I’m pretty stinking overwhelmed with preparing for the BlogHer conference this weekend. My house is complete disarray, I have three huge baskets of laundry to do and I don’t have a working washer and dryer, I haven’t finalized what I’m bringing to wear, and I have to get my head organized on which sessions, parties, and events I want to attend.
Lucky for me, many veteran bloggers have put together cheat sheets for the newbies on what to expect from the conference and how to be on your best game. Here’s the best BlogHer advice I’ve read so far:
“You need an elevator pitch.”
I don’t have one of these. And for some reason I have a huge aversion to the term “elevator pitch.” I mean, who really talks to the other people in the elevator anyway? Regardless, I guess I should put something together. Anyone got something I can borrow?
“Pick (party) invites that relate to you.”
Ok, so I maybe got a little wrapped up in the party drama by tweeting like a mad woman for an invite. Like I’ve said before, it kind of feels like being the girl who didn’t get invited to the slumber party in middle school.
Well, now I have an invite to a party hosted by bloggers whose main objective are sharing discounts. Hmm, not completely sure if this party relates to me. With that said, there are some phenomenal sponsors represented at this soiree. So I guess I’ll go and see what the hype is all about.
I was also invited by a friend as a +1 to a party where there also some phenomenal brands who are interested in talking with bloggers. And I think one of the Top Chef contestants will be there cooking up some goodies. And dancing.
And of course the BlogHer parties which also sound fabulous. I want to go to all of them but really, this girl needs a little down time and I probably will be in bed by 10pm most nights!
“Make real dinner plans with your blogging friends”
I haven’t made any concrete plans with anyone yet. My two roomies may or may not have existing plans and maybe they’ll let me tag along (I hope). I also have the (er, Twitter) names of a lot of wallflowers like myself who might want to meet up.
Worst case scenario: I’ll send out an S.O.S on Twitter and I’m sure I’ll be able to meet up with someone else looking for a dinner partner. I also don’t mind eating alone either, so there.
“Slow down on the booze.”
Ha, ha, ha, ha. Sure!!
But seriously, it takes me days to recover from a night of throwing back too many chardonnays. I’ll be good.
“Blog conferences bring out the cliques.”
This is probably the thing I’m least looking forward to. I know the tribes exist. You see them on Twitter. It is what it is. I’m thankful knowing that there are some cool-ass people going and I can’t wait to hang out with them!
Don’t get me wrong, I do want to meet and connect with others too. So, I’m going to try to step out of my comfort zone and smile a little more than usual.
“Bloggers are a gossipy bunch.”
Who isn’t? I’m not worried. Unless they are talking about me.
From Amy at Mom Spark
“Get some business cards”
Yay! I did this one but stupidly forgot to add my email address. If you didn’t know I can be contacted at WendyWillBlog@Gmail.com.
I’m more worried about the photo I put on the back of my business card. It’s mine. The one I use on Twitter and on the blog. I did it for the whole face recognition thing. I hope it’s not too douchey.
“Know who you are.”
I’m Wendy. I write about my daily trials and tribulations of being a wife, a mom, and a cancer survivor. I use words like cool-ass and worry endlessly about stupid things. I usually keep it pretty real.
“Create a list of who you want to meet.”
There are simply too many! What’s so silly is that I’m meeting fellow Orange County bloggers for the first time in San Diego. I mean, hello? We probably live within a 15 mile radius of each other but we have to practically head to the Mexico border to meet.
“Make an expo hall plan and an agenda.”
I definitely want to explore the expo hall and plan to do that. The rest of my agenda looks like parties and I think I’m giving off a false image as this party girl. I’m not at all. I seriously may or may not be eating room service and watching Big Brother in my room Thursday night, Dateline on Friday night, and 48 Hours Mystery on Saturday night.
I think I just need to chill out, go have fun, meet some people and see what the conference brings. Woot woot, #blogher11!