I’m mildly freaking out because this California-born-surburban-living girl has never been to the big city before. Sure, I’ve been to L.A. and San Francisco but I feel like NYC will be both of those on steroids. But, my saving grace is that my roomie, Erica from Girls Lunch Out, is an East Coast native and I’m hoping she’ll let me be her wing man otherwise I might be hiding out, ordering room service, and watching Big Brother.
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I have a jammed pack schedule. Wednesday I’ll be embarking on a Food Tour of Greenwich Village – which includes stops for pizza, cupcakes, Indian food, bagels, and more. Followed by more food when I meet up for dinner with my pal Jessica of Love and Chaos and then a Tweet-up in the Hilton lobby bar. Thursday I will hit the ground running! I’ve got a meeting with two gals who want to take Medifast, the brunch with Nukotoys at The Radiance Tea House, and a champagne toast to bloggers at Gordon Ramsey at the London Hotel. We also just got word today that President Obama will address the BlogHer conference members live via video. After that, I’m praying for a wee bit of down time before I head out for a private party at the Viacom Building in Times Square followed by another private gathering at The Warwick Hotel. Hoping to cap the night off by stopping by The People’s Party back at the Hilton.
Oh yeah, the conference. That doesn’t actually start until Friday morning. I’m anticipating a cold shower and a hot cup of coffee to get this girl going. I am attending a ton of sessions this year on topics I’m truly interested learning more about, including:
- Brand-Blogger connections
- How to promote your book
- Pitching media outlets
I will also grab lunch with Martha Stewart. Yep, that Martha! She’s speaking during lunch. I simply cannot wait! The afternoon calls for a visit to the Starbucks suite to see some new products of theirs, The Voices of the Year readings (best blog posts read by other bloggers), another private event hosted by Poise, and finally…Sparklecorn. Cannot wait.
Saturday, I have been invited to attend a brunch hosted by Disney Jr. – my girl is going to love this! Another round of sessions, including:
- Advanced SEO
- Google Analytics
- Determining the price and value of your services
The night includes a private party event held near Times Square and the annual Cheeseburger party back at the Hilton. I really don’t know if I’ll be sleeping or not over the next five days!
Sunday morning will wrap up my NYC trip with a walking tour of the city hosted by Stumble Upon followed by the Blogalicious Brunch. I don’t leave the city to head back home until later in the evening, so I’m hoping to cram in some sightseeing here. WTC memorial, Central Park, the American Girl Doll store, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Serendipity 3. I think I might be pushing it. What do you think?
I’m looking at the clock as I type this out and just realized that I still need to pack. So, I leave you to finish this line: “No sleep ’till __________!”