I’m still going through my images from BlogHer. I already finished Part 1 – people when I realized I completely forgot to insert the people shots – DOH! Well that is kinda par for the course this week. I am completely overwhelmed at how busy my life, the blog. my business has suddenly become. Its a good thing I just don’t know how to manage it all. My standard tweet or facebook update lately has been some sort of coded message to CALM THE &%# DOWN, I don’t curse in my tweets usually but lately I have felt the urge. I feel the stress creeping back and I don’t like it. Deep breaths Lindsey just remember to breathe. Let’s look at a pretty picture THAT aways calms me down.
Ahhh good. I love the blues in the windows. This is the historic Gaslamp Quarter filled with restaurants, local watering holes and shopping! Part 2 of my BlogHer trip shall we?
BlogHer, yeah that’s what I was telling you about. For my non-blogging friends who must think that I have this imaginary group of friends online, I want you to know they are not only REAL but they are nice. I told you how I made myself go up to every one of them that I have connected with somehow online and introduced myself like an eager beaver right? These people get me. They know the reach potential of a blog and they also know and value the support of their peers and readers. We are tribe builders. I want to strengthen that tribe and that’s why I attend these conferences. I know a lot of bloggers have made the rounds more than once and they warn about existing alliances and getting snubbed when it comes to a real life encounter but I have to tell you there was really only one person in ALL the women I met over that weekend who didn’t really bother to engage. ONE! I had a feeling I wouldn’t connect with her either, call it a hunch. I guess I can’t woo everyone I meet. But why? Maybe it was the shallot dip. I digress.
So BlogHer 11′ was held in San Diego and I went a day ahead not because I had signed up for Pathfinder Day, although I do regret not seeing Ree speak, waaaa. We basically went there so we could walk around and take some photos, check out the hotel and go to The People’s Party where I met just about everyone on my list, including Jenny thebloggess, in case you missed it I talked about it in BlogHer Part 1.
From the next morning on everything is just one ginormous blur until Sunday around noon when I am staring at northbound traffic on the 5 beginning to feel the side effects of eating a cheeseburger at 1 am.
I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel SD, which has always been a favorite when in Vegas but I’m really having a hard time accepting the fact that I’m just too old for that place. I know I know but its true I just have no inclination to smoke funny smelling stuff in my hotel room and swinging from balcony to balcony anymore, what can I say adulthood is finally here. I did however (during the daylight hours) enjoy our room and the amenities. Who doesn’t love seeing Blondie as you exit the 9th floor. I also attended a private party hosted by Mom’s Fashion File and Plum District at the roof top space, Elevation which was pretty spectacular, one of my party favors was getting my hair feathered, pretty rock star doncha think?
Here are a few highlights of the hotel and the convention center. San Diego is VERY colorful and the ocean breeze kept what little haze there was at bay which made for some spectacular shots. Hard rock is all about aesthetic and appear too gotta love hotel that has appreciates design.
A little surprise tray with the most biting blue cheese and smoothest bubbly this side San Diego. Thank you again Ms. Kathleen.
Oh yes we did and how.
San Diego has a special place in my heart, aside from Ron Burgundy’s Anchorman, its where the mister and I courted all those year ago. I still smile whenever I come back, my how things have changed since then. Ok next up is the food I ate and the actual conference – what BlogHer is really like. Hope you’ll come back then. For now I’m off to start in on the back to school packet. Shudder. Until then I leave you with a little Burgundy…