I almost signed up right after last year's BlogHer conference (which I did not attend), but when one person's post (in this case, Florinda's from The 3Rs Blog) convinces you this is where one should be a full year from now, that tells you something about the power of the blog.
And then the first-ever Book Blogger Convention was announced for New York City in May, coinciding with Book Expo America (BEA), and I knew I wanted to be part of the Convention. BEA is free for us bloggers (and especially now with the affiliation with Book Blogger Con), so that was a matter of Amtrak and hotel.
Which begged the question of BlogHer '10 - should I stay or should I go?
Yes, the money is significant. In a matter of six weeks, I've dropped a total of $300 on registration for blogging conferences - and that's before accommodations and transportation. But I am justifying this by thinking that these three events will likely not converge on NYC in the same year, and since I am the epitome of a white-knuckled flier, the likelihood of my flying cross-country to one of these soirees is next to nill. Amtrak is doable from where I sit, so ...
What the hell. I'm going. To all three. I feel like I am out of my mind.
But, I'm looking at this as an investment in my writing, in my blog, in myself. Maybe there comes a time when we have to push ourselves a bit, to do what feels a little scary and exciting at the same time, to believe in ourselves that the money will come back someday in the form of a new opportunity, a new contact, a new experience.
We'll never know unless we try, will we?
Early bird registration for BlogHer ends today. Registration for the Book Blogger Convention is still open.
Will I see you at either of them?
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