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BlogHer Has Funny

Not at BlogHer, but funny.

Not at BlogHer Humor panel, but funny.

I feel a moral obligation to post a BlogHer recap that does not mention any of the following: Swag, swag whore, swag bag, swag hag, Croc-bribing, over-imbibing, baby elbowing, baby hating, sponsor hating, Nikon-Gating, vibrator sampling, crowds trampling…I discussed some of that stuff already but I wonder if perhaps we should turn the page now.

Next topic. I’m not positive but I heard a rumor there were some sessions at BlogHer where people got together to  discuss things like….dammit, if only I could think of the word.

Writing, that’s it. 

Far away from the sponsored Expo Hall, bloggers got together to talk about writing – about race, serious illnesses, topics other than parenting, political commentary, food, pop culture and, in my favorite session of the weekend, humor.

Here’s who sat on the panel, emcee’d by Deb Rox (@debontherocks)

Wendi Aarons (@waarons) 

Jessica Bern (@bernthis) 

Kelcey Kinter (@Mamabirddiaries)

Jenny Lawson (@TheBloggess) 

Anna Lefler (@annalefler) 

Not that I’m complaining, but the room was like seven sizes too small. With the previous panel having been standing room only, we walked into a soggy chamber of sogginess where every seat was already taken because none of the previous session’s attendees were budging.  It’s not their fault, you’d be a chair hog too if you had a chance to get within petting distance of The Bloggess.

So I shoehorned myself into a cozy spot on the floor in the middle of the center aisle to commence sweating and live tweeting. Unfortunately, Tweet Deck kept punting me off thanks to the Sheraton’s state-of-the-art wi-fi (which tauntingly worked on the side of the room where I was not, the side where people had chairs and iced coffees and smug expressions.)

So I closed up the laptop and admired my neighbors’ cute shoes and pedicures from my unique floor-level vantage point. Then I listened to six brilliant women talking about the art of Blogging While Funny.  Here is what I learned:

1. BlogHer attendees are awfully bi-curious. I can’t tell you how many tweets I saw before my wi-fi died about people hoping to get a peek up The Bloggess’ dress.  

2.  From a distance, if you blur your eyes, Anna Lefler looks a little like Ann Coulter, by which I mean tall, blonde and lanky. The resemblance would be even closer if Ann Coulter were a) attractive or b) a member of the human race.

3. I’m not sure Jessica Bern knows what a twitter hashtag is. This strikes me as funny.

4. Putting words together that don’t belong is funny. Like Rita Arens’ suggestion from the audience that a baby is like a flesh purse, at which point a fellow floor-squatter murmured, “My flesh purse doesn’t hold nearly as much as my Coach purse.”   

5. Horrible things like death can be funny (cf: The Bloggess here) and yes, catharctic (not just for the writer.)  

6. Rhythm is important. Read your posts out loud to see if the words flow optimally for bringing the funny (no one on the panel actually said “bringing the funny,” I did. Funny people don’t say “bringing the funny.”)

7. Humor pisses people off. The panelists agreed they often leave angry comments up on their blogs because they themselves are quite funny (especially spelling-challenged commenters saying “your retarded.”)  

I really wanted to share ten lessons, not seven, but here’s what happened. About thirty minutes into the session my legs fell asleep and I started to black out ever so slightly from the heat. I’m afraid this is the best I can do. In the meantime, if you’d like to see more love for bringing the funny on BlogHer, lobby the good ladies in San Francisco for a dedicated BlogHer Humor channel. If you’re on Twitter, check out the conversation at #blogherhumor (a hashtag I’m pretty sure Jessica Bern did not invent.)

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  1. July 30, 2009 at 6:11 pm

    I so adore you. And not just because you got me access to Tim Gunn.

    • ssmirnov
      July 30, 2009 at 6:15 pm

      The feeling’s mutual, Jenny. And I swear I wasn’t looking up your dress. I was blinded by the sweat pouring into my eyes.

  2. July 30, 2009 at 8:15 pm

    Hmmm, Ann Coulter? That’s a first. Most people think I look like Geraldo Rivera.

    Thanks for posting about our session – and so glad you were there!

    😀 Anna

    • ssmirnov
      July 31, 2009 at 9:32 am

      I don’t know, Anna. I’m betting you and Ann Coulter have never been seen in the same room together. Coincidence?

  3. the mama bird diaries
    July 30, 2009 at 8:43 pm

    Speaking of writing, love yours. Thanks for coming to the humor panel to laugh and sweat.

    • ssmirnov
      July 31, 2009 at 9:30 am

      Back atcha, Kelcey. Thx for stopping by!

  4. July 31, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I still don’t know. For the love of God, could you please write and tell me what a freakin hashtag is?. If I was wearing a dress do you think people would have aimed to look up inside it? or was it just better that I wore pants and it would not have made a difference.

    • ssmirnov
      July 31, 2009 at 9:33 am

      Jessica, if you haven’t figured out hashtags by now I’m not sure there’s hope for you. Maybe if you start flashing some leg around though like Jenny the Bloggess, you can get someone to help you.

  5. July 31, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    not to name drop or anything… but Anna Lefler has been to my house. She’s like a mutant with brains, blonde hair, legs forever and a good attitude.

    The scary sort of perfect….

  6. August 2, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    i tried to go to that panel, and couldn’t get in. 😦

  7. August 3, 2009 at 5:56 pm

    Next conference,consider yourself officially STALKED by me. You totally rock and anyone who is a friend of The Bloggess and Jessica Gottlieb is a friend of mine.

    • ssmirnov
      August 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm

      Hey Michelle, please don’t wait till next conference to stalk me. I have no stalkers and really would like one. I feel I’ve paid my stalking dues (ask The Bloggess and Jessica G.) and think it’s high time I got some pay-back.

  1. February 12, 2010 at 8:37 am

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