BlogHer10 Kudos And Suggestions

This was my first time attending BlogHer. I thoroughly enjoyed myself. Here’s a list of my kudos for BlogHer10 in no particular order:

  1. The way the sessions were organized by tracks (Geek, Professional, etc.)
  2. Opening the parties to those of us who who were on wait lists. I got into CheeseburgerHer!
  3. Being able to hear from International Scholarship Recipients. I was humbled by their work and their presence in general. All of them have a dignity about them that I am eager to gain for myself.
  4. The diversity of sessions, events and parties and of course, bloggers.
  5. The guide that included the schedule and a map of the hotel for someone who is geographically challenged like me.
  6. The ability to connect with other bloggers on a personal level – my favorite part of BlogHer hands down, though I wish that there were more time for this.

Although I am a BlogHer newbie, sometimes the best suggestions come from an “outsider”.  So here are my suggestions:

  1. Include more detailed info for people with disabilities/health conditions or a forum for us. I sometimes use a scooter but didn’t bring it. Yes there were posts and information about the excessive walking, but I thought I’d be OK after making up my calendar. Most of my events were at the hotel. What I didn’t expect was long wait times for the elevators, standing up as much as I did and the long walk to and from my room.
  2. Open the Expo Hall and Swag Recycling Suite later and keep it open later so it doesn’t coincide with sessions. The Expo Hall coincided with most of BlogHer events. What a shame that so much swag wasn’t recycled because the suite closed too early.
  3. Sponsors at the Expo Hall should recognize that those of us who write product reviews are professional bloggers. We want to meet with PR people, learn about their upcoming campaigns, talk about working with them, not just get handed something or enter a contest. Of course there were many sponsors that got the concept, but many that didn’t.
  4. Ask sponsors to provide coupons instead of actual items. It’s easier for them to not have to ship or bring items easier for us to not have to worry about getting the stuff home. I gave lots of my swag away to the housekeepers and other staff at the hotel.
  5. No sponsor should be allowed to have an event during sessions or Keynote addresses. I only know of one that did this, but there probably were others.

What were your favorite parts of BlogHer10? What do you think should change for next year?

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  1. Great summary Connie! I also agree that companies/brands that are offering parties should schedule them outside of BlogHer conference sessions. As a Scholastic 2010 Parent Blogger Award nominee, I really really wanted to attend their event. But I didn’t because it was taking place during some really excellent BlogHer learning sessions.

  2. Great points Connie! I had an amazing time at BlogHer. There was so much to learn and do it kept me on my toes the entire long weekend. My only complaint of sorts was there should have been more plugs in the inner session rooms. A few times I was in a room that had NONE. I know that TechyDad had some trouble in the Geek Lab since it was often split into two sessions going on in one room.

    Agree with you about the swag dumping by some of the PR people. Many times they did not want to talk and just pushed things and papers in our faces. Still had some great talks with some PR. Overall an amazing conference.

    Still need to gather all of my thoughts about BlogHer and type them up soon. Take care and it was so much fun catching up with you.
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  3. Love your thoughts, Connie! And was so glad to meet and share a cab with you. 🙂

    I totally agree about the expo hall – had similar conversation about how so many of the booths just were places to drop a card or grab stuff rather than have an actual conversation with a rep. Wish I’d gotten more out of that experience. And the whole conference was so huge in general – bigger than last year by far. I hardly felt like I had any time to really sit down and talk to people at all.

    I need to gather my thoughts and get them down too at some point. Ugh. 🙂
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  4. Next year’s BlogHer will likely be even bigger than this one. I think meal times should be longer so people can sit and talk to each other instead of bolting down food and running to the next thing.

    I also think people should have to register for the sessions they plan to attend, so the hotel can assign room space accordingly. There shouldn’t have to be people sitting on the floor or standing in the back. That’s always bugged me.
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