10 Unconventional Take-Aways from #BlogHer14
Yes, I’m home. Along with 1800+ women (and a few men) that are going through the process of re-entry (#ReEntrySucks) in to their every day lives. For me, I’m struggling. Struggling to write something profound and heartfelt regarding my experience at #BlogHer14. All I have left in me is silliness. What heartfelt thoughts I did have made it in to my post for Chicago Parent that you can read HERE. And since I wrote the Unconventional Getting Ready for #BlogHer14 post, I thought I would do the same for my “official” recap. So here goes.
My Top 10 Unconventional Take-Aways from BlogHer14:
1. BlogHer bacon is magical. For the second year in a row, I became enamored with all things bacon every morning at breakfast. Bacon became my main entrée with a side dish of every thing else. We stole bacon from one another’s plates when friends weren’t looking – with no shame. We waxed poetically with friends who weren’t there about the bacon at last years BlogHer. And we sent each other texts like this when we arrived home:
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To the powers that be – pretty please make sure there is always bacon??!!
2. I didn’t freeze my booty off. Thank you to whomever the mad geniuses were at the San Jose Convention Center for keeping the air conditioning at a comfortable level, despite the warmer than usual temperatures outside. Not once did I feel the need to bring my fuzzy blanket from the hotel and wrap myself in it in order to feel my fingers so I could take notes.
3. I’m still enamored with accents – and apparently I have my own! Whether it be the smooth Canadian speak of my new friend Trina from Walking With Scissors or the sassy Scottish stylings of the Ginger Warrior, I could listen to people who sound differently from me all day. And there were quite a few people who figured out I was from Chi-CA-Go within three minutes of me opening my mouth. Apparently I have an accent, although I don’t hear it. Hopefully that’s a compliment right??
4. I am the queen of power! Power chargers that is. Thanks to my Anker backup charger* (which also works for my iPad) I was never without my technology. Because it has TWO places you can charge from at the same time, Sam from Airplane Rides and Guacamole Sides and I spent quite a few times attached via charging cables so that we could both charge AND use our devices at the same time. Wanna make new friends at a blogging conference? Offer to help someone charge their phone when theirs is almost dead. I guarantee they will be your friend for life. (I’m not sponsored by them in any way, I just love this charger. I was able to charge my phone SIX TIMES on one complete charge of this thing! *affiliate link).
5. It’s okay to come home without massive amounts of swag. I’m sure I’ve just lost some people with this one. Last year was my first BlogHer and I went swag-crazy. Because the conference was in Chicago (where I’m from), it was easier for me to bring things home. I didn’t have to think about packing or checking bags, how much my bags weighed, etc. So I brought a LOT home. This year, it was a totally different ballgame. Being a massive over packer, I had ZERO room in my suitcase for anything additional. I did make a run to Target the night before I left to grab a soft bag to pack with me in case I needed an additional checked bag. I didn’t use it. Here’s the thing – it would have cost me $25 to check an additional bag. Whatever I filled it with better be products that were more in value than the $25 it was going to cost me to bring it home. Nothing was for me. I appreciate all of the time, energy and hard work each of the sponsors went in to designing “swag” items for us. I’m not disparaging the quality of items in any way! But for me, it didn’t make any sense to pay to check a bag to bring home a new Monopoly game that I can go to Target and purchase for way less than $25. So I removed the entire idea of swag from my equation at the expo and I found that I enjoyed walking around and networking with the brands much more. I came home with a pad of paper, a book from The Bloggess that I purchased, some window clings from the Mrs. Band (awesome idea!) and a set of trivets from Cuisinart that were small and easy to pack. That’s it – unless you count a belly full of Baskin Robbins ice cream!