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So what was blogher all about?

After 2 years I finally made it to blogher! I have always heard about the clothes, the shoes, the swag, the parties, and the networking and wanted to experience it for myself…

photo collage from blogher 11

So this is what I learned…

1. Virtual friends really are real “blood and bones.” So many of my friends who do not have blogs or tweet just do not understand that support can come from anywhere even your computer… in your pj’s or sweats at all hours of the day or night. And meeting these buddies in real life is a real “hoot!” So you can go alone… and come home with 20+ new friends that you will continue to chat with daily. *waving to Allie from RamblingsofaWAHM.com and Francesca from thesitsgirls.com, and Mary from wiredmoms.com, and my new friends Melissa and Jyl from momitforward.com, and Carissa from goodncrazy.com, and so many others!

2. Next year I will “do” the conference much differently! I think like anything it takes a year (or more) to “master” the conference. However, when it comes to the EXPO next year I will take an initial spin around the floor and see who/what is there and then I will return after I figure out which brands I have alliances with be it being a special needs mom, or someone on a wellness makeover, or a lifestyle writer and look through the eyes of each. I did this just a smidge this year.

3. The “off site parties” are MUCH more than good loot! I am sure there are many bloggers who run to those parties for the swag bags but again, this is where a lot of initial relationships are made with the PR agents that work with the various brands. Just getting to know them and giving my “elevator pitch” is key to establishing an ongoing relationship… I keep coming back to this… relationships… That is what a lot of blogher or any convention is about…building relationships!

4. The on site parties… be ready to have a great time! And please next year leave your migraine at home! Uhhh

5. Comfy shoes are a must!! Walking and walking and sitting and then some more walking, did I mention I walked? Need I say more? (note to self next year carry flip flops in bag)

6. Take your time and go through the conference session program… I sat through a few sessions which I already knew what they were talking about hoping that there would be more “meat” to it; we all know “content is king!” and we should be writing daily, this is where I felt a little kick in the tush.. So you know I am working on my editorial calendar and getting daily posts up. Next year I might consider going to Pathfinder Day as it was more niche focused, however like the regular sessions I heard mixed reviews… so just take it for what it is worth and if a session isn’t working for you politely see what is on your list and move on…

7. Take an hour or so for “down time.” There were points in the conference where I felt like I was on “overload” aside from unfortunately carrying my monthly migraine with me, my brain actually hurt. So to taking an hour or so to just sit outside or have an informal lunch with a friend or two is a must!

8. Stay at the closest hotel, if you can! I was fortunate to stay at the Marriott which was next door to the convention center but heard about ladies staying blocks away and with all the walking you do already, although it was exercise, it was exhausting, and if you wanted to sit down for a break it would have been hard to do it at a hotel which wasn’t close.

9. I gave myself an extra day to chill out before flying back out across the country, if you can do it; it was a great way to evaluate everything with a “clear” mind.

10. Have fun! Don’t beat yourself up for NOT getting to everything! It would be impossible to do, enjoy each moment and try and meet 1 or 2 new buddies who you will be happy to see next year! Just like camp!

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Shelley Kramm is the founder and editor of I'm Still Standing and The DC Ladies. Learn more about her and her inspirational family here and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+ and on about.me.

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Comments

  1. These are great tips, Shelley! You'll have to re-direct us back to it next year before NYC! I'm trying so hard to get there next year! 😀

  2. Really great tips! Thanks!

  3. I sooo want to go next year. Everyone is talking about it and it would be so great to meet bloggers in person and ask them their secrets (like you! 863 followers??? Damn, girl!)
    For now trips are limited to therapy medical vacations for Malachi. :( But I think I can sneak away for a weekend next year!
    http://www.outrageousfortune.net

  4. Hey Shelley!!!

    I am finally back online!! Thanks to Blogher, school starting, homework and then another weekend of family fun (this last weekend), I finally caught up with life today!! WHoo!

    Thanks for the shout out. YOU are the reason MY Blogher experience went so well! I would not have talk to as many people and I would not have known what to do at times. Thank you so much for your help!

    All your points are so right on! My biggest thing is that I want to search out more of my online friends and acquaintances before going so I can meet them and truly connect. Like we did.

    And I know know to do more research months before going. Scope out people, sponsors, parties and sessions.

    I am going to have to see about next year. New York is far. And I may need to drag the old ball and chain with me. Ha ha. (He calls me Witchie Poo behind my back so I am justified.) And I have other conferences on my radar. PLUS I need to start making a good income to justify these trips.

    Again, I am very thankful to you for helping me at the conference.

    ~Allie

  5. I've met a number of Irish bloggers now and we're really good friends. And recently I met a Scottish blogger when she was visiting Dublin. But I would adore to go to something like Blogher, it just sounds amazing, so glad you had a good time x

  6. Love to hear about Blogher from your perspective. I wanted to be there this year for the first time, but timing was wrong. Hoping I can do it next year and meet you in person.

  7. I wish I could have gone! So glad you had fun! I hope to go one of these years! Maybe next year?