I’m currently in the airport waiting to board a plane to New York City.
Why am I going to New York City?
I should probably preface this by stating this is NOT a sponsored trip. I am not being paid to travel to New York, nor have any of my travel arrangements or conference registration fees been comped. I personally paid for my BlogHer ticket months ago and booked my plane ticket last month using my own credit card.
BlogHer is really something I’ve just always wanted to attend. The first time I heard about the yearly blogging conference was before I even had a blog. It was the summer of 2008 and I was a big fan of KathEats (still am!!). I remember Kath posting about a blogging conference she was attending in San Francisco called BlogHer and it looked like so much fun. Not only did I look forward to reading about the great events she was attending, but I also found reading about the sessions she was attending fascinating as well. It was in one of those session generated posts that I remember hearing about Twitter for the first time (though it was still many months before I caught the Twitter bug myself).
I ended up starting this blog a month later (Meals and Miles started as graduatemeghann.com on September 11, 2008) and a year later Kath and I ended up being two of the founding members of our own blogging conference (Healthy Living Summit).
I didn’t attend BlogHer that year (or the following year, or the year after that) due to one thing or another. I think in 2009 I still felt like a newbie blogger who wouldn’t fit in with the bigger bloggers (which is complete nonsense by the way – usually these conferences are GREAT for bloggers of all levels, including newbies), 2010 I couldn’t afford the time off work to attend, and in 2011 BlogHer was the same weekend as my sister’s graduation. 2012, however, was going to be my year. I started saving for the trip back in January, and can’t believe it’s finally here.
I’m looking forward to spending time with some of my blogging friends (I’m staying with one of my bridesmaids (Ashley) while in town), but I’m also really looking forward to some of the sessions on the agenda (which, of course, is one of the main reason I’m attending ).
*note just took a random screen grab, not necessarily the sessions I’m attending.
This is my first non-niche blogging conference. I’ve been to FoodBuzz and Healthy Living Summit, which are both small conferences with a strong focus on food and healthy living. This conference is HUGE and will span all genres. I’m actually interested in experiencing the bigger conference and getting to know some bloggers outside of my niche. Should be fun.
I’m pumped, and ready to soak in every bit of knowledge that I possible can! Be sure to follow me on twitter (@mealsandmiles) I’ll be live tweeting through much of the conference.
Are you going to BlogHer this year? Have you been in the past? What should I expect?
Derek was kind enough to drop me off at the airport during his lunch break. Which worked great because I didn’t have to catch a cab, but did mean I had a couple of hours to kill before the flight. Thank goodness for free WiFi!
We stopped at Publix on the way to the airport and I got a turkey sub for lunch.
My typical order – wheat bread, spicy mustard, turkey, and every veggie except green peppers.
Better than any of the options my airport has to offer. I learned a long time ago that Tampa International is pretty low on the airport eats.
Perfect timing – looks like my flight it boarding.
See ya in New York!