I wrote this for me and you. I hope you find it helpful.
Apps. BlogHer 2014. There’s an app for that. ANDROID and iPHONE. Also, I recommend you download Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare if you haven’t already. If you would like to access the Blogher 2014 app on a laptop, you can do that here!
Brands. You will meet some you love, some you were already familiar with and some you have never heard of. They are what make the conference possible. Thank them. Also, there will be SWAG. It will take all forms and some people get REALLY excited about it.
Cards. Biz Cards that is. Yes, business cards are a must for networking, exchanging with new friends, and even entering a sweepstakes or two. Don’t stress about how they look, as long as the important contact information is there, you are good.
Devices. Smartphones, tablets and laptops, oh my! You will need at least one but don’t worry if you don’t bring all three. Bring what makes you comfortable and efficient. This goes for cameras as well. You can definitely survive with just your cell camera. You’ll have enough to keep track of and charge.
Eat. Eat food. You’ll be surprised at how many times you say, “I forgot to eat.” This is also good for the airport. You never know when you’ll get stuck in a plane. At #BlogHer12 I was in on the plane for 12 HOURS on what was supposed to be a 2 hour flight. I ate so many peanuts that my ankles swelled like balloons and I had to walk on the sides of my feet to pick up my baggage when I got home. Cankles are not pretty. I would have killed for a good granola bar. Throw a box in your bag. You’re welcome.
Friends. Make at least 1 new one. You can never have too many friends.
Green stuff. Yes. You’ll want to bring some cash. Tips, cab rides and other incidentals are so much easier with cash.
Heels. Don’t wear them unless you have worn them daily and you walk 20,000 steps a day in them. At my first BlogHer, I wore them and I ended up under the bathroom sink and under a cab. No I was not drunk. Yes, I know you are laughing.
Insane. Some people will be described as this. Sometimes it’s just the perspective you take. Who wants to be normal anyway?! It will be fun to count how many times I hear someone utter this at the conference. I’ll update this post with the number for the curious.
Jeans. It’s totally acceptable to wear them. Or not wear them. Wear what makes you feel good. I’ll definitely be wearing some.
Kids. They will be OK. You totally deserve to go without mom guilt.
Lipstick. Lip gloss, Chapstick. And MINTS. Lots of mints.
Mophie or some sort of portable power. You WILL need external power for your phone. Staying portable is so so much easier. You don’t want to be searching for an outlet. Mine can charge my phone up to 4 times. Best $99 bucks I have ever spent. There’s less expensive versions to fit any budget.
NO umbrellas needed in San Jose this week. You can see the weather here. I would bring a sweater/jacket anyway. I always freeze in air conditioned conference rooms.
ONUD. Oh No You Didn’t. You will have a moment where you experience something way wrong. It could be at the airport, hotel, at a keynote or at a party. Let it go. You’ll probably even laugh about it later. Better that than wasting your energy on something negative.(I’m mostly writing this to remind myself. However, it might be helpful for you too.)
Parties. I will see you there!!
Questions. Don’t be afraid to ask them. The #BlogHer14 tag on Twitter is probably the best place to ask them but feel free to ask the people around you. BlogHer conference attendees are super nice.
Recaps. After the conference, you’ll see lots of recaps. Read A LOT of these. You can’t be everywhere, learning everything and these are awesome for getting the most out of your conference experience.
Selfies. Take lots of them and don’t let anyone put you down about them. I love seeing you smiling with your friends. Practice now for best results. 🙂
TheDomesticExec. Say it with me- @thedomesticexec .That’s my twitter handle. Please don’t forget the “THE”. Someone on twitter has a very similar handle and I feel terrible(for the other person) and when I can’t respond to your fabulous tweets.
Understanding. You will learn stuff. More than you ever imagined.
Video. Take one. Interview yourself, your blog crush or your roommate. Afterwards, you’ll be glad you did.
Weirdness. At BlogHer14 weirdness will be celebrated. I can’t wait to get weird.
XOXO-hug.kiss.hug.kiss. There will be hugs everywhere. Some kisses may happen too. You will also see a lot of this on Twitter. It’s perfectly acceptable. Share the love.
You. Say this 3 times in a mirror-YOU are already awesome. It’s ok to be a little nervous before this HUGE conference. Don’t stress too much.
Zzzz’s. Otherwise known as sleep. You will not get very much sleep during the conference. Plan for a couple days when you return to re-energize. Blogging from bed is encouraged. See below for before and after. Shield your eyes for the after. It’s pretty scary.
This is not meant to be an exhaustive list of EVERYTHING that you will experience at BlogHer 2014. SEE YOU IN SAN JOSE!!