BlogHer ’11: The Agenda

by Red Lotus Mama on July 11, 2011 · 8 comments

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If you haven’t heard already, BlogHer’s yearly conference is coming to San Diego in 24 days! The local businesses are buzzing with excitement waiting for the flood of bloggers to hit the Gas Lamp Quarter. Every day I receive an email about conference parties or sponsors. Blogs (including mine) are decorated with party badges and posts. Bloggers are asking about who is attending, what they should wear and what they should be attending. The hashtag #blogher11 will consume Twitter streams for the next month.

I have attended the BlogHer conference the past two years, traveling to Chicago and New York. I had told myself that I wouldn’t be attending the next conference if it wasn’t in California, so you can imagine my excitement when San Diego was announced as the 2011 host city! It meant no cost of flying, no strategic packing of SWAG, and maximizing conference offerings! My personal goal for BlogHer ’09 Chicago was to meet all of the bloggers I had been reading or had becoming friends with online. BlogHer ’10 New York was supposed to be the ultimate double date since The Boyfriend was flying out to meet me and Miss’ boyfriend lives there. At the last minute Miss had to back out and I got a full conference pass. The Boyfriend was such a trooper taking Miss’ place at sessions and parties.

This year my goal is to hug and chat with my online friends, but also to meet bloggers I haven’t met before, attending sessions that will help my blogging goals, schmoozing with sponsors and attending lots of events. There are so many things being offered, many overlapping, that it is impossible to attend everything. So far my calendar looks like this …

BlogHer '11 Agenda

The trick is to plan your agenda based on what your conference goals are. To help plan my personal conference agenda I reviewed the session agenda, selected which ones peaked my interest based on topic and speakers. I follow sites like MomSpark to see what unofficial events are being offered. On Twitter I am following the #blogher11 hashtag and created a list of the sponsors. Finally, I am staying flexible for get togethers or events that might pop up.

If you are going to BlogHer ’11, happy planning and let me know if you have any questions. I hope to see you there! Stay tuned for my “what to wear to BlogHer ’11” post …

Amy July 11, 2011 at 8:20 am

Thank you for the mention!

Red Lotus Mama July 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

You are more than welcome! Thanks for keeping your site up to date with all the events being offered.

Sondra July 11, 2011 at 8:22 am

Less than 24 days away?! God, I need to get ready. Thanks for the reminder that this is coming up so quickly.

Red Lotus Mama July 11, 2011 at 8:23 am

I had to count the days on my calendar TWICE to be absolutely sure that I wasn’t going crazy!

cam July 11, 2011 at 2:42 pm

this will be my first time going and after reading this post… i feel completely unprepared! ha!

Julie July 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm

You have no idea how happy I am to be able to drive to BlogHer, and not have to worry about the weight of my suitcase.

Angela Quisumbing July 13, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Thanks for sharing this valuable information. This will be my first time and I have yet to buy my ticket. I am going to buy my full pass tomorrow. Thanks for the extra push! I’m so excited to start planning and for the actual conference.

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