I just published 12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience over at TaraZiegmont.com. I didn’t want to publish it here because Feels Like Home isn’t all about blogging, but I wanted to tell you about it in case you’re interested.
If you’re heading out to BlogHer this week or if you plan on going to any blogging conference in the months to come, do check it out:
In two days, I’ll be getting on a train to go to the biggest women’s blogging conference in the world,Ã‚ BlogHer. More than 4,500 women (and some men) will converge on New York City for a weekend of networking, learning, and parties.
I’ve been watching theÃ‚ conference hashtagÃ‚ on and off for two weeks. I have seen scads of women lament about already feeling lost in the crowd, about packing stress, and about general anxiety related to the conference.
I went to BlogHer in 2009 (in Chicago), and I skipped 2010 and 2011. I made a lot of mistakes that first time around, so let me share with you some lessons I learned:
- Know yourself.Ã‚ BlogHer will be as stressful or as relaxed as you make it. If you spend your time running from one appointment to the next, from one party to the next, and from one luncheon to the next, you are going to get stressed out really quickly. I know that I need a lot of downtime to recharge and feel like myself. If I don’t have that time, I will get edgy and be miserable. In 2009, I let my fear of missing out tread all over my need for personal quiet time, and my conference experience suffered for it. I’ll not make that mistake this time around.
- Be comfortable.Ã‚ As my friend,Ã‚ DawnÃ‚ (whom I met in Chicago because she saved me and my boatload of BlogHer swag in the airport), says, BlogHer is a business conference, not cheerleading tryouts.
Read the rest atÃ‚ 12 Tips for Making the Most of Your Blog Conference Experience
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