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4 Surprising Lessons I Learned from BlogHer 17

by Nellie

A few weeks ago, I went down to Orlando for my 4th BlogHer conference. 2000+ bloggers gathered for an epic weekend in Florida. I learned a ton about blogging, friendship and most importantly, myself.

  1. The best conversations happen outside of the conference: The best part about the conference were the amazing conversations that happened on the bench, in the hallways and afterwards when we went out to dinner. The best part for me was the fact that we talked about kids, relationships and everyday things. We laughed–a lot–and it was SO needed. I actually met another blogger in the lazy river randomly and we ended up chatting and sharing life stories for hours. Blogging can be super isolating at times and it was so nice to be with people who get YOU, your work and your dreams.
  2. I am officially an OG: I’ve been blogging now consistently for 6 entire years. A lot of the blogger that attend these conferences, I know. Either I know them personally or I know their persona. At one point I looked around and recognized so many people in the room–they are my long time co-workers. They have stuck this blogging thing out just as long as I have. I don’t feel so crazy when I hang with people that work just as hard
  3. I need to get out of my head: Sometimes, because I have been doing this for so long, I get very stuck in my ways. I feel as if don’t do anything different, I stay in a very closed box. I went into this conference being super open minded about all of the “new” happening in content creation and I was able to really listen and apply some key information. It’s really hard to grow when you are doing the same thing over and over. I listened to everyone, from the ideas that newbie bloggers had to the tried and true information of super successful bloggers. Now that I do this for my full time job, I need to be constantly learning and growing.
  4. VIDEO IS HOT: We have known for years that video is a very popular way to share content. However, what I didn’t know is that Facebook wants to be an all video platform in a few short years. Honestly, if you are a blogger or a content creator in any form you better get comfortable on camera–FAST. I’ve been doing random Facebook Live broadcasts–usually when I have the time–and the house is quiet (super rare!) and it’s been fun! It’s definitely not as bad as I thought it was and it’s fun to have a conversation with people. Make sure you are hanging with me on Facebook, so we can hang!

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8 comments

laShawn July 10, 2017 - 7:08 am

I realized I was an OG at Mom 2 this year. I’m like…I’ve been doing this for a looooooooong time lol. But it feels good to see so many that I started with still going strong!

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Kita July 10, 2017 - 8:41 am

Girl…OG for real lol. I need to get on video more and I am determined to do that

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Tiffani July 10, 2017 - 10:22 am

Video still terrifies me! I learned some great tips at BlogHer and will eventually give it a shot.

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Michelle July 10, 2017 - 9:38 pm

Sounds like a great conference. The whole video thing freaks me out a little bit, but I know it’s coming.

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Andrea Bates July 10, 2017 - 9:47 pm

Yes, truth. We’re OG peeps. Love it.

You’ve shared important points here and I think anyone going to any conference should review and remember them. Especially that first one – it’s my constant truth.

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Antionette Blake July 11, 2017 - 12:29 pm

thanks for the recap, hopefully, one day I will have an opportunity to attend. I am going to start a new FB Live Series on Sundays because everyone is on video!

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Tamara July 12, 2017 - 3:47 pm

I’ve been told the same – that video is the way of the future. I did buy a whole set up with tripod and lighting. I’m excited for that!
Also, I’m an OG too.

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Nicole July 13, 2017 - 12:27 pm

So true, video is HOT right now… and I’ve been wanting to learn how to do recipe videos for awhile now. I’ve been focused on other blog updates i.e. implementing a new site theme, and now redoing my recipe, travel & workout post indexes, but I totally need to put ‘learn how to do recipe videos’ on my list for next… Good reminder!

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