The 2013 Blogging Conference Season is just about here, isn’t it? I had initially planned on attending Mom Summit 2.0 in May because it’s less than ten miles from my house. Unfortunately, I had to sell my ticket because I have a family commitment the same weekend. Instead, I picked up a ticket to the two-day SITS Bloggy Boot Camp in Arizona. I’m really looking forward to it (mostly because some of my favorite girls will be there!). BlogHer ’13 in Chicago isn’t in the cards for me this year either. How about you?
BlogHer’11 was my first ever blogging conference. I was terrified. I actually bought my ticket weeks before the conference and scrambled for a hotel room. I had a few sleepless nights over what to wear and figuring out my elevator pitch. A lot of worry over nothing. Those three days in San Diego were incredible. I had so much fun. I met a ton of awesome people, I attended a few great sessions, I stumbled a little, and laughed a lot.
I wanted to share a post I wrote before heading down to San Diego for BlogHer ’11. I was seriously panicking – PANICKING. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still worried about what to wear and I’m always refining my elevator pitch.
And now, last year’s post:
Panic on the Streets of San Diego
I pulled the trigger and bought a ticket to next month’s BlogHer conference in San Diego. And panic has officially set it.
I’m a wallflower. I’m always on the outer edges and never fully in the mix. I’ve been that way my whole life. It’s not something I love about myself but something I’ve become accustom too. It’s kind of frustrating.
I worry that I’ll make a bad first impression and won’t be able to recover. Embarrassed, I’ll retreat to my hotel room, order dinner and a pay-per-view movie and follow BlogHer’s evening events (read: parties) on Twitter.
Speaking of parties. Thank God the sponsored parties are non-RSVP. I find that I’m already feeling a lot like the middle school tween who didn’t get invited to the sleep over. I’m begging on Twitter to win an invite to some random party. Why? I don’t know. Because it seems like everyone else is going except for me. I’m starting to become a little pathetic.
But am I just supposed to cruise into the Sparklecorn or the CheeseburgHer parties and hit the dance floor by myself? I may cruise in and hit the bar by myself and then see where that takes me. I’m not so afraid to do that.
Now, don’t even get me started on what to wear. This didn’t even cross my mind until I saw Little Hen House start putting together day and night outfits for other attendees. I mean, I live in jeans, a tee, and flip flops. Dresses and skirts are so out of my comfort zone. Heels? Forget about it. And the only accessories I ever wear are usually my wedding ring and diamond studs.
But…I have started pinning some outfits I like and I picked up a pair of wedge sandals from Target to get me started. You can check them out here on my Pinterest board. Tell me what you think.
So, are you going to BlogHer ’11? Are you a newbie like me? Or an experienced blogging conference goer?
I laugh reading this now. All that worry and it was nothing but fun. Thinking about attending a blogging conference during the 2013? Which ones?