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I Ask: Seven Questions About BlogHer But Not REALLY About BlogHer

Welcome back to the Late Enough Advice Column: I Ask. You Answer.

So I know y’all fall into one of four categories:

  1. I don’t know what BlogHer or the BlogHer 2010 Conference is
  2. I don’t care about BlogHer
  3. I wish I was going to BlogHer
  4. I am going to BlogHer

So I have questions for EVERYONE because I’m oversensitive TOO!

But first the basics: I’m going to BlogHer.

If you don’t know what the BlogHer conference is, well, I don’t either. But from what I’ve gathered it’s the biggest blogging conference. And it’s about bloggy stuff. And companies are there, too. And really big important bloggers. And really little but STILL IMPORTANT bloggers.

And me.

And I don’t really like people.

Or I don’t like how people make me feel. Which would be UNCOMFORTABLE.

So besides going and not talking to people, what are your suggestions for situations such as:

  1. I see a really famous blogger?
  2. I see a blogger I don’t like or strongly disagree with?
  3. I run into a blogger who only likes the one other person that I know at BlogHer?
  4. No one wants my super cool buttons, stickers, or business cards?
  5. Wait, back to number 5. How do I even give OUT my business cards, buttons and stickers?
  6. What can I do to make you feel more a part of when everyone else is at BlogHer and you are blogging at home? And feel like all the PFs (potential friends — pay attention people) are now BFFs and you don’t count (even though you DO)? I want to use Twitter and my blog to help! (You can also check out BlogHer At Home.)

So those first 5 questions can be answered by anyone in categories 1-4, also known as EVERYONE since falling outside of those categories seems difficult. And the last question is clearly geared towards those who wish they were going to BlogHer (category 3) OR people who didn’t go last year and remember the suckage of it all (previous category 3s who have moved to a category 4 person).

And finally, if you ARE going to BlogHer and want to meet up, let me know! Comment here, email or DM me. Because I REALLY want to meet you, too! (This isn’t a question but neither were most of the other ones.)

PS. Seriously, help me out. Because my current plan if things go south is going in disguise.

Photo courtesy of my son. To see the series of (six) pictures of him and I go here. But don’t be surprised if you don’t recognize us AT ALL.

Answer that I quoted and also got a little jealous. Walt wrote: By all means, HAVE FUN at Blogher. I’m going to the Star Trek Convention. (And then he wrote and I quoted) Rock out with your Blog out. Spater Gator

Answer that helped me to get over myself. [email protected] wrote: I don’t think I’ve planned enough for this. I’m going, and yet I haven’t bought new clothes, and I haven’t even figured out what time I’m arriving, and part of me wonders if I’ll be wandering around aimlessly while all the pretty girls meet up and swap blog stories, or something. Business cards? What are those? Am I missing something? This is supposed to be fun, right?

Alex Iwashyna

Alex Iwashyna went from a B.A. in philosophy to an M.D. to a SAHM, poet and writer by 30. She spends most of her writing time on, a humor blog (except when it's serious) about her husband fighting zombies, awkward attempts at friendship, and dancing like everyone is watching. She also has a soft spot for culture, politics, and rude Southern people who offend her Yankee sensibilities. She parents 2 elementary-aged children, 1 foster baby, 3 cats, and 1 puppy, who are all Southern but not rude. Yet.

30 thoughts to “I Ask: Seven Questions About BlogHer But Not REALLY About BlogHer”

  1. I don’t have any answers because I’m feeling like a loooooooooooozer blogger lately.

    But have fun! :o)

    Seriously, I would write something more, but I got nothin’.

  2. I don’t quite fit into the four categories. I care about BlogHer (I can’t WAIT to hear all about it from all my favourite bloggers!), but I don’t wish I was going. I’m not a writer (heck, I’m a Non-Blogger) so I’m not really interested in the actual conference/sessions part. And I’m just too darn shy to go for the social part. I don’t do well in crowds of people. I’m not good at just introducing myself to (semi-) strangers.

    Anyway, I have NO IDEA how you hand out business cards/stickers to people. Other than, “Hi, I’m Alex. Hey, ya want a sticker?” 🙂

    So I will feel a bit left out, but I know there are still a bunch of other bloggers who aren’t going, so that makes me feel a bit less loser-ish. And I’d love to get updated on how things are going. I can’t wait to hear about it – especially from your perspective, Alex!

    1. Darn you SHANNON!

      I guess I should’ve expected you not fitting into a category with your non-blogger blog…

      I will definitely keep you updated. And I’ll need YOUR support as I navigate all these PEOPLE.

  3. Oh really? Shucks. I’m trying to find it so I can feel all good about myself. Anyway, my little funk will end as soon as I’ve milked it for every last drop. (just kidding) (kinda) 🙂

    Anyway, seriously, I can’t think why anyone might not want to meet you – your blog is great! Funny and relatable. You might just have to fend them off. Throw a handful of buttons into the crowd and dodge.

    1. Aw, man! Now I’m going to be in the corner by myself. Maybe I’ll get my roommate to take pictures of me in the corner so you’ll know what the corner looks like for next year.

