BlogHer '12: NYC


In lieu of a new movie review today (the only thing new in theaters here is Ice Age: Continental Drift ...), I have for you a little post about BlogHer '12, which is fast approaching, and is my first time attending a blogging conference.

About 4,500 bloggers, mostly women, are attending BlogHer '12, and this year it's in New York City, where it was also held in 2010. In 2011 it was in San Diego; I was thinking of going but airfare from Detroit to San Diego is a bit more than Detroit to NYC.

Coney Island, 2010
This will also be my sixth time in NYC but only the second staying in a hotel. My first introduction to the city was in 2007, when I was visiting a then-college roommate in Pennsylvania. We took the bus to the city, ran around all day, then took the train to one of her friend's houses in New Jersey to sleep there for the night. The next day, we took the train back to the city, then the bus back to PA at the end of the day.

It was crazy! The city was too big, too loud, and too crowded for my taste.

The next summer, I was originally going go to Ireland for study abroad, but ended up declining. Instead, I took a few vacations, including a 5-day trip to D.C. - my first and only time there thus far, though I hope to visit again one day - and then another two-day trip to NYC, with friends. It was definitely more comfortable staying in a hotel, and I began to enjoy NYC a bit more that trip.

In 2009, 2010, and 2011, a good friend of mine lived in NYC, and I was able to take longer vacations there, about 5 days each. I found that the city runs at whatever pace you want it to be - we would run around all morning then take quick naps in the afternoon - and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than on my previous trips.

Before a Broadway show, 2011
Which brings me to this, my SIXTH time here! Wow. I'm looking forward to learning ways to improve this blog and also my book blog, as well as networking with some bloggers and meeting others IRL (in real life) whose blogs I have been reading for a while online. I'm also looking forward to the parties - BlogHer has a number of "official" parties, and then there are the "unofficial" ones, some of which I've been invited to and some of which I am still on the waitlist for. I'm also going to try to fit in a bit of sightseeing; I haven't been to Central Park since 2010, and finding a good cupcake is always a priority for me when in NYC (and trust me, it's not hard!).

I'll be rooming with Jenn and Kailee, both of whom are also BlogHer newbies. I've already booked tickets to see Harvey, with Jim Parsons (aka Sheldon, from Big Bang Theory!) for my first night in the city, and my Google Calendar is getting filled with fun events, seminars, and parties.

See you in New York, bloggers!

For those who have been to BlogHer before: what was the best thing you "took away" from it? And how has your blog improved since then?

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