Before going to BlogHer11 I could tell most of the talk about it on Twitter was about the private parties and who was going to wear what clothes and shoes each day/night.
Me being the busy and lazy person that I am, I didn’t register for any private parties or make any lists of must meet people. The only thing I did was make a rough draft list of sessions I wanted to hit since I was paying a bunch of money to go to a blogging conference and not a party conference.
Apparently that was a big failure on my part since I seemed to be the only person at the conference who didn’t go to some kind of special private party. But whatever, I did my own planning and I’m not bitter.
As far as my opinions of the sessions:
I went to 2 really great sessions. One was with some public relations ladies and I took a lot of great notes that I’m still trying to sift through and hope to use in the future.
The other session that I felt was truly valuable to me was on video. This was the one I was most excited to go to and I was not let down. These ladies had great information that I can use and share for VlogTalk.
The other 4 sessions I went to were not what I had expected at all and I’m sad to say I even left early from 2 of them. (If you ever leave early from a session be sure to take your swag bag with you so you don’t have to do the bloggers walk of shame and go back in to get it).
As far as my opinions on the people:
I met some very great people during my trip. Many of them I was already connected with online through Twitter and reading their blogs. Meeting them in person really strengthened my friendships with them.
Some people were not at all what I expected them to be and not really in a good way. But I’m not going to say anymore on that.
I really figured out what I am passionate about in social media. I loved talking to people about VlogTalk and how businesses can use social media in the right way. I know these can be my paths to success in the future along with my blog.
I think leaving the hotel a couple times and venturing out on the town was a great decision.
Twitter is great. Thank you to everyone who wasn’t at the conference but cared about me while I was away. You all have a special place in my heart.