Say What? BlogHer Goes to NYC 2010

* Update – I’ve decided to go and Hubby has given his blessing to the adventure. So BlogHer NYC, here I come. Now who is going to brave the scary IRL waters with me?

I’m double posting today because I’ve got to have this question answered asap. Skip down one post for the Awards Post and see some great links.

I’ve heard so much about BlogHer both before and now after the event I was curious what it was all about. So I went to the site. And there I discovered that next year it’s in NYC. My most favorite place in the world and a short one hour train ride from my house. Potentially I could even trip in for the day and not have to shell out the money for a hotel (I would miss out on all the after hours hoopla though…)

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But is it worth it? I see that they had seminars on a variety of topics during the day that you could attend. Some food was also included (a huge bonus). Even then it is still $200 for the conference itself. Non-refundable $200. When I had signed up for the writers conference in January and then had to cancel in May when we found out we were moving the week of the conference I got back all but $50 of my $425 fee. While I did lose a little it was a risk I willingly took.

No refund though? I don’t know that I want to swallow $200 should there be a reason a year from now that I can’t attend. A lot can happen in a year. The word around the internet is that the conference will sell out and quickly. I completely understand the no refund policy, after all I’m sure the BlogHer people need to give a guarantee of sorts to the conferences sponsors of how many people will be attending (or at least how much money it will bring in). It still makes me uncomfortable promising that kind of money a year in advance with no possible chance of a refund.

Are you planning to attend the conference next year? Did you attend this years event and was it worth it? Should I just plan to head into the city during the conference to see the specific bloggers I’d like to meet or should I go whole hog and pay up?

13 thoughts on “Say What? BlogHer Goes to NYC 2010

  1. First off, if you're considering it, I would buy your conference pass now. From what I understand, there are always people looking to buy a pass close to the date if you have to cancel.As for going for a day or the whole trip, I did a day-trip last year for a weekend blogging conference, and regretted not having a hotel room that would have enabled me to stay there overnight and go out in the evening. But that's just my thought.

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  2. I really wanted to go this year…but it just didn't work out. But, I am going to the SITS weekend in Vegas.I have never been to NYC. I know! A true travesty! I'd LOVE to go…but I am not sure that I can commit yet. When next year is it??

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  3. I am right across the river and I'd really like to go but… Like you said, things change and I am about to go through a big one later this year. (Yes I am being vague but it's a good thing, just not something I've formally announced.) I have no clue if I'll even have room in my life for blogging or if it is something I'll want to continue doing a year from now. So I am holding off from signing up.That said, I agree that there will be opportunities to get in much closer to the conference.

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  4. I know! I'll come visit you and all of us that don't want to shell out the non refundable bucks can have our own little hoopla. 🙂

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  5. I would SO like to go though it all depends on when we're going to be in the States next summer – and if I can find someone to watch my kids. I should have gone last year when it was in SF… I was still in town!!Hope all is going well with settling in… love your new car and your thoughts about budgeting. I totally hear ya!

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  6. I would SO like to go though it all depends on when we're going to be in the States next summer – and if I can find someone to watch my kids. I should have gone last year when it was in SF… I was still in town!!Hope all is going well with settling in… love your new car and your thoughts about budgeting. I totally hear ya!

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