I had a much better time at BlogHer than my camera did... (1)
I went to the BlogHer conference in NYC... and I think I've been putting off writing about it. I think I'm just not sure what to say.
It was great fun... and it was overly intimidating.
I met some amazing people... and I met some, um... other people.
I felt like I was right where I belonged... and I questioned what in the world I was thinking going in the first place.
Maybe we'll just say it was a hugely overwhelming experience... an experience that I think I'm still processing? An experience I'm glad to have had.
My main (and I think most important) observation? BlogHer (and I'm sure any other big blog conference) would be best enjoyed by going with at least one person who you have made a true connection with before the conference. Not necessarily an in-real-life connection (although that would be awesome) but a solid definite person who is your "home base".
***Um... prep for BlogHer 2011 - San Diego, CA... Carrie? Wanna be my person? My BlogHer buddy? Dance the night away at Sparklecorn and CheeseburgHer with me? :)
My second main (and also important) observation??? The DSLR is great... but BlogHer requires a nice small point-n-click, in my opinion. I had these visions of getting some pics of me with some of my favorite blog people. It's not so easy to take a self portrait with the clunky DSLR. It's also not easy to hand off your big clunky camera to "strangers". So... note to self... keep your eyes open for a handy little point-n-click. Preferably one that will fit in a small party bag.
Now that I've made the point about the little camera... let me just point out the post title.
1. I had (mostly) an awesome time. The pictures I did take just don't capture that. I was disappointed all around with the photos I came home with. I do not do well with getting my camera to do what I want in hotel/conference/party type locations. I found myself hugely frustrated with my camera. Grrr.
2. I got a few photos of people... but I'm actually quite sad that I missed the opportunity to get photos with most of the awesome people I met. How did I not make myself get a photo of Casey and Kim and Sam and Emily?????? They saved my BlogHer! And Miss Banshee. She was my ROOMIE! I did not get one single pic with her! And Jodi... I actually got to really talk to her. (No pic.) And Schmutzie... I happened on a random tweet and I was suddenly sitting with her at the closing keynote. (Not even an iPhone pic) And Amanda... sweet lovely Amanda... who I most wanted to meet... and who I ended up passing in hallways in a rush more times than I could count. (Nope... no pic.)
So... I believe I had a much better time than my pictures show. I so wish I had photographic proof (even just for myself) of more of the amazing people I was able to meet by stepping out of my safe little space in Madison, NJ.
***This has gotten long... and I haven't even shared photos yet... so I'm going to break it into parts.***