BlogHer ’14 Here I Come

I’m going to BlogHer next month and I am so excited. It’s my first time. That’s right, I’m a newbie. I’m a novice. I’m a beginner.

I’m a little nervous.

It’s going to be a blast because I get to meet all of my blogging friends (well, almost all of them) in person and prove to Jim, once and for all, that they are not imaginary people. I’m nervous because I haven’t been to a conference in years and hope I remember how to behave at one. I hope I don’t break out singing, “I’m a little teacup…” at the worst possible moment or try to cut someone’s beef up for them at dinner. I’m really going to have to control myself.

I’m already in a panic about what to wear. Most of my “professional” clothes are pretty outdated, dusty, and a size too small. So, I am staring into my closet and saying a prayer and doing online window shopping like a desperate housewife, artist mom, who has paint on everything…even her shoes. Yeah, it’s that bad. Don’t even get me started on my hair. I’m not sure I can even make it look professional. It has a mind of its own and that mind is wild. My hair is like the bad-boys your mother warned you about.

I really wanted to wear Jeans and a T-Shirt. Or yoga pants. My blogging friends talked me out of that, “You need to dress nice. For the pictures. Do it for posterity’s sake.” Oh yeah, Tiny-Small doesn’t want to have to say, “My mom’s the one dressed like she’s going to a rock concert in 1985.” So, I am putting in some effort. I promise. Which is too bad really, because I made my own T-shirt and had plans to bring my own swag. You know, just in case nobody wants to give me any of theirs. I know my blog is small and lovely and not likely to attract people handing out Dyson vacuums. Which is fine with me because then I’d have to vacuum and who wants that? I’m not expecting to get the kind of prizes bloggers who have been featured on The Today Show get from the sponsors courting them to sell their wares. So, I was planning on coming prepared. You know, with my own prizes. Because you have to look successful to be successful, or whatever that business expert mumbo jumbo is.

BlogHer '14 here I come
I’d be known as “That Mermaid Lady” for life.

Instead, I’m just going to focus on looking like a grownup and bring my bag so I can carry around all the swag I might get. Plus, I plan on collecting all of the business cards I can. I’m pretty sure that alone will make me look successful.

I’m not just worrying about what to wear.  I am also worrying about what I am going to learn, and if my blog is going to get the improvements it needs, and if I am going to make some good connections, friends, aquaintances…will anyone even speak to me??? Will I find other artists there? Will they want to talk to me? Will I be cool enough to fit in? It’s taking me back to high school all over again. Luckily, I’m 39 years old, and not an insecure teenager anymore,  so those worries are short-lived. I know I’ll have fun and make the best of it, and learn all of the stuff I want to learn, and meet all of the cool, kind, funny people I want to meet. I have faith. I know it’s going to be all sorts of awesome. I guess I’m saying I am more excited than nervous. Which is a good thing, right? I’m also hoping there will be some art store sponsors that want to give me free paint. A girl can dream, can’t she?

Plus, I get to see The Bloggess speak so there is that.

Jim and Tiny-Small are coming with me. They are going to be hanging out by the pool, visiting children’s museums, and eating sushi all day long while I hobnob with some of the greatest minds of our times. There are some really talented bloggers out there. I’m pretty sure I’ll be star struck for three days straight. That is, when I recognize people.

Here it comes: My absolute biggest fear is that I won’t recognize all of the fantastic people. I mean, to be honest, I have a lot of trouble keeping track of who writes which blog. Even blogs that I read all the time. I am always asking my closest blogging friends, “Which blog does she write again?” Seriously. I thought I was just bad at remembering names when I met someone in person for the first time. It turns out I am just bad at names, faces, and blog titles. Gah! I don’t want to be rude. I may have to make some cheat-sheet notes so I don’t bug people like Quirky Chrissy the whole time I am there with questions like, “Who was that again?”  and “Do I know her?”

So, if you see a slightly befuddled woman with big hair and an even bigger smile, come say hi. I want to meet you. I want to read your blog. I want to party with you like it’s 1999. Literally. Mostly because then my clothes will still be in style.

Are you going to BlogHer 14? is it your first time? What worries do you have? What are your hopes and dreams? If you’ve been to the conference before, what is the best advice you can give me?

P.S. I’m also attending Path Finder Day and have signed up for “The Path To Visual Artist.” I hope to see you there!



21 thoughts on “BlogHer ’14 Here I Come”

  1. I have not gone to a blog conference. They seem like a lot of fun. Can’t wait to hear how the experience goes. I would probably be most stressed about what to wear and no matter what still probably feel like I wore the wrong thing. Love that you wanted to bring your own swag lol

    1. I am probably going to feel like I wore the wrong thing too! I really don’t like being uncomfortable so I am going to try and choose wisely. Plus, I don’t really do sponsored posts much so I am mostly going to learn and meet all of the people I adore.

      I promise to tell you all about it!

  2. Lily, you are going to do GREAT. They give EVERYONE swag, seriously. You’ll have all the flipping coconut water you can possibly drink. Be comfortable, it’s not a job interview. You’d just look weird and like you take yourself way too seriously if you showed up in a suit. Stick with Chrissy, she’ll probably just stalk you if you didn’t anyway! LOL.

    1. I don’t even own a suit so…phew! I am planning to wear sundresses and maybe pants. Well, I mean if I am not wearing a dress I will definitely be wearing pants. Gah…imagine if people were saying, “Oh yeah , she was the pantless blogger that got arrested, remember?”

      I love coconut water. I may be going for the free stuff.

  3. Lily, there’s a FB page called “Going to BlogHer Conference” that you should check out! It has lots of questions from people who feel just like you. (And someone asked about what to wear. Apparently about anything goes as long as you’re comfortable. So pack you yoga pants and t-shirts. You’ll be fine!) 🙂

  4. I went to BlogHer last year as a total newbie and I had a blast. People were so friendly (and everyone wears big name tags with their blog name on them…) and I learned a ton and made some great friends. It’s like grownup summer camp only a million times better! Hope you see you there! 🙂

  5. I’m going. I hope to see you there.
    I’ve been to many conferences, but this is the first time I was able to fit BlogHer into my schedule.
    You will learn lots.
    Relax. Everyone is friendly. Wear what you feel comfortable in. It’s not a contest. Comfortable shoes are a must! ;o)
    See ya there!

  6. You will have a great time! Can’t wait to hear all about it. Some day I hope our paths cross at one of these shindigs. Until then please know that I am dressed like the 90s out of solidarity.

  7. Woo hoo. That’s going to be so much fun. I went to a conference in May. Every time I go to a conference, I leave with so much new energy.

  8. Gina is totally right, people are ridiculously nice at BlogHer. I don’t know if it’s just because we’re all weirdo’s who sit at our laptops and blog, or if it’s because if you’re mean to someone it will probably be on their blog by that night…

    This is my 3rd BlogHer and for the first two I had totally different experiences, but both great! And feel free to bug me too, whenever you want (email me so I can give you my cell number). But don’t count on me to know who everyone is…I’m totally the person who unashamedly grabs other people’s name tags to check them out and then yell, “OH! I know YOU!”

    1. I was debating whether or not to bring my laptop, but it sounds like it’s the thing to do!

      The name tag grab trick is right up my alley. I can’t wait to see you there!

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