BlogHer, one of the largest blogging conferences, will always hold a special place in my heart. After all, it is where I met Cecelia who became my business partner in 2009. As a newbie at BlogHer ’09, I had no idea what to expect. In 2010, I packed my schedule with appointments and had little time to really connect with other bloggers or have a little fun. In 2011, I think I finally figured it out! Incorporating a mixture of appointments with brands, conversation with bloggers, and time to learn in a session or two, I left BlogHer 2011 feeling incredibly inspired. So, I thought I would share some of my highlights of BlogHer 2011:
The first day, I attended the P&G Life Well Lived where I had a chance to connect with some of my favorite brands including Tide, Downey and Braun. It was here that I heard a quote that will stick with me for a long time, “The days may be long, but the years are short.” So true. As a working Mom of two small girls, I am exhausted by the end of the day, so in times of frustration, I will remind myself of this quote.
During the conference, I was so happy to see a session focused on review blogging! I was so proud of fellow bloggers (Niri, Amy and Stacie) as they spoke on a panel that helped to give legitimacy to our genre. After the session, I headed to the Expo Hall where I was able to connect with brands such as Dole (have you seen the new Shakers?), Dove Chocolate, Chuck E. Cheese, Playskool, King’s Hawaiian (huge fan of their bread) and Eggland’s Best. Later in the conference, I got the opportunity to connect with brands such as Lovable Labels, Microsoft, Tide and McDonald’s during intimate lunch or dinner settings. I absolutely loved hearing about the upcoming initiatives of these companies and can’t wait to share them with you!
However, I think the best part of BlogHer 2011 was the opportunity to be inspired by some of my favorite bloggers, connect with old friends and make new friends along the way! For this alone, BlogHer 2011 was totally worth it!
Did you attend BlogHer 2011? What was your favorite moment?