Back in the office, digging out, after being gone for only one day. I had a great session on “Taking Care of Business” at BlogHer 08 where I spoke on how to figure out how to make money from blogging. The session was very well attended and I had a great time. I shared the spotlight with 2 great speakers, Linsey Krolik who spoke about legal issues and blogging, and Kelly Philips Erb who spoke about tax issues and blogging.
There are a few things I would have liked to see done differently:
1. There were no feedback forms at my session or any other session. I think getting immediate feedback is critical to running a better conference next year. If I had known there would be no feedback forms I would have brought my own to my session, and my take away is to ALWAYS bring my own feedback forms. I think getting information about what attendees liked, disliked, and how useful the session was, immediately, is invaluable.
2. The conference, I think, has gotten too big for so many volunteers with very little training/knowledge. BlogHer is a very big, very successful conference. I think next year the BlogHer folks should contract a professional event management team to run the conference. I think the number of attendees is a testament to how successful these ladies have been (they just raised $5 million dollars!!). But when that many people come together at a conference you need a little more infrastructure.
3. I attended a session (well unfortunately I got there late – as I had a meeting with journalists for an interview) about entrepreneurship that I think was poorly managed by the moderator. It seemed like it turned into a b***h session about men and how women must have “balls” to make it in the start-up world. I would have much preferred a practical session where people talked about real practical things that worked — or did not work — when starting their companies. I personally do not get that much out of a b***h session and I don’t think they belong in serious conferences.
4. I would love to see a place on BlogHer right now to fill out a feedback form. But I can’t find one.
But overall I am really excited for the BlogHer organization and the fact that they can pull together so many fabulous women in one place. Hurray!