Countdown to BlogWorldExpo-LA

It’s Sunday and I’m looking at piles of clothes, cords for various electronic devices, and assorted “stuff” to put in my suitcase. I’m not leaving until Wednesday. I feel like a kid at midnight on Christmas Eve! Yes, I’m that excited…and nervous. I have plenty to do before I leave, at the crack of dawn, on Wednesday.

I’m excited as this is my first time attending BlogWorldExpo-LA (#BWELA). Actually, this is the first time I am attending this type of conference. I have only attended work related, stuffy type of conferences in the past. There is so much to do and see at BlogWorld – plenty of sessions to keep me busy, people to meet, and parties to attend.

In between all the things I will be doing, I plan on tweeting and blogging, and somewhere in all of this, I’m supposed to be writing for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), which begins November 1st.

This is a great opportunity for me to learn new things and fine tune the things I already do. I know this will help my blogging and in the long run, my business. I’m looking forward to the Expo as well. My list of what booths to visit is almost as long as what sessions I’m attending!

I’m nervous though, for a few reasons that you might be able to help me with.

  • The thought of being surrounded by thousands of people who I don’t know is overwhelming. I have worked on my comfort level with crowds lately — I’m hoping that helps. The hardest part for me is introducing myself to others. I’m typically the one that stands at the periphery of the room and observes. This conference is not the place to do that. I do know that once I start feeling comfortable with things, I do ok.
  • I am not good at networking. See paragraph above.
  • My online world is going to merge with my offline world – I’m finally going to meet people who I’ve been “talking” to from Twitter and Facebook. Some of these folks I’ve talked to since I first stepped into Social Media, some are more recent friends. Regardless of how long I’ve known them, I’m nervous about meeting them face-to-face. I’m also super excited about meeting them. Is it possible to be both?

This week, Allison Boyer and Lara Kulpa wrote posts for the BlogWorld website. The timing of these posts was perfect. Allison’s post advised us “What NOT to do” at the conference and Lara’s post gave us great tips on  “What to Pack.” For a first-timer, these posts offer helpful tips and advice, so you can get the most out of the conference (and leave with your reputation intact). I appreciate posts like these and if you’re going (first timer or not), you might want to take a peek as well.

With all of this in mind, I have a couple of questions.

If you’re an introvert like I am, what do you do in situations like this? What tips on dealing with crowds can you pass along? Do you have any “do’s and/or don’t’s?”

I am looking forward to sharing my experience over those 3-days with y’all! See you in Los Angeles!

  4 comments for “Countdown to BlogWorldExpo-LA

  1. November 1, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Yes, you’re going to be meeting lots of people that you’ve only ‘met’ on Twitter – like me! I was so excited when Jen mentioned that you’re going to blogworld. I’m leaving tomorrow night and won’t get there until midnight. I wrote a blog about it as well. If you’re interested, you can read it here:
    http://wordviewediting.com/2011/11/6-things-im-expecting-from-blogworld-bwela/
    I’ll DM you my cell phone# and of course we can still tweet each other. I would like very much to finally meet you ~ your tribemate, Patricia

  2. Denise
    October 30, 2011 at 3:22 pm

    Sherree, The others at the conference are just like you… Meeting people they have never met or talked to. You do have an advantage, the great folks you have meet on FB and Twitter got to know from the inside out. They will be your support group! Okay Lady, shoulder back, chin up and head held high… March forward….nothing to fear but fear! I’m here pushing and cheering! 2 4 6 8 – go rock their world and most of all have fun! :)

    • October 31, 2011 at 12:41 am

      Denise – “You Rock” and darn, I wish you were coming! What fun we would have. Thank you so much for the encouragement and “pep” talk/cheer! I am looking forward to this and definitely plan on having ton’s of fun.

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