BlogHer ’09 Recap

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on July 29, 2009

I really don’t know where to start.

Let’s preface it with this: I had no expectations for this past weekend…other than to glean a few nuggets of wisdom from those who “go before me”…and to spend as much time with new and old friends as I could!

I’d say I accomplished all of those things, and had a WONDERFUL time as a result. 

Here is the quick version of what I learned from the conference and the panels.

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  • SEO: I don’t know enough and need to learn more! SEO is search engine optimization.  It is not really a concept that has been on my radar until recently.  I didn’t go to the session on the topic, as it conflicted with another session.  But, I plan on doing my research and seeing how I can improve my SEO!
  • Brands: Hearing the many perspectives, from bloggers and PR professionals alike, I now have a clear vision on how I want to work with brands.  Will share more on that in a few weeks!
  • Value: As women, we don’t place the proper value on ourselves.  We don’t value our gifts, talents and abilities as we should.  We don’t value our time and skills.  I need to spend more time thinking about how I value myself.  And what that means for me as a person and a blogger.
  • Food Blogs: I need to spend more time reading them.  I talked with some of my favorite food bloggers during one of the sessions.  There is much to be learned from these women.  I don’t read too many food blogs.  2 reasons: 1. They make the most fun dishes (with the most amazing photos!)…most of which are way over $5!  and 2. I like to experiment myself and create my own recipes.  I don’t want to copy what others have already done!!  But, I need to get past that. Plain and simple.  There is much to be learned from other food blogs!
  • Quote of the Conference: “This is Twitter in real life.”  I said this just before heading out to dinner on Friday night.  A slew of my Twitter friends were all standing around waiting to take off for dinner.  And it hit me.  “This is Twitter in real life.”  No other way to explain it! 
  • Book Deal: I am SO fortunate to have this amazing opportunity to share the blog in the form of a cookbook.  I came away from that session feeling so blessed to be half way there already!  And can’t wait to share the book with you all!!!

Highlight

 

Well, this is the one I caught on video!  There were really so many highlights. But I’ll share this one!

To be honest, I didn’t know I was going to get to hear Brooke White.  I didn’t know she was going to be at one of the parties.  I didn’t know where to find her.  But Jill did!  We took our preggo selves and plopped down right up front on the floor where she was playing.  And what a treat!  I’ve been a big fan since she was on Idol.  I love her voice and the passion in her music.  A little taste, if you care to listen!

I truly enjoyed myself at BlogHer.  I loved just being there, networking, recapturing the vision of the blog and forming a plan for what’s happening around here! 

I love what I’m doing here on the site.  I love being able to share with you all.  I love being able to connect with you all.  I love being able to encourage and inspire you in your grocery shopping adventures.  I love sharing dinner with you every night!

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

patsyk July 29, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Sounds like BlogHer was a lot of fun and full of some great information. I hope to attend when it’s in NYC next year!

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Cheryl July 29, 2009 at 1:27 pm

Erin,
I think most women don’t give themselves credit or value themselves enough!
& I am just like you…I like to make my own recipes up, but made a pledge to come here more often for inspiration. I also have 2 boys; 4 & just under 2, & I would love to get our dinners down to less than $5.

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Adrienne July 29, 2009 at 1:46 pm

Great meeting you Erin!

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Eve @arewethere July 29, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Awesome! So good to see someone report on the VALUE of an opportunity. I am so glad for you that you got a lot out of the conference. You always seem like such a warm and inviting person, and I look forward to your book!
XOXO
~eve

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Lindsey July 29, 2009 at 3:07 pm

Sounds like a lot of fun!! It’s always good to get new blood and new ideas into your life.

Sounds like Brooke did a great job. :) She’s a friend of mine and it was great to see this video on your blog.

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Jenny from Mommin' It Up! July 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm

You are the awesome! Love you.

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Katie July 29, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Sounds like you had a great time! I can’t wait to join in on the fun in 2010!!

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Melissa Multitasking Mama July 29, 2009 at 6:06 pm

What I took away from BlogHer was around the same lines- I do what I love. And twitter in real life (I love that term =) is so much fun!!

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Julie Alejos July 29, 2009 at 8:33 pm

Erin, I’m glad you were on Rachael Ray cause I LOVE getting your e-mails everyday. You inspire me not just as cooking $5 dinners but on parenting as well. Keep up the GREAT work!! xoxo

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Becky Lowmaster July 29, 2009 at 9:56 pm

I have alot to learn about blogging. I’ve just started. I just added photos and add more. I’m making the big potato salad on Friday so I’ll let you know when I’ll post photos of that. Looks like the temps will be in high 80s, which is more comfortable for an outdoor wedding.
It’s over 100 degrees here so we’ve not used the oven for a couple days. Glad we have A/C. Speaking of a/c, we’ve sold over 100 in these past two days at the hardware store where I work. No more til Friday or Monday, since the warehouse is out. Take care and drop by my spot……http://grandmabeckyl.blogspot.com Enjoy your summer cuz it’s going fast!!

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Krista July 30, 2009 at 9:06 pm

I would have loved to see Brooke in person! Lucky girls!

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Elise August 1, 2009 at 10:01 pm

Hi Erin,

Great write-up! I’m so glad you stood up and talked about your site in the Food Blogging in a Recession session. Great to have your contribution to the discussion!

Thanks for posting the Brooke White video. I had no idea she was there.

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