This year will be my 3rd Blogher. Yeah, in case you haven’t heard me screaming all over the internet, I decided to go after all. The thought of all of you being without me was hard to handle so I bit the bullet and bought my ticket. 🙂 You’re welcome.
This year, my preparations for Blogher will be quite different. Partially because it feels different this year. Maybe it’s the fact that I made a final decision at practically the last minute. Maybe because I know EXACTLY what I’m in for and none of it overwhelms me…except for the flying part.
I won’t be preparing. No, not really at all. OK…I’ll get my roots colored and my digits done. Just so I don’t scare anyone.
I will not be buying new things to wear. I will not be fretting over parties, both the private and public ones. I’m not bringing super fancy clothes. I AM bringing super high heels and flip flops though because that’s how I roll. I’m also bringing stuff to work out in because yeah, I plan on using the gym there. After all, just because I’m in another state, it doesn’t give me an excuse to break my Commitment to Habit which…I’ve kinda broken since this summer started.
This year…I don’t care. I’m going for one purpose only. To see my friends that I only get to see once a year or so AND those I’ve never gotten to meet in real life. Oh, and also? I’ve never been to San Diego so I plan on sightseeing while I’m there.
THAT is it.
Which is why I only did the Expo/Party Pass this time.
I’ve realized from the past conferences, none of the things I’ve worried about pre-conference ever matter. How I look. What I wear. What sessions I go to. What parties I’ve been or NOT been invited to.
None of those things matter.
If you spend your whole time wondering and worrying, then you’ll miss the most important part…
Blogher is one big GNO weekend with a bazillion of your besties all staying under the same roof. For some of you that are going to the sessions, it’s a chance to learn from those who may know more than you. For others, it’s a chance to get out and explore strange new surroundings without kids wanting to stop at every toy store and McDonalds in the vicinity.
So, my best advice to you is…
Drink lots of water.
Hang out with your girls…and guys.
Drink wine, beer or whatever your poison may be.
Bring motrin, aleve, tylenol or whatever your hangover remedy is.
Bring flip flops or other comfy shoes. You are on your feet. A LOT.
Don’t spend a fortune on clothes because that’s silly. Although, I’m sure you’ll look hot but that sort of gets lost when it’s in a room with 3000 other women and a handful of guys. But, to each their own 😉 Anyways, it’s more that there is an excuse to get all dolled up, right?!
Don’t get overwhelmed. There is no reason to. We are all bloggers, not rock stars.
Take breaks, decompress. It’s so easy to get overstimulated at Blogher, so many sights and sounds. Sometimes you will need to run away and hide in a bathroom stall. Just make sure that The Bloggess isn’t occupying the one you want because, I hear she likes to hang there too. I don’t blame her really, it’s cool and quiet. Some of us do our best thinking in the bathroom. Er…Um…
The most important thing to remember…
HAVE A FREAKING GREAT TIME.
I can’t wait to meet…see…hang out with all of you!! Hit me up with your phone #’s if you want to meet up! rockanddrool at gmail dot com
See you in August!!