7.12.2009

Conference, Clothes, and Cards

I'm going to let you in on a little known fact...(I have been to Blogher)

Yeah, I barely had even started blogging, and I heard about a blogging conference at Navy Pier. I asked Husband if I should go...he said sure...so I went.

I. WAS. CLUELESS...but I went.

So there I am...little ole me walking into the big blogging conference. Who sits down next to me (I kid you not, in at least three of the sessions) Bossy. At the time...not only did I have no idea who she was...but at one point, I thought she was stalking me (no, Bossy was certainly not stalking me...she stalks John Cusack fer Chris'sake)

Who else did I plop myself next to? Rocks in My Dryer Shannon. She dumped a TON of info on me, she is a smart cookie.

I did not keep in touch with them. I didn't know that blogging is about networking. I didn't know anything about blogging AT all. (I did however, by complete dumb luck, meet and keep in touch with Formerly Gracie...yay! I wish she was going to Blogher this year.)

Flash forward to now. Blogher is in Chicago! This time...I have a CLUE (at least I think I do;)

I had to think about that first Blogher, because I have spent way too much time sweating what I'm going to wear:P I did go shoe shopping this weekend (success=not). Now I realize...at night, I'll be wearing hot jeans, a cute top, and black patent stilettos. You know what else...during the day, I'll be wearing hot jeans, my favorite Nocona cowboy boots (hot and comfy) a cute top, and I'll probably top it off with a sassy jacket (it's cold in those hotels).

So...if the crowd goes dressy, I may pop in at home and switch out the jeans for a little pencil skirt, or dress...I don't have to pack, so I can play that by ear a bit. I'm just done thinking about it:P (and so lucky I don't have to pack)

I just can't wait for Blogher! If I can give you one little piece of advice from my doe eyed, newbie at her first conference experience...it would be...Get business cards made.

Seriously. Just get your name, and your url on a white card. You will be SO glad you did. Go to Kinko's, order from Zazzle...whatever. Would you like to see mine? I love how they turned out...hold on...I'll run take a pic...(sing the Jeopardy theme song while I'm gone....lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo, lo...)

OK...that took longer than I thought (truth be told...I'm watching a cheesy show Maneater with Sarah Chalke...cheese:P)...any way...here is my business card...
Don't you love 'em?!? I LOVE 'em! Illustration on front...business on back...cute and to the point;)

Now it's roll call...who's going to Blogher? Show of hands...and what'cha wearing?;)

37 comments:

  1. i can't wait to meet you, you seasoned blog conference professional, you!!
    xoxo

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  2. I'm going. Got my business cards already. And am totally freaking out about what to wear. I don't own any hot jeans, so I think I need to go out and buy some. Marshall's is calling my name!

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  3. Not going to Blogher...have fun and your outfit sounds terrific!

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  4. Crap. I really need to go shopping. I was supposed to lose 20 pounds for Blogher, but seem to have forgotten. Is two weeks enough time?!

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  5. I'm not going, but have fun! I can't wait to read all about it!

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  6. GREAT cards! No idea about the clothes yet. Hope to meet you!

    And I will be just as clueless as you then, even though I've been blogging for 9 months.

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  7. I can not wait for BlogHer. Still trying to figure out what to wear. Good thing there is so much shopping in Chicago though.

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  8. I'm going, but have no clue what to wear. We'll see. It changes daily!

    Also, I remembered your advice about the cards, but haven't had a chance (or cash) to print any. Hoping to grab a few bucks and get a few made cheaply!

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  9. That looks amazing!!!! Great job. :) And thanks for the clothing tips... I was planning the same thing, only my fave cowboy boots are on a container ship to England, so I will have to make due with a more sensible set of Keens during the days.

    Stilettos with a touch of leopard will be my bad-ass shoe of choice for the cocktail hours. ;) (I swear they are way less trashy than they sound!)

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  10. Very cute cards! I have the cards and stuff, but I'm not going. My priorities dictate that I'm home for my kids' birthday party. I KNOW! What a strange mom I am!

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  11. Going pregnant so who knows what I will wear. A large potato sack? Orthopedic shoes? I'll be lucky if I make it to the evening events and don't just fall asleep. Or maybe I will sleep through the conferences and just hit the parties? Either way, hope to meet you. Where did you get your cards printed?

