Top 10 BlogHer Newbie Observations, the short list!

Woah mamas!  What a rush the last four days have been!  I’m on a plane now and on my way home from my first BlogHer.  Many more detailed BlogHer posts to come but for now I thought I’d do a quick re-cap on my newbie BlogHer observations.

  1. Prepare to be exhausted!  I had no idea…
  2. When you see people suggest you wear comfortable shoes, they aren’t kidding. (I have the blisters to prove it)
  3. It’s really not that fancy.  I stressed to no end over what I would wear and was pleasantly surprised to find most of the women were dressed really casual, even at the parties. Jeans and a comfy shirt, flats or flip flops and you’re good to go.  Just be yourself!
  4. Socializing is hard work!  For someone who is social day in and day out online, there’s absolutely no comparison to socializing in real life, face-to-face.  It was hard, not everyone is cut out for that aspect of the trip.
  5. Swag!  Yes, there was free stuff.  I have a whole suitcase full and that was with very minimal effort and no special swag parties.  I can not imagine the amount that some must have had to take home and the cost to ship it.
  6. Get to know your audience and fans BEFORE you go!  I felt bad that I wasn’t able to recognize so many people and associate their names with their faces or their blogs with their twitter handles.  I wish I’d done my homework a little more so that I wouldn’t have felt like such a dweeb when it came to meeting people and realizing that I had absolutely no clue who anyone was…
  7. Food!  Although the cost of the trip can be overwhelming, the free food; breakfast, lunch dinner, snacks, beverages and alcohol was free!  That really does save you a ton when it comes to budgeting for your trip.
  8. Roommates!  One is good, you’ll have a buddy.  More than that and I think you’d be sorry.  Because the trip is so exhausting it is nice to have a quiet room to go back to and unwind, the more roommates you have the less time you’ll have for sleeping and R & R.
  9. Private Parties?  I found out when I was there that the private parties were set up in advance and invites/rsvp’s were obtained prior to the event.  Look for tweets about various private events if you’re interested and then email people for details.  Looked to me like there would be a lot of work involved in scoping them all out.  May not be worth it to everyone. I don’t feel like I missed anything important by not attending any.
  10. Have fun and don’t be afraid to go it alone!  The women attending BlogHer are super friendly and there are a ton of people to talk to and a lot of people who are also going solo.  You won’t have a problem walking up and making conversation and if you don’t someone is sure to approach you.

Well that’s my quick take on suggestions for newbies based upon what I just experienced.  BlogHer’12 will be in New York City next year so start planning now if this is something you think you’d like to attend.  Make it happen just like I did!

Julie

Comments

  1. Sounds like you had fun! :) I can sooo sympathize with the blisters after a conference…

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