Of course I come out of BlogHer ’08 and find myself in a whirlwind of projects that slipped by and 3 colleagues on maternity leave causing a staggering amount of deadlines to keep track of. But I wanted to wrap up some thoughts on this before the topic is totally irrelevant.
It was fun. Overwhelming as anticipated, but fun. And most of this is from a non-work perspective. I felt by the time the conference rolled around, my work with the Dummies branding campaign and BlogHer Heroes contest was over so I enjoyed it from a personal perspective. First day I was blown away by the number of sponsors picked up since last year. And moving into the sessions (after those horrible ice breakers in the opening key note – hate those) I found it slow to start. Everything seemed a little squishy at first – we’re so glad you’re here, thank you for coming, let’s share, I want to make sure this is about you. And the sessions I went to were a little dry of content and people. That’s when I realized the conference may be getting over sponsored, because everyone was getting their massage or makeover or having a cupcake with champagne at a sponsor suite instead of attending the sessions. I read later on Jory’s blog (BlogHer co-founder) that some of those suites weren’t sponsors and well, some sponsors were just being rude. But I’m glad she took notice.
I went to the introversion session which I found hilarious because it was so QUIET. And you know what I realized? I don’t think I’m as introverted as I thought I was. 🙂
The 20-something bloggers was fun, run by Zandria who I must have met last year because she was so familiar to me. I saw some bloggers that I read, but really didn’t want to introduce myself. Why? Because I felt like some cyber-stalker because I read without making myself known. I did get the guts to introduce myself to Jen of Semi-Charmed Wife because I do admire what she does on her blog.
Day two rolled around with more interesting sessions I had to choose between and I wish all of those sessions were broken up between the 2 days. The close of the event had me chugging a cosmopolitan and heading over to the Macy’s after party with a nice buzz and realizing after making a fool of myself that when buzzed I should speak to ONLY colleagues and people who know me. I really wanted to go talk to my fellow 20-something bloggers, but honestly, I was so tuckered out and not trusting what rude non-sense would slip out of my mouth I just hugged the side of my fellow Wiley folks. Safe zone.
My favorite personal revelations – I’m not as scared as I once was to stand up in front of an audience. I asked a few questions in the very full panels and had a lot more confidence than previous shows. Mostly because I care less what people think about me. Which is to say, I’m not as frozen by being self-conscious, still inhibited by it, but not frozen. My director let me tease her the ENTIRE time that she works for me. I didn’t really declare this to anyone seriously, but something in the fact that she let me do that made me feel really good about where I work. Silly? sort of. But it is just nice to know that my job allows me to step back from the role of marketer to be myself, because I’m better at being myself. The Blonde, a fellow colleague and one of my managers has more guts and composure than I ever hope to have. She dragged me over to meet Heather Armstrong of Dooce knowing that I get super embarrassed when being all fan-girl about something. And I’m glad she brought me over. Heather is really nice and I was surprised so many people take liberty to be rude to her face – seriously, it’s weird. And I now believe that I really do only know about 5% her life, if not less, because while I knew she was tall I had no idea she was that tall. Easily the tallest woman I have ever met. And I have a picture of the 2 of us, but I kind of looked freaked out. Because I was. Overall, I’m glad I went. And still the highlight remains talking to Grover.