My #BlogHer13 Recap (Vlog)

BlogHer13 collage

Clockwise from top left: View from my hotel room, BlogHer
’13 street sign, Ilene (Fierce Diva Guide to Life) and me, Chicago at night, my roommate Nicole (ThirdEyeMom) and me, plane at Logan Airport

My recent trip to Chicago for the BlogHer ’13 conference still feels like a big blur to me.

Since I posted about my trip back to Maine from Chicago over social media, many people have noted that they “can’t wait to hear all about it.”

It’s hard to summarize everything that happened over the those three days at the Sheraton, McCormick Place and in the city of Chicago.

BlogHer, as an event, is much more than workshops, keynotes, sponsors, parties and swag. (Read yesterday’s post about my dinner with Save the Children, if you haven’t already.)

It’s the interactions that I had in between it all that meant the most to me. It’s those interactions – with bloggers, sponsors, panelists – that make me want to go back next year.

Instead of writing a post with the highlights from my trip, I decided to put together a video.

Watch my video recap of #BlogHer13

Yes, I went to a vlogging workshop at BlogHer, which inspired me to get back on the video blogging wagon. Though I’m still working on lighting, timing and all that other fun stuff that goes with vlogging.

All in good time.

Oh, and did I mention I won a snow cone machine from Best Buy? Yup. That happened at BlogHer ’13 too.

Did you go to #BlogHer13? What were your highlights?

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  1. Next year I am planning better! I loved your recap!!
    Michelle recently posted..Honored And InspiredMy Profile

  2. You won a snow cone machine??? How cool! OK, I’m gonna watch your vlog. So glad you did this, my eyes are tired this morning!
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  3. I love how eating bacon while listening to Sheryl Sandberg was one of your highlights! I think the only thing that could have made BlogHer better for me is if I could have eaten pizza while listening to her keynote.

    I loved meeting you – even though it already felt like I have through our G+ hangouts – although nothing beats IRL!!!

    I am so going back next year! I hope you are too!
    Ilene recently posted..My Aha Moment from #BlogHer’13: Thank You Sheryl SandbergMy Profile

  4. Of course you sat next to a woman from the National Pork Board! Wow, they gave a lot of lube! I would really like to attend BlogHer next year, but if it’s the same weekend, it’s not going to work. Seems to be the busiest weekend of the year!!
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  5. I wish I had gone to the International Activist presentation! I’m such a dork, though, and I couldn’t figure out where it was. I think they should be a keynote next time!

    Great recap!

  6. Awesome!! I love your vlog, the swag part rocks! Great way to share your experience.
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  7. I did! That was me in Sverve mode looking to say hi! Ah, well…next year for sure. :)
    Sue – The Spin Cycle recently posted..I’m Not Sexy. And I Know It {a gardening cautionary tale}My Profile

  8. Loved your recap, and was so glad to meet you in person! (Snow cone? SO jealous.)

    And last year they made the International Activitists a keynote … I think they should do so again next year!!

  9. Bacon and snow cones? Ummm I’m THAT MUCH MORE jealous now. Grrr I can’t wait for next year.
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  10. Oh my goodness…laughing hysterically at my desk about the swag! Great vlog, I love the editing…I’m going to try that out. Sounds like BlogHer ’13 was awesome!
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  11. Love it. And I think that James Oliver totally seems like a very happy, huggy guy. I liked talking with him on the phone! And Jennifers in India? Who knew?! And yes, I’m writing notes for my comment while listening to this. I’m very good at note-taking. The last 30 seconds take the cake!

    (I don’t have that kind of blog either, but I totally slip every now and then and people get to know how obscene I really am)
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    • I’m totally picturing you taking notes on my vlog as your husband cooks. :)

      James is a happy (and awesome) guy. Some people are just genuinely nice people and he is just that.

      The Trojan booth was hilarious. Last year they handed out vibrators. Wasn’t vlogging then. :)

  12. I LOVED your swag part! Hilarious! The Vlog was a great way to recap your experience. It sounded like an amazing time!
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  13. Lube, cookies, and plastic boob shell things – what more could you want? Your BlogHer experience sounds like a good one… and now I wish I didn’t miss the International activists’ panel.
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  14. You lost me after bacon!
    Joking!
    I hope to go sometime in the near future.
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  15. Hehe, loved the end (I mean, how can you not reference the lube?) And you won a snow cone machine?! Meant to ask what the grand prize was, glad I found out.

    But all that aside, I could not agree more that BlogHer was all about the connections, and it sounds like you also made some really incredible ones. I didn’t know much about the International Activist panel, but it sounds like it was pretty amazing, and I think this sounds like it is worthy of a keynote address.
    Bev recently posted..Five Life Lessons I (Re)Learned at BlogHer ’13My Profile

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