I have meant to write a post as one last follow up to BlogHer. Because I’ve read a few of yours after my Discouraged one, and I need to clear some things up.
I was in total overload coming home from BlogHer. I felt as if everything was a jumbled mess. I meant what I wrote, but I want to be clear: I’d go to BlogHer again. What I learned there (even the tough parts) gave me so much to think on when I came home. It was worth every penny to go – from friendships to the sessions. The session I attended that was discouraging – it wasn’t the BlogHer people. In fact, the woman from BlogHer was the one who made it clear they take big and small bloggers for syndication and beyond. I understand what the other panelists were trying to convey, I just thought it was hard to hear and accept. And in some ways? I still don’t.
In the past two weeks, I have reflected so much on what I learned. And it’s changed me for the better.
On that note, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights that I haven’t before. So no one walks away from my blog thinking, “I’ll never attend a conference.” Because if you can and want to, you should.
I came home with a new phone. And it went to Sam. Because even though my iPhone is cracked, I just couldn’t part with it. This was because we were on the HTC panel giving them our “Dream Phone” advice.
I met Molly from A Day in Mollywood and promptly SQUEEEED all over her. She graciously understood. Also – yoga in front of the beach with a celebrity trainer was amazing. Thanks Filtrete.
I met Dana from The Sears Fam. Who is awesome. I got to squish Erika, my childhood bestie that is currently pregnant with one of the world’s most adorable children. And I had mocktails. A lot of them.
I met Mario Lopez. What? I didn’t tell you that? :p Yep, live and in person. I even said hi, and he said hi, and then I said thanks. And ::flips hair:: like it was totally amazing. Sorry about the pic, the camera must have been funky.
My roomies. Who ::ahemMirandaahem:: were awesome enough to score us and 20 other bloggers After Flats for the times when 5 minutes after wearing our heels we wanted to die. They are the coolest things, so small with a little carry case and in 4 different colors. I could have hugged those people after my poor Sparklecorn shoe choice that my feet are still not healed from. True story. So thank you After Flats, BlogHer would have been a lot more painful without your magic.
Oh LORDY. Where do I even begin with this tidbit of heaven? I finally met BA from Heir to Blair. I’ve read her for 2 1/2 years now. She has changed my life. Honestly, I was so worried I would meet her and then think, “Meh, she’s a normal person like all of us. MASSIVE GIRL CRUSH over.” Instead? I have to say I adore her even more. She was so sweet and pretty, so very funny and casual – it was like we’d met a thousand times.
And me? I tried so very hard not to be lame or stalkerish or look like I might have a seizure at any moment but in these pics I was thinking the entire time, “OMG BA IS STANDING RIGHT NEXT TO ME.”
I would have drawn the line at drinking coffee she dipped her hand in though. Really.
And that, my friends, was the rest of BlogHer in a picture filled nutshell. Thanks for sticking around for it all.