Coming Out at BlogHer

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.

Fry's Snack Spread

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 ; )

Comments

  1. So glad you enjoyed your trip!!! Loads of anxiety for nothing (the story of a mom’s life). It was fab to meet you & we’ll def be best friends forever!!!! Loved, loved, loved meeting you & hanging out with you!!!

    • Isn’t it true! I swear I can get myself so worked up sometimes. Im so happy to have met you as well and can’t wait till we meet again.

  2. i was there too and had the exact same feelings. glad you enjoyed the conference. i think i heard you say the name of your blog in a session and decided to check it out! 🙂

    • So wonderful to know Im not the only one who took herself WAY too seriously and worried way too much. I can’t believe you’re in LA! That’s great! Well I hope to meet you at BlogWorld if I can swing it.

      Thanks again for visiting!

  3. It was much fun to meet you IN THE FLESH and hang out with you. My only reget is that we didn’t seem to have near enough time together!

    • SUCH a regret too! I completely ost track of you and Ray at the Cheap Sally party. But next time tell Ray I will bring him a bottle opener. ; )

  4. Aww, I am SO glad you had a good trip and that the MomMob helped you feel comfy when you first got there. 🙂 It was so great to meet you!!

  5. Sara @ Mom Endeavors says:

    It was SO great to meet you! 🙂 I felt the same way about everything (anxious over nothing). So, glad you stopped by for the Fry’s Event!!

  6. I saw you, and had a chance to say hi, but didn’t get to actually talk to you at the Fry’s event!!

    I was lucky enough to be part of the best group (IMHO) at the conference, and I have no doubt that the others made you feel welcome – they’re amazing ladies 🙂

    And I didn’t sleep for days before the conference, either! You were not alone!

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