I Attended Martha Stewart’s Blogging Show

by Dagmar Bleasdale on January 17, 2010

When I got wind of Martha Stewart planning a show about blogging, I made sure to apply for a ticket.

They wanted only bloggers in the audience and you had to fill out this whole questionnaire — I might have mentioned that Martha is my “neighbor” and that I am, after her, the person with the most Twitter followers in Katonah. A few days later, I received an e-mail that I was in. I was exited but, gulp, they wanted us there at 8:30 in the morning! How was I going to wing that?

After some back and forth, I decided to go, mostly because Don was able to take Landon to school and pick him up after lunch that day. Thank you, Sweets! So after only a few hours of sleep I got up at 5 a.m. and off I went on my Martha Stewart blogging show adventure!

I was amazed how many people board the train in Katonah at 6:30 in the morning. That’s a lot of sleep-deprived people hurdling toward New York City! After taking the train, a shuttle, and the subway, I arrived at the Chelsea studios at about 8 a.m. Can you tell that it was early in the morning?

While waiting to get into the show, I met Nicole, who blogs a The Pink Chandelier. She couldn’t have been nicer and was there with her mom.

Once we got our official ticket and passed through metal detectors, we were ushered into a room where we signed our life away and then got to mingle for half an hour before they let us in the studio.

Martha, Martha, Martha . . . and me, and merchandise.

After some instructions, were were let into the studio in groups. It’s beautifully decorated.

I have been on sets before when I lived in Los Angeles, so it wasn’t a surprise to me how many people it takes to make this show happen.

I got to sit right in the middle of the set and next to Dina from BabyCenter who I remembered seeing at my first blogging brunch a few months back.

They had planned to interview her on the show but then ran out of time, which was disappointing.

Everyone attending the show had to bring a laptop or a Blackberry so we could tweet and blog while the show was going on. Since I don’t own a Blackberry, read here why, I badgered Don into giving me his, only to find out that the “p” and the @ button didn’t work!

I somehow still managed to tweet about 10 times during the show.

Martha interviewed her daughter Alexis — who was unprepared for the show and a bit rude, actually — and her sidekick of the “Whatever” Girls, and made Pad Tai with a food blogger, Pim.

It smelled delicious and I was starving at that point. We all received her cook book after the show. I had secretly hoped that we would all get a cool little gadget, but this book is beautiful and I can use a lot of help with our new kinder, vegetarian diet.

So this book was a welcome gift, especially because it has a lot of pretty pictures.

Martha also iced a cake and did a craft project with two other bloggers. You can read more about all the guests on the show here.

Martha took a few questions after the show. She was very engaging and friendly and had great tips for everyone.

After the show, I said good-bye to a few bloggers, like Dina and Colleen, who blogs at Classy Mommy.

After I got turned around a couple of times and spent an extra $4.50 in subway fare, I made it back to Grand Central Station.

I had almost an hour to kill before the next train to Katonah, so I ate a quick bite and then remembered that a girlfriend of mine told me that the market there has a stand with German food. I had to check it out, of course.

Look at what I found! These are chocolate-covered marshmallow-ish “kisses” that I grew up with. No, I didn’t buy four boxes, not because I have that much self-control but because I am simply too frugal — I bought one and a few bags of licorice and gummy candy.

I even refrained from buying my favorite hazelnut Milka chocolate. That took some willpower, let me tell you.

I was a bit disappointed that the blogging show was really not about blogging but about a few blogs that mainly had to do with Martha, but I still had fun.

The most exiting aspect of the whole day was that I got to make some new blogging friends I intend to stay in contact with and learn from.

It would have been great if the show would have touched on how amazingly supportive the community of bloggers is.

I had taped the show, and you could see me about seven times. Landon was exited to see Mommy on TV. Martha, if you are ever short of a guest, swing by on your way to the studio!

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Yakini January 23, 2010 at 2:59 AM

That was such an awesome, thorough recap!!!! Great pics! The show was so much fun, wasn’t it? So great seeing you again! :-)


Nikki @ Mommy Factor January 19, 2010 at 11:26 PM

Wow, how did you sneak a photo of me in there. I’m stealing that photo! LOL. Great recap. I love Whole Foods, they have everything from all over. Glad you discovered it :)


Nicole January 19, 2010 at 7:14 PM

It was so great to meet you too! I would love to help you start vlogging. It’s a great medium and a wonderful way to express yourself.


Mommy Reporter January 19, 2010 at 8:02 PM

That sounds like it was really fun!! I’m sad that I wasn’t able to go… oh well… Thanks for sharing your pics, awesome!!


The Diaper Diaries January 19, 2010 at 2:47 AM

How fun!! I wish I was closer to NYC, I would have loved to come.


Real Life Sarah January 18, 2010 at 2:13 PM

Wow! What a great experience! It seems like Martha might not really “get” blogging after all, and just wanted to have lots of bloggers giving her publicity. But I still would have LOVED to go to the show!


Melodie January 17, 2010 at 10:51 PM

What a cool opportunity Dagmar! Makes me wish I lived closer to a big city so I could take advantage of these kinds of things.


Liz January 17, 2010 at 11:39 PM

Wow, sounds like it was a great opportunity!! Glad you had the experience!


Jenny January 17, 2010 at 8:01 PM

That sounds like it was fun! How lucky that you got to go!


Cathy H. @frugalgirl January 17, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Great post, Dagmar! I actually watched the show that day when I saw you were on your way. Martha’s daughter was downright rude and it was painful to watch. Commercial please!! But, it looks like your experience as a whole was fabulous! I wish I lived that close to New York City!!


ClassyMommy January 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM

I also wish the show had been more about “blogging”. I enjoyed that Martha was recognizing her hard core fans and it was v. cool of her to do that, it was also so very self-serving. The studio was awesome and I loved the energy of all us bloggy peeps in one place.

And wasn’t Alexis a real trip? So rude and clearly she did not want to be there. I think if Brian Williams had been attending, as originally planned prior to the tragedy in Haiti, perhaps the show might have been a bit more about blogging. Great to meet you!


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