I’ve been talking about going to the BlogHer Conference for over a year now. It’s a weekend-long event dedicated to women and blogging, and I really wanted to be a part of it. My husband surprised me by buying my registration and hotel as a Christmas gift last year (Hubby of the year, right?!) I’ve had my ticket for eight months now and the Conference is finally here!!!
But this week, my excitement has sort of morphed into a mix between anxiety, stress and nervousness. As if looking at the agenda and seeing the overwhelming number of events isn’t scary enough…. then there’s the pressure of looking good, meeting people and networking. Of course, that’s the reason why I’m going in the first place (at least the networking part), but I’m going to be one of 3,000 attendees! What do I have to offer that no one else will? Will I be fun enough? Social enough? It’s a little scary going solo as a BlogHer newbie.
After reading a bunch of #BlogHer11 tweets and seeing how everyone was running out to get new shoes for the cocktail parties, I went shopping at lunch today to get a new pair too. And I almost walked out with a new purse too, and then I stopped myself. If I need a new bag to feel like I “belong” at BlogHer, clearly my priorities are messed up. Where are all these negative thoughts coming from? Why is my stomach in knots?
Perhaps it will help to have some goals for this weekend:
1.) Introduce myself to as many people as possible, hand out my business cards (and collect some too), and meet a few new friends
2.) Attend as many of the workshops as I can and soak in as much information as possible
3.) Get out of my comfort zone and attend a few parties
4.) Remember that I deserve to be there just as much as anyone else. Be Confident!
Tonight, I plan on packing, plucking my eyebrows and getting a good night’s sleep. I hope to arrive tomorrow night fresh, excited and eager & willing to learn.
If you happen to see this girl this weekend, please say hi!