My Recap of the 2009 Mom 2.0 Summit

I don’t know how to explain the mix of emotions after coming home from something like the Mom 2.0 Summit.  I’m excited to keep up new connections and try out the new things I’ve learned.  I’m sad to return to a world that for the most part doesn’t understand or identify with what I’m so passionate about in social media.  I’m tired, too.  Just plain tired.

So I’ll just take one look back before I move onward and upward.

What was the point of the summit?  Who cares about “social media,” anyway?

First of all, social media refers to thing like blogs, Facebook, Twitter…anything where you can put yourself out there, speak your mind, and then interact with others who find and read you.  That’s how it’s different from a static website – the interaction, the “social”ness of it.

Women get involved in social media for a variety of reasons – to keep in touch with family and friends, to find a place to creatively express themselves.  And then there are those opportunities to eventually use your voice to speak to others not just about your life, but about the community and about companies and products and experiences that are important in your life.

Why should companies care if you talk about them?  Because of things like DVRs that allow us all (and don’t we all?) to skip through tv commercials.  Fewer of us actually read print ads, either, as magazine and newspaper subscriptions decline.  Satellite radio and mp3s mean less attention to radio ads, too.  Where else should a company look to have their product mentioned and discussed?  SOCIAL MEDIA.

Moms talk to each other about products, and more importantly, moms trust each other about products.  It behooves both parties to have moms and marketers connect.

And that’s what this conference was all about, making that connection.  And for me personally, it was about standing up and saying to myself and to those I met, “I have a voice, and it could be valuable to your company.”

The entire conference experience was surreal – from meeting people I read and admire, to having people know who I am from what I’ve put out there on the internet.  More than once I felt humbled and appreciative of the attention, and not at all in a conceited way.  Just in a way that made my hard work feel validated.

For those of you who read blogs and may recognize names, here is my list of Mom 2.0 Summit Awards.  It may not include everyone I met, and if you’re not on here, please don’t take offense!  It’s all in good fun.

MOM 2.0 SUMMIT AWARDS:

FIRST REAL-LIFE SUMMIT CHAT & BRUSH WITH STARDOM:  Trisha from MomDot

FAVORITE BIG-TIMER WHO I KNEW WAS A BIG-TIMER BUT WAS STILL INCREDIBLY NICE AND APPROACHABLE:  Julie Cole from Mabel’s Labels

MOST EMBARRASSING RUN-IN WITH A BIG-TIMER:  Lisa Stone from BlogHer.  Her face was plastered all over my conference program, but I still said, “Hi, who are you?” to her in the elevator on the first night.  And then when she told me, I totally geeked out.  She was very gracious about it.

BLOGGER WHO IS LEAST LIKE ME BUT WAS THE MOST FUN:  It’s a tie between Deb from Deb on the Rocks and Cecily from Uppercase Woman.

BEST USE OF THE WORD SHIITAKE:  Guy Kawasaki

FAVORITE MODERATOR:  Karen Walrond from Chookooloonks.  Incredible focus and poise.

BEST HOSPITALITY SUITE HOSTESSES:  The ladies from Brand About Town.  You were fun to meet!

FAVORITE PROVIDER OF UN-OFFICIAL MOM 2.0 SOUVENIR:  Emily McKhann of The Motherhood.  (thanks again for the bracelet!)

FUNNIEST STORY FROM ATTENDING THE SUMMIT:  Esther Brady Crawford from FaintStarLite.  Thank you for allowing us to laugh (chortle and snort) at your misery.

STILL MY FAVORITE PANEL QUESTION:  From Maya Ford of the Houston Zoo.  What obligation do bloggers have to their communities?  To non-profits?  Amen, Maya.

THE “WHY DIDN’T I MEET YOU SOONER?” AWARD:  To Christy Nelson of ChristyNelson.net and Deb from Mumbo Jumbo.  Can I just say, boo hoo hoo.

THE THANKS FOR MAKING ME FEEL SPECIAL AWARD:  To Bronwyn Phonseya from Moms Like Me for calling me her “celebrity moment,” and to YouData rep Megan for repeatedly calling me “Queen Bee.”  That was sweet.

MOST SUPPORTIVE HUSBAND:  Kris Thurgood (from youcanmakethis.com and JesseKateDesigns) was literally TOLD by her husband that she was coming to the summit.  He made all the arrangements like the day before she had to fly out and insisted that she come.  I’m glad he did – it was SO NICE to meet you, Kris!

MOST JOHNNY-ON-THE-SPOT HUSBAND:  Goes to Susanna H’s husband, who designed, printed, and delivered her business cards asap when she realized that she’d probably need them to hand out.  Susanna, you were fun to chat with and I look forward to more from MamaTKettle!

THE IT’S A SMALL WORLD AWARD:  To Jennifer from Little Bug Botanicals, who is good friends with a feed I have on my blogroll (who is a total stranger to me, but who I like).  Jennifer then found out that another woman at our table took a class at college from Jennifer’s father-in-law.  Small world, indeed.

MY FAVORITE LOCALS:  Marian, Joan, and Marla, who were all volunteering at the conference and who were all incredibly lovely women!

A DUMB-DUMB AWARD TO ME FOR BEING TO NERVOUS TO MEET THESE BIG-TIMERS:  Gabrielle from Design Mom, Janice and Susan from 5 Minutes for Mom.  Maybe next time?

AND TO THE WOMEN WHO MADE IT HAPPEN….Carrie, Laura, Monica, Amber, and others – thank you again for bringing me in and giving me this experience.  Until next year.

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  • Awe! Thanks for an award. And tying with Deb? Super cool!

    I thought you were awesome too. 🙂

  • Jennifer

    I love that social media just makes the world a little bit smaller and as a result, I get to meet so many amazing people — like you! I look forward to hanging out with you again next year (and I think I’ve got Leslie convinced that she needs to join me).

  • Great to meet you too!! You did an awesome job and it was great to hang out with another crazy mama of many!!

  • There are so many people I wish I had met! Now I’m just going around the blogs and am in awe of the company I kept this weekend!

  • Deb

    You are so sweet and I love this list! We will have to meet up again and hopefully soon. In the meantime, twitter and blogging with have to do. 🙂

  • Kris

    Stacey, you are so awesome! I just loved meeting you. I can’t wait to call my husband to the computer and show him his award!!! LOL I’m sure glad he made the arrangements for me to go as well- literally the night before. I can’t imagine all I would have missed had I not been there. Looking forward to staying in touch with you!

  • It was great to meet you and admire your mad live-blogging skills. The blogosphere does let us have things in common with people we are totally different from, while our beloveds at home have no idea what we are talking about with social media. I love the diversity!

    I can totally take Cecily down in the final match, though. She’s going down!

  • Thank you SO MUCH for the award!! I am so excited!! YAY! You truly are the “Queen Bee!” I look forward to reading more of your blogs…so write some more already!! Do you have a MeFile…. 🙂

  • Esther

    My misery can be laughed at ANY time. 🙂 Great to read your run down!!