I feel nervous for this post because I'm pretty much sharing my feelings about a blogging conference that so many hold so dear to their hearts. Please understand that I'm just sharing my opinion and it's to be taken with a grain of salt. Everyone feels differently about their experiences.
pictured: chelsey from the paper mama, stephanie from mrs. stephanie t, torie from 25 designs, jenni from jenni from the blog, and diana from with love diana.
So this is probably going to be my final BlogHer post. I'm sure you're all sick of hearing about it... because I'm kinda tired of talking about it. But I thought it'd be fair to tell you about all the things I REALLY thought about the experience. It wasn't all that magical for me like you may read from other people's tweets. I didn't do any of the seminar things, mostly because I felt like it was kinda redundant for me. Not that I'm this big time blogger or anything, but I felt like I sort of already knew what was going to be said and it would have just been someone repeating their opinions/experiences to me. Also, it's not that it's bad to do those seminars. I found seminars really helpful when I went to Alt Design Summit (and now you can't tell me NUTHIN'). I learned somethings there, and I was also told things I already knew, but it was good to reaffirm. Blah blah blah, I'm rambling here... So, BlogHer wasn't magical for me.
In fact, I kinda felt like I would have rather just planned a big trip, coordinated with all of my blogging friends, and then just went on that said trip. It's very hard to leave your little circle when you're at BlogHer. And for more than one reason too. I mean, yeah, it's weird networking with other people, especially when the situation is fucking random. How often in real life do you walk up to a group of people you don't know and start talking about anything? Let alone your blog? Oh, and everyone has a blog, so telling them that your blog rocks is kinda like, so what? I found that networking was almost impossible for me. I read on Mandy's blog that BlogHer has just gotten too big. That may be true. This is my first time and maybe it's not fair that I'm judging this conference on my one single experience, but it did feel very big. Very big and very generic (FIVE THOUSAND PEOPLE WERE THERE FOR THIS THING).
There is a very serious pressure to be invited/attend these swag parties. And honestly, I could of done without most of it. I enjoyed getting some neat things, but I don't know if it was really all that worth it. I would have rather spent those hours with friends instead of running around New York, sweating off all my make up and carrying around ginormous totes filled with granola bars, coupons, bottles of lysol, or whatever random swag we got from these unaffiliated BlogHer parties. Don't get me wrong, I did like a lot of my swag, but now that it's all said and done, I wish I wasn't so obsessed with the swag. I have probably a few handful of random things that I can say I really loved getting. The rest was honestly just companies preying on bloggers, hoping they would possibly blog about them.
Will I go again? Honestly, I don't know. Maybe no. Maybe yes? The more I process everything I realize that BlogHer may not be for me. I'm not as into the logistics of blogging conferences. I really feel in-between about everything. I love getting together with my friends, and I know I'd be so sad and jealous if I saw everyone get together next year, but I don't know if spending the money on a ticket like a blogging conference is really what I want to do (yes I was sponsored by Oreck, I'm just assuming that I wouldn't be sponsored next year).
What did I like about the conference? I liked the things that didn't have anything to do with anything BlogHer official. I liked hanging out playing madlibs with my friends, I liked laughing, I liked the street carts, I liked shopping at Zara, I liked gorging on pizza. I think this shows me that I need to think of a different way to meet up with my blogging buddies. But please let me make this clear, I DID HAVE FUN. I WOULD NOT TAKE IT BACK. But now that I've done it, I'm thinking of it in a different light.
I wonder if BlogHer was magical for you? Please share with me your thoughts! Maybe I'm just a mean old bitch?