I know BlogHer13 has been over for weeks, but I was very busy visiting family and friends in Chicago and now that I'm in Vancouver I can formulate my thoughts about the conference.
When I got off the bus in front of McCormick Place I thought I would see a big banner welcoming us to the conference. Or at least someone out front telling us where to go. There wasn't any of that. I followed some arrows and ended up interrupting a commercial shoot. Embarrassed I finally found my way.
I was intimidated because this was my first blogging conference. Immediately I realized that going to BlogHer by yourself is a bore. I saw a lot of people meeting and greeting. I knew no one! I had to force myself to make small talk which did bring me out of my comfort zone. Met some very interesting people, The sessions were good, but I noticed that more often than not there would always be two sessions that I wanted to attend happening at the same time,
I liked a lot of the brands. Although I was hoping to see more beauty and health brands. There was a ton of food and after sampling for a couple of hours I had no room for lunch. The first day lunch was awesome. I believe it was Greek food.
When I handed someone my card I wonder did they take me seriously or just took the card because I offered it? Did they sense that I really didn't know what I was doing or notice that I wasn't as forceful as some of the other bloggers? I was glad I brought extra bags with me because it was true about the amount of swag. I was happy I had three weeks in Chicago to either use it up myself or give it out to family and friends.
|My favorite bag of swag from CVS|
BlogHer was great and I would go again especially if it was in Chicago or NYC. I have realized in the past few weeks what I want to do with my life. I want to do social media marketing. I really enjoy developing a strategy of how to inform others about a brand and introducing brands to other brands via social media. Hoping to make that dream a reality within the next year!