Day 1 of my BlogHer 2012 experience started with Lunch with a Dragyn at the Heartland Brewery a short distance from Times Square. Organized by Dana from The Dragyn’s Lair, the service was awful (shame on you Heartland) but the bloggers more than made up for it. I have to send a shoutout to my new favorite people – Dana, Julia (who helped me attain my life goal of being three degrees from Johnny Cash), Kailynn, Dusty, and Megan (seriously love this lady), Jana, Sandy, Amy, and Rachel!
After lunch, Dana, Julia, Kailynn, Jana, and I headed up to the Sheraton Hotel where there was Snoopy, sweets, drinks, and swag! I spoke to the sweetest people from Bongo and Badgely Mischka, and scored a Snoopy Holiday DVD set, a Danskin T-Shirt, and a couple other goodies.
Feeling pretty loaded down with swag at this point, Julia let me ditch my bags at her place (saving my poor shoulders and back – thank you SO much Julia!!!) before heading up to the Hilton to register.
After registering and picking up my official BlogHer pass, I got completely lost trying to find the exclusive diggs Single Edition Media chose for their California Dreams event – which I was to volunteer at. I know, I know, I’m a New Yorker, I should know how to find my way around- but in my defense, the location was really nondescript in a fancy “forbidden city” sort of way (if you’re confused about my forbidden city reference, click here).
After finding the location, I headed up stairs and met the lovely ladies behind the event and proceeded to help them load up close to a zillion swag bags. They were super happy that I arrived early to help them out, and I was really happy as I got to take a look around without the loads of guests that were to arrive shortly. After manning the desk for an hour, I enjoyed some cotton candy (yes they had cotton candy! it was so cool!) and networked a bit before heading out.
Back at the Hilton, I headed to the Night at the Expo party – my first time ever seeing the expo, and my first time at an official BlogHer party. It was pure chaos, but in a good way. I was overwhelmed with the number of amazing sponsors, and was really impressed with how many of the sponsors that I spoke to appreciated the influence and importance of bloggers. I was blissfully exhausted, and after meeting up with Julia, headed home with a new set of false lashes (thanks to Kiss – another one of my favorite brands), and a completely new experience as a blogger, person, and a NY’er.
Stay tuned for Part 2!!!
*Special mention goes to the kind folks at buildasign.com for providing me with amazing (and quite popular) magnetic business cards! They also do yard signs, signs, bumper stickers, custom signs, and canvas pictures!