So I'm part of this online community for Collective Bias* and started a discussion on tips for BlogHer success. I offered up one commandment for BlogHer success and asked others to add on. Here's what other top bloggers had to say about a good time at BlogHer.
I started it off with:
Thou shalt remember that blogging is not a competitive sport. BlogHer offers incredible opportunities to come together as a community. If you're blog makes you feel happy, successful or fulfilled that's great. Don't mess that up by comparing yourself to bloggers who have larger readerships, better swag, more party invites or cuter shoes or whatever. Try to feel the love.
Thou shalt remember that everyone else (OK maybe not everyone but a whole lot of em) are just as nervous and apprehensive as you. It is OK to approach anyone to just say hi, or to squee or to give them a hug. We are all there for the same thing.
Stanley (What? A guy?):
I've never been to a blog/social media conference, but I would imagine "acting the same as you are on your blog" would be a good start.
Naomi, a BlogHer newbie, but music conference veteran (we're talking like old skool SXSW): Pace yourself in all things. It's a lot to stuff into one weekend!
Don't forget to eat, especially if you are planning to drink at the parties.
Wear comfortable shoes - there's lots of walking back and forth to sessions and to your room.
Make time to call the family once a day.
Travel extension cords/power strips are a must and will make you new friends!
Keep hydrated and keep some Advil on you at all times.
Session rooms can be too hot...or too cold. Wear layers, just like your mom always advised you to do.
Jenn:Bring a multiple outlet extension cord and you'll make lots of friends.
Be outgoing-don't be afraid to walk up to people and say "Hi, I'm Jenn and I blog at Frugal Upstate. What do you do?"-they are likely to be glad you broke the ice.
Mark your Iphone charger and cord. They all look alike :)
Sleep is over-rated.
Cute shoes are nice. Comfortable shoes are better. (Yeah-I've heard shoes are big, but if my feet hurt I'm not at my best!)
It never hurts to have a snack in your purse. Just in case.
Thought my advice was spot-on and commented how wonderful it's been when she's met other bloggers. I agree.
Can't attend this year. However, last year she was extremely nervous before BlogHer. She thought about why, and then blogged about it. She was concerned about what others would think about her, so she wrote a post about all her bad habits. Once she'd given everyone fair warning, she was able to relax a bit more.
Thou Shalt Go in With Confidence, be the person you are on your blog after all it is when we are the most real and why everyone loves you :)
And of course, one more tip- join in the fun at the BowlHer party, which is the brainchild of the Collective Bias folks.
What commandments would you add?
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