BlogHer 2010: My Thoughts and Impressions

I spent most of last week in New York City for the BlogHer 2010 conference and it was a blast!  I got my tickets pretty late in the game this year, and was lucky enough to be able to go at the last-minute but it was such a wonderful experience that I’ll be purchasing my BlogHer 2011 tickets as soon as I can.  I travelled with my mom, who also blogs at SewingBusiness.com, and it’s the first time that we’ve gone anywhere together in probably a decade so that was a lot of fun for me too!  Here we are at the newbie breakfast with Julie from Whiting Consulting, Kay Lynn from Bucksome Boomer’s Journey to Retirement, and Maggie from Maternal Dementia.  They were three wonderful women that I had the great fortune of running into again and again over the course of the conference – quite amazing really in a sea of 2,400 other bloggers.

The conference was really very well run and completely organized – there were signs everywhere, on every floor of the Hilton in Manhattan, and the conference guide served as both guidebook and map to the event.  The exhibit halls (two floors worth) were well laid out, but always packed full of people.  Living in the country as we do, the hardest thing to get used to was the crush of bodies on the streets outside the hotel, in the exhibit halls, and the elevators (four banks of elevators – each serving only certain floors, created a bit of a logistics issue), but everyone was very friendly and it became just another way to meet people, like Jenna from Bucktown Bargains whom I met repeatedly in the elevator.

There were so many things to see and do on each day of the conference that I knew we wouldn’t be able to do everything on the three page schedule I had printed out before we went, but the event that I looked forward to the most was the Bacon, Eggs and Coupons Breakfast for frugal and coupon bloggers that was hosted by Inexpensively and sponsored by RedPlum and RetailMeNot just to name a couple.  Here we are at the breakfast with, from the left, my mom, Kay Lynn from Bucksome Boomer’s Journey to Retirement, me, Heather from Passion For Savings, Krista from ShopAtHome, and Heather from Inexpensively.

A few other awesome women I was happy to have met include Kim Danger from Mommy Savers and author of Instant Bargains and the Complete Book of Baby Bargains (she was fabulous – just super nice and down to earth!), Stella from Savings.com who we had a great time with at lunch on Friday and Saturday, Erin Gifford from Coupon Cravings, and Tracie from Penny Pinchin’ Mom.  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again next year in San Diego!

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