The 'Going To BlogHer Annual Conference' Facebook Group

The 'Going To BlogHer Annual Conference' Facebook Group

We at BlogHer are always looking for great ways to connect members of our community, especially when it comes to our conferences.

Each year we strive to help attendees make personal connections ahead of time, because arriving onsite is much more fun when you have already assembled a posse, even if that posse only includes one person besides yourself!

Something with which we've had enormous success over the past two years is our official attendee Facebook group, which I moderate. (Hi. I'm Melisa. Nice to meet you!)

 

Attending #BlogHer16? Join the Official Going To BlogHer Annual Conference Facebook Group!

 

Our official #BlogHer16 Facebook group is a place where you can network with other attendees, ask questions about the conference, find a roommate, and lots of other things including receiving lots of conference news and information about official/sponsored special events first.

Attending #BlogHer16? Join the Official Going To BlogHer Annual Conference Facebook Group!

Truth: I have been known to stay up till all hours or stand in one spot at the grocery store repeatedly hitting refresh on my email for as long as it takes when I know an announcement is imminent, just to get the jump on a scoop so I can share it in the group immediately. I do it for YOU.

The group falls under the BlogHer community guidelines, which helps to make it a supportive environment that just happens to be moderated by BlogHer staff (*waving again*).

In the group you can find docs to which you can add your blog URLs and social media handles.

We even have a "Newbie" doc so first-timers can hold hands and jump in together. We've got docs for ride shares from the airport, roommates, ticket buying/selling, and more. WE. HAVE. DOCS.

In order to stay focused and relevant, we don't share posts about or discuss things that aren’t conference-related. The group is closed, which means only the moderator can add you to the group. We invite people by email from our list of conference registrations, which is updated regularly.

The community we've created in this group is wonderfully helpful; experienced attendees are great about jumping in and answering questions about everything from recommended wardrobe (You do YOU: be comfortable!) to must-bring items (chargers! extension cords! business cards!).

First-timers feel very much at ease when they are able to read advice and get support from veterans. Of course, as moderator, I’m always there to keep an eye on things and to extend a hand to whomever needs some extra assistance.

I recently asked the members about their favorite part of the group, and here's what they said:

Rachael M: "Joining this group was instant support. People are so willing to share why going is the right choice and hold your hand while you freak out."

Judith LW: "This conference is an investment of time, money, and effort, and I feel like interacting with folks and reading the posts has helped me be more prepared and informed leading up to the conference."

Skaie K: "I appreciate that there are often questions posed that I immediately wished I'd asked, and that are then so helpful to know. It's the proverbial 'two heads are better than one' scenario!"

Julie D: "I like 'meeting' people before I go. There is nothing cooler than someone recognizing you in real life and becoming friends!"

Phyllis M: "I love that there are new folks, seasoned folks and everyone in between (in the group). It helps to make the conference experience richer."

Alexandra R: "Help with navigating BlogHer: from how to choose sessions to attend to help in finding a share ride from the airport. You're not doing anything solo with this group around."

I mean, don't you want to be a part of this? Of course you do. Here's how to get started:

1. You register for #BlogHer16.

2. I add you to the group within a couple of days.

3. You're IN.

Easy, right? (Yep.)

The group is very quiet right now, but as we creep closer to August, postings and general activity increases exponentially. The best way to make sure you don't miss a thing is to adjust your notification settings so you will be informed every time something is posted.

If you're joining in the conversations (I hope you do!) and decide that you've had enough of any thread in particular, click the drop-down arrow in the upper right corner and select "Turn off notifications".

If your Facebook information doesn't match the name or email you provide when registering, if you don’t receive an invitation to join the group within a week of registering, or if you registered long ago but never received an invite, just email me directly at melisa.wells@sheknows.com so I can get you started on all the fun as soon as possible.

See you on Facebook, and in Los Angeles!

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Melisa Wells

Expert Bedazzler, Detail Wrangler, and Eternal Optimist

Social Media Researcher @BlogHer

My personal blog: Suburban Scrawl

@MelisaLW (Twitter and Instagram)

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