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12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience #BlogHer12

I just published 12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience over at 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, 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 the conference hashtag 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'm going to Sparkle at BlogHer '12

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:

  1. Know yourself. 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.
  2. Be comfortable. As my friend, Dawn (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 at 12 Tips for Making the Most of Your Blog Conference Experience

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2 thoughts on “12 Tips for Making the Most of Your BlogHer Experience #BlogHer12”

  1. I am just curious b/c you have said it a few different times, why is your mom not happy about you using her oven? I wanted to let you know that I normally don’t check my email every day but when I do, I scroll through all of them until I see one that says “Feels Like Home!” I love your blog so much b/c you are so real! :o) Did you ever do a follow up on the garden one? I got a few plants b/c of that blog post, my 5 yr old daughter loves to plant things so she was so excited!! Thanks for your blog- I enjoy it greatly!!

    • Yes, she wasn’t happy about it. It was 100 degrees outside, and she wasn’t planning on heating up her house. I understood.

      Thank you so much for your kind words! I did do a garden post; I think it’s scheduled for this Friday.

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