I’ve had several people ask me about my trip to San Diego last week.
It’s true- I don’t go away very often. I really don’t love traveling and all the trips related to my parents have really burnt me out. So, I decided it was time for me to take a trip for me. This is something I’ve never done before- taking a trip for me. I ventured to San Diego to attend the Blogher conference. I brought my daughter for several reasons including she too needed a vacation.
We went with the purpose of attending the Blogher conference. We did spend plenty of time touring San Diego as well. I had not been to San Diego since…well…. I think Carter may have been in office. The town has really been cleaned up and looks great!
To sum up my ideas about Blogher, here is a quickie.
Blogher itself is a network of female bloggers- kind of like a union without fees. The ladies running Blogher put on several conferences a year for different purposes. We attended the main conference which happens in August.
Anyone who ever attended Blogher seems to have raved about the SWAG. My son explained to me that SWAG stands for sh#% we all get, aka free stuff. Whatever you want to call it, there is a ton of free stuff including bags to carry it all in. If you go, be sure to bring an empty suitcase with you. Blogher Attendees pretty much take everything they can get in the way of swag with the intent of giving away what they don’t want to keep.
A lot of people like to go to Blogher primarily for the networking opportunities. This is a great place to meet other bloggers and exchange business cards. Many non bloggers go there to network with bloggers for other reasons. Out of all the business cards that we collected, at least half were from non-bloggers. By non-bloggers, we mean people from PR companies, people who want to help you make your blog even better and even a few lawyers (some of these people should have had their own learning sessions- just an idea).
Would we recommend the Blogher conference to others?
There are quite a few blogging conferences that happen for a variety of different reasons. This conference happens for the reason of ‘women blogging’. Having said that, if you are a female who blogs and you want to share that with other women, this could be the place for you (yes, there were a few males and even a few in-betweens scattered throughout the conference also bonding). If you are someone who specifically wants a more ‘technically-focused’ experience rather than a ‘blogger-bonding’ one, there are a few other conferences to check out.
and the view
The good thing about San Diego is that you can always take a perfect picture. The sky is always blue and the sun is always perfect. San Diego is like Pleasentville- it’s 72 and sunny every day. In the second picture on the left side there is a concert pavilion. At night they would host a concert and then shoot off fireworks. We slept with the balcony door open- there are no bugs since there is no rain.
I’ll share more pictures with you over the next week.
I really had a good time and I’m even happier to be home. It took me a few days to catch up with everything.
Since This week’s Saturday 9 isn’t posted as of yet, I’ll catch up with last weeks.
Saturday 9: I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight
1. Have you ever lost a lover and spent way too much time wondering what they were doing?
2. What was your favorite vacation ever?
San Diego was pretty awesome.
3. Do you like surprises? If yes, what kinds? Or are you one of those people who absolutely has to know what’s going on before it happens?
I like surprises like the quick loss of five lbs or finding a 20 dollar bill.
4. Have you ever written a poem? Feel free to share one. Or even a dirty limerick is OK.
I didn’t write it but, I always thought this one was funny…”Here I sit broken hearted…paid my nickle and only far^ed.” Remember those stupid pay toilets? Who came up with that dumb idea?
5. Did anything interesting show up in your mail lately besides the bills? Jury Duty questionnaire. Now what?
6. How many of your friendships have lasted more than ten years? Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you ten years from now? Family members don’t count.
I have monthly luncheons with a group of ladies that I met when my kids were little. We bonded at the pool- pool moms/babes. That was a long time ago.
7. Do you own a pet? If so, do you buy them presents for holidays? Do you consider your pet(s) spoiled? If you don’t own one, do you think you will one day?
My children (see way above) are spoiled. We take care of one another. I can always depend upon them and they never talk back.
8. It’s Friday afternoon and you’re planning your weekend. What’s on your agenda on a hot August night?
For “Sam” to post this week’s S-9.
9. What’s your worst nervous habit?
Grinding my teeth.