I did not feel that I networked as much as I liked although I gave out over 200 business cards and met many new bloggers this year. It was very difficult to connect with the people I wanted to meet due to the shear number of bodies and logistics of the venue. There were 2,400 people at Blogher this year!
Where BlogHer succeeded for me was in the quite moments that when I got my head out of my stats and really paid attention to who I was with and what I was experiencing. One of the best moments of the conference was the night that Beth from Fake Plastic Fish, The Green Samaritan, and @csamuels and I found a corner and had a great conversation that bounced from corporate responsibility to Buffy the Vampire Slayer to Twilight.
Photo courtesy of Crunchy Domestic Godddess.
- I had a couple of experiences that proved that I should be a food blogger. I wrote about it on Lazy Budget Chef. Spoilers – it includes Martha Stewart!
- I made it my mission as a member of the Green Team to make sure that there was signage! signage! signage! directing people to Swag Recycling Suite since I could not find it myself last year.
I dropped off several items at the swag-recycling suite.
Blogher will donate all of the items to The Salvation Army.
- There was some silly green fun like replacing disposable paper cups with reusable water bottles in the meeting rooms.
I geeked out over the lack of trash. I gotta be me.
- There was also some silly not so green fun. I met the Raving Rabbits! They stole my heart even before I bought a Wii with crazy games involving toilet plunger guns, time traveling washing machines, and controlling the game with your butt (you have to sit and shift on the balance board.) Yeah, it was as if we were made for each other.
- Stewart + Brown taught me that organic cotton clothing is more than t-shirts and yoga pants. I got many compliments on the lovely organic cotton top they gave me to wear at the conference.
Don't forget! My Remake Your Swag Challenge is August 22, 2010.