First off, I have to say, after doing a conference with a kid, don’t do it if you can get away with it.
Yes, this is a personal preference, but it was just way too much work. Imagine everyone around you saying how hot, tired, and exhausted they are…and then me feeling all those things PLUS I have a freaking baby with me. Not so much fun.
That said, she was a great conversation starter. Like every room I stepped into, someone would stop and talk to us or ask about her. By now, you’re probably like, “Oh, that’s that girl with the cute baby, I remember her.” Right?
President Obama, Martha Stewart, and Katie Couric, were cool…but meeting some awesome bloggers in person, that I have been reading for years now, like Jill from Scary Mommy, Amanda from Parenting By Dummies, Kat from Mama Kat’s Losin It, Jenny from Jenny on the Spot, Audrey and Vera of Getting Gorgeous, Janice from 5 minutes for Mom, Fadra from All things Fadra, Amy and Haley from Mom Spark, and SO many more I could probably list a whole page of people – was what really did it for me.
I got to hang out with my Super Cool Bloggers, MomDot peeps, and a ton more people, it’s crazy how many people I talked to within just a few days. No lie, probably more then I see in person all year. Sad, I know.
I took a super fun boat tour which I will post pics, very soon.
I even took the Subway, with a few lovely ladies. It was like going into the pits of hell, but at least I can say I have done it.
I hardly eat, barely slept, didn’t drink enough water, and felt hungover with out having a single drink.
By the last day, I was ready to go home. I enjoyed a wonderful dinner with my friend Carrie. Went to CheeseburgHer where they ran out of cheeseburgers, twice, before I gave up.
Overall, being in NYC with some amazing friends, was worth it for me.
While, I honestly did not feel like the expo hall was a great place to really connect, I did enjoy the private events and parties I attended. It was great to meet in person, people I have been working with, as well as connect with others.
I started a list of what I did not like this year, and it always goes back to they should have just done it in San Diego again, am I right? =)
It really doesn’t matter what was good or bad in the end, but what we take from it. I know I met some ah-mazing people, like crazy amazing and hopefully formed new friendships with bloggers and relationships with new brands.
The “swag”, was cool. It’s just stuff though. I would much rather sit down and talk and learn from others then come home with more “stuff”.
I have decided to skip BlogHer next year. I already bought my ticket for Type A Conference, and leaning towards another one, not sure which one though. Any suggestions?
The worst part of my trip was being 4.5 hours delayed in NYC, which meant missing my connecting flight, leaving my phone on the plane, having the airport police track it down, staying in the airport all night, then finally catching the 7am flight home. When of course they lost our car seat and stroller. Good times…
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