Tuesday, July 30, 2013
#BlogHer13: Conference Goals...Success or Failure?
It's now Tuesday. What happened to Monday? Note to self: Take a day off post blogging conference. I took a nap yesterday afternoon. For real. Me = Zombie all day.
Anyway. I'm back up and at it today. Spinning followed by Kettlebells followed by blogging.
So. My BlogHer 2013 goals. Let's take a look at them and see how I did.
1) Don't let anyone dull my sparkle.
I wasn't sure how I'd feel around a group of my blogging peers. I tend to succumb to the intimidation factor, residing myself to being not as good or not as worthy. But I'm so proud of myself for not feeling that at any point this entire weekend. I know my blog isn't the biggest, best or whatever, but it's my blog and I'm extremely proud of it. Not a single person took that pride away from me this weekend. Rather, I didn't let a single person take that pride away from me. It wasn't even an issue. That's the beauty of this community, so I've learned. The support, it's just everywhere.
2) Put the business cards to use. Translation: Meet at least ten new people.
Run Fast Mama who resides in Michigan. Karma? I believe in it.
And the very first panel I attended, I sat next to Shannon of Skinny Sometimes...she and I hit it off, and spent a bulk of the conference hanging out with Stacia, the frugal fashionista behind Free To Be Stacia Lee.
The Compost Cook, who writes about cooking on a budget. And Crissy of IndieBizChicks and CleverChicks. She's another Michigander.
In addition to these girls, I also met Alyce and Jamie of SweatPink fame. In fact, they were my roommates for the weekend! When I saw that they would be attending BlogHer, I contacted them to see if they'd be interested in meeting up. I wanted to see at least one "familiar" face there, and when they shot back with an offer to share their hotel room, I couldn't say no.
3) Connect with five brands.
Confession: The expo aspect of this conference disappointed me a bit. It wasn't very big, and there weren't very many brands there that I'd want to write about on Daily Dose. But I did meet Molly from NatureBox, having exchanged many an email with her prior to the conference. I've written about NatureBox before, was even an ambassador when they first rolled out their product. But after testing out a number of subscription boxes, and after meeting the NatureBox team in person, I can honestly say that I back them 100%.
Now, let me put the rumors to bed: Swag (stuff we all get) at BlogHer is, in fact, completely ridiculous. I wasn't shy about taking samples of the things I could definitely use. And the brands were so gracious about giving samples, too. So even though the Expo was small, I walked away with a ton of goodies. Literally, two boxes full of stuff:
This happened. More to come...
5) Run fast on Friday, then run nine miles on Sunday.
As I sit here and type this, I kick myself for not taking a picture with my friend Maria. We met for breakfast at Corner Bakery. Probably one of the best breakfasts, I've had in quite some time and not because of the food. (Although, the food was quite delicious.)
And my last two goals? Trader Joe's and "have fun"... I mean, obviously.
More to come.