I have no idea how that will go, but what the heck. There was an early-bird deal, so the actual conference ticket was as inexpensive as it could possibly be (unless I had sponsorship or something, I suppose). If I can't go, or chicken out, I can transfer the ticket to someone else any time before the end of June, and I'm sure it would be pretty easy to find someone to take it.
It's in Chicago, which is not exactly down the road, but a flight for one isn't going to break the bank. I suppose now it'll be in DC again in 2014, but if I'd waited it wouldn't ever be. I'll have to find someone to share a room with; I think there are forums to link up with people. If you're reading and you're going and you need a roomie, hi! Consider me! I'm quite tidy and I don't think I snore.
I don't know what I expect to get out of BlogHer. I know it's a huge conference. I know there'll be bloggers there I read but am too shy to talk to. I know there'll be bloggers there I'll start reading afterwards. I hope I'll meet some people who might start reading my blog. I hope I can manage not to die obsessing about what I'm wearing and how my hair looks the whole time. (Honestly, my hair usually looks good if I make any sort of effort. I'll be obsessing about how thin I am or am not.) I hope it will not be anything like high school.
Mostly, though, I want to go because more and more I'm identifying as a blogger. It's what I am, while I'm a mom and an editor (on hiatus) and an ex-pat and a wife. I don't want to put ads here at this point, and I'm pretty sure I don't have nearly enough traffic to bother, but I would love it a lot if some day this could become part of, or lead to, something that brought in a portion of income.
So I'm going to go to a conference, because blogging is my self-appointed, not-for-profit job.