I am so excited! Come next week, I will be in San Jose, California for the 10th annual BlogHer Conference. AKA the biggest, baddest blogging conference for women bloggers. I have been waiting to go for this conference for ever. Each year, I come up with a new excuse. Well, not an excuse per say, but I have never really had the financial freedom to attempt to go. There is always something more pressing to attend to. Last year, however, I decided that come hell or high water, I’m going to the BlogHer Conference in 2014 (and incredible things happen when you say, ‘come hell or high water …’). This is their 10th annual conference, so they’re making it a bigger, badder conference. Something tells me that I have chosen the best time to attend this conference.
While meeting new bloggers and exploring a new city will all fun to do, I have one major thing on my agenda: to increase my network, so I can increase my net worth. Kpom kwem. C’est finit. That being said, I do look forward to meeting new people. I don’t personally know anyone who will be attending, so it’ll be interesting to see how many friends, if any, I make before I leave. I have never attended an event like this before. I don’t know anyone personally, and to my knowledge, no one knows me either. For now.
I don’t know what to expect. I mean, I have the list of activities and their dates and times, but I still don’t know what to expect. I haven’t packed a single thing because I am mostly confused about how many things to pack. How many clothes should I take? What about shoes? How many times would I have to change in a day? What kind of clothes should I take? I would like to carry only a hand luggage because I am paranoid about checking my luggage in. It’s not a straight flight, so I fear that someone will forget to transfer my luggage to the new plane, and I would be in San Jose with only the clothes on my back. So, yeah, I don’t want to check in. It’s not a straight flight because I literally could not find one single straight flight on any airline from Baltimore to San Jose. Overall, the flight going is be about 8 or 9 hours.
BlogHer has been kind enough to develop a Buddy System. Basically, if you’re new like me, you can apply to have a veteran attendee guide you and personally look out for you. I like the idea, but I am yet to sign up. I’m afraid that I’ll sign up and then when I get there, I’d want to explore solo. Worse, I’d really feel like a liability if someone has to “turn down” because of me. Maybe I’ll change my mind before the conference, but for now, this is where I am.
The BlogHer Conference means a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s for fun and/or for hanging out with their friends. For me, I’m looking at it as a business trip with pleasure perks. I don’t know what – if any – opportunities will arise after/due to this conference, but I’m praying for divine favor. The blogging world is so competitive for those who want to blog for more than fun and for more than a pair of shoes. I’ll be attending the BlogHer Conference as the Underdog. And the Newbie. And the Freshman. And the Rookie. And the JJC. Whatever name you want to call me.
One thing that I am so grateful for is that in spite of the conference’s total hefty price tag (conference fee, travel, hotel, miscellaneous), I did not have to pay for it with my “personal” money. Verastic paid for it. I’m looking forward to Verastic paying for my Range Rover and buying me a mansion. Speaking of the Range Rover, have you seen the newest one? Oh, my God. Yes, I still stalk Range Rovers on the highway. So beautiful.
Anyway, a girl can dream, right?
P.S. Just in case you’re reading this and you’ll be at the BlogHer Conference, let’s plan to meet and greet (and possibly hug).