BlogHer 2012: The Bad

 BlogHer is a conference for all bloggers. Women and men attend. It does not say that one has to be a Mom or single or whatever. The Expo is supposed to be a welcome place to all bloggers.  Not every company in the Expo was for everyone, but it was pretty clear that a company that caters to electric toys for preschoolers is one, that being a single woman with no children, that I will most likely skip over.

Arm & Hammer makes toothpaste for everyone. When I approached their booth, I was asked how many kids do I have? When I said none, the representative walked away. I was standing near a display of adult toothpaste. I brush my teeth. I blog. I may blog about brushing my teeth. Arm & Hammer will not be a company I talk about based on my experience at their booth.

Sponsors, if you advertise at a blogging conference, not every woman is going to be a mother. If you have an adult product, expect to maybe talk to bloggers, who may or may not be parents.

I do okay in crowds. They tend not to bother me but before Martha Stewart, I had one bad experience with crowds. People were lined up to go to the talk. People were waiting all over the outside area of the hall it was to be in. They were not letting in so the crowd got larger and larger.

I was on the escalator going up. Now, at some point, you generally have to get off of the escalator. There were people behind me and I needed to get off. There were people standing in front of the escalator exit. When I got off, they decided that I did not need to get off that escalator.

I had no where to go. I started to make way through and was yelled at. I had no choice to but get off. If you are standing at the top of an escalator base, you are in the way and people will be bumping in to you. It is in your best interest to move. If you choose not to, then well people will run into you.

Once I got through the escalator area, I decided that the crowd was too much. Getting through the crowd was tough, but I am good at scooting through. Once I got near the exit, I cut through the line to get to the exit. I was getting through to the exit, when I heard, “I don’t know why people have to cut through here.” Ah, well, the only exit is right next to you.

I ended up going up to the Serenity Suite to get away. I was feeling like I would cry if I did not get away. Since lunch was served at the meeting, I gave up lunch to avoid the crowd.

All in all, I did not feel like I did not fit in. There were times where I did feel like I just did not deserve it and no one would want to talk to me. I tried not let that overtake me. I would go sit and read.  That helped a lot.

Tomorrow, one last wrap up and observation post.

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18 Responses to BlogHer 2012: The Bad

  1. April Baker says:

    Girl… you are awesome. I loved meeting you, I wish I had more time with you. I think I see a trip to Boston in my future to come see you. Screw those reps and people… their loss in not getting to know you.

  2. I definitely agree that there were some sponsors that were more parent-oriented, although I can't for the life of me figure why the Arm & Hammer folks would have shined you off like that. The only uncomfortable moment I had was at a private party, where the vendor had something aimed for a Christian audience and, tho DH is American Baptist, being a Jew, I wasn't too keen on what they were offering. In the end, after several "No, really, I think what you're doing is great for OTHER people" I just had to walk away. I guess that's the opposite of what you experienced there…but neither's really a comfortable situation.And yes, some of the crowds were nuts. The venue wasn't really designed to accommodate the number of attendees that potentially would come to the lunches and such, and clearly not all the attendees were mature enough to be polite in the crowded circumstances. Sorry that you had to get out of there so quickly, but I'm glad you had the Serenity Suite to re-collect yourself in.

  3. Sarah says:

    That escalator scene sounds horrific. People in crowds are just rude sometimes and it's great you had the Serenity Suite to go to.I guess with the sponsors it's just the nature of the best. For some reason they have in their head that Mommy bloggers have more traffic and that is what they care about. I'd so love to come over and attend Blog Her with you one year. It would be amazing!

  4. Wendy says:

    I am so bothered by the behavior of some people. I'm sorry you had that experience. I value you, I appreciate you, I admire you. I think you're great.The best part of your post: "I brush my teeth. I blog. I may blog about brushing my teeth." That expo and the brand reps were a total joke. Lame.

  5. Germana says:

    Some people are just a-holes. I'm sorry to hear you had a bad experience there! I want to attend BlogHer next year, hopefully I can save for it since I tend to go all out for my annual blogger Vegas trip.

  6. I am so sorry to hear this – that behavior is RIDICULOUS and uncalled for (can you sense my indignation by the all caps!?)Forget Them! They missed out on a wonderful person and fantastic blogger. Their loss (and our gain – I look forward to seeing you at the Boston Blogger Meetup!)xo

  7. The ppl were so rude at some points! I ended up skipping that lunch, too. It just wasn't worth it to see a speaker that decided last minute against the Q&A… Tiffany

  8. 71º & Sunny says:

    Oh I'm sorry about that. Crowds. Ugh.

  9. Jen says:

    That would be totally awesome! I could maybe go to the Timex Museum and visit you as well.

  10. Jen says:

    I was fine with the kid oriented stuff. I had fun playing a video game. I just was rattled by the Arm & Hammer people since I was looking at the adult product side. Oh well. The Hilton was totally overwhelmed.

  11. Jen says:

    Or I need to go to Australia! (Hmmmmm)

  12. Jen says:

    Thank you Wendy. The expo was a disorganized joke.

  13. Jen says:

    Do you go to the Bloggers in Vegas (I think that is name) event?

  14. Jen says:

    I am looking forward to the Boston Blogger Meetup as well!

  15. Jen says:

    We made the right decision.

  16. Wendy says:

    I had a AWESOME time hanging with you, and damn, Jen, those crowds sound likes some REALLY RUDE PEOPLE! I'm so glad you had the Serenity Suite to regroup. I had a great time with you, and I'm sorry you had a bag experience at the Expo. Hugs to you, my new friend.

  17. geekbabe says:

    Jen, It is always a pleasure to speak with you. Seriously, you are certainly deserving of respect & pleasant conversation.. the place was a madhouse at some points though, it wasn't you! It was 5,000 jammed together for the weekend!

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