I am sure the title of this post has you clenching and grinding your teeth already. I need to follow up with a post “Butterflies, cupcakes, and winning the lottery” and equalize the less than positive feelings. See, I have “added-ticket-to-cart” for BlogHer about 4 times in my life, and then chickened out. I have actually done this with a bunch of conferences. Maybe it stems from the not-planned trip to the Nate Berkus show a few years back which resulted me in a room with 90 bloggers asking for “blog cards” and stepping on one another for their 3 minutes of air time before the show was canceled. I was just going to meet someone for lunch, then became intrigued, and then disgusted with the freak show happening in front of me. I swiftly printed my “blog cards” after that interaction, however I completely removed myself from the blogging community. Then I had a few great experiences because brands like Delta hosted fun and small events and I became comfortable. This year, I hit pay. I did no research. I didn’t look at keynotes, I didn’t know parties were involved, and I don’t even know anyone going.
So, post-purchase, I started doing some research. Twitter has scared the crap out of me. People begging fo party invites, people begging for hotel rooms – that same feeling from the Nate Berkus Show – Pick Me! I am not a social climber, and maybe this blog will never become the biggest blog in the world because of it, but I am scared again. First off, I am a natural “I just want to be around people I know” person. And now with being pregnant, I am a “Opps, sorry I just vomited on you” person. Seems silly I picked now to go to Blogher, but I don’t know how my schedule will be post kiddo(s). It just seems like pure chaos and I want to hear some positive stories about people getting something out of it. So far I have heard it’s clique, it’s a fashion show, it’s about who you know and what invites you get. In all honesty, I am well seasoned at conferences for the past dozen years that don’t have to do specifically with blogging. Funny thing is, I use to present quite often! I had fun, made connections, and always looked forward to the next one. Something about thousands of women under one roof with the same goal is beginning to scare me. If anyone out there has been, maybe you can slap the scare out of me and let me know what to expect.
- How is the actual conference/keynotes?
- Did you walk away with any valuable information?
- How important are the parties?
- What’s the best way to connect with companies you want to work with (without having to stand in line and fight for attention)
- Did you have fun?!