I’m writing to you from smack dab in the middle of one of the largest blogging conferences–one geared especially for women bloggers: the Blogher Conference. This year (as it was in 2010) it is being held in New York City, so I made an effort to actually make it. With the exception of Disney Social Media Moms, I haven’t made a blogging conference in a couple of years. It feels really great to get out and talk to other bloggers, meet people that value what we do, and connect with people in such a different way.
I’m at Blogher 2012 in NYC!
So far there’s been quite a few exciting things, the first of which is pretty news-worthy. To kick off the start of the conference, the President gave a live address to our community. I feel like regardless of your political affiliation, it is cool that the president took the time to acknowledge the influence of women bloggers!
Then there’s been the actual conference, which is a mix of speakers (Martha Stewart was today’s lunch speaker), panels (I attended one called “Blogging for the love of it” which is definitely what I do, as it’s certainly not for profit [my husband shakes his head yes]), and parties. There’s official parties, which are hosted here at the hotel and all have different themes, and then there’s private parties, which are hosted at different sites and are usually gifting suites, where companies provide swag items for bloggers.
The last big aspect of the conference is the exhibit hall. And it’s not just one hall, there’s 4 different spaces containing booths and suites full of different brands, charities and experiences. Since I used to work in trade shows, I have an appreciation for all the work that goes into them, from booth design to the marketing materials they hand out (that’s what I used to do for a living folks…what feels like a lifetime ago!). There’s food brands, there’s healthcare brands, there’s toy brands. There’s charities, there’s non-profits, there’s internet start-ups. It’s quite a lot to take in. I’m sure I’ll have more posts about different aspects of the conference, but I wanted to check in and let you know what I’m up to.
Because you know what else there is? A quiet hotel room with internet access and a few minutes to actually think and put thoughts together!