Category Archives: BlogHer

Meeting Pioneer Woman at BlogHer

The Time I Met the Pioneer Woman & Forgot My Main Task…

So at BlogHer, we listened to Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman (if you don’t know who that is – then you must not live in the south!), address us all during the BlogHer Welcome keynote. She did a great and funny job walking us through her quickly paced blogging life cycle and singing to her dog… It was random, it was fun, it was real!

Later that weekend, I knew she would be at the Expo at the Land O Lake booth doing a chat and meet & greet. I had heard about this prior to leaving for BlogHer so I knew I had to grab Lennox’s Charlie book and bring it with me. My plan was to meet her, tell her how Lennox loves the book and ask her to sign it for Lennox. Well all was fine and dandy except for the fact that I forgot the book in my hotel room. OOPS, bad mommy!

Meeting Pioneer Woman at BlogHerOf course, Lennox has no idea and it’s no big deal – but I wish I had remembered it! Either way – we still got to meet Ree. She was super nice and she even complimented Diana… she will tell you ALL about it! She seemed genuinely interested in what we had to say and asked us a few questions. It’s nice when you meet someone like that.

During her talk, I did learn that she has a new holiday cookbook coming out (I see that being a purchase for our family soon!) as well as some new children’s books.

Charlie is the cutest little dog and he makes me want a Basset Hound!

What I Thought of the BlogHer13 Sessions…

So, as I stated the other day – I had a great time at BlogHer13. No, really – It was fantastic! I can’t wait to go again next year (if they would ever announce the location!). I had a great time meeting new and existing friends and building on those friendships.

One thing that I was somewhat disappointed in were the sessions. It actually wasn’t the lack of sessions or even the lack of good sessions, but the way they were scheduled and the number of sessions you could really attend. The way BlogHer has the meals, keynotes, etc… it makes it so that you really can only attend a few sessions.

With the number of sessions you can attend in a day being limited, it’s unfortunate when you pick a session, that you think sounds perfect for you and you get there and find out it is way too basic or poorly described. If I attend a session that is supposed to be advanced, then I expect advanced — the same with beginner. It’s not that information is bad, it’s that the naming and description of the sessions were incorrect. This was the case for me for a few different sessions.

Thankfully, I was able to jump around a bit – but I still wish I had been able to get to more sessions. I would have happily skipped all the lunch and breakfast keynotes (except for Ree Drummond!) and attended some sessions instead. I found myself skipping out after a bit, on those keynotes anyways and heading to the Expo. I guess this is just a different between BlogHer and other large conferences I have been to (namely SXSW).

Thankfully, there were still a number of good sessions that I went to and I did learn some new tips and tricks. A few of my favorites were:

– Making the Most of Pinterest and Facebook
– Room of Your Own: Is Your Blog Holding You Back?

– DSLR Debrief

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So although I did learn some tips and tricks, I think I’ll be thinking a little more next year on if I should get the Expo/Party Pass only or if I should get the full conference pass.

What did you think of the sessions? Even without a TON of great sessions, I still left feeling re-motivated and eager to get going again!

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Blog Media Kits by Brown Bag Media

Before heading to BlogHer in Chicago last week, I decided to take the advice of a few fellow bloggers and make a media kit postcard rather than a media kit sheet. They are easier to carry around and pass out, they are more professional looking and have more information than a standard business card.

So with that in mind, I decided I just didn’t have time to make my own design. I went to Kelly at Brown Bag Media with my new blog design and asked her to work her magic. I didn’t really give her any direction, other than my blog design and the card contents and she came up with the perfect design! I don’t think I would have designed it or described it any better myself! It has a great connection to my blog and all the information that a company or PR company is looking for.

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There were still plenty of times where a business card is easier or necessary, but for those times where I made some real connections, this was a great way to show off my blog design, professionalism as well as blog stats that companies are going to ask for.

So if you are heading to a conference anytime soon or want an electronic or print designed media kit, Brown Bag Media comes highly recommended. Make sure to check out her Etsy shop as well as her blog for more designs she has done!

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, but wanted to share the great design skills of Brown Bag Media. All opinions are 100% my own.