In case you were wondering, I will, in fact, be attending BlogHer 2010 in New York City in August. As part of a longer trip to Connecticut, I’ll drop the kids with my parents and take the Party Train into Manhattan that Thursday, just in time for the first of 3,245 parties scheduled on and off the conference site.
Given my first experience of over-partying last year, I’ve got some survival tactics planned. Allow me to share them with you now, as one of the several thousand BlogHer Conference Survival Skills posts out here in the ol’ blog-o-sphere.
1. Bring a box of granola bars. That is the number one thing that saved me last year. It’s a breathless sequence of things to do, people to meet, and shiny opportunities to consider.
2. Pace yourself with the alcohol – for God’s sake! You are an adult person. Drink responsibly. Also, pack ibuprofen.
3. Earplugs. My roommate was a snorer but I never heard her. Not once.
4. Stay on site if you can. Little breaks throughout the day – plus your own private toilet – are worth it.
5. This gem is from Suebob – wherever you go, you will miss something, but you’ll have a great time there. There are so many simultaneous events that unless you have figured out how to clone yourself you will indeed miss several things.
6. Remember that some bloggers are much more comfortable at home in their pajamas and are socially awkward. If you run up to someone with squee in your brain because you are excited to meet her and she remains nonplussed – it’s not you, it’s her. Most likely.
7. Watch out for that naked lady running through the lobby.
8. Try not to miss breakfast. There are plenty of tasty, healthy treats to stash in your bag for later, in case you forget the granola bars.
9. You can probably live without that free bottle of laundry detergent.
10. This might be the most important thing: DON’T worry if you’re not invited to the party, or you don’t know where the secret swag room is, or if the mommy bloggers get all the cool stuff. Focus on what’s happening, on the people you’re meeting, on the information you’re learning. You’ll be much, much happier and more satisfied.
Bonus info! My favorite swag from last year: Lands’ End computer backpack. Hershey’s chocolate. Environmentally un-friendly Bounce dryer bars (makes your luggage smell like spring!).