To Conference or Not to Conference?

The big topic on Twitter and around the Blogsphere this week is everyone’s experience and photos from Blogher ’09. While there are plenty of women bloggers who did not attend this event 1500 did and had a great time.

I love seeing all the pictures of my bloggy friends meeting one another. It makes me just a wee bit jealous. The friendships we develop online are amazing, but nothing compares to meeting face to face and being able to hug the necks of the friends you’ve grown to love.

Aside from pictures of happy faces I’m seeing photos and talk of swag. And when I say swag I mean enough goodies to fill two suitcases, or to ship home in boxes. Honestly, where does all this stuff come from? Is it useable stuff, or junk?

Mom 2.0 SummitI have it on good authority that Mom 2.0 Summit in Houston, TX is well worth it. Smaller than Blogher, more business oriented, and closer to home. I think I am going to try and save up for it, seeing as how it’s only 6 hours from me and it’s not till February 2010.

Another conference I’ve been drooling over is the Type-A Mom Conference in Ashville, NC. I “know” (via Twitter and Blogs) several of the women speaking at the conference, and my two blogging besties are going. The big draw? You can take your kids and it only costs $35. It looks like a retreat setting, is full of speakers and teaching sessions, and a lot less parties and company advertisements.

The sad part? It’s the weekend of my visit home to Kentucky. Sigh. I’d entered to receive a full scholarship. I’d looked at pricing to get there myself. Heck, I even considered the fact that it’s just 4 hours from my folk’s place and maybe I could sneak away for 2 1/2 days. But, who am I kidding??? I never have enough time with my family as it is! I’m not gonna ditch them and all the friends I miss like crazy to attend a conference.

My question is questions are:

What else happens at Blogher and conferences like it? Besides for the meeting of friends, the parties, and the swag?

Is there real educating going on?

Are business partnerships being established and contacts being made?

Or, is it just one big party?

I love a party, don’t get me wrong! I’m just not sure I’d want to spend several hundred dollars to travel halfway across the county to hang out. I mean, it’d have to be really awesome for me to leave my kiddo for several days!

What do you think? Should I try for Mom 2.0 Summit? And, do you plan to attend?

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Comments

  1. says

    I have to be honest and say I did not learn much from the sessions themselves however I did make great contacts and many excellent conversation about product development, marketing, social media etc. For me the swag and parties were fun but definitely not what i took away from the weekend.

  2. says

    I have to be honest and say I did not learn much from the sessions themselves however I did make great contacts and many excellent conversation about product development, marketing, social media etc. For me the swag and parties were fun but definitely not what i took away from the weekend.

  3. Melanie (Modern Mami) says

    Hi Erica. I too did not want to spend several hundred dollars to just party. Because I can party at home for a lot less money. Which is why the first actual day of the conference (when sessions began) I made it a point to attend sessions, network, and learn. Look for my other 2 posts as they’ll have more on the actual learning/networking and less on the parties. :)

  4. Melanie (Modern Mami) says

    Hi Erica. I too did not want to spend several hundred dollars to just party. Because I can party at home for a lot less money. Which is why the first actual day of the conference (when sessions began) I made it a point to attend sessions, network, and learn. Look for my other 2 posts as they’ll have more on the actual learning/networking and less on the parties. :)

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