I returned home late Monday and had to hit the ground running with my day job and of course snuggling with little Miss Kalia who I missed so much!
I am a HUGE fan of Martha Stewart (if you could not tell from here and here) I also have a new found interest in Katie Couric. Both these speakers blew me away, I truly felt blessed to have the opportunity to "eat lunch" with them!
I met a Top Chef, I tried soy sauce ice cream, fell in love with Stella & Dot arm candy and I WON AN iPAD from Reader's Digest!
I did not even know I was entering a contest! Thank you SO much, I just wish I had taken pictures, I was so shocked I forgot, hope to see the pics they took soon, the only one I have is one off Twitter!
Back to the conference- Voices of the Year was by far my favorite event. Lori Volkman had me holding back tears when she discussed PTSD and Neil Kramer had me holding back snorts from my laughter with his bad love poem. Everyone was absolutely amazing and I now have a LONGGgg list of blogs to read!
A Fancy Girl Must Girls! I was honored to be asked to be a contributer last month to A Fancy Girl Must's Facebook page (Like It!) and after a day of various events, I met them for some dinner and drinks! It was so great to meet the ladies in person! I seriously only have a picture of a dirty martini from our wonderful dinner of sushi... (and drinks)
YeahWrite Community- I met some lovely ladies from the Yeah Write community & we danced the night away. The Yeah Write community is a wonderful group of bloggers who support each other, encourage bloggers and compete for Yeah Write stardom. They are also awesome because they let me submit to the group even though I am mostly a DIY blogger who occasionally writes about baby farts and proving my husband wrong. Loved meeting some of them in person!
The Eclectic-ness that is BlogHer- The last night was spent with- Extreme Couponer Chrystie Corns, Orange Dragonfly Blog, Nathan O'Leary and Stephanie Quilao and many others not pictured. One of the best parts about BlogHer was meeting bloggers from every area and niche of the blogosphere.
As a new blogger and one unfamiliar with the land of personal blogging, I was in awe of the abilities, interests and passions of all the women I met.
The most important takeway from BlogHer were all the connections I made- I talked to everyone I could- standing in line at the bathroom, in the elevators, saying Hello at the cocktail parties. I barely have made a dent in the business cards I received. I am slowly, but surely contacting and/or adding on Twitter... I cannot wait to read all the wonderful blogs.
I think BlogHer is what YOU make of it. It can be an overblown experience of swag and private parties, money-brand talk, or an experience where you listen, talk story, and share your passion for blogging in whatever niche that may be. It can be all three! However, for the love of pete- relax with the swag, everyone will get a resuable bag and a pen, there is no reason to turn into a pushy swag vulture!
New York, New York
BlogHer 12 was in New York City!! I grew up in Brooklyn, New York, but our family moved when I was 14. It has been about 5 years since my last visit to the city and I enjoyed the brief moments I got to walk around the city (and eat!) I am very thankful my friend made the trip to the Hilton to meet me for one drink between the events, we have known each since we were 5!
Needless to say, BlogHer 12 was an amazing experience and I look forward to reconnecting online with many of the people I met. I just now would like a babysitter for a week so I can catch up on sleep!
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