My blogging peers know that blogging conference season is upon us! BlogWorld Expo, BlogHer Food, Type A-Parent, World Domination Summit, Evo, BlogHer’12, and a handful of Bloggy Boot Camp stops presented by SITS. My personal conference agenda includes stops in NYC for BlogHer’12 and Las Vegas for Bloggy Boot Camp in October.
Last year, BlogHer’11 was my first ever blogging conference. I was terrified. I actually bought my ticket weeks before the conference and scrambled for a hotel room. I had a few sleepless nights over what to wear and figuring out my elevator pitch. A lot of worry over nothing. Those three days in San Diego were incredible. I had so much fun. I met a ton of awesome people, I attended a few great sessions, I stumbled a little, and laughed a lot. I am really looking forward to this year’s BlogHer’12 conference. Are you going?
I wanted to share a post I wrote last summer. I was seriously panicking – PANICKING. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still worried about what to wear and I’m always refining my elevator pitch. But now that I know what to expect, I’m definitely not so anxious. It’s going to be off the charts!
And now, last year’s post:
Panic on the Streets of San Diego
I pulled the trigger and bought a ticket to next month’s BlogHer conference in San Diego. And panic has officially set it.
I’m a wallflower. I’m always on the outer edges and never fully in the mix. I’ve been that way my whole life. It’s not something I love about myself but something I’ve become accustom too. It’s kind of frustrating.
I worry that I’ll make a bad first impression and won’t be able to recovery. Embarrassed, I’ll retreat to my hotel room, order dinner and a pay-per-view movie and follow BlogHer’s evening events (read: parties) on Twitter.
Speaking of parties. Thank God the sponsored parties are non-RSVP. I find that I’m already feeling a lot like the middle school tween who didn’t get invited to the sleep over. I’m begging on Twitter to win an invite to some random party. Why? I don’t know. Because it seems like everyone else is going except for me. I’m starting to become a little pathetic.
But am I just supposed to cruise into the Sparklecorn or the CheeseburgHer parties and hit the dance floor by myself? I may cruise in and hit the bar by myself and then see where that takes me. I’m not so afraid to do that.
Now, don’t even get me started on what to wear. This didn’t even cross my mind until I saw Little Hen House start putting together day and night outfits for other attendees. I mean, I live in jeans, a tee, and flip flops. Dresses and skirts are so out of my comfort zone. Heels? Forget about it. And the only accessories I ever wear are usually my wedding ring and diamond studs.
But…I have started pinning some outfits I like and I picked up a pair of wedge sandals from Target to get me started. You can check them out here on my Pinterest board. Tell me what you think. (Here’s my 2012 blogging conference attire Pinterest board)
So, are you going to BlogHer ’11? Are you a newbie like me? Or an experienced blogging conference goer?
I laugh reading this now. All that worry and it was nothing but fun. If BlogHer’12 is your first blogging conference, what are you worried about? Leave me a comment – I’ll start making a list of who I need to meet up with IRL!