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  12. NICE cards! That's one thing I've got done...out of about 2,007 things on the list!

    Great tips on what to wear... I need me some hot jeans, I guess!

    I hope to meet you there

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  13. I'm going! I wasn't gonna do business cards but you've convinced me!

    Those are so cute! You did a great job with them, and I LOVE Rockdrool's new look!

    I'm just wearing lots of comfy cute stuff & going from there ;)

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  14. Meee! I'm going. I'm in the western burbs and taking the Metra in, so there will be no "popping in at home" if I have a wardrobe change in mind...but I still don't know what I'm wearing so I guess that's not nearly an issue yet. :)

    See you there!

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  15. I WISH I were going to BlogHer. I was planning on going. It is only two hours from me. But it is also only two weeks from my due date. I don't think I'll be risking it. :(

    Awesome cards! Have a fabulous time for me, would ya? :)

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  16. I guess I need to get the cards printed, huh?

    P.S. I'm wearing maternity clothes and VERY comfortable shoes! ; )

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  17. You have no idea how much I wish I could be there, too!

    As far as wardrobe goes, I'm sure no matter what you wear you'll be HAWT! It's awesome that you'll be able to slip home to change it needed.

    Very cute cards!

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  18. I will not be going. Maybe some day Blogher will come to my neck of the woods. Probably not though. No hotels for twenty miles. Bummer.

    Have a great time. Love the cards.

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  19. Those are awesome business cards! I'm going to stalk you so I can get one ;-)

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  20. I'm going. It'll be my first time. I'm really excited and a little nervous all rolled into one. What to wear? I'm a jeans and flip flops person, so not totally sure what my wardrobe will consist of for the weekend in Chicago just yet. Crap I only have 8 days to pack and figure it all out.

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  21. Oh fun! You are going to have a blast I bet. I hope you post lots of pictures.

    And yes, the cards are totally fab!

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  22. Not going. I'm in a wedding that weekend. BUT...I can't wait to read all about it on everyone's blogs. Love your cards!

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  23. I am! And I'm wearing jeans, because that's all I ever wear...

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  24. Love your business cards! I am not going, but I am going to be stalking everyone's posts/photos.

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  25. I so want to go to BlogHer! Poo.

    I looooove your biz cards! So cute!

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  26. I'll be there and I still have NO idea what to wear!!!!

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  27. you're so damn cute woman.
    cannot wait.

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  28. I wish I could go to BlogHer but we don't have the money. Maybe next year. I would LOVE to go to something like that. Of course I'm terribly shy and will probably feel like a dork and people will be looking at me going, "Who is SHE?"

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  29. I wish I could be going! I don't think I'll ever get to one though.....

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  30. I wanna know how I've never heard of you??! Vodka put me onto you. And your post is reminding me of Amy's at bitchinwives...

    OK I'm emailing you...business, girl, business :)

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  31. Just got my cards delivered yesterday! As for clothes, I will likely be bringing my entire wardrobe because I never know exactly what I feel like wearing until the very last minute and if I bring very specific outfits, I will have major remorse because I didn't bring that cute black tank top or those new white jeans or ... Crazy? Yes.

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  32. I'm gong - business cards - check - wardrobe - I really didn't even think about it - but I keep seeing all these tweets about fancy dresses! I think I am IN trouble as I was just going jeans and flip flops - don't think that will work

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  33. That's a great design! Love your layout!

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  34. I am so glad you posted this.

    I am SO NERVOUS! And I have no idea what I'm wearing. I'm hoping for the best when I do some last minute shopping this weekend, and I have no idea what to look for.

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  35. Oooh, get you! Those look fab!

    Have a great time -- would have been great to meet you IF I was going, but couldn't really fit it in to the budget on account of just getting back from very expensive month-long trip to the UK!

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  36. Just found you from Braja's blog and so. glad I. Did.!! I'm also a going to Blogher 09 for the first time (ok, so didn't mean for that to rhyme - ok I'll stop now.) But anyhoo - I'm a newbie and the biz card idea - GREAT Idea. Any other advice for the blogher virgin?

    Thanks!!

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  37. It'll be my first time going. Hope to see you there!

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