Tuesday, September 20, 2011

the truth is...


the truth is... reading white text on a black background makes me dizzy.
the truth is... I love my blogging friends a lot.
the truth is... I hate having to click out of my reader to finish reading your post.
the truth is... BlogHer was 'just okay' for me.

Gasp! What did she just say?! Just okay?!

I only liked BlogHer, not like-liked or loved, just liked. I've been thinking about this post since the week I got back, processing my thoughts and trying to decide what to say. A few of you were anxious to hear what I had to say and wanted to know what I had learned. I didn't want to let anyone down.

I mean, roaming the expo hall was awesome. Who doesn't like free stuff? Going to all the parties was fun. Who doesn't like free booze? Spending time in lovely San Diego was relaxing. Who doesn't like a vacation? Hanging out with new {and old} friends was fantastic. Who doesn't like friends? Put all those things together and it sounds like a rockin' time, right?!

But wait... isn't the point of a blogging conference to learn more about blogging or how to become a better blogger? {Of course networking is important, too, but I can network for free.} I didn't enjoy the conference part of the conference as much as I hoped. It was big. Really big. 4,000 bloggers is a lot of people. It was all a little overwhelming. The sessions were, for the most part, overcrowded and not what I expected. The descriptions they gave were one sentence. How am I supposed to know if I'll enjoy the message of the session when I get one line of information?

I'm very lucky that I got to go to BlogHer. I realize that. But it just wasn't for me. I'm still glad I went, I don't regret it. How else would I know that it wasn't for me? That being said, I will not return to BlogHer next year. I'll miss the people, the stuff, the booze and the friends. Never say never... I'm not saying I'll never go back, just not next year. And I'm not trying to deter anyone else! If you've always wanted to go and are able to, go for it! Everyone will have their own experience.

I will be attending SNAP! in April 2012. It's a conference for "creative bloggers". I think the smaller size and more specific target audience will benefit me and that I'll return home with useful and helpful information for me.


I hope that all makes sense. I'm not bashing BlogHer at all, they do great things! I'm just letting you know that the conference wasn't for me. I did take away some eye-opening information from one session that I'll be sharing soon.

If you went to BlogHer and have posts on your experience that you'd like to share, will you post them in the comments? I'd like to see what others thought, too. :)

 xoxo, christa

3 comments:

  1. Whoa. SNAP! might be just the conference I'm looking for! I read about BlogHer before and after the fact and it just doesn't seem to fit my personality. But I'm definitely going to check into SNAP! some more. Maybe I'll see you there?

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  2. I've always thought that BlogHer would be fun but I think I would be really overwhelmed by that many people. I get really shy and introverted so I feel like I really wouldn't get out of it what you're supposed to.

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  3. I've heard similar stories from others who have gone to BlogHer. I don't think a conference that size is my thing either. I will also be attending Snap Conference. I went this year (when it was Creative Estates) and loved that it was a small conference and you could actually spend time getting to know people AND gain valuable information. I'm so looking forward to SNAP! Can't wait to meet you! :)

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