Coping with Blog Shame

Amy Gahran
The only available outlet I could find on B concourse of O’Hare airport, Chicago.

…OK, still on standby, waiting for the next plane to Denver . And it’s damn hard to find a power outlet in Chicago O’Hare airport! I’m squeezed in between a charging electric vehicle and the entrance to a busy Chili’s restaurant.


At today’s Blogher unconference, I suggested a table on the topic of neglected blogs. Yes, I haven’t posted to Contentious in a long time, and I’ve been feeling very ashamed about that. The nasty thing about shame, at least for me, is that it tends to put me right into avoidance mode.

So I’m trying to address that by just jumping back into it, getting moving again. For my longtime readers, I feed a need to explain what’s been going on, and to give you a heads-up about how this blog is going to be changing to accommodate changes in my career and life…

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BlogHer: I won a free registration to SXSW

Chris Carfi, via Flickr (CC license)
I was slightly excited when I won the SXSW pass.

So I’m here at O’Hare airport, trying to catch an earlier flight home to Denver on standby. I’m on my way home from BlogHer 2007, which was awesome, encouraging, and exhausting.

The cool stuff:

  • I won! At the luncheon yesterday I won a free registration to the South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive/music/film festival in Austin, TX next March. I’ve never been, and I’m excited about it. Yeah, I still have to get my own room and plane ticket, but this is a $650 event, so no small potatoes.
  • Rooming with Lisa Williams. Over the last couple of years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know the OPML goddess Lisa Williams, founder of Placeblogger and H2Otown
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