Last year for BlogHer, I was heading to New York for a pretty big trip. I used the last of my funds and credit to make a small vacation out of it - I added one day on the front and one on the back. But then I ended up volunteering for BlogHer Business - I really wanted to go to some of the sessions because I was super excited about my new job at the time, and they related. And also working the conference meant I could eat for free that day and deduct one more night of the hotel room. I also attended sessions at BlogHer that related to my new job.
And then that job went away, so that particular aspect of my BlogHer 2010 was not so great, although it was interesting to expand my horizons and attend sessions I wouldn't have attended otherwise.
It really was an awesome BlogHer, and New York was amazing. I landed back in Los Angeles completely broke, but totally high off BlogHer and New York joy.
This year, BlogHer is in San Diego, and I am going by the skin of my teeth. For the first year, I am volunteering at the main conference so my registration is free. I really enjoy mic wrangling, so I'm looking forward to that.
I have new roommates this year, and it's roommateS plural, so that's new. I will sorely miss some blogging friends this year, and I am SO looking forward to seeing others.
And I'll finally see San Diego in the daytime as a grown-up. Since I moved to L.A., I've been there once for an event, but I drove there and back that night. Yes, the fact that I can drive to San Diego was integral to my attendance this year. I really am fortunate that it's local to me.
Coming into July, I was feeling a little unsure of what I was looking for from BlogHer this year. My blogging has slowed, and I've gotten back to my little blog roots, if I ever even left them really. Last year I was totally pumped up on my new job... that went away. That was such a blow at the time, that I think it's tinged my experience. Looking forward to cleansing my palate of that!
Thankfully, the BlogHer 2011 agenda came out, and my voyage to fun and excitement has begun - even if I'm still probably going to feel I'm getting there by the skin of my poorly packed pants. I love the longer sessions, and of course there's still time slots where it's going to kill me to decide what to go to. I am crazy in love with the tracks this year, in particular the "experience" track which seems super fun - although I have the most checks under Impact: Change the World and Impact: Change Yourself on my sessions-at-a-glance page.
Also, I was on the judging committee for Voices Of the Year - CONGRATS to all the 2011 BlogHer Voices of the Year honorees!!! Reading almost 100 blog posts for a deadline was completely intense, and I was so happy to be able to do it. I can't wait for this year's community keynote, which continues to be my favorite part of BlogHer since it began.
So, I am indeed really excited about BlogHer, even though I feel rather thrown together and for the first time, a little unsure about the direction I'd like to take my blog now. Which is perhaps right where one should be on the eve of BlogHer 2011. It's going to be SO MUCH FUN!!!