We've planned more events this year than ever before. So, our big summer shin-dig actually happened in September.
No matter when or where it takes place, it's always a massive undertaking to host thousands of social media influencers for 2 days. And it's a pretty small group of us who work on it.
This year also marks the 15th anniversary of this conference. We chose a venue in Brooklyn, far from its roots in the Bay Area, but the spirit remains the same -- to help inspire women from all walks of life to elevate their voices and turn their side hustles into their day jobs.
I'm still amazed by how forward-thinking the #BlogHer co-founders were. Back in 2004, blogging had been around for maybe 5 years, and Facebook was literally just invented. They brought together 300 women to start a community, and the rest is history.
Anyway, this event started a week ago, as all good things do... with pizza.
Take a look...
|The most noteworthy thing about our setup day was this pizza from Paulie Gee's|
across the street. A Greenpoint institution. Yum.
|Oh and the sunset was pretty cool too.|
It almost made me forget how much more work there was to do.
|Somehow, 1500 gift bags were assembled and transported here to the|
Brooklyn Expo Center. My colleague and her husband, who lead the
bag-stuffers, are actual magicians.
|After days of setup and months of planning, we were finally ready to roll.|
|I usually have a nightmare the right before an event that no one comes.|
It's always a relief to see a line outside in the morning.
|The past few events, I've been running the main stage, which means|
I actually get to sit on a stool the whole time.
(Don't tell anyone I wrote my scripts about 2 mins before I said them.)
|We kicked off Day One with Connie Britton,|
who told us, in her best Tami Taylor accent, that there would
NOT be a Friday Night Lights revival. Poo.
|Then, she took a selfie on stage with my friend, who is also her friend.|
So like, we're basically best friends, too. Right?
Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose.
|Next was Sarah Jessica Parker, and I couldn't help but wonder, |
was she the sweetest celebrity I've ever met?
(The answer is yes.)
|Hi SJP! Pretty sure she's waving at me.|
|These students were adorable. I love helping to inspire the next generation.|
|This was such a cool booth, but nothing is as cute as this little nugget!|
|Our events aren't complete without a giant flower wall. |
This one was gorgeous -- created by FOX for their new show, Almost Family.
|Keke Palmer was a total delight. And so humble! |
You'd never know she starred in the #1 movie last weekend.
(Hustlers - with my fave, JLo.)
|We had a little garden party after Day One.|
|We brought in Joe's Pizza for everyone to snack on. |
$1300 was a bargain for all this cheesy Brooklyn goodness.
|We also had a custom swing built. Awesome to see it come to life. |
(The flowers aren't real, but they sure are pretty!)
|Day Two started bright and early with the Dunkin' mobile.|
|They brought pumpkin munchkins as far as the eye could see (my dream), |
and their new egg sandwich (my nightmare). But the people loved it!
|The co-founders of The Skimm took the stage first to talk about |
building a business. I adore their daily emails!
|Later, Julianna Margulies presented an award to the author of The Farm. |
That was cool and all, but really all I wanted to do was ask her
if Josh Charles is as adorable as he seems. I didn't. (But I bet he is.)
|We closed the event with Diane Guerrero, from Orange Is the |
New Black and Jane the Virgin. She looked ah-mazing in her
black lipstick and gold dress. She gave really great advice, too!
|Our attendees are the coolest.|
|Our closing party was a BBQ, |
and I now believe every event should end with a big, fat burger.
|Apparently, there was a White Claw shortage, but we had tons of it. |
I had a sip of the Black Cherry -- tasty and refreshing.
And loaded with alcohol.
|Sunset selfie with part of the team that creates these events.|
|The last pic of the night -- and we're still smiling! |
I'd call that a success.