The truth is I was not too excited about #blogher12. I had committed to go with my friend at The Eco Friendly Family blog after the great time I had at Blissdom, but with so many life changing events, new role at work, and playing happy mom despite the underlying issue, it just didn’t feel like the right time. And to be honest, I made a decision to attend Blogher because Blissdom 2012 was so inspiring and genuine. And plus well, I am in love with NYC!
My expectation for Blogher was high because I saw the lineups for keynote speakers, workshop presenters and felt like I was destined to be there. These are men and women who blog about everything ranging from parenting, marriage, politics, travel, philanthropy, food, health to humor. Where else would you find such broad pool of intellectuals?
The first day of Blogher was great. I attended Pathfinder Day effectively titled ‘Leadership Bitches: Becoming a Change Agent’ presented by Deanna and Cheryl and may I say that these women are very brilliant and talented. They truly inspired everyone in the room with their story, their passion and energy for technology, feminism, leadership and effective change. Overall Blogher Pathfinder was a great event and perfect for new bloggers hoping to better define their role.
That evening was immediately followed by an address from the U.S President, Barack Obama. First time ever! I can now proudly go to work and add ‘Blogger’ to my title, yes you, I blog and the President said he was proud of me. Ok, whatever. You get the hint.
The rest of the week was ah-mazing! Truly inspiring, exhausting, hot, sensual in every sense. It was sprinkled with interviews and words of wisdom from Martha Stewart, Soledad O’Brien, Katie Couric, and many more. I attended some amazing sessions and the one that truly stood out was Blogging Pro-Tips by Gina at The Feminist Breeder, Charlie at How To Be A Dad, Jill at Baby Rabies and Mandy at Harpers Happenings.
I attended couple other sessions, and oh, iPhoneography which I really loved. To be honest, all my pictures these days are taken on my iPhone. My huge Nikon hates me right now, but that’s okay. We’ll find time to make love again soon.
I also explored NYC briefly. I shopped, dined, partied hard (actually harder than I envisioned, ha), and visited Central Park and hung out with some cool friends. Find them on twitter! @RealPoshmom @_Conscientious @ClothDiaperGeek @KimRosas @TheEcoChic @TheEcoChicMan @HyphenatedHuz @PunkyintheCity @EcoNuts @EFFBlog @FeministBreeder @DanielleAElwood
Did I think Blogher was worth it? Absolutely! I attend at least eight professional conferences a year for my job but none of them compared to Blogher in the sense that there was a mixture of events (technical, social, philanthropy, food, etc.). I was not confined to only learning about some technical jargon as I do at my engineering conferences, so it was a good escape from normal. Plus, I absolutely love NYC!
By the end of the weekend, I was spent. I was so glad to be home. Although, it didn’t help that I had to be at work the following day at 6am. I was still glad to snuggle in bed with my daughter and get some good night sleep in my bed.
I am back to blogging again! Thanks to Blogher! Did you attend or have attended Blogher Conferences? How well do you like it?