There is so much to say about my experience at BlogHer that I don’t even know where to start. So I’ll simply start at the beginning.
I can’t recall the last time I looked forward to something so much and yet was so ridden with anxiety I could barely sleep for the first 3 nights leading up to the conference. There were so many mixed emotions all tied up in this one trip. It would be the longest I had ever been away from my Little Man and I wasn’t sure how I would handle it. This also marked the first “business” trip I had taken since before I got pregnant. What if I had forgotten how to be in a room full of people I didn’t know? And let’s be honest it wasn’t just a room full of people, it was over 3,000 bloggers! That’s a heck of a lot of networking people! Granted I knew some of them from working with these mom bloggers during my PR days but being on the other side of the fence is a bit scary. I had no pitch or product to sell; I was completely out of my comfort zone. What if these moms didn’t accept me into their community that I longed to be a part of for so long?
Yet business cards in hand I pushed through my fears and insecurities and went. Of course I had made an excel spread sheet with my schedule, meetings, and networking events but what can I say, I’m a PR person at heart and that’s the only way I know how to do conferences. The very first meet up I attended was an hour after I had arrived at the hotel. It was Fry’s Snack and Go get together in the park hosted by the MomMob. So I walked up to this blanket full of moms and marketers and said hello. I introduced myself and my blog for the first time and handed them a business card. I braced myself for the nonchalant head nod and ‘Nice to meet you’ but instead I was met with a big smile and cooing over how absolutely ADORABLE my business cards were (thanks Mom and Ken!). These women were so sweet and generous and I even walked away with a bag full of snacks for the conference.
That’s pretty much how it went the rest of the trip. I handed out over 300 business cards and was always met with smiles, hugs, and welcoming words. I can’t even express the gratitude I have for all these amazing women. I feel so honored to have joined a community that is so supportive, encouraging and generous. A BIG thank you to all my new friends and for welcoming me into your community so readily.
Oh and I did break down the second day missing my Little Man but the hubby did a spectacular job of sending me videos and photos to help ; )