Almost Like Beatlemania

Last month, I went to San Jose for the 10th annual BlogHer blogging conference. This was the fourth BlogHer that I’ve attended and most likely, my last. There were a ton of highlights as well as a few low but I’m focusing on the fun today.

Several of us met in San Francisco before traveling to San Jose. We stayed at the Ritz in Union Square and it was lovely but we wondered why a good three-feet of our hallway was re-carpeted and re-wallpapered in a totally different pattern than the rest of the hallway. I’m convinced something murderous happened there but couldn’t find anything on Google.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

We knew what the next few days held for us so we tucked in earlier after sightseeing and several Moscow Mules. After breakfast at Sears Fine Food, we headed to San Jose. First stop in SJ: Starbucks. Gotta love Anna and Jess for supporting my coffee addiction with their own.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

We met up with more friends that afternoon, sweltered in the ungodly heat at the official conference kick off party and then settled in at the hotel lobby bar to meet even more friends. It was during our time at the lobby that I learned my favorite podcasters – and Cooking Channel personalities – Alie and Georgia would be guests of Dulce Gusto during the conference. Before we knew it, I spotted the two walking through the hotel lobby. This is when I might have stood up at our table, pointed and shouted “THERE’S ALIE AND GEORGIA!” My friend Ashley and I cut them off at the pass right before they got to the elevators. Looking back, I am horrified at my Beatlemania behavior. But, they were super friendly and knew who we were since we had been tweeting at them for a straight hour. They were equally as nice the following day when we sat front row at their cocktail demo in the Dulce Gusto booth. Super fan moment for me and they didn’t disappoint!

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Alie Ward, Ashley Fitting, me, Georgia Hardstark and Cori George.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Alie and Georgia from Slumber Party with Alie and Georgia (iTunes)

I sat in on a couple of sessions at the conference, met with a few brand reps that could potentially turn into something and covered the Count Us panel (more details about that later this week).

In previous years, there was always too much going on at BlogHer. Too many events and too many meet ups to fit into three days. This year there was a lot of wondering what the heck to do – with the exception of the Speck Suite – which was hosted by some awesome new friends. Stay tuned for a killer Speck giveaway coming soon!

The selfies were in abundance.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Me and Ashley from ItsFitting.com

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Jessica Ferrara from ChaosandLove.com

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

COMING SOON: Long Story Short with Megan (mamabubblog.com) and Wendy on YouTube!

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Cori George of Let’sEatGrandpa.com and Ashley Fitting of ItsFitting.com

Even the late night elevator selfie made its 2014 appearance.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Anna Hartman of InTheNext30Days.net and Jessica from ChaosandLove.com

BlogHer delivered with their closing party. I got as jiggy as I could get at the dance party DJ’d by Rev Run from Run DMC. Bet you didn’t know, Run DMC’s song It’s Tricky was a very big part of my wedding reception. So, I was excited to see him. Missed It’s Tricky but did catch about 40 minutes until the San Jose police shut him down. Guess someone didn’t get the proper noise permits. Oops.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

Rev Run

It was definitely a fun party but after a long day of afternoon drinking and talking and laughing and learning with those who share the same passions as I do…I was exhausted. We hit up San Jose’s Psycho Donuts, grabbed a couple more glasses of wine and bounced blogging ideas off each other.

Have I attended my last BlogHer conference? Maybe. But what if there is another night like this year's Beatlemania moment?

It’s called a working lunch – with Megan from Mamabubblog.com

I love leaving a blogging conference feeling inspired to go home and implement some of the big ideas I’ve learned. Sadly, that didn’t happen with this year’s BlogHer. Instead, I left a little jaded and wonder if I’ve outgrown this conference. I love getting together with the women who get what I do here on the internet but maybe next summer we’ll skip the conference part all together.

Blogging Conferences & Cartwheels

I spent last weekend in Phoenix at the SITS Bloggy Boot Camp blogging conference.  Ok, yeah…so right now you either have a crinkled up nose and are questioning why the heck I’d spend a weekend locked up in a hotel ballroom talking about blogging.  Or, you’re like “Hell yeah!  Tell me what you learned!”  My blogging peeps get it.  They get that it’s socially acceptable in that space to look at your phone while someone is talking.  They get that we can talk hours on end about tweeting and blog comments and how Facebook is like a bad boy we can’t dump.  It doesn’t matter if they are a DIY craft blogger, a mom blogger, or a fitness blogger – we all have the same goals:  like how the heck to use Google+.

There were a ton of takeaways from last weekend’s conference.  I mean, huge.  Life changing.  Cartwheels.

 

girl-turning-cartwheels

Yes, cartwheels.

This came at the end of day two.  Tiffany Romero – the founder of SITS – was doing a presentation with Danielle Smith from Extraordinary Mommy about how to keep it together while pursuing your passions.  I was zoned in.  Tiffany told a story about her husband, a trip to Hawaii, and cartwheels.  I can’t remember the specifics of her story but I remember cartwheels.

My friend Erica from No Sleep ‘Til College calls me a cheerleader.  She’s right.  I’ll hoot and holler because I want you to succeed.  I’ll gladly turn cartwheels for my friends because I love and adore and respect what they do.

I realized as Tiffany and Danielle wrapped their session that I need more people in my life who will turn cartwheels for me.  Luckily, I found them…right there, locked up in a hotel ballroom, in Phoenix.