Last weekend, I attended Day 2 of Blogher. I had originally intended to attend the whole conference, but I knew that I couldn't enjoy our family vacation and Blogher, so compromises had to be made.
I chose to attend the 2nd day. Which just happened to be the day that Kerri Washington was going to be there.
Even though I only attended one day of Blogher, I could automatically sense a different Blogher.
It wasn't as crowded.
The swag was……non existent in comparison to my last trip to Blogher.( Not that I need swag, but the bag they gave out was so empty it was almost not even necessary)
The format was…different. More like Ted talks.
I went to two sessions: one was not as advertised( I mean talking about how great YOU are rather than talking about something the people in the room can actually use….) and the other was unexpectedly just what I needed.
But unlike conferences past, I didn't have a notebook full of tips and resources and things to do NOW. I don't have lots and lots of photos because frankly, other than a few selfies and Kerri Washington, I didn't feel the need.
What was the same?
Seeing friends. Meeting new ones.Discovering folks that had me wondering: why don't I follow you?
Making a connection with the great folks over at Artifact Uprising.
Having a few great conversation with women who I met in the bathroom.
Watching A Belle in Brooklyn interview Kerri Washington.
Listening to Luvvie explain “alphet”.
Unexpectedly enjoying Arianna Huffington and being inspired to “sleep your way to the top…in 8 hours”.
Maybe if I had attended both days.
Maybe if I had been able to attend the parties( I heard the closing party with Rev Run was awesome).
It leaves me wondering about do I even WANT to try another Blogher? Do I really want to try another blog conference? Have I outgrown them? Are they worth the expense?
What do you think? Were you at Blogher? Did you notice a difference from Bloghers past? Will you go again?