onslaught of info while staying away from the echo chamber. May not always scale, but will always be of value.

  21. Zoe

    Maggie, I have been following your blog for some time and remember (I think!) you once saying that you thought the D.C. area could use a good bloggers conference. I live in Baltimore (used to live and work in DC) and I’m a new lifestyle blogger and former event planner. I’d love to help get something off the ground in this region, and I know some other fabulous women who’d love to assist. Any advice/ideas?

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