I want to get the most I can out of this trip to BlogHer. I’m grateful to be partially sponsored by The Pomade Shop and Silk Dreams Haircare so I want to make the trip as valuable to me and my sponsors as possible.
I’m still working on my plan of action but here’s what I’ve got so far:
- Hit the expo early or in spurts
- Plan my sessions & backup sessions
- Arrive early to sessions
- Talk to EVERYONE – don’t be cliquey
- Go Solo when I can
- Capitalize on connections made pre-conference
And, if I am blessed enough to be able to leave Roey with my mom and travel solo:
- Work out
- Attend all the parties
- Work in some “me time”
Let’s talk these through, shall we? I’d love your input!
Hit the expo early or in spurts:
The women at BlogHer descend on that expo hall like vultures! Everywhere you turn there are women grabbing samples, pushing to speak to reps, and doing the most to go home with boatloads of “swag.” It’s a crazy and kinda draining energy. If I go early, or in short bursts I’ll be able to spend time chatting with the brand reps of the brands I’m most interested in meeting with, and not feel pushed along by throngs of people. I’ll also be able to keep my energy up to deal with the crowds.
Plan my sessions & backup sessions
Last year there were several sessions that were either overcrowded, with women sitting on the floor or standing in the back of the room, or were closed (with a poor abused volunteer serving as a bouncer) due to too many people. When sessions were closed off, I had to scramble to find something else of interest and get to the room before being too late, and often had to just head to the expo or find people to chat with instead. This year I’m planning my A and B sessions so I’ll always have somewhere of interest to attend and learn.
Arrive early to sessions
Piggybacking on that last item, I’m going to be sure to get to sessions EARLY, and not just on time. I don’t know if this year’s venue is larger, but I’m not taking any chances about getting closed out of a session I’m interested in. I’m going to be there early and be sure to snag a good seat!
Talk to EVERYONE – don’t be cliquey
It’s so easy to gravitate to the bloggers you already know, and follow. It’s so easy to just hang with them the entire time, especially if you’re interested in the same sessions and therefore have the same “schedule.” This happened a little last time, and while I loved it, and loved the girls I was around (shout outs to all of you) I know I need to branch out and talk to more people. This year my goal is to leave BlogHer with a boatload of new “friends.” Plus I’ll be yammering about hair with anybody who’ll have me, so that’ll help (me and my sponsors lol).
Go Solo when I can
In addition to being more outgoing, I need to also do the opposite and go solo in certain situations. I didn’t have an opportunity last year to experience the expo alone. I was always with another person. This is fun, but didn’t allow me to interact with the brands in the way I wanted to. You never know how other people interact with brands, either clamming up and seeming unfriendly, or being overbearing (read: annoying) and talking the poor reps ear off. (Not saying my partners in crime did this by any means!) I just want to have some good one-on-one vs two-on-one interactions at each exhibit table.
Capitalize on connections made pre-conference
Last year I went to BlogHer without a true plan, it was my first year, I didn’t know many people attending, and just happened to luck out with some of the familiar faces. This year I’m actively meeting people beforehand and have been in contact with brands well beforehand also. I’ve noticed some…unseemly twitter behavior w/ some bloggers and brands, so I’m glad to have started my interactions early and not be so…parched. (read: thirsty)
Getting in a run and a little weights is the best way for me to have a morning blast of energy, and be sure I’ll maintain my energy throughout the day. If I’m not baby-free…I’ll be caffeinating myself in regular intervals.
Attend all the parties I can
So grateful to be invited to two parties already! Woot Woot (I’m a cool kid now!) But there are loads of BlogHer parties that go down each year. I only attended two last year (Hasbro and Lipstick&High Heels) due to being lactating and obsessed with my 8-week love. I didn’t attend any of the BlogHer-thrown parties at all. If no baby, I’m totally going to every one (ok maybe not EVERY) so I can meet more people and have MORE fun 🙂
Work in some “me time”
Listen. I’m taking a bubble bath. And I’m gunna sleep soundly from whenever I wanna go to bed to whenever I wanna wake up. And I’m going to journal, and blog, and read and drink my coffee in bed without interruption. The end.
So what are your thoughts on my action plan so far?
I’ve got more to come. So much planning goes into one weekend for us as attendees. No wonder it takes a full year of planning for the organizers at BlogHer to plan and pull off this weekend. Sheesh!
What’s on your BlogHer (or other conference) Action Plan?