BlogHer 2010 was held in New York City. Last I heard, there were 7,000 people there for the conference, between the bloggers, brands, and offsite parties. It was a madhouse.
Rather than share an account of what I did and saw, let me share what I learned.
From Woman’s Day magazine:
Thanksgiving desserts in the middle of summer are worth the splurge. Also, having the job of working in a test kitchen looks like lots of fun. This amazing cheesecake will be in the Thanksgiving issue of Woman’s Day magazine.
From Pursuing Your Passion, lead by the founders of Pursuing Our Passion (or POP! Social Media Inc.):
Figure out not just what you love, but what you are really good at doing, and then go after it!
If you want to feel inspired and also learn a lot, read the book Making A Living Without A Job.
From the Martha Stewart Bloggers’ Night Out event:
Fake eyelashes can make you feel beautiful, even when you are having a bad hair day.
Have water available at any event, even if you are offering other beverages (Martha failed at this).
Darcy Miller is as fabulous in person as you would think she is.
From the BlogHer Expo & other brands:
The power of face to face contact is unmatchable, both between bloggers and in the blogger/brand relationship.
Some people are really crazy about getting free stuff. They are missing the point and purpose.
I really believe in some companies and brands. Those ones I believe in, I am very passionate about supporting. From BlogHer this includes Tempur-Pedic, Flatout Bread, Jackson Wines (whose dinner will receive its own post), Dove bodywash, Swiffer, and many more.
I really disagree with other companies and brands. I prefer not to mention them.
From Getting Gorgeous:
The power of a bit of pampering can be tremendous.
Tide has come up with an amazing product called “Swash: Smooth it Out“. It is only sold online, but it is heaven in a bottle. This spray dewrinkles your clothes without needing an iron! I need to order some asap.
The women who organized it must have spent dozens of hours planning it. I hope they think it was worth it because I can’t wait to attend the next one.
From old and new friendships:
Sharing my Healthy Living Summit Healthy Entertaining Presentation with Tina & Heather was educational. They gave me great insight, and I know it will be even better with their help. I hope you all come to my session this weekend at 11:45 AM.
Kath, Tina, Ashley, and I had a fabulous conversation on all things blogging. I left refreshed, renewed, and inspired. I also really enjoyed meeting Roni, Shannon, Jenn and other healthy living bloggers.
We met the be all end all of food bloggers… Elise (whose recipes I have been using for YEARS), Ree, & Jaden. They are all incredible women, and I feel lucky we were able to meet them at BlogHer.
Overall thoughts on the BlogHer Conference:
The sessions were not really learning experiences for me. I learned more from personal conversations and networking than I did from any BlogHer session I attended. I also learned the power of face to face contact. I was able to really connect with several bloggers and brands, and I like the think we have not only strengthened relationships, but we have learned from one another. BlogHer was an inspiring experience. I feel as though I have found what I was looking for in my blog, and now I have the tools to carry me there. Being around like minded people and sharing ideas and passions truly inspired me.
I also have to say that I am proud of myself. I was completely confident and forward and introduced myself to so many people- more than I would have in the past. I think the experience of the Foodbuzz Festival as well as several blogger meet ups have taught me not to be scared to say hello and not to be afraid to share my thoughts. Yes, sometimes I get nervous and put my foot in my mouth, but I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t do that. I learned so much not just about blogging this weekend, but about myself.
And I missed salads. And feta.
And my husband. And my new floors.
I can’t wait to share my inspiration with you in the next few days, weeks, months and years.