I was blessed with an amazing opportunity this weekend. Can you imagine meeting and networking with one of the most encouraging online communities for women?
Representing a company I love, I packed my bags, kissed my husband and babies goodbye, to jump on a plan to Las Vegas.
First and foremost, I need to tell you how “Over the Moon” I was to see my sweet Toni Girl. This girl has encouraged me with my online endeavors for sometime now, she’s let me vent about life, cry when I needed to, and most of all, laugh when it was obvious that’s all we could do. She lives miles and miles away from me, yet I feel she’s always there when I need her.
At BlogHer ’09, I was there as a Label Daddy Representative, but also as a blogger. This time, Label Daddy trusted me to be there as the “Head Honcho”. It was odd being there as a company rep only. I had the chance to see the conference in a different light, seeing how bloggers, women, and conferences look to companies for support.
One particular company had all of us “Poken” each other.
Another, set out to talk to us on a personal level. Healthy Choice, took a select few to a beautiful brunch at Bouchon. We talked food, we talked blogs, we talked social media, we talked about how relationships can be effectively developed between companies and bloggers. I got to sit by the Food Scientist. This guys KNOWS his food, quite impressive! Not really knowing the job of a Food Scientist, I wasn’t prepared with questions, but this will come soon. (Do you have any? I’m happy to submit them to him.)
Okay, so I’m KICKING myself for not taking a picture with Tiffany and Heather. I mean, where the hell was I, that I didn’t take a pictures with these Rockin’ Mommas!? As I kick myself a million times, I’ll just let you in on who I DID get pictures with. Check, Check, Che-Check it out:
Thoughts of hashtags, #beatcancer #sitscation #vegas #bwe, #tonifail, #bucklostagain, #jackhole, #swoopandsurround, #sugarcougar, and my personal favorite #saraexhaustedandoverwhelmed, drifted in and out of my brain as I passed out the entire flight home. It was shocking that I fell asleep before the plane left the runway and I awoke to, “Passengers you are now arriving in Houston, TX. Weather looks to be mild, high of 77.” WHOA! I feel sorry for the person next to me! She probably thought she was sitting next to a zombie.
All in all, great opportunities were had, amazing names were put to faces, and memories were made beyond my day-to-day life as a Mom.
The Secret to Success IS Support, whether you’re a blogger, sponsor, company, PR rep, speaker, tech guy, friend or spouse tagging along. Who knew?!
Thanks Tiffany and Heather for a successful conference! Wait, I DID get a picture of them:
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