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.