Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Thanks, BlogHer15, for the Memories

Thanks, BlogHer, for the memories.  


This was my fifth time attending the BlogHer conference. I thought I knew exactly what to expect. I knew I would take a goofy picture or two, hear/meet a celebrity or two and find something fun for a blog giveaway. Check, check, check.

I got to meet and chat with Sheryl Underwood, who was as funny and nice as I had expected.
I've shared my photo with my guy, Acquaman, and I've got two things tucked away for a blog giveaway later this summer. 
 
 
I had two goals specific to this BlogHer. I wanted/needed information on better organizing my every growing photograph collection. I also had seen several sponsors offering headshots that I could use on social media. I hoped to get a professional photograph that one day might be on a book jacket or the electronic equivalent. I did attend a session on photo organization and it should be helpful. I think I need more than one session, but it's a good start. Thanks to my friends at Prudential, one of the BlogHer sponsors, I am the very happy possessor of a professional headshot. I'm really happy with it and I plan to use it forever. Prudential provided not only a professional photographer, but a wonderful makeup person.
 
One of the things I didn't expect was to make friends at the conference. I've found in the past that I didn't come away with a lot of new blogger friends. In the past, I've generally exchanged a number of cards, but after the conference I might keep up with only one or two people. Actually I was a little nervous going to BlogHer this year. Though I'm a friendly person the thought of walking into the Hilton Ballroom knowing no one was intimidating. In an effort to be more comfortable I signed up for several smaller activities that I thought would be more my style and that was a great idea.  Ironically I sat down at breakfast the first day and found that the woman sitting next to me was speaking at the luncheon I had signed up for. For my fifth BlogHer friends seemed to appear all around me. The small events were great, but I also met bloggers while charging my phone and at the photo seminar.
 
This year the focus seemed to be more on social media in general and less on blogging in specific. I was initially taken aback by this, but as a few days have passed I'm appreciative for insights into issues I otherwise might not have gotten. I hope to be part of a social media effort that will be released in the fall, and is still under wraps. No fear, I will be writing about this issue that I am excited to share and to be part of.
 
Thanks to Acquaman I'm well supplied with tooth paste and I'm excited about the giveaway here, to come. But most of all I'm grateful for new friends and ideas. I can't ask for more from three days.

 

As ever, thanks for visiting and have a sweet Wednesday!   
 

10 comments:

Marie Rayner said...

Sounds like a fabulous experience Carol. I have always shied away from these kinds of things as I am uncomfortable with large groups of strangers, etc. You are so brave! I love your new "me" photo! It's just brilliant!

Elaine Sipos said...

I agree on your photo, it is perfect! I would have enjoyed more knowledge of social media, that is a subject that I want to keep up with!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

Your pictures are very nice and it looks like you had a fun and interesting time at the conference.

BJ PUP said...

Sounds like had a good time, and met your goals.

Annesphamily said...

Carol, you are a precious heart. When I think of the kind hearts I have met here you always come to mind. I love hearing your stories of your seminars and all the wonderful insight you share. I have never attended a BlogHer or any blogger event. Kind of sad. I wish one would pop up in Denver and I would be able to attend. I am non no tech savvy, I still need to get my personal photos autographed with my name or blog name. I see them popping up all over google since I have started my 31 days of my heritage in July. You always encourage me. Thanks for the friendhsip here. WHen I get back to NYC one of these days I just know we will be able to meet face to face. Hugs, Anne

TARYTERRE said...

Wonderful memories. Thanks for sharing your days there with us. Hope you get to implement your ideas.

Mevely317 said...

... When you least expect it!
Even tho' the probability of my getting to attend a BlogHer conference is small, I enjoy 'listening' to your perspective, and was delighted to read friends "appeared all around"!

Theresa said...

What a wonderful time! Thanks for taking me along on this journey! Sending HUGS your way:)

Paula Kaye said...

Sounds like you had fun! I would like to attend one day!

Susie said...

Carol, I feel you are a person who knows no strangers....everyone likes to talk with you. :) Blessings, xoxo,Susie