Lesson #6: Eye Candy Looks Good in ANYTHING
If I wasn’t married, I would have liked to have taken these yummy things home from BlogHer:
I was probably old enough to be their mama (or at least their “auntie), but still–they were handsome dudes.
You see, La-Z-Boy hired models to wear suits made of upholstery fabric from their fabric selections. How funny and marketing genius is that??
See how the guy on the right matches that chair? Hilarious! But the guy on the left–he was rockin’ that suit!
Lesson #7: It’s Not Price Gouging to Charge $5.00 for Water at the Airport
I literally gasped when I tried to buy water from O’Hare airport, and the lady said “$5.00.” I mean, I know I’m cheap when it comes to some things, but it’s downright wrong to charge $5.00 for something that, in a regular store, would cost $2.00–max. But I learned this is totally legal, for whatever reason. In that case, I have the right to gasp with a horrified look on my face and stumble away.
Lesson #8: How to Make Water Look Blurry in Pictures
Even though Viewfinder was a hot mess, I did to go on a little photo shoot with Lucrecer, from lucrecer.com. She spoke on one of the photography panels. And she’s cool as I don’t know what. She knows how to get an audience cracking up laughing! You should check out her blog and YouTube videos.
She and I went out shooting with our cameras to a water fountain outside of the hotel. And I FINALLY figured out how to make water look blurry!
Set your camera on Shutter Priority and set a super fast shutter speed to capture water in a crisp still frame. But leave the shutter open for longer to capture the “movement” of the water, to get the blurred effect:
I finally am figure out how to use my new DSLR camera! YAY, me!
Blogging conferences aren’t just for learning sessions and workshops. And not just for the oodles of free SWAG you get when you’re a blogger. But really, the crux of it is the connections and the inspiration. You start thinking of more ideas for blog posts, and you meet so many people, that you just can’t wait to get home and get started on your new projects, ideas, posts…..I think bloggers should to a conference at least once every 6 months, to keep the inspiration and creativity going. Now if only I can get my hubby to buy into that theory……….
Lesson #10: Life is What You Make It
A blogging conference (or really, anything!) is what you make of it. I’m one that chooses not to complain much about things. I choose to find the bright side of every situation. And I seek to capitalize on opportunities. There are tons of people and sponsors to meet at conferences. And although BlogHer wasn’t the best organized or valuable from the standpoint of sessions, I still found value in how I spent my time–meeting new friends, building bonds and connections, etc. It’s really all about finding value in whatever you do.
And now, just for some random cuteness:
This beautiful little girl, Sophia, who was the daughter of a friend’s friend. I couldn’t help but pull out my camera and snap away. She’s adorable!
And that is my homegirl Allie from AllieFerriera.com. She’s one so the coolest chicks I know:
And every mom needs Turtle Power. It even matches my dress!
And see those fake nails?? YEP, thanks to Kiss for those! They’re fabulous! (I’ll be writing about them more later in my “DIY Manicure” post).
Optimus Prime–roll out!
And in case you’ve forgotten…….
….so play nice 🙂
Oh, and be extra nice…….Leave me a comment telling me if you’ve ever been to a blogging conference and what did YOU learn?
For those who have never been to one, would you now consider going? 🙂