Today has been some day. I had the opportunity not only to meet so many fine bloggers with like minds where it comes to blogging, I also learned so much.
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BlogHer Day 1
BlogHer put together some kind of event. There was over 5,000 people. The brands made it all possible so I want to say THANK YOU in advance. I received so much swag, I can’t even list it all. There’s just so much. I feel blessed though because I didn’t incur any transportation costs (other than gas and parking) since BlogHer12 took place in New York.
To kick the day off, I had breakfast with 2 of the 3 BlogHer Co-Founders, Elisa Camahort Page and Lisa Stone. A funny thing happened too. I met Lisa unknowing that she was who she was. I thought she was just another attendee and I began to run my yap as usual! What a pleasant surprise to discover that she was just like me – a woman who can appreciate the stories and content of bloggers as more than just babble.
I also had the fortunate opportunity to connect with some of the brands in attendance. I have to admit I was NOT expecting this. I thought this was just a simple breakfast to introduce bloggers to the Co-Founders. Little did I know that a sort of series of mini-interviews would be taking place.
Had I known that, I wouldn’t have worn flip flops! Then, again maybe I would have. Just not the silver ones.
I guess they wanted to catch us in our element. Fortunately, I had on a nice sun dress
Shortly following breakfast, I attended some of the scheduled sessions that helped me to get a better understanding of how to take this blog here to it’s best.
The morning was filled with sessions for us bloggers to learn from others. The session attended was dependent on the type of blogger you are. Being a beauty blogger, I was most interested in ways to share my content better, how to improve my visual content and connecting better with my audience.
And Then There Was Martha Stewart
Lunch was buffet style. We all convened to the grand ballroom where Martha Stewart was the keynote speaker. Martha shared a little on how her company works as well as a little about her vision. She paid homage to her employees citing them as “very hard workers.”
What I like about Martha is she seemed to be quite down to earth and transparent. She said some things while in the session that could have been considered a little….well. Like, when her mic wasn’t loud enough.
Oh, but she loves to tweet!
After lunch, there were more sessions. If you are a blogger, you should have been there
In between and after sessions, there was the Expo Hall where all of the wonderful brands were displaying their products and services. One you may find of interest:
Us women need to keep our vajay-jay’s fresh. Poise can make it happen.
Wellness and Beauty in One
One of the brands in the house was Pfizer. They provided complimentary beauty treatments in their Feel Young Wellness Spa along with a ton of health products including vitamins, minerals, ChapStick and more.
My eyes and lips were made up. My new blogging friend, Louise captured some great shots. I really got to see how well my skin is fairing since my visit to the dermatologist.
And if that weren’t enough, I had the opportunity to create a video of what product from the line made me feel youngest. I will receive a link to that video soon and I’ll share it with you at that time.
I was invited to an exclusive rooftop event at the Dream Hotel. 2 bloggers were awarded a $1,500 hotel certificate. Lovely, but one was not me.
I did however get to enjoy the rooftop experience and had the opportunity to see New York from a different perspective.
Throughout the evening, I met a number of powerful and strong women with voices. One came all the way from Paris, France. She writes for HJ Underway where she shares about her life in France. She has the sweetest spirit. Please visit her website. You’ll see what I mean.
RoomKey was more than gracious. They sent us bloggers home with a gift bag that included the olloclip 3-in-1 photo lense for the iPhone and a key card that was a USB drive containing information about the company and the recipe for the watermelon mojitos we enjoyed!
And the mojito mixologists:
The completely evening was a blast and filled with socializing, eating and drinking (lots of drinking) at Sparklecorn. The party that ended my evening was…..I’ll just let the photos speak for themselves.
Stay tuned for the recap of BlogHer12 Day 2. It was big! I’m weeding through all the pictures so I can share only the best.