      And the smile and say hi? best advice ever. seriously

  4. Oh how I wish I was going!!!! I didn’t even realize that it was such a big until just a few months ago. But next, next year I will be there, even if that means I have to give up Starbucks for the year.

    If I was going this year, I would totally hide out with you. I dislike people, they also make me feel uncomfortable. I’m the queen of awkward silences, just because I can’t think of anything to say.

    Good luck, and have a blast.

    1. YAY!! I’m totally sending you my info… (let’s just hope we manage to hate everyone EXCEPT each other… because that’d be awkward… But make some EXCELLENT blog drama)

  5. 1) I am not going to the conference, as I’ve got to attend a conference for school on the other side of the country in Seattle.
    2) I wish I was going, even though I’d be one of those ‘little-nobody-knows-who-the-heck-she-is’ bloggers.
    3) I think we might have fun together- I would totally hang out with you.
    4)I’ve got a plan for your buttons, stickers, etc- Have a few cocktails and then start passing them out. Always makes it MUCH less awkward. If not for them- at least for you.
    5) My numbering doesn’t really fit with any of your questions, but I just thought I should number my response.
    6)Can’t wait to hear about it.
    7) ps. I actually like people (well, I don’t like stupid people), Do you think that means I won’t fit in with other bloggers like you guys who apparently hate people?

    1. Okay so I NEED people who don’t hate people. Because a) who else would talk to me and 2) I WANT to be comfortable around people

      So you’ll be PERFECT at BlogHer next year. And I will just follow you around and make WAY MORE FRIENDS. And maybe you can drink and hand out BOTH our buttons!

      Or we will have to meet up another time. A Late Suz Rocks Enough conference.

    1. It’s going to be awesome because we both have each other’s backs. Or just really awkward to mingle.

      PS. Without you, I would have probably sold my ticket by now. Or died of people fear.

  6. I can’t wait to hear about it! You’ll do fine. You can always do what I do in a novel situation…watch and learn. Someone surely knows how to hand out all kinds of stuff super well. And you are observant. Or maybe that only works with making sure I don’t goof with my utensils at stupid fancy dinners that I don’t want to go to because I always spill and I like to pick things up with my fingers and… Back to BlogHer – have fun.

    1. thanks!! and finding someone who is comfortable doing this (a blogher-pro) is a great idea! i wonder if it will look weird that im standing a foot away from them and copying everything they do?

      1. Way low on the weird meter. You’re supposed to exchange ideas, learn from pros, take lots and lots of notes. AND HAVE FUN. Think of it like doing Rounds while Interning. Except the fun part.

  7. I fit in as a category 1. So here are my answers even though I really don’t know what you are doing!

    1. Go up to the famous blogger and say how much you enjoy their blog. Before or after this, turn the sound off on your phone, pretend like you are checking it, and snap a picture.
    2. I would be too weeny to say anything. So I’d just walk away. Plus, blogs are opinions (for the most part) so everyone is entitled to their own beliefs and feelings, even if you don’t agree with them. But if you feel brave, you could always run up and yell at them!
    3. Create an airtight schedule with your one other comrade so that person can not steal her away from you at any point in time!
    4. Everyone loves free stuff – even if they don’t particularly know what it is for.
    5. Anyone you meet, walk by, sense in the area… give something to them. Or, just start slipping them into people’s bags, purses, etc. Drop them in their laps as they check their phone or email!
    6. Blog about it? I don’t know cuz again, don’t know what you are doing!

    1. these are AWESOME ideas…

      i especially love the sneaky swag hand off. maybe i can just stick them on people’s BACKS! HAHAHA!! Wait, that probably won’t win me any friends…

  8. I’m not brave enough to go to those things alone. So I would take a friend…or rent one to take. And I have this whole inferiority thing going on, so there’s no chance in hell that I would be able to hand out anything that has my name on it.
    Have fun!

  9. I don’t think I’ve planned enough for this. I’m going, and yet I haven’t bought new clothes, and I haven’t even figured out what time I’m arriving, and part of me wonders if I’ll be wandering around aimlessly while all the pretty girls meet up and swap blog stories, or something. Business cards? What are those?

    Am I missing something? This is supposed to be fun, right?

    1. It’s so funny because I was totally thinking after posting this that I need to focus on having fun more than anything else. So you are spot on!

      Although I do love my business cards.

  10. I’m not going to Blogher but I’m going to Bloggy Boot Camp in a few weeks so I feel like I’m in the same boat as you. I don’t know what to expect and I haven’t really prepared all that much. I did just get business cards, although they didn’t turn out quite as good as I had hoped. I’m pretty good after a few glasses of wine (I’ll like people), and if I go the vodka redbull route then I’ll really love people (ESPECIALLY if kareoke is involved). What does this say about me pre-drinks? I tend to sit back and watch what happens and make jokes to whomever is sitting next to me. I hope I know that person, but I know that I won’t, because I have never met any bloggy person IRL. I guess all that I can suggest to you, and to myself, is to not be an asshole, and you’ll do fine 🙂

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