Guess who’s going to BlogHer?

by Marissa on July 19, 2013 · 19 comments

Yes, I know that you were able to guess already. Don’t be a show-off!

This is my second time heading out to Blogher, and I’m really REALLY, really excited because I’m going with friends. As I mentioned last year, Blogher wasn’t the best place to learn from and the sessions were packed so unless you showed up half an hour  early or wanted to sit on the floor, your chances of getting in were slim.

So why I am going, you may ask? Well, because regardless of what I said above, I had a blast last year, and came home with a ton of stuff- mostly vitamins. And you can never have too many vitamins.

This year my lovely PF blogging friend, Daisy, is joining me as well. She’s flying into Toronto and driving up with us. So Daisy, along with 4 of my girlfriends are going to pile into 2 cars and drive the 7h30min trip down to Chicago next thursday.

While we’re lucky enough to some of our friends help us out with lodging and transportation, going to a really big conference like Blogher can be quite an investment.

The trip last year ended up costing me close to $1000. I know that some people think the networking and the connections are worth it,  but there is a lot that you can do with that much money. I have a friend who is coming down from Melbourne, Australia! Obviously her cost for coming is going to be a lot greater than mine. Last time I spoke to her, she estimated something along the lines of $5,000. I would go see a Melbourne mortgage broker and invest in property if I had that kind of money. 

My point here is that if you’re going to spend that much money make you get the most out of the experience, and don’t just go to “get” swag from the parties. Don’t be that person! We’ve all seen them, and we’re embarrassed for them!

Also, this being my 100th conference this year, I wanted to share what to bring:

  • Comfortable walking shoes.
  • Bobby pins- lots of them ( or something to hold your hair back) You won’t have time to get dolled up, and its supposed to be really hot there.
  • Your 5 minute makeup kit. Yes, you’re going to be meeting brands, and want to look your best. I’m not saying go all out, but looking presentable never hurt anymore.
  • Clothes that are comfortable and make you feel put together. I swear by maxi dresses.
  • Different sizes of purses. I bring a big one, and a little one for the parties.
  • External battery pack. THIS WILL SAVE YOUR SOCIAL LIFE.
  • Business cards. LOTS OF THEM!
  • Your media kit. You might not need it, but having it with you will help your remember to pitch yourself properly.
  • Ziploc bags. These are great for everything. I bring multiple sizes.
  • An extra duffle bag, or something you can use to pack thing in your car if you’re driving.
  • Paper copy of ALL of your paper work. Hotel info, flight info, contact numbers, registration etc.




  • Maggie@SquarePennies

    This is great! Thanks so much for your tips and I hope you have a blast! I’m going to FinCon13 in St. Louis in October, so this is very helpful. You going to FinCon? Hope so. It’s my first time at any kind of blogging conference and I’m really looking forward to it.

    • Marissa

      I have my ticket, but I’m still not sure. Hopefully, we get to meet up anyway!

      • Maggie@SquarePennies

        I hope so too. I have the ticket, but I’m holding off on the room until closer to the time. Enjoy Blogher!

      • Maggie@SquarePennies

        Marissa, the battery pack is for a smart phone? If I have a non-smart phone will my social life fizzle? I’m thinking of buying an iPad to show my blog rather than lugging around a laptop. What do you think? (I’m signed up for the bloggers helping bloggers session, so I probably need to access my blog.) Would you wear a maxi-dress to Fin-Con? They are soooo comfy.

        • Marissa

          No, you can get one for the non-smartphone as well. An ipad is a great idea and you can easily hide it in your purse. I could get one off Craigslist as IPad 2 should cost you somewhere around $200 or so.

          I wear maxi dresses EVERYWHERE!

          • Maggie@SquarePennies

            Thanks, Marissa, that all sounds good!

  • Rita P @ Digital Spikes

    Good info, Hope you all have a fun, info and have blast this time again. Waiting to hear more after you back about your experience

    • Marissa

      Are you going this year?

  • Michelle

    I love the list! I forgot my cards this year at my professional conference and it was a big problem! Have fun. I love maxi dresses as well. Anyone wearing a maxi dress always look so put together without trying so hard.

    • Marissa


  • Greg @

    Haven’t gotten this far in my blogging adventures but nice to see some perspective on conferences. I think if I decide to go to one, I feel like an outsider at first, so the more info I can get on what to expect, the better.

    • Marissa

      The beautiful thing about conferences is that you can make great friends right away.

  • Jeff

    I love the list!

  • Buck Inspire

    What an adventure! You and your friends are like Thelma and Louise! Great conference attending advice. Have a blast and look forward to your recap! Is there a BlogHim? Haha.

  • MakintheBacon

    I really wanted to go to the CPFC ’13 this year, but I didn’t think about it until recently. The tickets are sold out and I put myself on a wait list. I’ll have to be more pro-active next year and make sure I end up going to at least one blogger conference. I had my sister’s wedding to worry about this month, so CPFC ’13 totally slipped my mind. Oh well. Better luck next time.

  • James Robinson

    Nice. Was the event fun?

  • Christopher @ This that and the MBA

    holy cow 100th conference of the year…dang woman u are busy!!!

    • Marissa

      I know, right!

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