Let me start this post by apologizing to my guys and dolls about writing about something that you don't really understand. Or, worse yet, I don't even understand enough to properly explain to you.
Here's what I know: BlogHer is a HUGE conference for bloggers of all backgrounds to get together and learn, network, etc. Because of the massive amounts of bloggers there companies (AKA brands) have realized that they can monopolize on the bloggers being in one place. How you might ask... Private parties. These are smaller more intimate affairs that allow brands and blogger to connect on much deeper levels. Well that's the idea at least.
For those of you following my DragynAlly account on twitter you may have noticed my #SweetSuite, #GettingGorgeous and #SocialSoiree hashtags. These are the 3 private parties I am most interested in. I am pleased to report that I was invited (yes invited) to Sweet Suite! This invite is a huge deal because only a select few are invited and everyone else can sign up if there is room. So I guess this little Dragyn is a VIP. ;-)
The next party I am really hoping to get into is Social Soiree. I've heard so many wonderful things about it and it seems like so much fun. Frankly guys and dolls I really want to get better at networking with brands. I may have said this before but brands mean more experiences and products to share with all of you. In fact I want to ask brands "what can you do for my guys and dolls"... But that sounds pushy.
Now because there is so much buzz surrounding parties like this people are getting scared. They're worried about not getting in and they say things like they'll be devastated if they don't go. I'll be sad if I don't get to Social Soiree but I will not be devastated. Life will go on. There will be other parties. Or there won't. But I am awesome no matter what goes down.
I also see some bloggers trying to rain on other's parades. You'd be surprised (or not) to see how many bloggers say "private parties aren't that great" or "there are great bloggers who didn't get invited". Maybe this is true but I am stoked for the parties and I am a great blogger! (So weird to write that by the way.)
Now don't get me wrong, there is a TON of stuff to do at BlogHer even if you never get a party invite. But I got one. And I refuse to let anyone talk me out of how awesome that is!
Finally there is the issue of "twimping" yourself out. Twimp (v): A strange combination of twitter and pimp. Some bloggers are so annoyed with people "begging" for invites. Others are begging. In the blog game you have to be your own hype man, so to speak. No one else will be as much in your corner as you. So for the most part I say do what you have to. That doesn't mean being rude but "the squeaky wheel gets the grease".
I say ALL of that to say that I have been tweeting Social Soiree and that hashtag as much as I can and I am having fun with it. I make jokes and connect with the people behind the party, to the best of my ability. But whatever they decide to do as far as invites is on them and there isn't anything I can do about it. So I refuse to stress.
Wherever I am is where the party is at!