Towards the beginning of August, I will be headed to New York City for a women's blogging convention called BlogHer. Some of you will also be there, others of you may remember I attended this same event last July in Chicago, and still others of you have never heard of it.
Regardless of whether or not you're familiar with BlogHer, I have a feeling some of you will be able to help me plan for it.
But first … a little background.
A lot of other blogging conferences have sprouted up, but BlogHer is the biggie. I believe there will be over 1,200 attendees this year. Despite the fact it's called BlogHer, there will also be a handful of male bloggers in attendance. The vast majority of attendees, however, will be women.
What happens when you get 1,200 women together?
Well, there's a lot that goes on at the actual conference, but let's be honest …
There's a lot of hugging and squeeeeeeeing and checking each other out too.
Women do shit like that, you know.
This will be my second year attending, so I don't have as much anxiety about the event as I did last year.
I do, however, have some.
The anxiety I have regarding BlogHer comes down primarily to two areas:
1. I hate to fly. (I was involved in a near miss on a flight into Dallas years ago and have been an anxious flyer ever since.).
2. I'm actually very shy "in real life." Social settings with lots of people I don't know are pure torture. I have to force myself out of my hotel room, and force myself to talk to people, and force myself not to stand in the corner of a room hiding. I know you might find this hard to believe based on my writing, but it's true. I'm not shy once I know someone and I'm not shy in one-on-one situations … but a roomful of strangers? Egads! I want to flee as fast as possible.
And yet, I had a lot of fun (!) last year in spite of myself. It's good to force yourself out of your comfort zone now and then. Attending a conference like BlogHer is definitely out of my comfort zone.
Regardless – I'm, in fact, starting to get excited.
My excitement began yesterday when I suddenly realized the conference is not that far off anymore. I go through business cards at a rapid rate year round, and knew I would need to order more prior to BlogHer. I decided to order them from Moo again because they allow me to upload my own photos to use on the cards. I selected ten beach photos I've taken in recent months and designed my own cards. (There will be one photo featured on each card, a variety of 10 different "looks" to my cards.)
I like having my own photos on my cards because more and more people are buying my photos now. It makes for good advertising. (Moo is not the cheapest place to get cards, but I think it's awesome if you're a photographer!)
I will, also, need to purchase a few other things for BlogHer.
I hate to shop. I'm not a girly-girl.
This is where some of you come in.
No, I'm not asking you to go shopping with me (although, that's actually a great idea!)
Instead, I think you're probably a great resource for ideas.
For instance, I know from last year, it would be very helpful to take a lightweight, but big (and strong) handbag with me. I don't want anything expensive either. The expensive handbags can stay put in The OC with The OC bitches ladies. I will want enough room for my wallet, a pocket camera, a flask, a notepad, advil (to counter the effects of the flask), etc.
Yes, I said a flask.
No, I'm not joking.
If any of you have, or know of, handbags that might work I'd love to hear about it.
I'll also need a couple dresses. I don't wear dresses, but I'll need to for this. (There are lots and lots of cocktail parties at BlogHer!) I'm curvy. I have big boobs with bionic nipples. I have no idea what design/style of dress works on my body-type. Do you? I need something that won't make my boobs look bigger, and also won't make ME look bigger. (By the way I think EVERY woman at BlogHer wears Spanx or an equivalent. Do you know how seriously sweaty that will be in NYC in August?)
Lastly, I've been to New York City before, but I don't know New York City. I've built in some extra time to enjoy the city.
What are the things I HAVE to do while I'm there?
Where should I go? What should I see?
What are the "must eat at" restaurants?
I have so much to learn and I'm counting on you to help!
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