Friday, July 19, 2013

Dear BlogHer '13


Dear BlogHer '13,

In exactly one week, I'll be sitting in one of your sessions to learn more about this <air quoting> blogging business.  Even though I think I'll be the only wide-eyed, clueless person there, I'm telling myself otherwise--because I'll just pretend that I know what I'm doing.  Kidding.

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BlogHer is a community and media company that holds one of the largest annual conferences for bloggers, specifically for women, though not excluding men.  It was founded in 2005, has quickly grown through its group blog, and had over 5000 attendees at last year's conference in New York City.   Even though I haven't really thought too much about attending a blogging conference, being the introvert blogger that I am, BlogHer is coming to me this year, so I don't have much of an excuse not to go.

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Except I bought the early bird ticket last year, and then had cold feet.  Most of my close blogging friends won't be going this year, and I felt like I won't know a soul there.  I really didn't want to be there among a sea of women bloggers that already know each other and clearly know what they're doing.  Thankfully, I realized that two local friends/school moms are also going, and I'll even be rooming with one of them.  Whew.  At least I won't be totally lost.

BlogHer '13

It will also be the first time that I'll be away from the kiddos for a decent chunk of time.  I went away for a weekend when Dear Daughter was two years old, and have never been away since Dear Son was born.  They're plenty old now and ready for this sort of thing, and I know they will be fine with Dear Husband.  In fact, they probably will have a lot of fun without me, since Daddy is always the Yes Man.  And I'll probably get lots of texts from them, too.  iMessage is an awesome, awesome thing.

BlogHer '13

A conference as big as this is both intimidating and exciting at the same time.  Last year at this time I read many blogs that expressed their writer's pre-conference jitters and a growing to-do list to get ready--pretty much what I'm going through right about now.  The jitters I can put aside until the night before.  The to-do list?  I'm on it.  First and foremost, business cards.  Business cards? you ask.  I asked, too.  But yes, apparently you need business cards, or else how will you I network with other bloggers or sponsors?  So I made some.  And I cannot believe I have business cards.  That's like me, a SAHM, wearing a business suit all day at home, but whatevs.




Next, I updated some parts of this blog.  When I first started, I was as inexperienced with blogging as I am about business cards, but that's how one gets started, I suppose.  Now that I have been writing for some time, I have developed a voice and a personality in these posts.  There is more intent in my writing and a conscious goal to affirm the Little Things in Life.  I've updated my About page, my Popular Posts page (to reflect more recent posts), as well as the blog description on my collage header above.  (If you have a moment, would you go and read them and let me know your thoughts?)  All this has been a work in progress, and will continue to be.  This blog has come a long way, and I've learned so much about this <air quoting> blogging business, from content to layout to html.  And I'll be learning even more at the big conference next week.

BlogHer '13

Finally, we can't forget about the fashion aspect of this conference.  I had to figure out what to wear for the sessions and the parties in the evenings.  I'm totally not a dressy kind of person, so I wasn't planning on buying anything new specifically for the event.  But I inadvertently came across a dress at the mall whose tag really caught my eye.  The tag shows many different ways in which the dress could be worn.  And best of all, this dress is soft and stretchy, made of rayon and Spandex--totally my kind of comfy clothing.  Take a look at this Elan convertible dress and all the different ways it can be worn!  (There are ten short videos on this 5 minute playlist.)





Pretty neat, huh?  In case you were wondering, I got one in black.  You can never go wrong with black.  But I haven't actually tried it on yet, so I'll get on that.  (By the way, this is not a sponsored post; I just wanted to share a really cool thing I found by accident!)

Anyway, by the time this post goes live, I'll be with my two friends chatting it up planning for the conference.  There are still some more logistical things to figure out, but I think we're almost ready.  I think.

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So, Dear BlogHer '13, I'm excited, overwhelmed, and a little worried.  I'm sort of worried that I'll walk by a really famous blogger and I won't know it.  Or that I might meet one that I follow, and have to pick my lower jaw off the floor because I'm so starstruck.  Either way, it will be quite an experience.  I'm sure I'll have lots to say about it afterwards, so stay tuned.  And last but not least,

BlogHer '13

Cuz cute shoes?  They're a gal's best... friend anti-anxiety pill.

Sincerely,
Me

13 comments:

  1. Sandra, have so much fun and soak up every minute. I hope, you will get what you want out of the conference and will enjoy the sessions you have picked. Just a tip: Get to the sessions early. I heard last year a lot of people didn't make it into the sessions because they were so crowded!!!

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    1. Thank you so much, Susi! I will definitely take full advantage of it--from learning to socializing (eeks!)! I heard about the overpacked sessions last year; they've supposedly remedied that at the ginormous conference center this year, so hopefully we'll get to actually get in and attend. I've signed up for several writing sessions--we shall see how they go!

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  2. Good luck good luck good luck! :-) I am excited for you. You are the first bloggy friend I know who will be attending. Your blog goes right up there with the finest ones, so don't be shy. :-) Enjoy!

    ~Imelda

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    1. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Imelda! You are so generous with your kind words about my blog, but I certainly appreciate it so very much! I hope to learn and meet and have fun. Stay tuned to see the reactions of a first timer at a blogging conference...

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  3. I like your About page revision. The shadow picture is fun :)

    I've never heard of the BlogHer conference, but it sounds like there will be plenty to take in. And, at least you'll have friends with you. Good luck and have fun - I hope it's everything you expect it to be (and more!)

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    1. Janna, thank you so much for taking a look at my About page, and I'm glad to see your nod :) There is a lot going on at BlogHer conference: there are sessions on writing, marketing, web design/tools, activism, social media, etc. And then there's meeting the big time bloggers and hearing them speak. I just heard that Queen Latifa will be emceeing one of the receptions there! I'm excited!

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  4. Those are the cutest badges! Love the child free one the best ;). I'm so sure you're not the only clueless one!! And you're certainly not clueless, I should say first!!! I would be nervous going to such a huge blogger focused conference too! At least you've got friends to go with!!!! :D. Hope you all have fun and also learn a lot! Pls do share your new found blog wisdom with us :)

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  5. PS like how you categorized the Popular Page!

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    1. Hi, Lisa! Thanks for taking a look at the tabs up there! I've had the Popular Posts page for awhile, but they had pretty old posts, so I updated them. I can't believe I'll be child-free for 2.5 days. It will be a brand new experience for me! I'm really excited to meet, or rather, just see in person, famous bloggers I've been following. I will definitely share when all this said and done! Thanks so much!

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  6. Everything you're feeling is so very normal! I found that by knowing 2-4 bloggers before going, I actually wound up meeting another 10 bloggers by default. It can be incredibly overwhelming if you stop to think about everything that will happen (or could happen) in such a short amount of time. But, when you're living it, it's a super fast-paced, action packed weekend that will go by in the blink of an eye (and then you'll wonder where all your business cards went)!

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    1. Nilsa, I'm still laughing (inside) about those business cards. But hey, I have them to give away, if anyone will take them. I'm all excited for the learning and meeting and attempt-at-socializing and potential-partying. I just hope nothing terrible happens, like me shoving my foot into my mouth in a conversation. And I still have to pack! Thanks for all your words of advice. I do look forward to friending new bloggers, and potentially meeting YOU!

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  7. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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    1. Same here, Asianmommy! Will you be staying at the Sheraton? I'll text ya.

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