BlogHer Obsessed Part 2: The #HauteGreen Social Hour and just about a week away from fulfilling a dream!

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It might sound like I’m sensationalizing BlogHer, making it out to be a bigger deal than it really should be but I assure you, it’s a HUGE deal to me.

When I was a cloth diaper retailer the big deal was to go to the ABC show.  Fellow retailers would meet up, check out the latest and greatest products, take photos posing with eachother and it looked so fun.  The other thing they did was shop.  I suppose when you don’t have the funds to back up the ABC shopping spree the trip might not seem as worth it.  Taking the trip, in my opinion, separated the big guys from the little guys and I wasn’t sure I’d ever be able to go.

With BlogHer I feel a certain sort of accomplishment, a step towards taking She Thinks Media to the next level.  I do realize or am realizing that anyone and everyone can go to BlogHer and it has a lot to do with networking and getting free “swag” but I for one hope to actually get to learn some things, in fact I am determined to.

My next goal, and yes I am already thinking about my next trip to BlogHer, is to be able to buy someone else a ticket and make their dream of attending BlogHer come true.

So, yes I am technically a week away from fulfilling a dream, and I am super excited.  Although just last night I picked my mom up from the airport only to find that they’d lost her luggage along with about ten other people on her flight.  “Oh, it’s still back in Charlotte” the airline’s desk attendant said casually.  Visions of arriving in San Diego only to find that I had nothing to wear flashed before my eyes.  I suppose maybe it’s a good thing, to be safe than sorry, and because of this I will attempt to carry the bulk of my important clothing in my carry on.

HauteGreen?  What’s that you might wonder?  Well Haute Green Social Hour is primarily being coordinated by Calley, The Eco Chic, a fellow green and cloth diapering blogger and social media guru.  It’s being co-hosted by myself and a few other cloth diaper addicts.  We’ll be meeting Thursday afternoon before BlogHer at a local sushi restaurant and we’ve invited over 50  other green minded mommy bloggers.

Sounds exciting right?  Well it is!  My only dilemma is that my flight comes in just 40 minutes before the event starts so I will most likely be going straight from the airport to the restaurant.  I’ll have my game face on and hopefully no one will know, unless they’ve read some of these posts, that I am actually a shy, socially awkward mama who just pretends to be outgoing really well…

Oh and Calley would like me to tell you why I think I’m a #HauteGreen mama.  Ummm, well the definition of haute is high class.  So I suppose I am not really “haute” but I hope that some of my readers and fans find my blogs and the work that I do for my clients professional and classy.  As for the green part, I feel I represent well a growing number of mamas who are greener than most but are also modern.  I’m no hippie, well maybe a little, but I don’t dress like one.  Today there’s a whole spectrum of green families and I just love being a shade of green and meeting others with the same values.  Being green is not an all or nothing lifestyle and I am certainly an eclectic mix.

Phew, so enough about my BlogHer obsession.  I could go on for days, and I am sure I’ll find another BlogHer post in me somewhere before the trip.

BlogHer’11 obsessed much? Is this normal? Part 1

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I’m seriously losing sleep at night people.  BlogHer is literally on my mind 24/7.  I haven’t flown on a plane since before 9-11 and haven’t left my husband and kids for more than one night, which was spent in a local hotel hanging with my SIL’s.  To be perfectly honest, I’ve never hailed a taxi on my own, slept in a hotel room on my own, eaten in a restaurant on my own…Is this normal?  Oh and the big thing…I’ve never been to BlogHer!

So for this trip there will be a lot of firsts for me and I am as excited as just about any one adult could possibly be! 

BlogHer was just a dream.  For years I watched BlogHer conferences come and go, I admired those who could make it, but I never let myself even explore whether or not it was a possibility for me.

So what changed that?  Well around the beginning of this year my husband went to a Fire Conference with a few of his firefighter buddies (co-workers), they stayed in a hotel, attended training sessions during the day.  The trip was paid for my his department.  I thought about how cool it would be for me to attend BlogHer, if I could get sponsors, and so I brought it up to my husband, pretty much assuming he’d say it was just out of our reach, maybe some other time, etc.

To my delight, despite the fact that it was all the way across the country, on a plane, away from home, would cost hundreds of dollars AND he’d have to watch our three kids for four days…he said “go for it!”  I was left wondering why I hadn’t dared dream or discuss BlogHer outloud before?  I think I was afraid to get my hopes up only to find out that we could not afford the trip.

Things began to fall into place, I got my BlogHer ticket, thanks to an online buddy (The Eco Chic) who pointed out that they were on sale for ONE more day!  I felt like getting my ticket was committing, no going back, setting the wheels in motion for my dream to come true and accomplishing my goal of attending BlogHer.

Next step, sponsors.  Since I am a BlogHer newbie I didn’t feel like I should be agreeing to represent companies at BlogHer because I had no idea what to expect, what was kosher, and I didn’t want to not be able to provide what I agreed to providing.  I agreed to do for sponsors what I do best; blog for them and about them, tweet about them, advertise them on my blog and facebook, and give them a sampling of what it is that I do as the Cloth Diaper Geek and She Thinks Media.  My sponsor packages are pretty much, a very cheap, sampling of what it’s like to hire a marketing rep for your small business.

But was I worthy?  I wondered if anyone would see the value in the reputation I was building and in the services I provide.  The answer was yes and I couldn’t be more ecstatic.  It’s a great feeling to have fellow small business owners validate your work.  Thanks to my great sponsors my trip is paid for and now all I am left to do is obsess over the details, what to wear, who to meet, what sessions and parties to attend…

Rather than to write a novel this morning I’ll try to come back and write a second part about BlogHer obsessed ramblings!

Are you obsessed?  Been blogging about it?  I’d love to read your BlogHer thoughts and advice!