Finding Common Ground At BlogHer 2010

I felt it as soon as I got in the line set up for BlogHer attendees to check in at the hotel.  As I stood there, I knew we all belonged. It didn’t matter whether we were Mom Bloggers, Sex Bloggers, Fashion Bloggers, Green Bloggers. I smiled hellos to those around me, those I had never seen or even know about before. Some returned my smile, some said hello, some looked away. I was tired from my early flight and wanted to get to my room. There were no conversations at that point.

Later on though, I craved connecting with others. I did find some online friends that I wanted to meet in real life and spent time with them, but I also introduced myself to individuals and groups of women. I had no idea what type of blogger these women were. It didn’t matter to me.

My main reason for attending BlogHer was to network and connect with other bloggers. I also wanted to meet PR people to gain opportunities for my blog. I met women with purple hair, women carrying babies, women wearing tutus, women in casual dress, some in high heels and full make up. I spoke to women who cussed like sailors, some who were in wheelchairs or other assistive devices, women with tattoos, those who gathered swag like it was gold and those who turned up their noses at the Expo Hall. I met women who flocked to decorate sex toys, some who popped into the hotel just to sleep, some who cried hearing the International Scholarship Recipients speak and those who danced the night away at parties.

Yes, we’re different. We’re not all Mom Bloggers. We’re not all trying to change the world. We’re not all earning money from our blogs. We’re not even all women. But the common ground at BlogHer 2010 was that we are a community, like it or not. If you attended BlogHer you became part of that community. Voice your opinions about what was amazing about BlogHer10. Make suggestions about what you didn’t like. BlogHer has a small team that coordinates this yearly event and they listen.

Next year, I plan on spending more time at the sessions and at the hotel. I plan on becoming a part of the BlogHer community by connecting, listening and learning. And partying a lot more.

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  1. Amen Connie! What a great take on the BlogHer experience. I think that if more people went into BlogHer with an open mind and who knows what will happen approach they would enjoy things a lot more. I had a semi-set idea on things, but did not get upset if it did not work out. I went to 5 sessions and wish I had spent a little more time at the Expo Hall and seeing people during the day. Still thrilled with those I met, the things I learned and so on.
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  2. Glad you had a fantastic time connecting. Enjoyed all of pictures on Facebook. 🙂
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  3. Connie Roberts
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    Thanks Beth. BlogHer was a very emotional experience for me. I did have some disappointments but it was due to my over-scheduling and not expecting to feel so drained. I learned how to handle it better for next time so I can enjoy it even more.

  4. Connie Roberts
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    Thanks for taking a look at my photos Laurie. Of course I wish I had taken lots more 🙂 Meeting others was the best part of the conference for me and I can’t wait for another conference.

  5. Great post. We’re so glad that we met you this year!
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  6. You’re so lucky to have gone to BlogHer! Was this your first time? I have never been, and I’ve heard both the good and the bad about BlogHer, but I would love to be able to go one day. Maybe the next one.
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  7. Connie Roberts
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    @EvilSlutClique Thrilled to have met you two. You helped me let down my hair and really enjoy myself. Thank you for that!

  8. I wish there had been more sessions where I could have learned something I don’t already know. I feel like there needs to be a, I don’t know, expert blogger track? They usually email out a survey after the conference asking for feedback.
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  9. Connie Roberts
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    Yes JMom this was my first time at BlogHer, but it won’t be my last. I hope to see you at a conference soon 🙂

  10. Connie Roberts
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    Hi Elizabeth, I tweeted about how to send my suggestions and got a reply right away. I emailed and got a back and forth email exchange within a few hours. Try it!

  11. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.
    I tweeted you but you must have been busy busy.

    Sorry I had to bail on you as a roomie but I did a post explaining why!

  12. BlogHer gets better for me every year. I met up with old friends and introduced myself to bloggers I admire, all of which were gracious and welcoming.

    I’m already saving for next year.

  13. Hi Connie, it was so great to meet you! Someone from my own city meeting up in NYC! LOL

    This was an awesome post and I am so with you on being more involved with the sessions and all around Blogher experience. I am looking forward to next year!

  14. Oh you are so right that it is about the community and the connections and so not about any of the individual differences. So glad you had fun – as I think just about everyone else did, too!
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