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What I Took Away From BlogHer ’12

by Meghann on August 6, 2012

There’s nothing like an old fashion blogging conference to remind a blogger why they love to blog.

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I knew going into BlogHer ’12 that the weekend was going to be amazing. It was two full days of information overload in the ever-changing world of blogging. Not only with the sessions that I attended, but in the conversations I had with brands, fellow bloggers, and friends. There was a lot to take away on the business front of the blog, but also on the personal side. I think I’m still processing it all, and though I’m still trying to let it all sink in, there are a few points that stood out among the rest that I want to share.

1. Be Yourself

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Don’t shield your personality by trying to fit it in a certain bubble, just be you. I think this weekend was a great reminder of that. I was surrounded by bloggers of all different niches and genres. Some with big personalities, and some with quiet ones. Some with millions of followers, and some with a couple hundred. Yet we all came together under this love of blogging. The best part was, we were all unique with our own story to tell. There are thousands and thousands of bloggers out there, but only one YOU. Don’t forget the real you is the one people want to read about.

2. Have Confidence

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Everyone has a story to tell, it’s our job to have the confidence to tell it. Again, it’s one thing to be ourselves, but we have to have the confidence to stand behind it. Don’t let others walk over the story you have to tell. Stick to your guns, be proud of your niche, and prove to others you’re worth listening too. Stand your ground.

3. Take Risks

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Trojan was at the BlogHer expo. Yes, Trojan. They were distributing their new line of vibrators and a couple of friends and I spent a few minutes talking to the representatives. We walked away with our complementary vibrators and started joking around on how one of us should host a giveaway. I smiled and laughed with the group, but, the more I thought about it, the more I thought why not? The vibrator giveaway or even a post, would be an interesting risk to take. I’ve taken risks before with posts (hello, naked run! ), and have always been proud of what comes out of them. Playing it safe will never get you anywhere, sometimes you have to take a chance and see where it takes you.

4. Network With Your Peers

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Rachel wrote a great post after SXSW on how networking at the various parties was just as valuable of an experience as attending the actual sessions. I have to agree. Yes, the sessions were great at BlogHer – and I did learn a great deal – but I think I learned even more interacting with my blogging peers directly than watching a powerpoint. A group of us spent 4+ hours on Friday night sitting around a dinner table and talking our hearts about on all things blog related. It was fascinating to learn everyone’s way of doing things and picking up a few tips and tricks based off of that.

5. Remember Why You Blog

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I started this blog back in 2008 as a way to document how I maintained a 30 pound weight loss while working 40 hours a week. Since then the blog has grown and evolved, just as I have. I think BlogHer was a good reminder as to why I love doing what I do, especially after speaking with so many bloggers. I love writing about running, I love sharing ways to prepare food that doesn’t require a lot of time, money, or crazy recipe, I love asking for advice and sharing my own, I love having an outlet to journal random thoughts that come my way, and I love the friendships that have developed through it all. I love blogging, that’s simply what it all comes down to.

As I said above, BlogHer is more than just staying up to date on the latest technical trends, it’s coming together with your fellow bloggers and reinforcing why we all love doing what we do.

Thank you, BlogHer ’12 for an incredible weekend. Hopefully I’ll see you in 2013 (Chicago, baby!).

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kalli August 6, 2012 at 2:17 pm

this is a great post! love your take on blogher and love that you are really you in front of us all :)
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2 Kathy August 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Very good points and reminders….

Oh, a vibrator….ha!

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3 Annette @FitnessPerks August 6, 2012 at 2:49 pm

I really love these reminders! I totally agree-there is nothing great about being just like someone else–totally love reading a unique blog or blogger’s perspective!
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4 Sarah (The Social Eater) August 6, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Sounds like a fantastic conference. I especially like your comments about being confident and sticking to your guns. Great reminders I think I needed today:-).
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5 Sana August 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

:) I <3 blogging :) And being a blog reader!
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6 B.o.B. August 6, 2012 at 3:14 pm

All really good points. Feel free to host that giveaway. It’s one I’m sure you get a ton of entries for. LOL!
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7 Anne Marie @ Rocky Road Running August 6, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Thanks for this great post, Meghan! I saw your tweets from the conference and they were so helpful and informative also, I really appreciate you being so forthcoming with all of the expert advice and your take on it! It’s clear that you clearly want everyone to succeed along with you. Glad you had fun at the conference, it looks like it was a good time, especially the Trojan booth :-)

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8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 6, 2012 at 3:24 pm

it looks like a great experience! I love it when I’m reminded of all the great reasons I blog!
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9 Meagan August 6, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Love this post! Sounds like BlogHer was a ton of fun! Makes me get excited for HLS! :)
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10 kim@hungryhealthygirl August 6, 2012 at 3:59 pm

As a new blogger and someone who hasn’t yet attended a conference (but really, really wants to) those were great tips. I will definitely keep them all in mind when I do attend my first conference. I’m hoping to attend blogher food 2013 in Austin.
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11 Sarah August 6, 2012 at 4:41 pm

Love this! All of it! So true!

Sarah
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12 Army Amy* August 6, 2012 at 4:46 pm

Excellent tips. It sounds like the conference was very affirming. And don’t we all need some affirmation every once in a while? I know that I do!*
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13 Christine @ BookishlyB August 6, 2012 at 5:26 pm

I know it’s hard to not talk about sex without getting personal, but it is interesting that it’s a topic must healthy living bloggers won’t touch with a ten foot pole (and most refrain from using the term “sex”, instead referring it to the “mattress mambo,” “the horizontal polka, or “the deed”). Sex, and everything to do with it, really is a huge part of a healthy lifestyle! So, that being said, and I’d give you massive props if you did a vibrator giveaway.
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14 Rachel Wilkerson August 8, 2012 at 12:02 pm

+1
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15 Bianca August 6, 2012 at 5:38 pm

The prospect of a vibrator post is something THIS reader is wholly in favor of! That would not only be fun, that’d be funny in that “We’re all friends here” kinda way!

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16 Lindsay Simone August 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Looks like you and I posted pretty much the same recap photos from BlogHer today! Still sad that I never got to have my “OMG it’s Meghann” moment… at least I got to exchange a tweet or two with you! Happy to hear (read) that you had a great time ;)
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17 Megan @ Megan's Munchies August 6, 2012 at 7:37 pm

So glad you had so much fun! I love the feelings that blogging events produce! I wish I could go to one soon…it has been TOO long!
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18 Theodora August 6, 2012 at 7:40 pm

I like #3. For multiple reasons.
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19 Erika August 7, 2012 at 11:12 am

I’m still soooo totally annoyed that I didn’t get to get one! They were all out once I got there!

I never thought I’d be this hurt over losing out on a toy. ROFL
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20 Rebecca August 7, 2012 at 11:56 am

I would really like to go to BlogHer 2013 – but my husband will probably think it is lame/a waste of $$….but it seems so interesting and a great learning experience for a beginner blogger. Plus I’ve never been to Chicago!
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21 Rachel Wilkerson August 8, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Thanks for the shoutout!

Also, I loved this recap. I had never considered BlogHer before but this really makes me want to go next year! I’m excited to see how some of the inspiration you got there plays out on your blog!
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22 suki August 8, 2012 at 12:33 pm

wait, you were there? :P there were SO MANY people.
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23 Jen Correa @ Mom's Gotta Run August 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Sad I missed the Trojan giveaway. lol
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