Worms, Women & Wheels - My 1st BlogHer
My Mom, Jody DeVere CEO of AskPatty.com, invited me to attend the Blogher 2011 Conference on behalf of AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women. I am so grateful for the opportunity. I am a Mom of two beautiful kids ages 4 and 6, there is so much for us "Mom's" at BlogHer it almost overwhelming! I’m new to the blogging world and started a blog about worms and organic gardening.
BlogHer 2011 was held in San Diego CA. with 3,600+ attendees at the Marriot and San Diego Convention Center. BlogHer supplied an endless list of parties, sessions for learning and many inspiring speakers. The EXPO, OMG! Just packed with fun free new stuff. I loved how so many sponsors and attendee's supported causes that help our children, people fighting cancer and our mother earth. I wish I could have been in more places at once because there are so many layers of BlogHer11 activities happening. I was so bummed I missed the Operation Glory Flash Mob and the Ford on Foot Family Road Trip picnic!
As a 1st time newbie BlogHer attendee I found everyone very approachable, (even Smurfette). The women have so many positive and helpful blogs. I loved talking to everyone about what they blog about. I found women who are passionate and want to make a difference. Starting from parenting, life styles and cooking as well as being green, organic products and fighting to keep our air clean. I was there mainly to talk about AskPatty.com Automotive Advice for Women and "She" was well received. The women all loved the Ladies Guide to Automotive Repair and often commented; “What a great idea to have a trusted place for women to ask any of their automotive questions." I felt so proud of what my Mom has created and I know she has worked hard to make this possible.
At the kick off session newbie breakfast meeting we heard a talk from the committee chairperson Lisa. She announced that Blogher 2012 will be in New York and shared many interesting facts like how women make up a large percent of the blogs out there today. Now it all makes sense why BlogHer is so huge. Then I was whisked off for BlogHer speed dating and introductions by the BlogHer co-founder's Jory, Lisa and Elisa. I met so many women 90 seconds at a time in a 20 minute period. Whew! I think that was just to warm you up.
We all dashed away for a session of our own choosing or to get support from the Geek Bar. I went to a session on leveraging your blog to build e-products for sale. The panel offered insight on how to be graceful in your approach to marketing and how to identify what kind of e-product you want to offer. The great wisdom I leaned while I was there. Blogging is an individual perspective.
So, no matter how many of the same blogs there are it is your perspective and that’s what makes your blog valuable.
The women of BlogHer really know how to party! You had several to choose from. We went to the Peoples Choice, Sparklecorn, Aiming Low and the McDonald's awesome CheeseburgHer parties. We danced and socialized all night long. My Mom would have loved to see all the cute puppies up for adoption at the People’s Choice Party. I could not believe the all you can eat McDonald’s burgers at the CheeseburgHer Party. BlogHer is networking and socializing on steroids. I talk to women all day and night about AskPatty.com, my family and my worms. I felt a connection with all these women. I related to them. They have a passion to share, hoping to help someone in need by sharing their experiences through blogging. BlogHer11 helped me see that I am not alone and I can reach and help people with my blog.
Marie DeVere McClain
Blogging at The Planettarian
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