BlogHer14 – 20 Observations & Reflections upon Re-Entry





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8. Iced Coffee Stations presented by Baileys Coffee Creamers – THIS. This was a godsend.

 

 

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9. Speaking of coffee, I won a Nescafe Dolce Gusto Coffee Maker – yay me! This things rocks, but the capsules/pods are a bit pricey (and I couldn’t snag additional boxes from the booth).

 

 

10. The Party formerly known as CheeseburgHER. – I’m not usually a fan as in previous years it’s been held in a dark hotel ballroom with few places to sit and hours old McDonald’s cheeseburgers and soggy fries. This year’s “BlogHer14 Closing Party” was held in an outdoor space. Rather than heat trays full of cheeseburgers and fries, we had a McDonalds Food truck on hand… and even table service for the truly lazy bloggers! Someone at our table even convinced a McDonald’s server to bring us a bottle of wine! Not to mention Rev Run of Run-DMC at the turntables.

 

11. Conference Breakout sessions. Although I had planned to attend every session that interested me (since there was no conflict with sponsored parties), I only ended up attending one.

The Visual Web | Get Started in Video: Easy Tools and Strategies” lived up to it’s name. While I am no means a veteran of YouTube (please, subscribe to my channel!), the content provided was aimed at someone who has considered making videos but has yet to take the plunge. Still, the panelists were engaging, helpful and inspiring. I wish I had stayed until the end to learn more about Google+ Hangouts On Air from Jyl Johnson Pattee from Mom it Forward, but Tig Notaro’s keynote was happening and I wanted to make sure to get a good seat.

 

 

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12. Khloe Kardashian appeared at the Hair Infinity booth with 4-6 bodyguards in tow…seriously? Although, I must say, if I was forced to be locked in a room with a Kardashian, it’d be Khloe.

 

13. With 4 locations designated as host hotels, there wasn’t that overall BlogHer buzz. There was hardly any activity in the lobby of The Hilton San Jose and very little in the way of signage that a BlogHer Conference was taking place. Even the short indoor walk to the Conference space seemed quiet.

 

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14. Room drops. – We received a single mini cupcake. Possibly made from Lentils. I’ll never know.

 

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15.  Sponsored BlogHer approved events – In past years, I’ve attended some great events like Social Soiree, The Hasbro Party, and Social Luxe. The problem is that these were staged outside the official conference, with brands piggybacking off the influence that is BlogHer. This, while not paying the sponsorships fees required to be an official sponsor. And, we’re talking some big brand hosting these outboard parties.

In my mind, to compensate, this year, BlogHer offered up some official invite-only events. I attended 2, held in hotel conference rooms. Each event probably had less than 50 invited attendees. These were less like parties and more like mini product showcases. Honestly, I was a little disappointed that the Magisto App was billed as: Video Editing With Magisto at BlogHer ’14 when in fact it is an automated App that takes your video and photos and puts them into a video, complete with transitions, filters and music. Fun app, but not really hands on video editing. Click the image above to see for yourself.

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  1. 1. Arianna’s keynote was actually hilarious, I wasn’t expecting her to be so funny.
    2. The Bloggess is now following me too! I was happy about that :) love her blog.
    3. I missed those Skype chargers! Boo. I still have the similar-looking one we got in Anaheim, though, from one of the sponsors.
    4. I have a funny Hilton elevator story too … 2 youngish guys w/ a cooler full of beer, asking if anyone wanted any / wanted to go party with them, lol.

    Was good to see you!

    • It was great seeing you too…
      Whenever someone tells me they haven’t read The Bloggess, I tell them to go to her site and search Beyonce the Chicken. Other than Dave Sedaris’ Me Talk Pretty One Day, I have never LOLd so much while reading!

  2. Tig Notaro was a highlight for me. I highly recommend voices of the year. It’s too bad BlogHer doesn’t provide dinner!

    I envy your selfies. I am really bad at taking them!

    • I hate selfies, too… But, know, that I only post publicly after I doctor them with MoreBeaute2 iPhone app! (Keep waiting for PicMonkey to release an iOS app… I need their weight loss tool! ;) )

  3. I ate the cupcake. Most definitely made of lentils or the earthiest flour known to humankind.

  4. I made the mistake of pausing too long to check a text message
    while K Kardashian was in the Expo and seriously thought I was going to get
    frisked. Overall, BlogHer14 was a great experience for this newbie.

    • We were sitting behind the Hairfinity booth (on that little San Jose stage) and saw her come in with her body guards. I thought they were about to ask us to leave.

  5. I really enjoyed your recap. I could relate to almost every word EXCEPT the pet thing. It would have made me very uncomfortable to be in a setting like that with dogs. But I guess they could have been around me and I didn’t even notice. I think I saw one in the exhibition hall…he (or she?) was pretty chill, though.

    I’m glad to hear the perspective of a veteran vs. a rookie. It didn’t exactly live up to my expectations and it sounds like from you and other vets, it may have been better in past years. If they bring it to the east coast next year, I might consider attending again.

    • I was missing my new puppy, so the canine companions we’re a nice way to connect. All the dogs I saw (about 3, I think) were extremely well behaved. If I didnt want the dog sitting at my knee during lunch, the owner wouldnt have let him be there.

      I hope it’s in a large city or Vegas ;) There wasnt much to see in San Jose. When it was in NYC and Chicago, I came in early to see the city.

      Thanks for reading!