Guess who's going to BlogHer '11?! I am! I have been dreaming of going for some time now. I'll be a first timer. My husband knew how badly I wished to go and offered to pay my registration fees. Truly sweet of him but I wanted to make my way there without him buying my way in. I have been getting my feet wet again in the blogging arena since I had dropped the habit back in 2004. I couldn't quite justify the cost. Especially since I have been a bit directionless. OK not directionless - just headed off into EXCESSIVE directions! I'm all over the place when it comes to blogging. I can't find my niche. Quite honestly, I don't want one. I don't want to be wedged into any one place no matter how much I'm told it is a necessity. Maybe I'll change my ways once I have a few sessions under my belt at BlogHer. I'm stubborn though - so I doubt it. It's bad, but I don't always care what "experts" think. I do what makes me happy.
I looked into doing sponsored posts as a means of raising funds to spend on my BlogHer registration. I do work outside of the home and earn a decent living but I refused to spend our family resources on my blogging venture. So far I'm proud to say that I've earned a pretty penny dabbling in Sponsored Blog Posts. Enough in fact to cover the cost of registration PLUS a couple of cute outfits! It's been a gratifying experience earning money doing something that I enjoy. Especially since I would be doing it ANYWAY.
I was thrilled when I was invited to participate in a contest sponsored by Naturalizer Shoes & MyBlogSpark (Blog Post: BlogHer '11: Cynthia The Super Hero?!). The prize? An entry to win a sponsorship for my attendance to BlogHer '11 and to share some great shoes with conference attendees!
I even attempted to volunteer a few months ago. The volunteer positions were all filled. Apparently they fill up quickly. Recently BlogHer re-opened their call for volunteers. Of course I had to find out all I could about that. They were only looking for a few spots to fill.
Today I registered for the conference. The cost? $0. Lesson learned: Where there is a will, there is a way!
Hmm...now I've got to find a way to obtain a SmartPhone to use while at the convention! My current phone is ultra low tech! Do I have time before the conference to locate a sponsor for a SmartPhone and learn how to use one?! That way I can leave my laptop at home. If not, how about a sponsor for a stylish and comfortable laptop bag?! Oooh....a clothing sponsor to help me with my BlogHer '11 "Look". Maybe a company to offer new hair & make up? I'm dreaming but like I said: Where there is a will, there is a way!