Sallie is very excited to be part of the conference. I asked her to share some thoughts about attending BlogHer 08, and she was kind enough to let me share them with you here.
Top 10 BlogHer Expectations/Goals From a Rookie
I have less than 30 hours until I leave to drive to ‘the city’ to go to BlogHer 2008 and the voice in my head keeps thinking, “omg I am so nervous, what if no one likes me?” and “I have not even figured out what I am going to wear yet!”
Outside of the nerves over trivialities like how many pairs of shoes are too many (7…10??), BlogHer has got me feeling anxious. Not only am I a rookie this year to BlogHer, I don’t even blog.
What the heck would make me think I should be going to BlogHer?
Here is my driving reason -- my day job is as a PR and communications professional. Now before you dismiss me as one of “those,” let me tell you that nothing makes me want to puke more than when organizations misunderstand the culture of social media. As a sort of ambassador of social media in the corporate world, I am attending BlogHer to learn as much as I can. Not so I can recommend bloggers to corporations or sell things, or pick up new clients, but so I can take back the knowledge and communicate the culture and etiquette to organizations that want to engage (respectfully) online.
With that being said, here are some of my expectations for BlogHer ‘08 and some of my goals as I join the ranks as a Rookie.
EXPECTATION: Social and information overload. With the impending migration of thousands of smart women to
EXPECTATION: The ear muscles will get a good workout. I expect to be not talking too much, and listening more. After all, I am a self professed rookie, and what better thing for a rookie to do in a room full of smart people than to listen and take note?
EXPECTATION: Expecting to be dumbfounded, and often. There is SO much I have yet to learn, and I know at this conference someone is going to be talking about something I had no idea existed, or how to even pronounce it, or what it even does. I am positive I will have many notes that state mostly “look this up” or “check this out.”
EXPECTATION: Fantasmi-Swag. Oh, the glory of so much conference swag.
EXPECTATION: Find support. I hope that I can connect with other conference goers who will be supportive in my quest to be brave, try new things, and get over my own fears when it comes to engaging in the online world.
GOAL: Operation “Twinkle Toes.” I have an unhealthy love of shoes and the Westin is located dangerously close to my beloved DSW in
GOAL: Be a sponge. I am looking at BlogHer purely as an educational opportunity. I am here to learn, learn, learn. I want to go and immerse myself in the gloriousness that is the BlogHer culture, and soak everything up. I am looking to the gals at the conference to share their stories and experiences with me and educate me on the ways of the BlogHer jedi.
GOAL: Stop freaking out. About what to wear, if anyone is going to like me, if I will be the only one attending alone, and if I am not smart enough. Strangely enough, this fear/anxiety has also hindered my goal to start blogging. Everyone has to start somewhere, as Jory Des Jardins reminded me in her post.
GOAL: Get inspired. Get brave. I am looking at becoming inspired to try out my own creative ideas and starting my own blog, which for many reasons I have been hesitant to start.
GOAL: Becoming the Change. I’m fortunate to be in an interesting position in my job where I get to be what I call an online ‘native guide.’ My goal at this conference is to equip myself with roadmaps, tools, relationships and the knowledge that will help me to navigate and guide groups respectfully through this newer online culture jungle.There is a decided gap in how bloggers feel they are treated and how PR professionals think they are doing in this space. Believe me, I hate it when people scrunch their noses when they hear the word ‘PR’ just as much as bloggers hate being pitched bad pitches.
As Gandhi said “Be the change you wish to see.” Big movements start as small changes. I for one want to see a better understanding of the social media world and better guided relationships between bloggers and organizations. What better way to continue the dialog of understanding, than to embrace and become the change.