First off – I KNOW. I know other bloggers who read me are probably like, “If I read one.more.post about BlogHer on any other blog I will scream.”
But I’ve been good. I really have. I’ve only mentioned it here or there and I need to write about it. I’ve been itching to sit down and tap this out for a few days now because it’s such a big deal to me. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, BlogHer is a massive conference geared towards women who blog and companies who work with them (ranging from Pepsi to P&G to Hallmark and on and on). It’s a 2 day event, held in San Diego this year, that is going on at the Marriott Hotel and Convention Center and will have about 3,000 attendees.
Last August, about two days after BlogHer10 ended, I bought my tickets. A full year in advance.
Anyway, with all the ups and downs of this past year going on, there have been many times I thought I’d just end up selling the ticket. It was a dream, something that was obviously not for me to attend but fun to imagine.
And here I am. 3 weeks away with a plane ticket, hotel reservations, business cards, and a shopping trip planned on Sunday.
I’m even going to Pathfinders Day – the Change Agent one. Which can I just say? I’m almost more excited for than the actual BlogHer conference parts. My speakers include Katherine from Postpartum Progress, and one of the others is Ree from Pioneer Woman.
So yeah. Basically I’m going to be a hot mess the entire time trying not to freak out and act like a crazed fan.
And then there’s my roomies. The last few days I have been thanking my lucky stars and God above for sending these 3 women my way. I don’t know what would have happened to me otherwise. Because I’ve never been to a conference before.
You read that right. Never. And I picked a huge, life changing one as my first.
Go big or stay home.
Suz from Suz Treats, Alena from Charmingly Chandler, and Miranda from Not Super Just Mom are my roommates. I am so excited to meet them after chatting with them for months that I can hardly stand it. Again, hoping the crazed fan look won’t scare them away and I find myself on a roll-away in the hotel hall. Without their posts that make laugh till I cry, their honesty with me and each other, and their smarts on navigating just about everything BlogHer related, I’d be a sad sight to see there.
My friend Erika from NAMAmmaSTE is also going, I’m meeting up with Cindy from This Adventure, Our Life, and maybe, just maybe will get to see one of my nanny families that I miss so much (I used to live in San Diego.).
I’m nervous. I worry that I won’t be the same person as people read on here – I do my best to be honest with you all and simply type my feelings, but it’s a blog so who knows what bits and pieces you’ve gathered over the past 18 months? I worry about not looking professional enough, or being overdressed. I worry about being lost or left out or having absolutely no one ever know me.
But mostly I push all that aside and just revel in the fact that I will meet some of the women I have grown to love and admire so much the past 2 years. I will meet Jen from The Next Martha, Devan from Accustomed Chaos, a bunch of my fellow crunchies on Twitter, and
I know she’s going to hate this :p and be all embarrassed:
I finally get to meet BA from Heir to Blair.
So I simply can’t wait. I’m going hoping to come back a better writer, a better blogger, and with a sense of purpose and a new found love for my blog again. And maybe a deeper sense of knowing where I want to head with it thanks to Pathfinders Day.
If you’re going, let me know. We’ll meet up. Especially if you’re going to Pathfinders.