The Cliché Experience: BlogHer13

I had a good time at BlogHer. I wouldn’t consider it life changing, but I wouldn’t call it a worthless experience. First and foremost, BlogHer is very different from any tech conference I’ve been to. Essentially the male to female ratio flipped and it was like: bam – all these people I don’t typically interact with. I knew this going in though, prepared for it, and was truly excited about it.

But then I remembered why I tend to get along with men better than women. No, why I get along with techies better than fashion and mommy bloggers (and I mean no disrespect here!). I’m self conscious more than anyone would probably expect. I have this lovely veneer of confidence that usually sustains me, but I need to have something to keep it up. It’s like the “fake it till you make it” saying, where, when everyone is talking about certain topics I literally have nothing to add more than a nod. So then I’m like “dang, I wish I could just sit here and look cute” but in reality I know everyone is looking at me like “omg, why are you even here.”

Another insecurity that surfaced at BlogHer? My loneliness, my strong desire to have a best friend with none to call my own. I truly enjoy the company of other women and am jealous of those that have just an über strong connection with someone nearby.

Then came in Google Glass. Anyone and everyone asked me about them. Remember in my last post when I said I liked the attention? Yeah, it turns out I only like that in small doses. It wasn’t bad when people were excited about it and wanted to try it on or something, I definitely welcomed that. What I hated was the “what is that on your face?” inquires. One, because that isn’t very nice to say and two because I don’t know how to talk to people that have lived in a cave for the last 6 months. And I’m an introvert and kind of just wanted to wander in peace.

It wasn’t all “woe-is-me” though. The sessions that I went to were really engaging and informative; the keynote speakers were inspiring and made me laugh. It was a really well organized event that ran smoothly from start to finish. I connected with a lot of passionate women who I will remain in touch with. And, because they are the ones that really made my BlogHer experience, they shall get special mention below (there were others too, but I lost their cards or didn’t get them maybe). Right now though, I’m just truly looking forward to a hug from Joe and quality time with my friends from college.

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10 thoughts on “The Cliché Experience: BlogHer13

  1. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I’m also an introvert, so I can only admire your bravery in wearing something so novel that attracted lots of attention. Good for you for handling it well!

    Would you say there were some sections of bloggers on more tech-related topics? Or not really?

    1. Hey Heather, thanks for reading! There were definitely some good tech components and I met a handful of women with similar passions. It was just a lot different than being at a conference where that’s the norm.

      1. That’s good to know. I’ve never been to a conference or any event like this, but I hope to one day in the future.

        Also, it seems that I accidentally double posted while trying to figure out log-in settings to comment. I can’t seem to delete the double post, but feel free to do so! :P

  2. Thanks for sharing your experience with us! I’m also an introvert, so I can only admire your bravery in wearing something so novel that attracted lots of attention. Good for you for handling it well!

    Would you say there were some small sections of bloggers on more tech-related topics? Or not really?

  3. Can I say that I prefer tech conferences too? And I am a food blogger! Techies are just easier to talk to than all these crazy put-together ladies.

    It was super swell to meet you, and I hope we stay in touch!

  4. Oh, heart! I was just going through the business cards I actually saved from the bloggers I met at the conference and I was so goofily delighted for the shout-out here! It was really nice to talk to you at the cocktail party. I have to remember to tell my cousin to look out for you in your building. XO Kathie from Ms. Fit

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