Sunday, August 12, 2012

BlogHer Recap

You can see the first part of my I'm In New York for BlogHer12 post here. Oh how naive I was when I sat down to write that post on Thursday morning. The fact that I wrote it Thursday, but didn't get a chance to touch it up and post it until Friday should have been an indication of the whirlwind that was to come and that is BlogHer. I should have guessed then that I would reach a level of exhaustion, hunger and pain that I have never experienced before, but would be topped by the fun that I was having. The pure excitement I felt to finally be at BlogHer and in New York is what kept me going.

The days after I wrote that post recapping my Wednesday night would go by faster than I could ever imagine. Thursday would start off as relaxing morning at a private party. The fact that this was my breakfast though should have signaled that craziness that would come in the following days.

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Instead Kathleen and I visited FAO

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and then met up with our remaining two roomies to take a carriage ride through Central Park.

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We carried on to see Rockefeller Square,

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the Empire State building,

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and then I had my last real food of the day.

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It was DELICIOUS.

I then ran around the city going to different events. I flew solo for the night and I have to say, thank you to all the wonderful ladies I met and that made the effort to talk to me. My number one tip for BlogHer is to smile and say hi. Hopefully you'll get a smile and a hello back. You may make someone's day. You will probably make a friend.

I met the very sweet Heija in line who got me through the door and the first part of the party.

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I was then very lucky that two wonderful ladies decided to chat me up. Vicki and Jacki totally picked me up by complimenting on my shirt that I would later find out was on backward. I'm glad they did because I had so much fun with these two for the remainder of the conference.

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Later than night I picked up Jen and Kailee in a sex toy shop by suggesting Kailee put cream filled penis cupcakes on her baking blog. Lucky for me they thought I was funny and not totally creepy and I got to hang out with them most of the conference as well.

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The remaining days where a whirlwind of lines for the elevators, trying to get get into the sessions that everyone else wanted to, navigating the expo hall and of course some amazing keynotes like THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES (yes bloggers are that awesome)

Martha

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Katie

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and other bloggers during Voices of the Year.

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Need some inspiration, a good cry, or a laugh? Check out these VOTY posts.

I also filled it with fun,

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Best picture evah

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(taken from here)

and friends.

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Roomies!

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and at the end a bit more sightseeing.

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I met so many amazing people at BlogHer and I wish I could have spent more time with all of them:

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Jen

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Kate and her husband who I still like even through she lived in San Antonio and is a Mavs fan.

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Eileen
John and Duffy
Diana whose story I knew, but didn't know it was her's until I she explained her tattoos to me.
Rebecca
Amy

There are so many more that I can list because I had such a great experience with everyone I met. Thank you all for helping me make my first BlogHer experience an amazing one!

3 comments:

  1. I'm so glad I met you! Penis cupcakes for life!!!!

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  2. It was, truly, so much fun to meet you -- and I'm quite glad to see how much fun you had in the city.

    I love seeing the picture of the chickens in the restaurant window -- growing up (I grew up in northern NJ), when we went to Chinatown, we'd only ever eat in restaurants that did just that. As a general rule, it was the easiest way to find authentic cuisine.

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  3. I'm so jealous - looks like you had a blast!!!!!! I'm going to NYC the last week of November for the Rockefeller Center Tree lighting. You have to give me some suggestions on where to go!

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