Since a major well known conference has come to my part of the country. I'd say I'm forced to put my money where my mouth is and attend. The conference isn't just a girl thing. It also might be interesting to take myself further out of my comfort zone. I can say one thing I hate about how the conference is setup is that it is multi track. Meaning you have to choose what you want to be a part of. I hated when Gnomedex was this way the first year we went. Because I had to give up listening to Chris Pirillo speaking on RSS. But there was no way after begging Corey Bridges to attend Gnomedex that I was going to miss his Break Out Session. Choices are always good to a point. At a conference I don't want to have to choose between one thing or another. Many times your forced to give up something you'd really like to be a part of so you can attend another session. The one thing I do like about BlogHer is that the conversation seems to be more active. Every year with Gnomedex the conference forum never gets any heavy action.
My transportation is already decided. I'll take Amtrak to and from the conference. I'll be paying for a two day pass and the Sunday event. The only thing left to figure out is were I'm going to be staying. This is what is going to make the conference fairly inexpensive or outrageously expensive. I really don't think I can do the hostel experience. However a dorm room with a bathroom is only $31 a night on a weekend. This would include an additional $3.00, per person, per night charge if you do not have a current Hostelling International membership. That membership is only $28 a year. I'm just not sure I'm cut out for the sharing a room with three strangers experience. I got enough of that going cross country on Amtrak and having to ride the dog ( Greyhound bus ) unexpectedly. Having to share a private bathroom with three unknown people is also something I'm not big on. You just never know who you might end up with for a housemate. Something I'm not sure I want to risk when I'm staying somewhere for four days. The hostel would be the cheapest option for staying in Chicago though. This would help out the budget big time. I could attend the event and have a roof over my head for under $500. If I don't go the hostel route the budget will increase by $945 or more. You just can't find a decent hotel and a average rate in Chicago downtown or by Navy Pier. BlogHer is taking place at Navy Pier. So unless those of you reading this start booking your summer vacations, business trips or conference accommodations and transportation needs through me. I'm definitely going to be suffering in a hostel it looks like. Because I'm not having this conference get three hours away from my home and not attend. I've wanted to attend in the past to see what it is like. One of my goals this year is to try and get to a few conferences.
Book your next vacation business trip airline ticket or car rental here – Iggy Uncensored
We need a free Midwest technology gathering – Iggy Uncensored
Would Central Illinois support a BarCamp – Iggy Uncensored
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Gnomedex 7.0 Registration is now live – Iggy Uncensored
Corey Bridges is leaving ZoneLabs – Iggy Uncensored
BlogHer '07 – FAQ BlogHer
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BlogHer '07 Location
600 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Friday, Jul. 27, 2007 – Sunday, Jul. 29, 2007
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM