Today I am heading down to San Diego for BlogHer ’11 for my FIRST blogging conference EVER! Yes, I am a total conference newbie. It’s hard to believe I have been blogging for three years and haven’t hit the conference circuit yet. But the timing couldn’t be better with a new site design coming soon!
For those of you reading that are non-bloggers, you might be wondering, what does one do at a blogger conference!?
Well, seeing it’s my first one, I am not completely sure, but what I do know is there will be thousands of fellow women bloggers (and some brave men too!), lots of bloggy friends, cool brands, tons of educational sessions, parties galore and I am told a little swag. Love it.
Getting ready to go this week has been a tad stressful, some of which is due to the the fact, that although extremely convenient, I am also packing up my two kids to spend 3 days with my in-laws who happen to live in San Diego. It never ceases to amaze me the sheer amount of STUFF that is required to pack for two little humans ages 2 and 5.
But I am hoping that magically, I will find all of us packed and in the car driving to San Diego at some point today. Wish me luck on this, I need it!
I also think I got a tad stressed because of the unknown. In doing some research to prepare for what I should bring and wear, I started to get a little overwhelmed by the articles and buzz.
Then I forced myself to take a step back, relax, take a deep breath and focus on the three things I want to get out of BlogHer: education, networking and connecting with friends.
I think if I can focus on the community aspect and just enjoy myself, it will be an awesome experience.
And speaking of friends, I am rooming with Tera from Tera Rae Stephens, my fabulous blogging hairstylist and her friend Beckey from Hippo Brigade. Do you think rooming with a hair stylist means I am destined to have fabulous hair for the conference!? Tera? Thoughts?
I won’t be posting tomorrow as I will be up to my ears in learning all kinds of new, fabulous stuff! I can’t wait to come back and launch my sparkly new site with some fresh ideas.
And to the bloggers reading this…comment below if you are attending! I hope to get to connect with you!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone! In the meantime, please wish me luck!
Friends, could you spare 30 seconds to vote for Tiny Oranges? You can vote 1 x a day through 8/11! We are currently in 1st place THANKS TO YOU but competition is fierce with all these awesome mom blogs so I need your help to keep us there!! THANK YOU! Smooch!