BlogHer 2011 was an amazing and unforgettable experience. Aside from networking and meeting talented women of all shapes, colors and sizes, I also realized how truly blessed I am. Not many people are given a free ticket to attend a weekend conference. Not many people revel in the cool breeze and vibe of San Diego, California. Not many people have what it takes to make it in the hustle and bustle of BlogHer or the blogging/writing world, for that matter.
But I did and I can.
With that said, here are 5 things I learned at BlogHer 2011. Some funny, some endearing, and others funnier:
- Sister Act (Not The Movie): I shacked up with an amazing woman named Ana Lydia Monaco, who is not only savvy and professional, but also endearing, passionate and helpful. Other than a handful of telephone conversations and email exchanges, we had never met. You’d think I’d be nervous but my intuition told me otherwise. During our time together, she showed her generosity by picking me up from LAX, driving “the long way” to San Diego so I can see sites and even coaching me so I’d impress brands. When the weekend was up, I learned that there are great and supportive Latinas in this world. In this case, she resides in Los Angeles, California with her husband and her dog, Chatito. I’ve gained a new sister and cannot wait to rekindle our BlogHer roomie experience. It was truly love at first snore. And I’m not telling which of us has the worst morning breath and crusty morning eyes!
- I Am The Bomb: And I say that humbly. I did impress myself with my ability to speak to just about anyone. I am charming yet professional. And my outfits? Like the song goes, “You be killing ’em, girl.” Yes. I shot them all! Aside from my fashion sense, I also realized that I underestimate my professionalism. I know I am intelligent, sassy, witty, communicative, engaging, genuine, gorgeous, and did I mention gorgeous? Yet, I often label myself as “unprofessional.” This is why I’ve worked in the field of education and non-profits, working in organizations that lacked organization, stability and growth. I doubted my abilities and so I gravitated toward the easy, the less challenging. Not anymore. My experience at BlogHer 2011 taught me that I am indeed the bomb. I present myself well and am one of a kind. Plus, my outfits were really hot. KABLAOWEE!
- California Love: I’ve never loved west coast rap but, ever since my trip to San Diego, I do love the west coast. So much so that I am contemplating a move like wannabe actors who become waiters in hopes to audition so they can become real actors. But don’t fret, my pets. I will not abandon my sassarific NYC attitude or writing style. Wherever I reside, I will always be Sujeiry. I’ll just be really-tan-with-a-possible-Mexican-accent Sujeiry.
- Be Prepared: And I mean for anything! I was lucky to receive the advice of Ana Lydia regarding BlogHer and what I should bring to impress brands. She suggested a one-sheet in an envelope, where I also stuffed my minizines. This extra touch separated me from the pack. And that’s a great thing as there are thousands of women promoting themselves and their blogs. Well, maybe not thousands. Some actually just attended for the swag and the beach and the pool. I saw you stealing extra dildos from the Eden Fantasy’s booth!
- BlogHer 2012? Perhaps: The announcement was made that BlogHer 2012 will be held in NYC. That means I can save the costs of flight and hotel and just pay for the conference ticket (plus eat mami’s Dominican meals), unless I am blessed with another sponsorship. Still, I wonder if I need to attend again. I learned so much already (as you can tell) but didn’t feel the seminars were as informative as they could have been. For newbie bloggers, yes, the information was golden. For a vieja who’s been writing and blogging since 2005, it was more gray. That comes to show that I know more that I give myself credit for. I am a veteran. So salute!
So yes, BlogHer 2011 was an incredible and eye-opening experience, more so on a personal level. This was the boost that I needed to abandon doubt. This was the turning point, the plot point that has led to a the big reveal. My path has been illuminated and I owe it all to BlogHer and all those who have supported me thus far.
I’m gonna be killing ’em, Pepitas.