Here I am at BlogHer--it's barely begun, and I'm actually beginning to feel more like a BlogWhore, than a BlogHer. I've been here less than 24 hours, and I've received 4 (large) bags of swag so far, as well as stuff from some exibitors, including a free bluetooth headset. And I haven't even visited all the exhibitors. Not only that, I've won an Ipod Nano and an insulated bottle holder. If I'm feeling bored or motivated later, I might just try to list all the shit I've gotten. I'm gonna have to ship it home.
Mind you the first session hasn't even started yet. I'm sure the sessions will prove to be very helpful, especially to a newbie like me. My first educational session is going to be a blogging basics discussion-which lord knows I need. And maybe once I start learning things, then I won't feel like this is as much of a boondoggle as it at first appears to be. Besides, what good is guilt going to do me? As my new friend Amy at Selfish Mom says: "Guilt is a useless fucking emotion." (Apparently, that's a direct quote from Kyra Sedgwick).
I guess the guilt stems from knowing that these folks want me to blog about their stuff (Ha! Joke's on them. . .I barely have traffic at this point). I feel so. . . .USED (hand to forehead). Seriously, though, here's what I've decided to do: If I really, really like something--I'll mention it. But if I don't, or it's not something I can use--I'll remain mum. Seems simple enough. Some of the swag I'll recycle or give away. That way, at least, I'll feel like I'm maintaining at least a little of my integrity, such as it is.
I've got to go to my first session--I'll post when I can--but it'll be unedited, so bear with me if you can.
Next--the irony of not being able to connect to the internet while attending BlogHer.