I barely woke up on time Saturday morning. The red eye flight on Wednesday evening/Thursday morning, the late night Thursday, the early morning Friday, the late night Friday, and I was hurting. I went to breakfast, feeling a bit nauseous. The breakfast from the morning before had a variety of foods. Saturday was chockful of CARBS! SWEETS! MORE CARBS! AND PASTRIES! Blech. Not exactly what I needed. I needed protein—STAT! After piling a plateful of food that I could not stomach. I found my new BFF’s Jenn and Jen from Boston and we commenced to discuss our crazy fun night. What parties would we attend? What sessions were we going to? Would I have time for a nap? (No.)
We parted ways and I confess that I went back upstairs to close my eyes for *just* a second. I freshened up and made it through the sessions, consuming, breathing in, digesting the sessions, and learning so much. I attended the sessions entitled: Writing Lab: How to Use Your Blogging to Make You a Better Writer, Passions: Fitness Blogging: Motivate Yourself and Your Readers, and Personal: ROYO – Little Fish in a Big Pond: Understanding, Accepting, and Loving Your Small Blog. I cannot say which of these three I loved the most. They were all profoundly informative and had great dialogue. There is something magical about being involved in the conversations in the room. Being surrounded by such intelligent, talented, amazing woman was something I will not soon forget. Hangover be damned, this was something special and I drank in the time spent in those conference rooms.
The BlogHer conference had a lot of free stuff. I mean, more shiz than I could possibly imagine. The sponsors were numerous: Chevy, Nestle, Jimmy Dean (sausage), Tropicana, Wal-Mart, P&G, PepsiCo, Playskool, T-Mobile, Pilsbury, Firefox, Microsoft, and MANY, MANY more! Each sponsor had FREE! STUFF!! WOOT! I left so much behind in the hotel room, because I just could not pack it all and take it with us (You are welcome, Cleaning Staff of the Hilton. I spent all my cash on booze the night before. Consider the Swag a tip). Everyone was buzzing about the Swag! Martha Stewart had two bags of Swag to give and I kept the stationary punch—something I would have never justified purchasing myself, but look forward to using.
There was a Playdoh set given out by PlaySkool, but thank you TSA for considering playdoh a liquid. Some fine gift I gave my daughter—without the Playdoh.
There was just so much. Free $150 jeans! Free make-up! Free make-overs! Tampons! Free adult toys! Boxed food! I went to the Swag suites upstairs, where Ecco Shoes was giving free pedicures, previewing their Fall shoe collection for women and passing out cupcakes and champagne. I cannot even believe how much stuff was given out. Corporate America cares about what women bloggers think and it amazed me how much we matter, as women. It was a bit overwhelming to comprehend, as I was not expecting to see it first hand. I have been asked to review products on my blog, but THIS was mind-blowing! Fill out this survey and get this Swag bag. I have more recyclable grocery bags than I could use in my lifetime. Each one, was filled to the top with goodies.
Oh, BlogHer and her parties! There were so many activities going on all the time and many of them going on simultaneously. I was unsure before arriving in New York, if I would get into any of the parties. They were doing things differently this year and by the time I got to RSVP, they were all wait-listed. Great, I thought. I had a bit of angst, as my new BFF’s and I had each gotten into a different party, each owning our own agenda for the night. It was looking like I was flying solo.
I went to the first party with Jen from Boston. It was Bloggy State of Mind and it was so much fun! They had street dancers that were so talented! We stayed for a while, grabbed some drinks, and ate some of the yummy appetizers. The music was good and I did my white girl dance.
Next up, was SPARKLECORN! This was the party that Jenn was looking forward to and I didn’t know what to expect. The cake had peanut butter and jelly filling. There was karaoke. Even the President made his appearance. Who knew Barrack Obama would be there? (Not really, but there was a cardboard representation of Obama and people were dancing with him. I understand there was a congo line, with him leading the line). I had so much fun and the time went by so quickly. We met up with Jenn and had even more drinks! I danced even more white girl dancing and for the first time in a long time—I didn’t care that I don’t have rhythm.
Sporting my Blogalicious head piece around my neck, because I am an original. Or, something. Glow bracelets and necklaces, courtesy of Sparklecorn.
I love this picture of Jenn. It totally captures her personality. The girl is hilarious!
Sierra, Jenn’s co-worker. She was sweet and adorable.
These two girls were all dolled up in their Sparklecorn gear.
Jenn and Sierra
The next party was the one I had been looking most forward to—CheeseburgHer! At this party, there was McDonald’s food and a table to decorate your own CheeseburgHer hat. There was more dancing, more drinks and more fun!
I loved this girl’s hat!
There were plenty of places to hang out and relax, including in the CheeseburgHer beds.
Who was that masked man?
Jen from Boston—is that a Pink Twitter in your hand?
Cheesing it up!
Jenn and I
Mr. Bear, getting his cheese on.
I had a great night. I got into all the parties I wanted. I got to meet so many cool women, including Y of Joy Unexpected. I have been blog stalking her for the past couple of years. I introduced myself to her and she gave me a hug. She was beautiful in person. She was very warm and friendly (not that I expected any less from her). I was a little nervous meeting her and I did not get a chance to talk to her for long, but she was sweet. Her recount of the CheeseburgHer parties (on her blog) of the past were one of the reasons I was so excited about the party.