Today’s post should not be as long as yesterday’s since you get the point now lol. If you missed my recap of Day 1, you can check it out RIGHT HERE!!
I still had to be up pretty early to get there early so I could get a good seat in the main area. Luckily I found some of my fellow bloggers that already had a good table saved for the day. It started out like the first day and got right into the sessions.
It first started off with the finalist of The Pitch. There were four finalist that gave their elevator pitch to all of us and judges for a chance to win advertising and dinner with some influential women in the industry. After you heard everyone’s pitch, it was up to us to vote on Twitter. We heard from Denise Woodard who created Partake Foods(cookies created for children with the most common food allergies), Brittany Finkle who created Happily Ever Borrowed(a site for brides to find and borrow wedding accessories without breaking the bank), Sarah Neill of Hot Hot Cold(an app to help you find your friends at concerts when you get separated) and Lia Winograd of Pepper(a company that makes bras that actually fit for women with smaller cup sizes). I loved everyone’s innovative ideas and Partake Foods was the winner!
I feel like Day 2 was geared more towards the blogger/influencer side of the business which I was waiting for. We heard from some amazing women that have been in the blogging business for a while. We heard from Courtney Quinn of Color Me Courtney, Mary Orton of Trove, Megan Batoon, Dayna Bolden and so many other amazing women. We even heard from one of the co founders of Pinterest, Evan Sharp. It was so interesting to hear how Pinterest started, how we can best use it and all the exciting things that are coming soon.
Another panel that stood out to me was the Work/Life blend. They were all working women in relationships, mothers and wives who helped us to realize that we cannot do it all and it is okay. I often beat myself up if I can’t get everything done in one day or I missed dinner with my family because I had to work late or can never seem to get it together some days. They reassures me that it was okay. One quote that stood out for me was “You can have it all but just not all at the same time”.
Angie Thomas who wrote The Hate U Give had an inspiration session at BlogHer. Her book has been produced into a movie that will come out in theaters in October . She was just so real and the story of how she got started was just inspiring. I haven’t read the book yet but I can’t wait to see the movie. She inspired everyone to follow their dreams and love this quote that she said “Freedom of speech is not free when you are young and black in America”.
I took so much away from hearing all the advice, tips and tricks from everyone. I really appreciate them giving us these tools to be successful. I started to realize that I didn’t know as much about blogging and You Tube as I thought I did. I dove into this industry by myself and taught myself as I went along. There are so many things I did not know about blogging like what my aesthetic is, what apps to edit pictures with so they look better, what SEO(Search Engine Optimization) is and how it plays into my blog and so on. I felt like I’ve been doing a lot wrong for so long and hoping I can take everything I learned and apply it moving forward. My mind was just blown with everything I was learning and hearing from everyone.
The overall message I took away from BlogHer is to be authentic. Everyone that I heard speak just inspired us to be ourselves, empowering us to stand strong and support each other more. I had such an amazing time and I would absolutely attend again! If you get the chance to attend BlogHer, please do. There is something there for everyone and you will walk away feel so inspired and proud to be a woman!
I will have the blogs up Thursday and Friday so stay tuned!