I am loving the recaps of Blogher '09 I'm finding on the web. Let's just say we all had different experiences. I missed virtually all of the drama because I wasn't invited to any of the private "swag-heavy" parties. And those that were open to the public had lines that were too long, so I passed. I just want some free drinks and food and I'm good to go!
I met up with some people I would not have met sitting in my office. Unless they made a special trip to see me, which is not likely.
Tonya from Currently Crafting greeted me as a long lost friend. I was so flattered. But I felt a little slighted when Jessica of How About Orange showed up on the scene- I think Tonya squealed a bit louder over her. I'm trying to get over it...
I met Erin of Schlosser Designs and FreshNestDesign. She used to be a Texas girl, but is now in Chicago. I've talked to her on Twitter and now I've talked to her in real life. She's an interior designer by trade and a crafter. Loved her FreshNestDesign business card, which was on a paint chip. Lowes may never let her in the store again, but the cards were darling. She also handed out these darling notecards based on her stamps:
Alma of Loveland Miscellany is a graphic designer in Utah and between she and her husband, teach Illustrator and Photoshop classes. (Don't think I'm not going to abuse that contact!) Her calling card was a memory game with cards of several of her graphic designs. Super cool.
Christy Nelson of ChristyNelson.net was another crafty gal I met there. She gave out the cutest friendship bracelets as her business card. She is famous for her Craft Challenges, in which she sells very reasonably priced craft kits (like $5!) and you can then submit your finished project to her challenge and win prizes! Clever!
I met tons of other people, unfortunately, many only briefly. But the people I talked to were all polite and interesting. I guess the rude ones were at the parties fighting each other for swag!
I did bring home some swag. The Mr. Potato Head was my favorite. I wanted to keep it, but I did give it to my daughter. The FTC is considering regulations regarding disclosure of paid product placements in blogs, so I in an effort to comply, here is what I received in free product:
- 1 Mr. Potato Head $7.00
- 2 Playskool Lil Garden Pals $7.98
- 1 EOS Shave Gel $4.99
- 1 EOS Lip Balm $3.99
- 1 Free Sample of Tide's new Stain Release Detergent Booster (estimate) $1.00
- 1 Coupon for a free Tropicana's Trop50 Orange Juice (estimate) $2.80
- Approximately 15 recycled and canvas bags to use for my grocery bags (estimating $1 per) $15
- 6 Diet Pepsi's from the Pepsico Exhibit (consumed onsite)* $9
- PBSKID's button, book light and notepad (estimate) $6
Total Swag: $57.76
You might love this video put together by TellingDad, who wasn't even at BlogHer '09, but assimilated all the stories whirling on the web.
* Apologies to my Coca-Cola bottling ancestors, but Coke didn't sponsor! And Diet Coke still tastes WAY better. But I love IZZE, which is also owned by Pepsico.