The Week I Had Lunch with Martha Stewart and Katie Couric

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BlogHer 12, the massive blogger conference, descended upon culture-rich New York City this year with gusto.  And of course I was there. The conference was packed with activities, chats, special events, and parties. Two highlights from the conference were keynote addresses over lunch from Martha Stewart and Katie Couric.

Martha was genuine, open, and relaxed.  She spoke knowledgeably about social media and she made us laugh more than once. She said she appreciates Twitter especially because of the immediate feedback from followers when she asks something in particular.  She made us laugh when relating a story about how she even tweeted a picture of the awful wallpaper she found while waiting at a hospital.  She has a new show coming to PBS, Martha Stewart’s Cooking School, so look for that, I know I’ll be first in line to see it.

I’m excited as well for Katie Couric’s new talk show premiering on Sept 10th. That sounds great, right?  I’ve always admired Katie, I think she is intelligent and charismatic, and I look forward to her contribution to the format. She spoke inspiringly about how she has grown both as a reporter and a person, and she continues in her efforts to raise awareness about colon cancer, a cause close to her since the loss of her husband to the disease.  She’s just as engaging and friendly as she appears on TV and she made me laugh, too.

Another highlight for me was the chance to chat with other bloggers.  I talked with them about their blogs, their interests, and where they live.  Also, this year CVS/pharmacy asked me if I would interview bloggers about what they love about CVS/pharmacy.  Here are a few of the comments and tips I wanted to pass on to you.

A number of bloggers mentioned CVS/pharmacy’s extra bucks program allows them to save a lot. That’s been my experience, too. One commented CVS/pharmacy always impresses her “with the cleanliness of their stores.” (I’d never thought of it, but she’s right) Others mentioned they love CVS for the “diapers and wipes,” “high quality and great prices,” “convenient checkout,” and “reliable service.”  One of the most interesting comments was from a blogger who said, “Now that they have the minute clinic we turn to them when the kids have a minor illness.” I was very interested because my local store doesn’t have one, yet. If you are not familiar with the minute clinic, it’s the medical clinic inside some CVS pharmacies.  They are limited to a few areas right now, but the program is expanding, so you can check to see if it is an alternative for you.

BlogHer 12 was interesting, inspiring, and fun as always, and collaborating with CVS especially was a great experience for me. I appreciate working with them because I know their store, I visit it regularly, and I love their rewards program. But most of all they are very supportive of bloggers which is good for you, dear readers, because we can grow and bring more information of interest to you.

Photos courtesy of Jeannette Quiñones-Cantor of Sazón Boricua

Disclosure: CVS/pharmacy helped sponsor my trip to BlogHer 12.  While they asked me if I would blog about my experiences during BlogHer, my comments and opinions are solely my own.

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