Another BlogHer has come and gone, and it is time for BlogHer 11 – the good, the bad and the ugly!
I met some of my favorite reps! Allie from Fanscape was so sweet and she made sure we met up! She is a doll and I so enjoyed talking to her at the recharging station. Victoria Taylor (@Happysquid). Who doesn’t love her? I mean really. Victoria is infectious (in a good way) and her smile makes my day. Sean from New Media Strategies – I have worked with him several times, yet have never met him. What a nice guy! Harrison (Tempur-pedic) – is hilarious. His beds are pretty awesome too, and they are exceptionally inviting at BlogHer.
I spent quality time with my buddy and “partner-in-crime”, Erin (Slice o’ Heaven)! She is my buddy and we talk on Skype daily. I have met her previously, but this was our chance to really hang out and enjoy each other. More about Erin in a separate post 🙂
I ran into some bloggers/friends that I haven’t met before but have always wanted to! Some new folks I got to meet were Shannon (The Mommy Files) – she was wearing a big, huge grin. Just as I expected! I met Merry (Merry with Children – one of my contributors, and I didn’t even recognize her…how dumb I felt!). Did I mention how gorgeous she is? She is stunning. Annie (Mama Dweeb) and Lucy! Annie is just how I expected her to be – so sweet and bubbly. I would have loved to spend more time with her. Jamaise (Wishing Penny) and her adorable daughter. Stacie (Simply Stacie) – love her! We ran into each other several times. She is really easy going and fun. There are many others too, but I will be doing a more in depth post about this.
I was able to see other blogger friends that I have met before. I ran into Stephanie (The Daily Blarg) and Tina (Mad Hatter Mom). These two are quite comical and I always wish I had a Depends handy when I am around them. Chrysa (Thrify Jinxy) is so sweet, and I was so happy to spend some time with her. She is so easy going and genuine. Liz (A Nut in a Nutshell) – the “planking girl” in the flesh. She is a riot and I adore her more than ever. I wish I had more time with her though. Valerie (Sweeps4Bloggers) and Rita (One 2 Try) were so much fun and we did quite a few things together. There are many, many more!
I lost a little weight! I always expect to gain weight at BlogHer, but the truth is, I am so busy that I either forget to eat, or I simply don’t have the time to eat. It sure isn’t for lack of goodies everywhere you look!
The Hotel and Convention Center – it was a really nice setup this year, and I liked having the conference and hotel separate (but together, if that makes sense). It felt so much less crowded than last year and I could actually breathe.
San Diego! The weather was gorgeous and the area was beautiful. I think it was the perfect location for an event of this magnitude (and a bunch of wild women).
Well organized parties and swag pick-up. I realize how difficult it must be to arrange these, and just want to give a big shout out to those who made it easy for bloggers. Thank you!
Everything (mostly) was in walking distance. Actually everything was if my feet weren’t so sore. I really loved how closely located the events were.
Free internet in rooms – thank you Marriott! Us bloggers definitely need that! I actually wasn’t online very much, but it was nice not to have to worry about extra charges for internet.
- I am exhausted
- My feet hate me with a passion.
- I am REALLY exhausted.
- My buddies from last year weren’t at BlogHer this year 🙁 Sky, Andrea, Christine, and Casey – I missed you girls terribly.
- Oh.My.God. I am exhausted.
- Blisters on my feet.
- I didn’t get to meet Craig Kessler, the Eucerin rep. I am a Eucerin Skin First Ambassador, yet I somehow never made it to the Eucerin booth. How does that happen? Oh right – BlogHer brain. I did hear from a few of the ladies that he is quite handsome 🙂
- Poorly organized parties and swag pick-ups.
- Did I mention how tired I am? Yeah – really am.
- My feet and ankles are extremely swollen.
Pedicabs. If you ever have a chance to ride in one of these – don’t. It’s a long story, but most of them are crooks. Serious crooks. They are everywhere, just waiting to scam you. They are also dangerous. I heard that there was a woman killed in a pedicab accident in San Diego, when it turned a corner too quickly and she fell out and hit her head. The pedicab drivers pretty much think they own the road (from what I witnessed). I did ride in one before I realized how shady and dangerous they are, but I never will again.
Crossing the street. The long, long trains that have to pass by before you can cross the street. Seriously long.
The Hard Rock Hotel (not the beautiful suite where the “Chocolate, Champagne and Lunch” by Shop at Home was hosted – that was wonderful). But the hotel itself is pretty disgusting. My husband took my daughter there for lunch one day and there was actually a needle exchange in the bathroom. Another friend (who was staying there), mentioned that there were beds in the pool area and when she looked down one night, there were two couples “getting busy” on them. Someone also said there was a naked man standing in a window. The hallways are dark and cold and I was really surprised at the whole thing. It just reeked “sleazy”.
Pickpocketing at the expo. Really? Yes! I believe there were 15 wallets stolen and security was trying to track down the man who was doing this. I guess this was a prime location, as purses were open and/or attendees were distracted. How horrible for this to happen. Imagine how hard it was to get through security at the airport without an ID?
And that, my friends, is BlogHer in a nutshell. Okay, there is really much more, but as I mentioned above, I am beat. Stay tuned for more posts!