Okay here’s the deal…I am still not ready to write about BlogHer because I’m still overwhelmed. Truth be told, I may NEVER be ready to write about it. It was everything: fun, exciting, crazy, drama, what I thought it would be, nothing like I thought it would be, happiness, shock, and so much more.
This is gonna be long, but since I didn’t post yesterday, I figure that’s okay
So because I’m having a hard time getting it out of my head and onto paper, here’s what I learned and observed over the weekend:
Nowhere can you go stand with a group of women all on their phones, computers, iPads while they are talking to you, and you are not at all offended.
Shoes matter. Those cute heels that are “so comfortable” but that you haven’t worn in forever? They are not comfortable, trust me. And if you MUST wear heels? At least be smart like Poppy from Funny or Snot and wear your heels the last night you are there, not the damn first night!
People will disappoint you. Not all of them, but some. They will not live up to the person that you made them out to be in your head. They will not run to hug you as fast as you run to hug them. They will not know who you are even though you talk everyday.
Everybody goes to BlogHer with a different agenda. Word to the wise, everybody goes to BlogHer for different reasons. I wanted to try to meet as many people/brands/contacts as I could during the day and saw the evenings as the time to hang out with friends. If you are going with friends you are close to, make sure that they understand why you are going so that everybody is on the same page.
I didn’t attend one session, but made some amazing contacts. But I had friends that went to some sessions and didn’t make as many contacts as they had hoped. All of us lived and learned from what we chose to do.
You will drink too much, eat not enough and sleep too little. I think from the pics you will see all the alcohol involved with the parties. I lived on breakfast, lunch, and appetizers for food. And as for sleep, I stayed up later than I have in I don’t know how long. As Nichole from in these small moments (and one of my roomies!) said “What were we thinking? We are not 20 anymore”.
I need to vlog because a lot of people take videos. Everywhere I went people wanted to shoot videos. I do not do cameras very well, let alone video cameras. There will probably be some vlogging in my future.
Most people do not look like their avis. I can’t tell you how many people walked up to me and said “Hi I’m so-and-so” and I thought to myself “REALLY? You look NOTHING like your avi!” I actually put my Twitter avi in my badge so people would (hopefully) recognize me. I think that my avi is a pretty accurate representation of what I look like, and most people I asked agreed.
People use your avi as a way to look for you/find you/identify you. So if you are going to a conference, you might want to use a picture from the last year or so…not your high school grad pic.
There’s too much to do and see and not enough time to do it. I didn’t meet everybody I wanted, I didn’t get to spend enough time with everybody I wanted, and I didn’t have any down time. I went to BlogHer to work and grow my personal brand, but I think next year, I’ll go to just hang out and get to know my friends more.
Learn to schmooze. I hate schmoozing and I’m not good at it. I am shy, and can’t easily talk to people I don’t know. I’m awkward. I really need to learn to schmooze.
I still need a damn elevator pitch. I read this everywhere and still don’t have one. Note to self: get an elevator pitch.
Yes, there were people I didn’t recognize/have any idea who they were…though they clearly knew me. And I didn’t blow them off, I talked to them. I will NEVER be that blogger that blows people off when they put themselves out there and are excited to meet me.
You will be someone’s blog idol…whether you know it or not. I cannot tell you who excited I was to learn that I was on the list as a “must meet” for Jenny from Karma (continued…). Her words literally made me realize that what I am doing to help other bloggers is important. We chatted on Twitter before, but now we are friends.
You never know who you are talking to. This one I learned at Evo. I talked to a PR person at Evo who literally changed my blogging goals. You never know who you are talking to, so make sure that you are respectful to everybody. They might end up helping you more than you think possible.
Know your roommates. I loved mine…Nichole from in these small moments, Katie from Sluiter Nation, and Tonya for Letters for Lucas. Secrets will be whispered, gossip will be shared, and things will be said that you hope never is uttered again to another soul. Know, like, and trust your roommates. Some of my favorite memories were from the time we spent together in our room.
SO many people made my BlogHer experience incredible…they know who they are even if they aren’t listed here. I didn’t want to list a bunch of people because I knew I would forget somebody incredible. So to all of my friends, old and new, much love!
So that’s what I have to say about BlogHer. If you want to see what others have to say, you can read all about it or link up your BlogHer post, here!