BlogHer 15 Day 2 started off with a bang, literally. There were crazy thunderstorms and I had to run six blocks to get to the hotel from the train. A super fun way to start the day! (Check out Part One Here!)
During breakfast we were treated to one of my absolute favorite parts of the conference. THE PITCH: a new segment that allowed 7 amazing women to pitch to qualified judges on behalf of the amazing non profits they created.
I was touched by each of these women. Some of them brought me to tears because their passion was so raw and unmatched. Others had me wanting to jump out of my seat in excitement because their idea was so needed for change.
Every single woman had an equally amazing idea–it was literally impossible to choose. More than all of that though, I was so proud of them. The courage, poise and passion they possessed to help others filled my heart to the brim. The ultimate winner was Majora Carter but they all ended up with a pretty hefty marketing package from SheKnows.
Right after that I attended the video session. It was a great session, I learned a few things:
- Youtubers don’t depend on AdSense for $, most income comes from external brand campaigns
- Be consistent with your posting
- Take the time to plan your videos with shot lists, etc.
- you don’t need the fanciest equipment to shoot great video
Next I headed over to the special Lunch sponsored by Good Health. We had some great conversation about making little changes to make a big difference. Also, I’m now obsessed with their organic popcorn. So good!
Right after that I had a chance to join the Disney Citizenship Ice Cream Social. Disney? Ice Cream? Yes. Thank you.
They told us about their program which encourages kids to use their imagination in new and innovative ways. The bloggers had to participate in several group team building activities that had us thinking hard and way out the box. It was a lot of fun and so great to exercise the brain in a different way.
Then my furry bestie came all the way from Orlando to give me a kiss and a hug. 🙂
There was also an amazing 10 minute speech by Teneshia Jackson Warner that touched my entire being.
After that we got the chance with witness legendary director of Selma, Ava Duvernay. Have you ever been in a room with someone who has the type of energy that makes you want to change your life? Ava Duvernay was that person. She has done so many great things in this world by kicking down barriers and making ground breaking films. My fire was lit by this point of the conference but after sitting with Ava for a bit, that little flame turned into a raging fire.
The conference was officially over! But wait. There’s more.
The BlogHer15 Closing Party Presented by McDonalds
Just like last year, McDonalds was the sponsor for our closing party. You might remember me losing my entire mind with Run DMC at Blogher14 — so this year had to be amazing (and it was!).
Boyz II Men was the headlining performance. Fun fact: the “II” album was my first CD on my Brand new CD Player as a child (when everyone else still had tape decks). Since it was my only album, I knew the words of every song forwards and backwards so to say that I was fangirl squealing when I realized that Boyz II Men was performing is an understatement.
They don’t age a bit do they? They were awesome. The voices were everything I’d remembered. The level of swoon was off the charts.
Finally we had the one and only cutie pie Nick Cannon. He was just scrumptious. He was dropping HITS for over an hour! We danced and danced. I was a super sweaty happy mess on a New York Pier in the summertime.
BlogHer 15 was a much better experience than I thought it would be. I guess somewhere in the back of my mind I feared it would be exactly like Blogher 2012. I’d be walking around in a sea full of people sad and lonely.
It was the complete opposite experience.
I had my best friends with me. I met new and old friends for the first time. I sat at tables with people I didn’t know. I planned my time down to the minute and made sure I chose the right sessions for me. I sang at the top of my lungs and ate McDonald’s French fries. I didn’t compromise and I really finally started to see my potential as a social media influencer. I am in a really really good place with blogging right now. BlogHer 15 provided me with validation and clarity. I am thankful for that.