The first weekend in August I’m going to New York City for the BlogHer 2012 conference. I’m thinking of it as an early birthday present to myself. (I’ll be turning *cough cough* 35 on August 17.) I took Friday off work and will hop on the bus to NYC early that morning. NYC is only a two-hour bus ride from Philly and the Mega Bus and Bolt Bus both go between the two cities fairly inexpensively. I’m staying by myself in a Manhattan hotel Friday night (a real treat!), and then I’ll take the bus home late on Saturday. It will be my first blogging conference, and my first night away from Adelaide. I’m still breastfeeding, so I’m a little worried about how I’ll make time for pumping during the day. And, I’m a little nervous about packing light and trying to store my luggage when I get there before check-in time on Friday and after I have to check out of my room on Saturday. Online, the hotel says they allow you to store your luggage. I just hope everything goes smoothly.
If you’re not familiar with BlogHer, it’s a huge annual conference for blogging women (although some men also attend). So, whether you’re a lifestyle blogger, fashion blogger, food blogger etc… you can network, socialize and find interesting and motivational sessions. To give you a sense of the size of the conference, they’re expecting around 4,500 attendees. Friday’s keynote speaker is Martha Stewart, and Saturday’s keynote is Katie Couric. Many brands see the conference as an excellent time to market their products to blogging “influencers.” I don’t know much about this aspect of the conference, but there seems to be a lot of buzz about the private parties and events going on “after hours.”
I’m not looking to turn my blog into my full-time job, and I don’t need it to be a money maker. I don’t much care about private parties and special events sponsored by large companies – that just seems completely overwhelming to me at this point. Still, I would like to have more readers. I would like to meet some of the bloggers whose writing I admire and whose blogs have inspired me. I would like to learn new ways to to carve my small corner of the Internet. Next Life Chapter has been a fun, creative outlet for the last year and a half, and I know there’s a lot of room to make it stronger, to create a community of regular readers.
If you’re planning to go to BlogHer, comment here or find me on Twitter @nextlifechapter. I’d love to meet up with some like-minded bloggers. Maybe we could team up and share trade secrets, guest posts etc…
I’ve had my early-bird ticket to the conference since February, so I can hardly believe it’s only three weeks away. Guess I better get going and have some business cards printed!