The Second Blogger’s Convention

I attended the second Blogger’s Convention yesterday and I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

First, I met Rutimizrachi for lunch before the convention. We had a chance to get to know one another, and compared notes on raising a family of “just “boys. I felt like I found a soul sister when she described how you know whether to intervene when your kids are doing what they always do – fight. “If the puppy on the bottom is as happy as the puppy on the top, then you don’t need to do anything.” Another mother who gets it!

I attended the presentation on defending Israel, given by Ashley Perry, Carl and Jameel, and I found it very interesting.  The “question” session was typically Jewish – which means that the person supposedly asking a question really took to floor to present his own opinion, with an anemic, “how do you feel about that?” tacked on at the end. The first “questioner” did make a good point, though, that the government and foreign ministries have spent too much time defending and not asserting our rights. Ron Dermer took up this point later in his speech.

David Bogner gave us some good tips on how to improve our blogs, and then we went to the more social part of the program. I was very happy to meet Baila, RivkA, IsraMom and A Soldier’s Mother in person. I also met some bloggers that I haven’t read (yet) Doubletapper and the Sandman.

Benjie (or is it Boingie?) gave a hilarious performance. Ron Dermer spoke well, emphasizing that we need to “widen the lens” on the Middle East conflict to show that our fight is bigger than just the Palestinian/Israeli problem.

Kudos to the organizers who kept things moving along, and for choosing a beautiful venue (this is the first time I’ve been to Beit Avi Chai and it is impressive).

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7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rutimizrachi
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 14:26:43

    Nicely summed up, WBM — and I felt the same way over lunch! Good to have another friend who understands the slam-bang world of boys, without sisters to “civilize” them. I wouldn’t have known it, twenty years ago: but I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Hashem knows the individuals in His Bria. Looking forward to the next “social!”

    Uhhhh… that was a question. Could you tell? 😉

  2. Risa
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 15:16:45

    It was great to meet you too. We really shouldn’t wait until NBN organizes another convention next year, we should meet in small groups sometime. (Yea, right, let’s see how we all make time for that!?!)

  3. mother in israel
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 15:45:07

    How did I miss you?

  4. Batya from Shiloh
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 19:14:02

    I can’t believe that I was so antisocial. I hardly spoke to anybody at all. Coming after work was hard. I missed the workshops.

  5. Baila
    Sep 14, 2009 @ 19:47:27

    It was really nice meeting you, to. We should try to organize something, maybe just for us womenfolk. And Batya, I wanted to say hello, but didn’t get a chance. You look amazing!

  6. westbankmama
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 14:19:02

    ruti – I would definitely want to get together again. I think we need to wait until after the Chagim though…

    Risa – I think another more social event is a great idea

    Mother – I saw you from afar! There were more people this time around so it was easier to miss individuals.

    Batya – I took the day off (although now with Rosh HaShana coming up I am beginning to regret it…I should have taken Thursday off instead!)

    Baila – I’m game for a “hen party”.

  7. Jack
    Sep 15, 2009 @ 19:15:22

    Sounds like all had a nice time.

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