BlogHer. It’s three days of hard listening, frantic networking and over-the-top partying. It’s champagne and cupcakes, chocolate and wine. It’s aching feet, pounding heads and protesting bellies. It’s 3,000 women gathered together to celebrate themselves—and making a lot of noise while they’re doing it.
And for introverts? BlogHer can be downright terrifying.
That’s right. I said it. BlogHer is scary. But even the most introverted blogger can still have a fabulous time—it just takes a little more work.
Here are a few tips for making the most of BlogHer:
Get a roommate (or three). You know what’s scarier than entering a room full of 3,000 strangers? Entering it alone. But when you have roommates? Chances are, somebody’s going to want to go to the same place that you want to go most of the time. Meaning you? Will have some support (and someone to drag you in if you try to bolt).
Get cell numbers before you go—and use them. You might think it’ll be easy to find your best tweeps and blogging buddies at the conference. You might be tempted not to bother plugging their numbers into your phone, thinking they won’t want to be bothered with your texts or calls—especially since you’ll most likely just run into them.
But you won’t. Get all the digits you can, and when you find yourself in need of a friendly face? Send out an S.O.S. and before you know it, you’ll be back on solid ground—with a friend at your side.
Speaking of cell phones, call your family. I don’t know about you, but I need regular contact with my husband to stay centered. And hearing my daughter’s voice has a way of making me smile even when I’m hundreds of miles away. When you’re feeling a little lost? Checking in with those you love can remind you why you’re there in the first place.
Take breaks. There are always about ten million things going on at BlogHer. But you don’t have to do all of them. Or any of them. It’s completely okay to go to your room and bury your head under a pillow for a while. Or to go hang in the Serenity Suite. Or to go outside and get some fresh air. Or to leave the conference entirely (anyone want to come visit the ocean with me? It’s very calming).
Remember, it’s okay to sit on the sidelines. I know. The point of going to a conference like this is to network, and meet new friends, and pass out business cards. But if you’re an introvert like me? All that socializing gets to be painful after a while.
So cut yourself some slack. Go sit in a corner and people watch. Or stand at the bar with a drink in your hand and tune out. It’s okay to be happy being a wallflower sometimes—the world needs quiet observers just as much as it needs social butterflies.
That’s what I’ve got. For a better, more comprehensive list of tips, check out the post that Mommy Pants wrote today. It rocks. Also, if you’re going? I want your digits. For real. Send them to me?