BlogHer 2012 will be my first time at a blogging conference. And it’s tough doing something for the first time. Sure, it can be exhilarating and inspiring, but much of that tingly feeling is adrenalin preparing you for flight (or fight, but let’s be kinder, gentler here). And, based on the various and flurried Tweets and postings and emails that have been zipping around the virtual world, I know I’m not alone.
So, let me put everyone at ease: You are not a dork. Or, at the very least, you are not as much of a dork as I am. Want proof?
I almost did not sign up for Blogher’s Pathfinder Day. Only because I read this post from Alexandra at Good Day Regular People, did I even consider it. And why was I so against going to a day geared towards newer bloggers and first-time Blogher attendees? Because I thought it was a day framed and heavily influenced by Nissan. Get it? Pathfinder Day? I mean, honestly, I pictured a big white tent with a bunch of cars and salespeople pushing Pathfinders all day. What was I thinking? The only excuse I can think of is my literal mind was infused with anxiety about attending, so it attempted to find a reason not to make the commitment. Happily, I came to my senses.
So, if you can honestly claim that you did NOT think Pathfinder Day was all about a Nissan SUV, you will not be the biggest dork at BlogHer 2012. I get to take that cake. And, to top it off, there’s this.
Here are some of the social anxiety calming posts that have been keeping me from shipping myself to China on a slow boat before this Thursday.
Mom 101’s classic post helps put your inferiority complex in its place. There’s no expiry date on this one.
To help you realize that it’s not you, it’s someone else’s face, watch Fadra’s hysterical rendition of the Top 10 Faces of Blogher. (Add “Glued to SmartPhone Face” and we’re set.)
This Linz Loves You post from last year will make you laugh, and it’ll also give you practical advice about how to survive the not-so-little things (hints: granola bars, extra batteries, cardigan).
And if you want all the links that are fit to click, check out Suz’s post about Blogher nerves, also from last year, that shares all the advice she found useful in quelling fears.