I still have another day left in New York City to explore and adventure, but the BlogHer conference is now over – and what a conference it was!
Friday morning began with a 5k walk around Central Park. It was organized by some of the other bloggers, and most of them were running it but I prefer walking. I wound up getting a wee bit lost on my escapades (the map could have used a bit of fine-tuning), but that’s all right because you can’t really go wrong if you’re wandering through Central Park. I made my own route!
After that, the conference began. Breakfast of scones with eggs and sausage as well as fruit was served (along with lots of other pastries and such). I sat with Sahar of FatFighterTV during the Welcome speech (so exciting to meet her at last!), and then I wandered through the expo halls to check out the booths of 100 sponsors.
The day was filled with sessions both informative and not-so-informative, and meeting great people and generally having a fabulous time. When evening came, there was an art show before the gala began.
When the gala itself started, there was karaoke and dancing for all. I met a really great woman, Beth, who was totally game to sing karaoke with me! We picked Blondie (“One Way or Another”). This was before we found out that there was no prompt screen – it was a live band that we were singing with. Too cool! We at least had a page of lyrics and the guitarist sang quietly along beside us so that we’d know when to start singing. Thank goodness for that. It was a ton of fun and we had such a great time with it.
Saturday was more fun sessions, plus the pleasure of spending more time with Sahar and meeting Fitarella in person! We went out for coffee and sat together in a session. I also got to have lunch with the wonderful Anne-Marie, who generously spent a great deal of time talking all about social media with me. Afterward, Sahar and I stumbled upon each other once again – and I must say, it is so nice to meet bloggers in real life that you can get really comfortable talking to. In the evening I attended two parties (A Green Affair and Blogalicious) before packing it in.
The festivities continued the following morning with a brunch hosted by SoyJoy. We ate some wonderful food and sat through an informative panel about nutrition. One of the panel members was Cynthia Sass, co-author of one of my favourite cookbooks, The Flat Belly Diet. I sat with the very sweet Jill Berry, and I also had the opportunity to meet Kath of Kath Eats and Jennifer of Savoring the Thyme, in addition to running into several of the other bloggers that I had met previously at the conference. It was a fun time all around!
Following the brunch, I met up with Danielle once again and we went to see an off-Broadway show together. We saw Falling for Eve, which is now one of my most favourite theatre performances – it was really unique and incredibly funny. We spent the next couple hours walking around New York and dining at the Candle Cafe.
New York has been fantastic, and the conference was an enormous amount of fun. The past few days has also reaffirmed two important things:
1) I love bloggers. And writing. And editing. And PR. Communications is definitely the kind of work that is ideal for me.
2) I want to live in New York City. Very much. It is my kind of city!
How was your weekend? Done any travelling recently? Got any brilliant ideas for how I can pick up and move to NYC? 🙂