I’m “back” from my very first BlogHer conference ever, and y’all? It was epic.
Besides the keynotes from amazing speakers like Girl Scouts’ CEO Anna Maria Chavez, Journalist and Starfish Foundation Founder Soledad O’Brien, #BlackLivesMatter Co-founders Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tometi, Essence Editor in Chief Vanessa De Luca, and writer, producer, and director Ava Duvernay; the sessions packed with information designed to take our blogs to the next level; and all the action at the expo; there was so much excitement and unbelievable awesomeness that I had to narrow it down for you guys.
If you’re following @mymommyvents on Instagram–and if you’re not, what are you waiting for?–you’ve seen just a small part of the fun I had. Condensing my entire BlogHer experience into a 15 second video just wasn’t possible, but if I spilled everything, you’d still be reading about it at Thanksgiving.
In a day and half (I didn’t attend on Saturday and Sunday because we were celebrating DaddyVents’ birthday), I managed to see, meet and take pictures with people whose blogs I’ve been reading for years. I rubbed shoulders with folks I’d only seen online or in magazines. I got to be in the same room as some of the Greatest of All Time. I didn’t want to overwhelm you with amazingness, so here are my personal top three, most epically awesome moments from BlogHer 2015.
#3 Winning a prize from Amazon.
The #AmazonAtHome suite featured the latest Amazon devices, top toys and games for the holidays, information on the Kindle FreeTime app, and the new Amazon Fresh and Amazon Baby Registry services. Each day, prizes were randomly given out to attendees who stopped by, and I was one of them! I already love my Kindle, so it was great to be given a gift card to fill it with more books, apps, and magazines.
#2 Having a question about my picky eater answered by Heidi Murkoff.
If you’ve ever been pregnant, you’ve probably got a copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting on your bookshelf. Imagine the author giving you in person, expert advice on what to offer your two year old–that’s what happened to me! At Happy Baby’s Get Happy event, I asked about The Emcee’s vegetarian preferences, and got a list of foods to include in his diet, along with the reassurance that it was okay for him not to want to eat the chicken I’d made for dinner. And then, I got to chit chat with Happy Family founder and CEO Shazi Visram about the yummy Happy Tot pouches that my son enjoys.
#1 Meeting MrsTDJ, Awesomely Luvvie, Danielle, and all the #BLMGirls.
I remember reading MrsTDJ’s blog and loving the way she told stories. She wrote with such a passion and fear of cats, just like me. It was so great to finally meet her, the big sister I’ve had in my head for years. She gave me the biggest hug, and then told me how short I was. I’ll have you know that I’m 5’5″ and three quarters, thank you very much.
I’ve read Awesomely Luvvie for a while and have always learned and laughed. Her take on pop culture with a healthy dose of today’s social issues are just a few of the reasons why she’s winning the internet. I had a total fan girl moment when I met her–like mouth open, awkward grin, and the most breathless, gushing introduction ever. “YoutoldmetosayhionTwitterandthenIsawyouandohmygod!” But it was crazy that I was actually able to speak to her, because I’d just been reading her words in this month’s Essence Magazine.
I’ve known Danielle since 2012. We’ve talked, laughed, and poked fun at each other. We planned the Mommy Conference together. We talk almost every day–but we’d never met each other in person until BlogHer. It was like meeting a best friend. It was great to be able to support her as she spoke about the tips and tricks to focus, organize, and get work done. Along with Sam Horn of The Intrigue Agency, Dani taught us to think like a CEO, and gave us the tools to tackle blogging with ease.
Bloggers Like Me is a community of bloggers designed to support and emower one another. I’ve met so many great women online that it was like a family reunion when I finally got to meet them. Dani and I met up with Phnewfula of Shop Happy Mango and Keisha of The Girl Next Door Is Black for lunch, and the ladies of Digital Sorority gathered us together for an evening of cocktails, natural hair, and bonding. We chatted and strengthened the friendships we had begun online, got advice, and had a great time.
I had the greatest, most epic, most awe inspiring time at BlogHer! Will I see you there next year?