I'm really glad I did because nothing is more fun or inspiring than connecting with others that love books and blogs as much as I do! It was a wonderful mix as well of professional bloggers, hobbyists like myself, and people who have never blogged before and never will! Not intimidating at all and I so wish I'd gone last year.
I almost missed the first event entirely due to public transit issues (I made it into the city eventually by a combination of driving/train/subway/walking) but I'm so glad I didn't because Friday night was a delightful dinner with Grace Lin as our keynote speaker! Having just used Ling and Ting:Not Exactly the Same for a Kindergarten math concept lesson during the previous week, I was totally amped to hear from Lin and get a book signed, so I was thrilled to make it there by the skin of my teeth.
Saturday morning I made my way very successfully to the NYPL main branch for a day of book discussion. I learned about twitter (I'm still unsure if I need to add my twitters to the interwebs), marketing of and through blogs, the author/publisher/blogger connection and most importantly, totally geeked out on seeing people who's blogs I've read for years, getting a free ARC or two and being thankful for the hundredth time for the job I've got and the place I live.
I certainly hope to grow my blog and hopefully become even more involved with the kidlitosphere as I can't imagine ever tiring of reading and writing about children's literature.