Overall my BlogHer experience was great, because it, like life, was what I made of it. Although I knew a few local bloggers (Cincinnati Women Bloggers & those in the Chevrolet BlogHer Carpoolers) and those I hoped to meet in person, I was flying solo and I would not change that for anything. I was free to move about BlogHer from sessions to expo floor to lobby and met people, engage in conversations and enjoy the entire experience.
Also, because I had made plans to stay with my college roommate outside the city, I knew that in taking a cab (water taxi in the morning, which I loved!) and then the train to meet her, I would be cutting my night short and missing some parties. In the hearing stories of the aftermath, this proved to be a good move on my part. Word to the wise, my schedule would not work for the style or style and nap conscious, but it would work for the budget conscious ($40 on transportation versus $199/night + tax for a hotel room).
In not going to some parties I missed the drama and did not feel compelled to shop for new party clothes prior to BlogHer. One of my most enjoyable conversations happened at the Izze booth with Gina and Tina, who were there to distribute product. We talked about money: making, saving and spending it. I shared that between my two siblings and I, we each handle money differently. Personally, I am not into accumulating stuff in the way I am interested in accumulating financial peace. The reason I have been able to maintain zero credit card debt is because I go without, I make unpopular choices, I practice delayed gratification, I live within my means. Kind of like how I operated at BlogHer.