8.19.2011

blogher11 recap + a giveaway!

guys, blogher was awesome. between meeting new friends [or finally seeing old ones face to face], talking with different companies, learning about how to be a better blogger -- it was two days well spent.


more than 4,000 people attended the conference, which made it a little overwhelming. BUT i highly recommend attending if you're even the slightest bit interested in the blogging world, either as a hobby or a career. so much learning, networking and fun goes on there!

none of this would have been possible for me, though, if it weren't for clever girls. that's the blog network i'm part of, and back in february they put out a contest where members could write in and request to be sponsored to attend upcoming blog conferences. i have dreamed of going to blogher for YEARS but felt like i couldn't rationalize paying for a ticket since blogging is just my hobby...so i applied, thinking, what do i have to lose? and guess what -- they PICKED ME. omgosh. i was soooo over the moon and appreciative. i even got to attend their "i'm with the brand" party at the hotel solamar -- i staffed the elevator arrival area & check in table with my fellow bloggers and it was a blast.

[clever girls is really, really an awesome group to be part of -- if you're a blogger at any level, i highly recommend joining their ranks. they have more than 3,000 bloggers signed up under them, who are eligible for all sorts of brand partnerships, giveaways, ad programs, etc. check out this site for more info.]

a bunch of stationery companies were represented at blogher [hooray!]. i loved the hallmark lounge -- you could send cards to loved ones, browse stationery and even charge up your cell phone. genius.


paper culture also had a booth in the expo hall with some very cool new products [more on those later]. i've written about paper culture here before but it needs to be repeated: i LOVE their eco-friendly practices (they plant a tree for every order you make) and i really love their cool designs.


i also attended the wonderlandia party sponsored by hostess with the mostess, and evite and tinyprints were sponsors there. hooray for stationery! so great to see all these companies out mingling with the social media world.

AND -- another highlight of blogher -- i even met some blogger celebrities. i ran into kelle hampton from enjoying the small things in the lobby of the marriott and pretty much gushed my adoration for her all over the place (luckily she was totally gracious and nice). i also got to meet gretchen rubin, author of the happiness project.

but anyway. what's in it for you after all this, you're asking? i'll tell you.


i want to share all my blogher fun with you -- so i have a special giveaway. i've collected a bunch of freebies i obtained at the conference -- coupons for all sorts of free food, products and more including a $50 gift certificate to paper culture! -- and i'd love to give it away to one of you. to enter, just leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite blog. extra entries if you tweet or facebook about it! (just leave an additional comment so i know you did.)

i'll choose one winner at random next friday night, so you have until 8/26 at midnight to enter. good luck!

13 comments:

  1. My favorite blog has to be my cousin's. We live across the country, and I love hearing about all of her adventures.

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  2. So generous of you to share your goodies! Wow, hard to pick a favorite blog - I love Heather Bullard for inspiration {and of course I love the Stationery Place}!
    So glad you had a good time at Blogher.
    Hugs from me!

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  3. My favorite blog that I read every day belongs to Gretchen Rubin and her Happiness Project. So many great ideas to enrich my life.

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  4. I have so many favorite blogs, but I still love Navel Gazing.

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  5. I have so, so many favorite blogs. Lately I am in love with Epbot. And, always, the Fug Girls.

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  6. I haven't heard much about Paper Culture before, but the tree planting sounds awesome! My favorite blog would have to be busy bee lauren. She is adorable and takes amazing pictures!

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  7. I'm loving 'Eat Drink Chic' right now!

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  8. Tweet!
    http://twitter.com/#!/KaizenFashion/status/105668392094138368

    heatheranne99 at gmail dot com

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  9. Yay! My current favorite blog is A Beautiful Mess. Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway. :)

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  10. Tweeted!

    https://twitter.com/#!/normawatson/status/106568981065895936

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  11. Shared on Facebook!

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  12. hmmm, besides TSP, I think my favorite blog is my sister Merri's. She's not famous and nothing too exciting and maybe that's why I like hers. It feels good to stalk someone I know :). And she's funny too.

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  13. This is my favorite blog. And Tatertots & Jello. and Made by Girl. Oh, and Pioneer Woman. Ok, that's enough. :)

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