Sunday, August 5, 2012

BlogHer'12 - My Thoughts and Experiences

Hi! I had lots of blogging fun and instruction at BlogHer'12.  I just arrived home today after being there from Thursday-Saturday.  I thought I would share some of my thoughts, impressions and fun pictures from the conference with you today.

I attended Pathfinder Day on Thursday.  I enjoyed it immensely.  Great instructors, and smaller class size and really focused.  I am glad I was there early to get the lay of the land before the crowds showed up on Friday.

There was plenty of excitement and celebrity to spare. President Obama spoke via live feed, Martha Stewart and Katie Couric were speakers at luncheons, and Soledad O'Brien, Christy Turlington Burns, and Malaak Compton-Rock spoke on a panel.  I was impressed, inspired and touched.  I realized after hearing the ladies speak that I need to use my skills and talents in some way to help others more than I do.  I do "some" things, but nowhere near enough.

The parties were nice, but I am not one for crowds, and 5000+ people together was overwhelming at times. This was my first BlogHer, so I am thinking that the next time I go I will be better prepared for the masses of women.    The Voices of the Year and Open Mic Night were great.  The readings of blog posts were amazing.  I laughed and cried and realized that bloggers' voices can rise above it all and deserve to be heard.

As for me, I had a few fun moments in the Expo Hall. One of  my favorite bloggers, Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman was there and I was able to watch her presentation and get my picture taken with her.  She is just so warm and personable.  I think meeting her again was definitely a highlight for me.

Another fun moment for me was meeting the "Sun" from the Jimmy Dean sausage commercials.  He was so nice to take a picture with me.

The sessions of the conference were chock full of information and I am so glad that I got this great opportunity.  It is my hope that I will be able to use the information to help my blogging, help me grow my blog and to make friends and contacts with the fine women I was honored to meet.

Hope you have a great day!


Anonymous said...

Winnie, let me be the first to say three cheers for you, I am happy you enjoyed the experience and you are getting so much our of it. I must say that I am jealous you got a picture with the sun, I love those commercials.


Laurel Regan said...

I wish we'd had the chance to meet up! It was such a fun and hectic time!

Unknown said...

Hi Winnie, I'm glad to hear the experience was as good as you hoped and more. It definitely sounds worth going to! :-) Hugs Dee

Prudence said...

It was so great to meet you too! It was my first BlogHer also (& wow!). I'm just starting to add stamping to my ever growing list of crafts, so I'll be following!
(Theresa, borrowing Prudie's account!)

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TLady said...

Looks like you had a WONDERFUL TIME at your conference Winnie! Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me SUCH A SWEET COMMENT! HOPE you come back & visit again! :)

Recovering Supermom said...

So glad you had such a good at BlogHer and that you got a lot out of it! And how cool you got to meet PW! I met her briefly at a book signing a couple of years ago and agree on her warm personality.

Molly Jo said...

I'm planning to go to my first BH Conference next year. Can't wait; and now you've made it sound even more inviting!

Ann said...

Sound so amazing! Definitely want to go one day too! Love the photos : )

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing, Winnie! i love the Pioneer Woman, too! i was a foodie long before i began blogging.

it sounds like you had a great time!

take care,

Journey of Life said...

It sounds like that you had so much fun. I wish I could be there but reading this give me a closer look as what was it like. Thank you, Winnie and so happy to see your photo!

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