My obligatory BlogHer post brought to you by Zofran

I have been prepping for BlogHer for MONTHS…which you all know.  Some of you even helped get me there.  Because you are awesome like that.

People?  It was a big, crazy blur.

I would take you day by day through it, but if you weren’t there it won’t make a ton of sense.  I will give you the run down on what I did and what I would do differently if I go again.

Cort and Eddie brought me to the airport Wednesday afternoon.  It was so hard to say goodbye.  So hard in fact that when I got to the security check point and the lady asked for my boarding pass, I gave her the wrong one and then burst into tears because I was so frazzled.

Luckily she was kind and the security lines in Grand Rapids were short.

One of my biggest moments happened in the San Diego airport near baggage claim.  I finally met my blogging bestie, Miranda. We knew each other.  No, really.  It was like we have been friends forever…like this wasn’t the first time we were meeting outside of our computer.  Little did I know that this?  Would be exactly what BlogHer was about.

The hotel was beautiful.  Gorgeous.  I think Cort would have loved it.

There may have been loud squeeing when Nichole first saw me.  And it allegedly never stopped all weekend.

If I did this again?  I would get their earlier than 9:30pm (which was really 12:30am for my east coast time zone self).  Wednesday night was one of the only laid back time we had and I wish I would have been able to enjoy it more.

Thursday was Pathfinders day.  Yummy breakfast and lunch.  Great speakers.  Unfortunately this is also when I realized I had to punk out of afternoon things due to needing a preggo nap.  This was pretty much my routine for the rest of the weekend.

I know this was mostly due to the kidney bean-sized human growing in my belly.  And honestly, I don’t think I would go to a blogging conference this intense during pregnancy again.  Some of the ladies there like Torie, rocked it while battling the first trimester.  I did not fare so well.  Thank God (and my OB…and Casey, the self-proclaimed vomit whisperer) for Zofran.

I enjoyed the sessions.  Next time I want to get to more of them.  Even if I have to go alone to some.  This year I just was feeling too blah to make it to many.

The parties rocked my face.  Clevergirls, Big Toy Book, Toca Boca, Cheap Sally, Hostess with the Mostess, not to mention all the awesome BlogHer sponsored parties like Sparklecorn and CheeseburgHer. And the Expo full of awesome.  Not only did I get to bump elbows with some sweet brands, but I walked away with more swag than could choke a horse (and there is allegedly a vlog coming soon to Sluiter Nation of me showing off the goods).

**Oh and sidenote:  My jaw-drop moment of BlogHer happened at the CleverGirls party where not only did Jill recognize me, but knew I was pregnant and was super excited to meet me.  I may have mumbled something completely moronic in response since I was stunned that she was saying hi to ME.

Anyway, I got home and realized that a LOT of the swag was more unnecessary than I thought, but in the words of Miranda?  I was totally attracted by the “bright lights and free shit”.  The Dutch in me did somersaults of joy.

The absolute best moments of BlogHer for me didn’t happen at sessions or parties or the expo, however.  The best parts happened when we did “nothing”.  Wednesday night at the pool, ditching a keynote to hang by the pool and have snacks, late night chats with my roommates, dinner out with friends, breakfast in the hotel the last morning.

If I go again?  I want more of these moments.  Hands down.

I realized somewhere along that lines that those moments are why I face my fears of traveling alone, my anxiety of being in a too-crowded, too-busy place, and my nerves about not being what people hoped.

Miranda, Nichole, Cheryl, Gigi, Natalie, Tonya, Sherri, Lori, and Yuliya (and I am sure I am missing people)…you are my soul mates.  Meeting you all just reaffirmed what I already knew…we are friends.  And the next time I see you, will not be soon enough.

And lastly, I need to give a shout out to Jen for hooking this preggo up with some YUM peanut butter fudge, and to Kit for being all anonymous (yes, there are mad rumors about who you REALLY are, but I don’t even care), yet finding me and thumb wrestling me and always being there with a kind, optimistic word when I am down.

And thank you to everyone who had a hand in getting me to BlogHer.  Even if it was just a thought or prayer or $1.  You made a dream of mine come true.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.

Comments

  1. so happy for you. you can do this? you can do anything!

  2. Zofran is the bomb. I would not have survived my second pregnancy without it.

    So glad you had fun!

  3. So good to hear about a great time . . . and I’m not surprised that the super-anonymous Kit was all awesomesauce.

  4. So awesome to meet you! You are just as wonderful in real life as you are sweet & funny on here. I’m posting some more fun photos of you on my Friday BH recap today. They’ll be on FB later tonight too. Feel free to grab ones you like.

  5. I agree that the BEST parts of BlogHer were the parts when I was doing nothing…which was entirely not enough. It was so great to meet you and I swear to God, that laugh at 1 a.m. Saturday night over that swag you’re gonna vlog about was SO what I needed. Thanks, girl!

  6. So glad that you got to go and hob knob with computer peeps in real life. Sounds like a blast. Can’t wait to see the free shit

  7. I will never forget the moment when I saw you for the first time. I couldn’t get to you fast enough!
    Saying goodbye to you? Well, that was one of the hardest parts of the entire weekend.
    I adore you, Katie. I knew that before BlogHer, but our time together sealed the deal.
    Much love, my beautiful friend.

  8. I’m so happy that it rocked.

  9. So glad you had a fabulous time, so glad.

    Now rest up and get that swag show off vlog done! 🙂

  10. It was so lovely to meet you and I’m so thankful we got to have breakfast together the last day so we could actually spend some time together!

    Swag is the work of the devil, btw.

  11. I’m with you on the swag… a bunch of crap really.

    I’m sorry you were tired and not feeling well, but I’m glad you made the most of your BlogHer experience. And I’m really glad we were roomies and got to hang out a ton.

    You’re wonderful.

    xoxo

  12. Do you know how happy it makes ME that you got to go to BlogHer! Seriously everytime I look at my nightlight scentsy thing I remember that it helped to get you there and it makes me smile! I know it wasn’t the best way to go (remembering my own pregnancy and the vomit-a-thon it was ) but still you went and that’s enough for me. I just hope u will come to NYC next year so I can hug u!!!!

  13. I know when I first saw you in the hotel lobby I was so freakin excited to hug you!! I wish we would’ve had more time to talk but definitely next year…with our non-prenant bodies in tow 🙂

    And girl, if I would’ve went at 6 or 7 weeks I would’ve been dragging and possibly not around at all. I just got out of the 1st trimester so I think I got lucky 🙂

  14. How wrong is it that CheeseburgHer really, really makes me want a cheeseburger.

    Really.

  15. I am so glad you loved it; I don’t know HOW you did it at this point in your pregnancy. You’re a rockstar, for real.

  16. I was hit by the first tri exhaustion too and missed some of the bigger events. I felt bad, but I had to sleep! And I agree that the best moments weren’t anything sponsored or any of the speakers, but just the low key moments with the people I’ve developed friendships with.

  17. I’m so glad you got to go and have such a good time. Can’t wait to see the Vlog!!!

  18. Im so happy for you. Superwoman, you are!! Going to a huge blog conference all preggy and stuff. Cant wait to see that vlog!! Hope to see you at BlogHer12 in NYC. Im really excited to go!