On Monday I wrote about how I went from Speech-Language Pathologist conference geek to BlogHer12 conference geek . The two are very different, but in many ways they are the same. The one thing that remains constant is my own characteristics and personality. I have a pretty limited fashion sense, can’t walk five feet without falling over when wearing heels, become very nervous meeting new people and am very directionally challenged. Sometimes I feel socially awkward, especially in a large group or party setting. So if I manage to even find the Hilton where the annual social media conference of 2012 is being held, you may meet me. I’ll be the one wearing cute flats, jeans and a dressy shirt. My heart will pounding loudly and my hands will likely be sweating. I will be ready (or not) to experience it all. I can’t wait! This pretty much sums how I’m feeling right now.
Thanks to all of the ways to learn about BlogHer12, I don’t have to feel like I’m going in this blindly.I have learned so much from connections I’ve made in the Facebook group, twitter feed and from all the amazing posts from others- some new to the conference, others are veterans, speakers even. While gathering information, I created a How to Survive a BlogHer Conference Pinterest board. Here are some highlights:
Your Never Ending To-Do List to Get To BlogHer12
Presentation: Make a professional looking media kit using Picmonkey
Business Cards: Melissa has an entire series on how to create a memorable business card that’s not to miss!
* A list of Essential Items to Pack in Your Suitcase from Andrea
* Stephanie shares her ideas about shopping from your closet and pampering yourself with some new outfit or other essentials.
* Sarah provides us with American Made products to pack. I seriously love this list!.
* Don’t miss Melinda’s pretty amazing shoes-I-would-never-be-able-to-walk-in , which will be making their appearance at the Sparklecorn Party (Sparkle-what, yeah, that’s pretty much what I said the first time I heard that term!)
* Megan writes a clever post about her dream sponsor, Mr. Valentino
Safety: Other than the obvious “Don’t walk around New York City by yourself or you will be robbed” advice I received from my husband, Jean shared some great ways to Safeguard Your Mobile Devices
Schedule: Use your phone to organize your time in NYC with Well Connected Mom’s Top Must-Have Apps for BlogHer12.
What to DO or NOT Do Once You Finally Arrive in NYC
Schedule: Andrea looks back at her past BlogHer experience and writes of her goals and recommendations for this year. I also love her advice to “keep your eyes open”, because you never know when a Flash Mob is going to break out
Connect: I can’t wait to Find My Flock of knitters who are going to break out Ravellenic Games Projects while at the conference
Eat: This list of Must-Eat Restaurants in NYC will make your mouth water
Party: Wendy shares her love of BlogHer Sponsored Parties
From The Heart
* Jennifer shares her feelings of anxiety and nervousness and coping mechanisms that work for her
The Real Truth
* Want to know if it’s OK to wear white in NYC? If subways are safe? Why a certain blogger gave you the cold shoulder? Liz never fails with her humor on all subjects, including this post where she does a hysterical popular people vs bloggers low down.
* The honest truth about the shoes, parties, swag, best places to hang out and what you should REALLY pack from the mouth of Cecily.
Have you written words of advice, nightmares, or embarrassing BlogHer conference moments? It’s your turn to dish it out? Would love to pin your post on my How to Survive a BlogHer Conference board.