One of the conference sponsors had an exhibit area with 10+ puppies running around. I held one little dachshund, Paprika, till my arms hurt. (Photo by Green LA Girl)
2. Teaching The Essential Blog Content Development Workshop
I loved co-facilitating the Essential Blog Content Development Workshop with Elizabeth Soutter of Da Momma: Motherhood is Not for Wimps, and Julie Weckerlein of Julie and Martin. Even though we'd never met before, we made a good team.
You can read a liveblogged transcript of the session on BlogHer.com. I'm pretty sure an audio recording will be available eventually. Julie has some good photos from the session in her post, And My Water Didn't Break at All.
|Photo of Gwen Bell by Joel Longtine|
As I mentioned in my post, Taking Back Your Time: Is Unplugging the New Green? I think that unplugging and limiting internet and tech use is an upcoming cultural trend, so I was thrilled to see that one of the sessions was Unplug, Unfriend, Unfollow, Unwind: Is That Sacrilege? with Gwen Bell. You can read a liveblogged transcript of the session on BlogHer.com.
My 5 takeaways were:
- Checking email, Twitter and Facebook constantly can be "insecurity work."
- What are you giving up by being online so much?
- What needs are you trying to fulfill for yourself online that could be better met offline?
- Having a ritual, practice, or totem can help you be more conscious about your online time.
- Handwritten letters are magical (I discovered this during my Daily Have Fun Do Good Practice: Move, Play, Reflect, Connect).
4. Leveraging Your Blog to Build E-Products for Sale
Tara Mohr, Megan Auman, and Tara Gentile led a fabulous session about Leveraging Your Blog to Build E-Products for Sale. I took pages and pages of notes, but I particularly liked their words of wisdom for people (like me!) who sometimes have trouble asking for money in exchange for their products and services:
- The more money you make, the more good you can do.
- You can serve more people if you are fueling your work with funds.
- Charging properly for your work gives you a sustainable way to work on your passion.
5. Connecting with friends
|Hanging out with Siel/Green LA Girl|
- Beth of My Plastic-free Life
- Jesica of SurfPrayLove
- Jessica of NRDC (Natural Resource Defense Council)
- Meg of Short Fat Dictator
- Members of my virtual social change book club
- Morra of Women and Work
- Siel of Green LA Girl
- Sloane of The Causemopolitan
- Rachelle of Magpie Girl
- and many more!
6. Together Counts' BlogHer 5K
I ran the BlogHer 5K with Siel/Green LA Girl, which was a real milestone for me, since I've been Embracing Resting this year after injuring my toe.
7. Book Recommendations
- Blog Blazers: 40 Top Bloggers Share Their Secrets To Creating a High Profile, High Traffic, and High Profit Blog
- Digital Warriorship
- The Lifelong Activist: How to Change the World Without Losing Your Way
- What We Say Matters: Practicing Nonviolent Communication
- The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (and a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology and Lived to Tell the Tale
8. Being in one space with over 3,000 women writers
Many of the women I talked with found the size of the conference overwhelming, but I found it inspiring to be in one space with over 3,000 women writers who have found a medium that lets them express themselves and connect with others. Pretty awesome.
9. Plane ride with Julie Daley
Julie Daley of Unabashedly Female and I shared a lovely non-stop 90-minute conversation during our flight to San Diego. A real treat.
It wasn't until I stepped off the plane into sunshine, soft winds and palm trees that I realized, "This isn't just a conference, this is a vacation!"
It was my fifth, and favorite BlogHer conference, largely because of the location. The San Diego Convention Center was light and airy. You could even see the sky and trees from the dining area. Because the Marriott (where most of the attendees stayed) was close by, people could escape from the conference hubbub, and chat with people by the pool. Lovely!
11. Vegan food options
Every meal and break had a vegan option and a gluten free option. Maybe this is normal for conferences nowadays, but I thought it was pretty special.
If you'd like to check out a BlogHer Conference, I've listed a few below, and I'm sure that there will be more (e.g. BlogHer Food, BlogHer Business) scheduled for 2012:
- BlogHer Handmade: September 15-17, 2011 (St. Paul, MN)
- BlogHer Writers Conference: October 20-21, 2011 (NYC)
- BlogHer '12: August 2-4, 2012 (NYC)