Not Going to #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us? How to Follow Along at Home

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I'm so sorry you're not going to be able to attend #BlogHer15: Experts Among Us. Really, I am. I'm sorry because I know what it's like to NOT be at a BlogHer conference when you really want to be there.

When it seems like everyone you know is there. It's hard. Really hard. The only thing that helped to save my sanity when I wasn't able to attend was to follow along from home, as much as humanly possible. Let me help you get prepared to do just that, it will help -- really, it will.

I wrote a post last month with a list of things people who were attending #BlogHer15 should do before the event. You can do some of those things, too, and it will help you follow from home!

Get your social media streams set up now so that you can quickly follow the people and the hashtags you're most interested in.

Of course you'll want to follow the BlogHer and SheKnows official Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts. Along with those, be sure to check out PRI, as well. They're going to be onsite covering the event, too.

Here are some #hashtags we know will get play during the event. Be prepared to follow these, or the ones you're most interested in:

  • #BlogHer15
  • #womenslives
  • #BlackLivesMatter
  • #VOTY
  • #Femvertising
  • #DefiningMoments
  • #KnowMe
  • #Experts
  • #NextGen
  • #HatchKids
  • #ThePitch

Are there speakers or attendees you're interested in knowing more about? Follow them now and add them to lists on Twitter or Facebook.

Following what they share from the conference will help you feel like you're there and will give you ideas to think about and topics to blog about. Be sure to respond to things they share and ask them questions -- they may not be able to answer you quickly, but I bet they'll be thrilled to know you were watching and interested, and they'll answer you when they're able.

Don't forget to take a look at the #BlogHer15 sponsors. Are there any you're really interested in learning more about? Follow them now and watch them during the event. Reply to what they're sharing. Engage with them from home. Make the connection, if you can.

Once you have your social media streams set up, take a close look at the schedule for #BlogHer15 and consider joining in from home. Practice for #ThePitch. Blog about the things you're an #Expert in.

Share your own #DefiningMoment and your #KnowMe story. Start thinking about submitting your work for next year's #VOTY -- it's never too early to set this goal for yourself!

And, of course you'll want to be listening to BoysIIMen -- maybe make yourself some awesome appetizers, throw together some cocktails and have your own little dance party. Periscope it! Create a little dance party at home. It will be fun and it will be the next best thing to being there.

After the event is over, we'll be sharing more video, audio from the sessions, and photos on Flickr and Instagram, so keep watching BlogHer and SheKnows for those updates, as well.

See you next year, (or maybe at BlogHer Food '15), right?

~Denise
BlogHer Community Manager
Flamingo House Happenings

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