BlogHer '11: My Itinerary

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Disclaimer: If you aren't at all interested in BlogHer or my conference plans, go ahead and skip this post.

You had to know it was coming--this is my first in a series of pre-BlogHer conference posts. See, it's coming up next week, and I am EXCITED. I love the annual BlogHer conference so much. This year has shaped up to be an extremely expensive one for me (cross-country plane tickets are not cheap right now, and neither are hotels), but it's absolutely worth it. However, since I am spending so much, I have promised myself to absolutely make the most of the conference this year. There is an increasingly popular sentiment from BlogHer old timers towards going to the conference but not attending much, if any, of the programming. I understand this sentiment and have ever subscribed to it in the past, but this year, I really want to "get my money's worth" and take in as much as possible.

That means an itinerary. I am not married to this plan, but it's what I'm thinking right now.

Thursday: Pathfinder Day
Pathfinder Day is something new this year--a full-day small group session the day before the official conference starts. I'm going to be attending the session with Ree Drummond and Kathryn Finney, "My Blog as Media Company." I'm honestly not sure why I picked this one, since What If No One's Watching? is far from media company status, but I'm sure I'll learn a lot. The session blurb is:

How to monetize and widely distribute your content, building an ever-larger media footprint. Spend the morning talking strategy, and how to organize yourself to achieve scale. Spend the afternoon exploring whether achieving that master plan is your dream come true.

On Thursday night, I plan to hit the Expo Hall and the People's Party, followed by the Queerosphere get together.

Friday: Day 1
On Friday, I will hit breakfast, but skip speed-dating, as it gives me hives. Then I'll start on sessions:
Session 1: I'm going to start out on the Minding Your Own Business track with the
"Bad Blogger Pitches (The Other Side of the PR-Blogger Relationship" session. As I'm interested in building my reputation and possibilities as a product reviewer, this seems like a really good place for me to start.
Session 2/Session 3: After lunch, I'll hit my second session. I think I'm actually going to go for the double full-afternoon option, in the The Write Brain track, "Essential Blog Content Development Workshop." I've been chomping at the bit for more writing-centered sessions at BlogHer since I first started attending, and I am psyched to see this programming this year and can't wait to take advantage of it.

On Friday night, I want to take in at least some of the Voices of the Year Community Keynote, and then I'll be getting my party on. I'm not sure which parties I'll be attending--depends largely on what my friends want to do. I'm a big fan of Sparklecorn, though, so I'll likely spend some time there, and I'm intrigued by the Open Mic idea, so I want to check that out.

Saturday: Day 2
I'll do breakfast again on Saturday, then hit some more sessions:
Session 1: I haven't decided on my session for this slot yet. I'm intrigued by two options. First, I'd like to check out the Minding Your Own Business track session, "
Your Blog Can Make You a Social Media Marketer," but I'm also interested in the sponsored session, "The Path to Healthy Financial Balance," since that's sort of one of my issues right now. I'll have to wait and see how I'm feeling about it then.

I may or may not take in the lunch keynote, and I think I'll skip the first afternoon session and see what other trouble I can get into at that time. I do want to be back for the last session, though, as Karen Walrond has a session on "Owning Your Beauty: If We Change the Conversation, Can We Change the Culture?" on the Change the World track.

After that, I'll either attend the closing keynote (I am curious about what kind of speaker Ricki Lake is) or take another break, and then I'll see what the night holds with parties.

Wow. Now I'm REALLY excited.

Are you going to be there? What are you doing? Is my schedule missing something awesome? Leave me a comment or get in touch with me--I'd love to hang out!

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I am super excited! I need to go look at what sessions are available before I go so that, like you, I have a plan. Last year I didn't plan ahead and then it was so tough having to decide that morning what I wanted to do. I loved the sessions last year. I'm not so keen on the parties, though I admit I had a lot of fun with you guys at Sparklecorn (watching the dancing was truly priceless).

I would really have liked to do one of those all day sessions but I booked my flight for Thursday so I won't even get there until midday. Should have planned better for it.

um. where the fuck is MAKE OUT WITH LAURA?

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