When thinking of what to talk about, then finding out that I could not post it last night (GRR) and losing it, I decided to talk about what I felt last year at Blogher and what I am going to do differently this year.
1. Pack right.
Last year, I took Greyhound from Boston to New York and did not pack right at all. I ended up carrying 7 bags full of stuff on the bus then on the T home. This year, I do not want to do the same. I am flying and going across the country. I am going to pack two extra bags into the suitcase and get rid of in the exchange room everything else I do not want.
2. Everyone is nervous. 99% of the people there are there for the same reason you are.
Last year I was nervous talking to everyone. This year I am determined to be friendlier. I am just going to have a good time.
3. Get in the know early.
I was a bit jealous, ok more than a bit jealous, of people and all their party invites last year. How did they do it?
Now I know. Maybe my blog does not get picked often to be invited to things (I should change that) but just following the #Blogher11 Twitter feed has been enlightening this year. Not only am I getting “know” people, there are party tweets. I have gotten into a few parties this year.
4. Look at the agenda and plan what you want to attend.
I have not spend a lot of time looking at the agenda yet but there are a couple of sessions I want to attend. I am going to attend : Changing Yourself Your Perfect Imperfections: Blogging Your Way to Self Acceptance. If you have read this blog for a little while, you would know that is a big issue with me.
I am also thinking of attending: Change the World Owning Your Beauty: If We Change the Conversation, Can We Change The Culture? and Change the World Malcolm Gladwell is Missing the Point: Revolutions are Happening Online and possibly one of the writing and/or photography workshops.
I will also spend time roaming the Expo Hall. It can all be overwhelming.
5. Have fun.
I am going to relax and have fun. You should too.
If you are going and want to meet up let me know. I’d love to meet you.
I am also staying in San Diego for a few extra days and getting in Wednesday. I may tweet or see if anyone wants to meet for dinner on Wednesday.