I know I’m new to the world of blogging, having just started in March of this year, but I’d have to be living in a bubble not to have heard about the BlogHer conference. By the time I had heard about BlogHer 09 in Chicago it was already sold out, but really, I wasn’t in any position to go had tickets come available.
With the Chicago show over, blogs and twitter are buzzing with posts like keynote presentations that made people laugh and cry or both and the thoughts of swag being given away at the conference. And now that BlogHer 10 has been announced (in New York August 6 – 7, 2010), people are already planning next years trip.
I can’t help but get caught up in the excitement, but at the same time I’m not sure if BlogHer is for me. When I read Jill’s post, from Scary Mommy, it only reinforced my fears. She compared BlogHer 09 to a trip back to high school: cliches and pranks, cool ladies and the nerds. High school was okay, but I’ll admit I’m glad it’s over. I don’t know if I want to relive it.
I’ve read blogs by some amazing women and think they’re kind of cool, but now I would be meeting them in person, they would be meeting me, assuming I could even bring myself out from behind the potted palm at the back of the room. What if these women slough me off, ignore me. The conference is for networking and sharing, but what can I offer with my limited experience. And what happens when I get the nerve to contribute and I say something stupid or irrelevant (well, it’s happened before). I’m not an extrovert personality. I mean I thought I was going to pass out when I just spoke with Erica of Yummy Mummy Club, imagine meeting people in person.
I like the idea of learning and connecting with women who have been making blogging work for them, with the women whose blogs I’ve read and admired. I just don’t know if I’m ready. Are you going?