I can’t believe that BlogHer’13 is right around the corner! I have been so occupied with Parker’s birthday that I haven’t had much time to plan and prepare. Luckily, I am a member of an amazing FB group with a lot of BlogHer vets. They have helped me catch up and really get into gear!
I thought it fitting to share the love and pass on their amazing words of wisdom. There is no rhyme or reason to this list, just things which I have come across so far that I though was helpful. Enjoy!
Amy, over at As The Bunny Hops, is giving away an adorable blog pendant!
Madame Deals shares her list of must have items to bring.
Honest & Truly blogger, Michelle, provided three great posts about packing for your trip including What To Pack For A Conference, How To Travel With Liquids, and How To Make It All Fit In Your Suitcase.
Serena, over at Thrift Diving, shares her 10 Things You Must Do Before Attending A Blogging Conference.
Melisa, over at Suburban Scrawl, has a fantastic list of must see places while in Chicago. Pair that up with The Baby Ladies 10 You Must Do & See in Chicago, and you will be set with your site seeing wish list!
Lea, over at The Krazy Coupon Queen, reflects on her schedule from BlogHer ’12 which has some great tips for staying organized using a Google calendar. While your at it, take a look at an amazing chart Wendy @Mapsgirl created for the unofficial BlogHer ’13 agenda.
She Knows Living did an interview with Farda Nally, of All Things Farda, who shares a detailed look at her experiences at BlogHer. A great read for any BlogHer newbie.
Shelly, from Still Blonde After All These Years, took the time after BlogHer ’12 to reflect on her experience and offer some great tips and advice for future BlogHer attendees. She also provides a sample of her BlogHer ’12 schedule that really gives a look into what your trip will look like.
Living Changerously blogger Andrea provided not one, not two, but three posts on her BlogHer experience. Check out her play by play of the conference here: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
Mediamum blogger Jo, took time to evaluate her experience at BlogHer ’12 providing a great resource and tons of things to think about for all of us attending BlogHer ’13.
Shannon, over at Sweet Stella’s, reminded me to focus on staying true to myself and my blog.
Nirasha over at Mommy NIRI provides some great down to earth advice and a friendly reminder that it is most important to be yourself. She also shares why Big Bloggers Need To Be Nice To Small Bloggers.
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Put your email address on your blog and Twitter profile. It’s the only way you can get invites to private parties. – @SocialSoiree
Bring presents for your roommates.
“There is a lot of excitement about brand-sponsored events. Whether it’s your 1st, 3rd or more time at BlogHer remember that the way you conduct yourself ANYWHERE will be seen by brands and by other bloggers. Last year, there were reports of bloggers interrupting conversations, complaining about free swag, etc. Conduct yourself professionally, remember that it’s not about the stuff but about the connections you make, and respect everyone because you never know who is watching :-)” – Dusty As Mom Sees It
Don’t forget to bring lots of business cards (first of all). And I would attend at least 1 or 2 sessions (but not pressure yourself to attend more than that necessarily unless you want to). Last year was my first and I went to the Serenity Suite, LYTM open mic, VOTY reading, the speaker events, and used those opportunities to meet people, or hang out with my online friends. I connected with the people I wanted to meet before going to set up some time. In the end, it was the relationships that mattered the most to me. – Jennie from A Lady In France
Elizabeth from E, Myself, and I asked a great question that I had started wondering myself. “How should I prioritize my time there?”
“Depends on your goals. Some prefer all sessions, some prefer all parties and some do a mix. There is no right or wrong way to do the conference – just need to figure out what works best for you”. – Valerie Sweeps4Bloggers
If it is your first blog conference, you NEED to go to sessions. Pick ones that work with whatever else you have going on. Pick ones about getting blog traffic, sponsored posts, or others that will help your blog. Last year I attended the Voices of the Year reading after skipping it the previous two years. I am SO glad I went as the writers who read were some of the best in the blogosphere. Kind of reminded me why I got in to blogging…my passion to be a writer. – Jill Musings from Me
It really does all depend on what you want to get out of the trip. I would suggest not over-scheduling though. My first year I had so much planned and I was totally overwhelmed. And I had no time for spontaneous dinners with new friends… or seeing the sights. – Colleen A Madison Mom
Follow your heart, be true to you, and everything will be fine. Go to the sessions that sound interesting, say hello to people you recognize from online even if you’re a little scared. – Shannon Sweet Stella’s
Of course, the official BlogHer ’13 page has a ton of helpful information & tips.
That should keep all of you newbies busy until it’s time to head out to Chicago! Hit me up if you want to meet up, share a cab or enjoy a tasty beverage, @mycraftingattic.