I Know These Women…

A friend had an interesting ‘status’ message the other day on her Facebook account.

I’m not even sure how I caught it, as I’m being pulled in about 40 directions right now and catching the change of some one’s status message is rare. It said something like ‘I think about getting a job or doing something big, and then I remember I’m just a mom with two kids.’

So in true Erin Kotecki Vest, Queen of Spain fashion…I sent her a link to BlogHer’s interview with Senator Barack Obama. Because afterall, I too am just a mom with two kids.

A blogger Mom, with two kids.

In 10 days hundreds of blogger Moms, blogger aunts, sisters, nieces, grandmothers, wives, and daughters will gather in San Francisco to learn, teach, share and remind each other that they are not ‘just’ anything.

Not just a mom.

Not just a wife.

Not just an aunt.

Not just a sister.

Not just a daughter.

Not just a blogger.

I’ve watched them become authors, professors, leaders, citizen journalists, activist, mentors.

I’ve watched them take their writing from a daily journal to an online force.

I’ve watched them go on trips, pay their bills, start new companies and empower each other.

I’ve also watched them take the word ‘just’ and turn it into the most compelling community online.

See you in San Francisco.


  1. Posts like these are the things that make you tolerable – I keed ; )

    Great stuff.

  2. My family is really getting sick of me talking about how excited I am. The Boy keeps reminding me to remember that I really don’t “know” all of you, that I shouldn’t just run up and hug y’all/ya’ll when I see ya like a long lost friend.

    I will try to restrain myself. But I seriously doubt I can.

  3. *sigh* I’m going to be depressed for the next couple weeks because I can’t go, and I don’t have th right video card to run Second life. *sigh*

    You all better be there in 2009.

  4. Queen of Spain says:

    We’ll be there Summer, I promise. AND I’ll call from the con if you want and I can pass the phone around.

  5. Dang, I’m so bummed I can’t go to San Fran! If only airfare weren’t so unreasonably expensive. Hmmm…BlogHer or mortgage payment? I voted for BlogHer, but my husband squelched it.

  6. Great post Erin. Very validating!

  7. Holy crap, it’s in 10 days? So much to do.

    Can’t wait!

  8. Well said! Wish I were going. Next year…

  9. *crocodile tears* Dying that I can’t go to BlogHer (SFO) this year. Rainchecks for 2009, anyone? Big fat hugs and high-fives to all the awesome gals who are going to be there this yr. xoxo

  10. I’m so bummed I’m not going this year! There are so many going that I haven’t met yet!
    Have fun ladies!

  11. Can’t wait! Can’t wait! Can’t wait! (loop endlessly)

    Love the post. I will remember to try not and use the word “just” while I’m there.

  12. I have a feeling this year is going to rock especially hard.

    Can’t believe how much BlogHer has brought to my life, directly and indirectly. See you soon, Erin. : )

  13. I. Am. So. Jealous.

    Next year, for me!

  14. I’ve lurked forever, but I had to finally open my yap and say how much I loved this.

    I can’t wait for BlogHer. Hopefully, I’ll get to say hello.

  15. Yeah, I had a moment like that a few days back… Sometimes ‘just a mom’ feels like all there is. Have fun and change the world at BlogHer ladies! Maybe I’ll get out there next year!

  16. *squee*

    I’m trying to keep myself down to a dull roar just now!!

    I’m practically vibrating at the thought of all we’re going to do next week.

    Next week???!!! OMG I’m so unprepared!!

    Someone please tell Adrienne that her son is wrong – she does know us all – and it’s perfectly okay to run up and hug people at BlogHer. 🙂

  17. If I was going I would hug you. This post is wonderful.

    Promise me when you see chicks wandering around with my picture on their coffee cups you will say hi to me K?

  18. Your post makes me so glad I’ve decided to go to BlogHer this year–my first year. I even went shoe shopping today. I think the BlogHer shoe shopping posts are becoming viral. So, if you’re looking for me, I’ll be one of 100s of women in cute shoes.

  19. Yep and next year when I literally cross oceans to be there, I will come up to you and say hi and not be another ‘just’ woman either.

  20. I’m going! I can’t wait to be amongst a large amount of successful and interesting women. As an engineer I can sometimes get isolated from other women. Yay for blogher!

  21. Oh Erin what a great post! Wonderfully written and totally, wonderfully true!

  22. Simply stated and inspirational! Awesome.

    can’t wait to give you a (not too scary, and totally tasteful) hug.

  24. Word. WORD.

  25. I’ve been sulking all week. I can’t go, for various reasons, and what’s even worse is that SF is only 2 hours away from me! I so hope I can get to BlogHer next year…hopefully it’ll be somewhere on the West Coast again? *crossing fingers, toes, eyes*

    Have fun without me, ladies.

  26. Maybe I’ll see ya there!!

    Mary, mom to 10

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