Most of you know that I headed to San Jose, CA last weekend for the BlogHer conference. It was a pretty big deal for me since it was my first conference. I didn’t know what to expect but I knew I had high hopes on what I would take away from it. Did I get out of it what I thought I would? I think so in some aspects, maybe not so much in others.
I did have a great time catching up with old friends and meeting some new ones. For the most part the other bloggers were amazingly friendly and helpful. I didn’t run into anyone rude or unfriendly, but I will admit, once I found my “tribe” I kind of stuck to hanging out with those people. I stepped outside of my comfort zone and talked to people that I may not have otherwise approached (read: brand reps) and ya know what, it wasn’t horrible or awful. It was actually kind of fun and I think that alone was super helpful because it’s something I’ll have to continue doing to continue growing as a blogger.
I initially had gone into this thinking I was going to attend every single session, keynote speaker, and function available, but obviously that was unrealistic and did not happen. The receptions I did attend and speakers I did listen to (Kerry Washington anyone??) were amazing though and very enlightening. I left with a lot of deep thinking to do and a renewed passion for making this blog the best it can possibly be.
I also learned a few things that I hadn’t even considered before I went to BlogHer, like:
- Connections with other bloggers is just as important (maybe even more so) than connection with brands. Not that connecting with brands isn’t important, because it is, but other bloggers can be your biggest advocate if you become friends and they admire your work. They can be supportive, lend advice, and yes, even some much needed criticism in some cases.
- Straws are considered “fancy” in some establishments so if you want one, and people treat your different, don’t be surprised.
- Sangria goes with everything, even McDonald’s happy meals and mango smoothies…trust me on this one.
- Lighting in hotel bathrooms is a product of the devil. If you want to see just how uneven your skin tone is, find the brows you missed during your last plucking session, or see how blotchy your daily makeup really is, you’re in the right place, but if you want to feel good about your self in any way, shape, or form, steer clear. (Yeah, we’re not going to share any photos to illustrate this one…sorry!).
I will however share with you a short clip of some of my favorite moments throughout the weekend:
I’ve definitely got a running list now of conferences I want to attend for 2015, so here’s hoping it happens! Did you go to BlogHer? Have you been to any other conferences in the past? Do you have a favorite? What’s the most important tip or information you’ve picked up at a conference? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!