#Blogher11: How I am preparing for my first conference: Advice? #salsacraving
I am just barely past my 6 mos. blogoversary. I am amazed of what I have accomplished. Such as, who knew I would be attending BlogHer 2011 courtesy of Salsa Sensations. As Salsa Sensations BlogHer delegate, I am receiving a sponsorship to BlogHer 2011. Without Salsa Sensations generosity, BlogHer would not be a possibility for me. Preparing for something full of so many possibilites can be over-whelming at times.
These are several things I have learned from observations and assumptions:
~Packing: I am a minimalist. I don’t like to take more than I need ever and rarely go beyond a single carry-on bag (shared by 2). However, I have been told that swag may get in the way of my plans. I am now checking a large suitcase that will be storing an extra carry-on filled with gluten free food (just in case ). Then, I am carrying on a suitcase plus laptop bag. Yes, I am already packed. It is my least favorite part, so I like to get that out of the way early.
~Supplies: Stylish yet functional laptop purse, tablet, smartphone, necessary apps: some I suggest BlogHer (QR included)/Cozi (organizer), Timemine planner, business cards, media kit, and chargers for everything.
*If going on gluten restrictions: Find Me Gluten Free App: search for nearby gluten free sources.
~What to wear: I am told that comfort is important. While I definitely plan on being comfortable, I am a mom of 3 (under 6). I don’t get to dress up that often and I plan on taking advantage of a chance to look my best. I am bringing a combination of dress clothes, cocktail dresses, and workout gear (bootcamp & yoga!). However, I don’t plan on blending into the crowd.
~What to do: BlogHer is filled with lots of activities, so narrowing down your BlogHer11 goals is important. As a somewhat new blogger, I am excited to soak up the knowledge at BlogHer (yes, I am a bit of a nerd, but aren’t we all at some point). As much as I would like to meet everyone, I have gone through the list to decide brands that would be a good fit for Great Contradictions. I have been working on making connections now, so I don’t get to BlogHer completely unprepared.
If you are going to Blogher, here is a sample of my (packed) schedule beyond normal sessions, etc… : Lovable Gals dinner, I’m with the Brand, HTC insight, Cheap Sally, Sweatpink bootcamp, Filtrete Water-front yoga, Disney “The Help” Screening & Cocktail reception. Feel free to meet up with me at any or all of these events to talk about how great Salsa Sensations is, Salsa Sensations/Blogher giveaway, gluten free living or life in general. I love meeting new people!
I am ecstatic about attending BlogHer. Needless to say, I did not realize how much goes into pre-BlogHer. Along with pre-making all the gf food for the boys at grandma’s. I have to stay connected to get opportunities with bloggers & brands that I want to network with. I feel like I am in a bit of a BlogHer trance yet I love it! Being the perfectionist that I am, I have been thinking about what to say, what to wear, & considering what do I really want to get out of BlogHer? Collective Bias’ weekly conference calls & MomSpark forum have been great resources to help me feel up-to-date on the whirlwind that is BlogHer.
Okay, so your turn…
I would love some tips from some veteran BlogHer attendees!
Come back monday for a Salsa Sensations inspired make-ahead recipe along with Manic Monday Mixer (twitterhop)! Just a heads up starting Aug. 3rd, I will be hosting a giveaway as Salsa Sensations BlogHer delegate. I look forward to connecting with everyone through #salsacraving on twitter. So don’t forget to follow me on twitter. Also, keep a look out for BlogHer11 information on more reviews of what I will be wearing & doing while networking in San Diego.