I’ve been reading a bunch of other posts about BlogHer 2012, and it’s pretty amazing how different each person’s experience was! I was one of the 60% new bloggers that attended this year, so there were a lot of us running around saying, “Holy crap, there’s a lot of people here!”
There are a few reasons why I went to BlogHer, and they are tied into why I started blogging in the first place.
At the “Newbie” Breakfast
Why I Blog
I’ve always liked to write, but since I had kids
they have sucked all the free time out of my life it’s been difficult to find time to write. Blogging gives me a short form where I can get the words out, but without the need to fill up pages and pages. This blog is still a baby, but I had another blog that lasted for over two years, so I’m not exactly new to this blogging thing.
My reasons for starting this particular blog are not completely altruistic. Originally it was a branch of my business marketing efforts. I focused mostly on my jewelry in my posts, but that got completely boring. I mean, my beads are pretty, but I can only write so many posts about sterling silver, know what I mean?
So I decided to write about my life, with a bit of business stuff thrown in. And voila, My Charming Life! was born.
One of the many crowds…
Okay, that’s all great, but get to the point.
Right, so here’s why I went to BlogHer.
1. I wanted to meet other bloggers. I really like bloggers. They’re my people – we get each other. What better way to meet other bloggers than at a blogging conference! The fact that I sat down at the first table on the first day and met someone who reads my blog (HI, DEIRDRE!) was pretty amazing!
Ivy, aka @LWLH and her sister (who just came along for fun).
2. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone. As I approach *cough* FORTY *cough*, I’m trying to do things that scare me. Like hip hop classes, and attending conferences with 4,000 strangers. The thought of going to BlogHer terrified me slightly, so I felt I needed to go.
3. I wanted to learn about blogging. I’m sorta-kinda savvy with blogging and social media stuff, but I have a lot to learn, and boy – did I learn a lot. I’ve got pages and pages of notes from the sessions, some of which I’ll be sharing with you all so you can learn too.
Check out her shoes!
That’s it. Notice I didn’t mention “parties” or “swag” or “sponsors”. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy all the freebies (Dannon Oikos Yogurt is THE BOMB, by the way), or that I’m not interested in working with brands…some day. I went to one party, by Hasbro, and it was fun. Not great, but fun.
One of the games at the Hasbro party
The parties were tough for me. I could connect with others at the meals and sessions, but when I got to the parties I was just…alone. I popped into a couple of “official” parties at the Hilton, and the Hasbro party, but left quickly when I couldn’t connect with anyone.
My purpose for going to the conference was to learn and grow as a blogger. Parties and swag didn’t really fit into my agenda…but there’s nothing wrong with that! That’s the beauty of this conference – it can be different things to different people.
Check out her shoes, too!
So, Am I Going Next Year?
YES! If I can swing it, I will definitely be in Chicago next year. There are still many, many things to learn and hear, people to meet, and I’ve never been to Chicago, so I would love to see the city. I’m hoping by next year maybe I’ll know a few people so I won’t be entirely alone, but my focus will still be on connecting and learning.
BlogHer 2012 was an amazing experience for me – I was inspired and reinvigorated!
Tell me – did you go to BlogHer? What did you think? Do you blog? Why?