Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Back from BlogHer11 With Tips!

It's back to reality now after 5 days in the beautiful San Diego where I and 3000 other blogging babes attended the BlogHer11 Conference.

It was my first time attending BlogHer and going in I had no idea what to expect which is why I can now look back and give all of you thinking of attending BlogHer12 {in NYC} some tips on how to survive the weekend!

Ready? Here we go!

- Bring walking shoes because you WILL be doing lots of it

- Don't bring your 4", I cant walk in these but they look damn good heels because you wont need them

- Bring a cardigan or long sleeve top for the conference hall because the AC may give you the chills

- Business cards are a must!.... lots and lots of them!

- When someone hands you their business card jot down on the back where you met them because you will be meeting a lot of ladies and its easy to forget.

- Don't worry so much about if your hair is perfect or you have the best outfit on because 9 times out of 10 no one cares, they are just happy to meet you!

- Talk to any and everyone you meet, BlogHer is not for the shy ;)

- Don't judge someone before meeting them because they could end up being the sweetest and most interesting people you will meet all weekend!

- Attend as many parties as you can because they are not only fun but a great way to meet new people
{CheeseBurgHer BlogHer Party sponsored by yes McDonalds}

- The swag isn't why you should attend BlogHer!

- Speaking of swag, bring a large suitcase to take it home in but don't get panicked when you cant fit it all in. Do you really need that loaf of bread, water bottle, jelly bracelet or magnet?

- Organizing a dinner or lunch with some of the bloggers you want to meet ahead of time is a great way to ensure you end up actually meeting them!

- View the BlogHer sessions calendar and decide which ones interest you most or at all. There is nothing wrong with attending BlogHer to network and socialize, you don't need to attend every session offered.

- Take advantage of the breakfast and lunch offered in the conference hall. They are yummy and will help keep your costs down

- Don't take things to personal or seriously. Remember everyone is there to in a way sell/promote themselves so know when to pipe up or when to back off.

- Give yourself credit. Don't assume no ones ever heard of you or your blog because trust me they have!

- Smile. It will get you noticed ;)

These are just some of the things I took away from my experience at BlogHer11. It was a last minute decision ill remember forever!

Oh and don't forget your sunglasses, but if you do there might be a hot pink rad pair in your swag bag that you can rock all weekend like me ;)

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8 comments:

socialitedreams on August 9, 2011 at 1:52 PM said...

i heard that there were mostly topics concerning mommy bloggers, did you find the talks to be interesting and suited to even beauty bloggers? I was wondering about coming up with the funds for the trip next year, but don't want to if it's not beneficial :)


Vonnie of Socialitedreams.com

Tammi @ My Organized Chaos on August 9, 2011 at 2:25 PM said...

Ya!! Such great times!!

G A B Y on August 9, 2011 at 2:48 PM said...

Sounds like you had a great time Farah! Thanks for the tips (:

Amanne on August 9, 2011 at 6:15 PM said...

Wish I was able to meet you at the conference. I hope you had fun :)

Jennifer on August 9, 2011 at 6:32 PM said...

Great post <3

Farah on August 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM said...

@socialite - yes ill be honest there were a lot of mommy bloggers and it seemed a lot of the brands there appealed to them BUT there were also a lot of other blogger too. The sessions were geared towards everyone not just mommys.

@Tammi - best roomie!

@Gaby - yes it was a blast think you will go next yr?

@Amanne - aw yeah i wish we met too! Will you be attending shesconnected?

@Jenn - thanks doll!

Mom vs. the boys on August 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM said...

look at you rockin those sunglasses girl! lol sounds like it was a blast!

Amanne on August 15, 2011 at 5:32 PM said...

@Farah - probably not. I was lucky to attend BlogHer because my company sent me.

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