Reflecting On My Blogging Conference Experiences!

 

    I had the distinct pleasure of being sponsored to attend a blogging conference this past weekend by Latinos in Social Media (#LATISM.)  It was an incredible honor to represent them and to have the opportunity to attend such an amazing conference right here in my own town of New York City.

    Since I only had a short time to prepare for the event, I frantically searched the internet for posts and articles that would help me to prepare for the weekend.  I was worried about everything from what I was going to wear to what seminars I wanted to attend.  Although there is a lot of information out there about blogging conferences, I wasn’t able to find any one post/article that addressed all of my questions and concerns.  Hopefully, I will be able to give you some insight into the conference in this post.

    Let’s first talk about clothing…The truth is that, although there were some women who had on cute outfits with heels during the seminars, the vast majority of the attendees had on  comfortable clothing with flats, sandals, and even flip-flops.  I realize that this attire might not be appropriate for other events, however, with the amount of running around that one has to do during the event, it is absolutely necessary.  Be prepared to be on your feet all day traveling from seminar to seminar and meeting with brands.

    Another concern was that many of the people I expected to see at the conference were people whom I had never met in real life.  There is always a little apprehension when meeting someone whom you have only interacted with on the internet.  Let me be the first one to tell you that all of the people who I finally met were equally, if not more, wonderful and amazing in real life than they were on social media.  Anyone who thinks you can’t make connections with people on social media is dead wrong.  I was so glad to finally connect face to face with all my dear friends and colleagues.

    Now let’s talk about the Swag…Yes, there are many companies who attend the conference and set up booths that are giving away free items.  I’m not going to lie and say that I wasn’t excited to receive things for free.  However, it was not the highlight of the event for me.  My main focus was networking with potential brands and making real connections with fellow bloggers.  While some people were hanging out in the Hall all day or visiting company suites, I was strictly adhering to the seminar schedule as that was my main reason for attending.

The Poise Booth in the Hall.
 

    You have to make a decision to pace yourself from the beginning.  There is no way that you can possibly do it all and see it all.  By making decisions about what aspects of the conference are important to you, you can prioritize your time to make sure you meet your goals.  Also, remember to stay hydrated and carry little nourishing snacks in your bag because you are going to need tons of energy.  I carried a water bottle and such items as yogurt and cereal bars and snacked on these in between meals during the seminars.

    Be ready to have some fun too!  I attended a total of 6 parties this weekend!  Yes, 6!  I bet you probably didn’t know that Bloggers and Moms knew how to party like that.  Trust me, they can get down with the best of them.  One of my favorite events were Kick Off Your Heels 12′ at Pio Pio Restaurant in NYC.  All of these events were lots of fun, had great food, and allowed me to mingle with some fantastic people.  It was nice to let my hair down a little bit.

The unicorn cake at one of the parties.
 

    All in all, was an experience that I will never forget.  It really allowed me to spread my wings as a Blogger and Writer.  I made connections with others that will prove to be invaluable.  Also, it validated my status as a professional and made me realize how respected and appreciated I am among my peers.  I am taking these lessons with me into my future endeavors and know that they will help catapult me into accomplishing my hopes and dreams!

 

Speaking to President Barack Obama via teleconference.
Disclosure: As a member of Latinos in Social Media, my trip to this blogging conference was supported, but as always, my thoughts and words are my own.

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Comments

  1. Isolated Existence says

    Thanks for sharing your experience. I always wondered what people wore to these events…

  2. Great summarization mija! Couldn’t agree more!
    Hugs

  3. It sounds like you had an incredible time! I loved your recap! : ) That cake is off the hook fantastic. LOVE it!

  4. I’m so glad you were able to experience some of it through my posts.  You are so kind and I always appreciate all of your support. xoxo

  5. I’m glad you had such a positive experience! I, for one, had a blast and learned a lot while i was there!

  6. Hi, Vickie.  I’m so glad you enjoyed the post.  The Poise Booth was one of my favorites at BlogHer12.  It was appealing to the eye and its representatives were extremely knowledgeable and friendly.  Although I am not in need of products to ease menopause yet, I loved the products I tried like the cooling towelettes and the cooling roll-on and will definitely be purchasing them for daily use.

  7. It was such a pleasure meeting you and hanging out with you. You are exactly the same online as you are in real life. You’re a true gem! XOXO Great post, btw. 😉

    • Lisa, it was truly my pleasure as well to finally meet you in real life. I have to say that this was one of my favorite things about attending the conference, realizing that the people I love and respect on social media are even more awesome face to face. You are as warm and as genuine as I expected you to be and I look forward to a long friendship. I’m so glad you liked the post. xoxo

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