Since I started attending BlogHer three years ago (this year was my fourth), I realized that you just can’t include everything you want to include in one single post. You just can’t. It’s too much. It’s overwhelming. And frankly, it takes a least a week to digest the experience.
But who am I kidding? In a week, BlogHer13 will be old news. So I’m giving you a three post breakdown of the whole event this week.
Next week? I suspect there will be some existential ponderings about what it all really meant. But this week, I’m going to tell you about the swag, the venue, and the people (I always save the best for last).
Today, we talk about THE SWAG. Also known as the stuff, the booty, the free shizz, the OMG-how-am-I-going-to-fit-all-of-this-in-my-suitcase.
Hint: I flew Southwest where you can check two bags for free, brought an extra duffle bag with me, and then crammed everything in hoping I wouldn’t be overweight (the bags, that is) and my clothes wouldn’t come through on the other end soaked in margarita mix. It worked.
Before I present you with my video, I have to give you my overall thoughts on the sponsors and swag this year because I’ve already seen the rumors flying.
Compared to last year, I have some pretty frank observations:
- The Expo Hall seemed WAY smaller. Not in size but in the number of sponsors that were exhibiting.
- Many sponsors that we see every year were missing from the Expo Hall (McDonald’s, Jimmy Dean, Pressman Toys).
- Nothing seemed to be the envy of the Expo Hall. The exhibits were nice. The swag was nice but there was nothing causing rioting or long lines (see Dr. Scholl’s foot inserts in San Diego at BlogHer11).
- Bloggers seemed respectful of the exhibitors and I didn’t see the swag grabbers like in years past (see bloggers who tried to steal the Yankee Candle display in San Diego at BlogHer11).
But enough of my jibber jabber. I present to you my BlogHer shopping haul.
And because I had 22 minutes of footage that I cut down to 5, I wanted to make sure I gave a proper shout out to the exhibitors and sponsors that I really enjoyed meeting.
ASPCA, launching a parents blog soon
Blendtec, who almost convinced me they’re as good as my Vitamix
Boiron, makers of the amazing and homeopathic Calendula and Arnicare
Brew Over Ice, the K cups for Keurig that let you make cold drinks like lemonade
CVS Minute Clinic, those swag bags ROCKED
Disqus, who asked me to speak on their panel about building community (and the people are super awesome)
Garden Media Group, who gave me the too small tank top but I loved their stuff
Kozy Shack, seriously look at their label – good ingredients
Serta, gave me a pillow fitting that just might change my life, or my sleeping
Shark, hate to sound housewifey but I’m in love with their new steam mop
Triscuit, have you tried the brown rice Triscuits?
Viviscal, helping balding women everywhere
WordPress, meeting their VIP rep on the shuttle and talking shop was a highlight
Wild Ophelia, crazy good (and unique) chocolate
Ryobi, tools and women, ’bout time
If you attended BlogHer this year, what did you think about the swag? Anything stand out to you?