Hey guys and dolls! Today I wanted to talk to you about BlogHer and what it is before I write the obligatory "I'm going to #BlogHer12!" post.
BlogHer has to be one of the largest (if not the largest) blogger conference geared toward a majority female audience EVER! Last year at BlogHer11 in San Diego there were over 3000 bloggers! Leave it to me, someone who doesn't like a crowd, to sign up for the biggest conference I can find.
BlogHer12 technically happens over 2.5 days. I say technically because there are conference sessions all day Friday and Saturday and you go home Sunday. The truth is BlogHer12 is about 5 days of insanity if done to the fullest.
Here's what you could do: Come in to NYC Wednesday August 1 and get settled into your hotel, Thursday do the healthminder or pathfinder days (These are sessions focused on finding your way as blogger and keeping your sanity while you do), then on Thursday night start the parties. Yeah that's right PARTIES! I'll get back to the parties in a sec.
Now where was I? Oh and after you party at "A Night at the Expo", The People's Party and Queerosphere you can now sleep. Friday you can either wake up at 5:45am to make it to the 6am 5K or you can sleep until 8ish... I signed up for the 5K. I figured running around NYC would be fun. (I'm insane!)
After that there's the newbie breakfast followed by "speed dating" where you meet other bloggers quickly and throw out your "elevator pitch".
Next come the break out sessions and there aren't 1 or 2 to choose from. Oh no there are 7 types including a writer's lab, a geek bar, and sessions dedicated to both personal and professional blogging. Some time after the first session is lunch then 2 more session THEN a break and a keynote.
Then the parties start up again. Friday night there is Voices of the Year, Open Mic Salon and SPARKLECORN! As I said I will explain the parties at another time (they might deserve their own blog post.)
Where was I? Again? Oh then you crash and burn until Saturday morning then it's breakfast, recap, session, lunch , session, session, break, keynote...And parties! Saturday is Come as You Are, Social Fiesta, and CHEESEBURHER! (Party post. I promise.)
Then you crash and go home Sunday... Unless you're me. Then you signed up for the morning after brunch at 11am Sunday. And then you go home.
By the way while all this is going on there is a HUGE Expo hall filled with some of the biggest brands around and they are giving away free swag the entire time. And while you're getting swag you should be networking with brands and other bloggers.
Oh and along with the parties anyone can go to there are private parties help by companies not associated with BlogHer but who want to connect with bloggers... Is your head spinning cause mine is! It has been since I signed up in March and started doing research (I'm a planner, what can I say?)
I'm really excited to go but as usual with me and big events I'm nervous and psyching myself out. I'm also stressing which is not good. I just want to be able to get into the BlogHer12 arena and hold my own. We all know I'm a great blogger (right?) I just need to be able to carry myself like one while I'm there.
I guess I should throw it out to you. What do you think a professional blogger has? I mean I have business cards and a FABULOUS wardrobe but I feel like I'm missing stuff. Also If my little run-on thought didn't clearly explain BlogHer12 feel free to ask questions.
In the future I will write: A BlogHer12 party post, a post discussing the sessions in more depth, a post about the expo hall and sponsors,a post about outside BlogHer12 events, my BlogHer12 fashion and anything else you want to know. Just ask away.
And thanks for reading guys and dolls! You keep me sane.