If you get my newsletter, you know that this week I’m on vacation! I’ve needed time on my own to relax and indulge in some of the things I enjoy most: yoga, wine, reading, and blogging. I’m driving up the 101 to San Luis Obispo. Lots of Instagram pictures to come, I’m sure!
And then. August 4-6. It’s finally in L.A…. #BlogHer16!
I’ve been part of the BlogHer community for years, and this is the first time the conference has been close enough to home that I can actually attend. My friends tell me I’m doing vacation wrong, going to a conference (which I do for work) to learn about blogging (which I do for work) on my own time and my own dime. But this conference is truly just for me.
Jeff Goins shares his own impactful experience attending a conference—it’s where he first learned to call himself a writer. I’m hoping to meet and network with amazing women and learn how to take my blogging to the next level. Time is always the biggest challenge for me, but I know there are probably some easy things I could be doing that I’m not. I’m also super excited to connect with exhibitors and see what great new products and companies are out there!
To give you a little preview of what’s happening at #BlogHer16 and where I’ll be…
The keynotes this year include an impressive celebrity list:
- Sarah Michelle Gellar will kick the event off and talk about her entrepreneurial exploits with FoodStirs, a subscription service that delivers baking kits to teach kids cooking techniques and healthy eating.
- Kim Kardashian West will be there. I’m actually really curious to hear her talk about how she builds and maintains a brand in such a fast-moving social media landscape.
- Sheryl Crow will have a lunch Q&A session to talk about health, art, and balancing work/family.
- Mayim Bialik from The Big Bang Theory will talk about getting more girls involved in STEM and her journey as a geek in Hollywood.
Why is there not enough time for everything?! I can’t be the only one who looks at the incredible schedule and feels anxiety. It’s almost impossible to decide for sure what you want to see beforehand. I don’t think I’m interested in some of the sessions around vlogging?? But what if I’m wrong?! What if vlogging will actually change my life. These thoughts haunt me when picking sessions, but that’s why I use…
The Rule of Two Feet. This was something I picked up from the Edcamp Foundation. If you’re in a session and it’s not what you hoped for or you’re not getting value from it, GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. Especially with a conference you paid for, you should not feel bad skipping out to hear something that might be more worthwhile.
That’s why on my personal conference agenda, I always choose at least two sessions in every time slot. If the first one doesn’t work out, I’ve got a backup ready to go. So here are the sessions I’ll be scoping out:
Day 1: Friday
Session 1 – Option 1: “Owning Your Expertise”
It’s important to be in touch with your own expertise and what you have to offer the world. This session will address self-doubt and how to start advocating for yourself.
Session 1 – Option 2: “Behind the Curtain on Blog to Book, from the Publisher POV”
This session is for bloggers who dream of writing a book someday. Frankly, I’m just curious to get another perspective on acquisitions and publishing from a trade publisher.
Session 2 – Option 1: “What It Means to Be an Ally in 2016”
Working in education has opened my eyes to the important work of advocating for others, especially the marginalized and disadvantaged. It’s something I think I could be doing better on One Little Library, but I’m not quite sure how… so hopefully this session will help!
Session 2 – Option 2: “How to Mine Your Body of Work to Make Short, ‘Snackable’ Content”
I feel like I already know how to do this fairly well, but I know I could be doing a better job building my email list and providing resources to all of my readers.
Session 3 – Option 1: “Monetizing Your Small-to-Medium Blog, Including Hyper-Local Tactics”
What caught my eye about this session was “hyper-local.” For the first time in my life, I’m living in a relatively small town with a fairly strong community. Ventura is a place where I could actually get to know my neighbors. It’s a place where I might make real friends at community yoga. I’m starting to run into people I’ve met before. I realize that for a lot of people, this is normal life. But when you’re from LA and you’ve moved as often as I have, seeing the same people in your community regularly is a novelty. And I want to get to know them better. And I wouldn’t mind making some money through One Little Library. 🙂
Session 3 – Option 2: “#TheFWord – Feminism Across Generations”
This session is about the legacy left by past women’s advocates, and how a new generation of feminists can play a role in history.
Day 2 – Saturday
Session 1 – Option 1: “Crafting Your Memoir or Personal Story for Online and/or Future Publication”
I’m an editor, and I love writing. So I’m just drawn to sessions about writing. While I don’t have plans now to ever write my memoirs, I would love to bring in more of my personal thoughts and stories back to One Little Library.
Session 1 – Option 2: “Crafting Your Pitch and Cracking the Media Code”
Again, this session is more about advocating for yourself and learning how to sell your ideas.
Session 2 – Option 1: “Comedy for Social Change”
I’m just SO curious about this session. I don’t consider myself a very funny person… I love watching comedy and I love laughing, but I’m not usually the one cracking jokes. But I’m curious about how I might let my humor (because I do have a sense of humor, as my close friends well know) play more of a role on OLL.
Session 2 – Option 2: “Diversify Your Compensation Streams: Passive vs. Active vs. Non-Monetary Compensation”
There are lots of ways bloggers can profit from their blogs… money is just one. This session is more about the other avenues for compensation, and what opportunities blogging can open for you.
I cannot WAIT to be a part of this great event! If you’re not attending, do any of these sessions stand out to you? Anything you want me to report back on? If you’re attending, please let me know—I’d love to connect!