Why I Won’t Be Attending HerConference 2018
Attention all bloggers! HerConference is right around the corner. Are you attending? Maybe think twice after today’s post where I talk about my experiences at HerCampus 2017 and why I wont be attending HerConference 2018.
*Disclaimer* It was a major waste of time and super disappointing. But I totally recommend if you’re a high school blogger.
So this is actually super new for me, I’ve never written a bad review of anything so this makes me uncomfortable. But as a blogger and also as a non-active member of the HerCampus family its my job to share my experiences. In college when I decided blogging could be in my future, I joined HerCampus as a blog writer. I covered mainly lifestyle topics and also helped manage the chapters Facebook and Twitter accounts. After graduation when I launched my own blog I applied to become part of the IHC (Influence Her Collective). A network of bloggers who cover all topics and publish for HerCampus. I actually learned quite a lot from being apart of the IHC network and made a ton of online connections with other bloggers. And there is nothing like blogger to blogger support! So from all of my previous experiences with HerCampus I expected HerConference to be exactly the same thing and better.
Because that is what they were advertising it to be! *Lies*
So what is HerConference?
HerConference is an event for college bloggers looking to network, gain insight to the industry and jump start their careers. Sounds like the kind of place you’d want to be, especially in such a cut throat kind of world like blogging or network like NYC. Am I right? I graduated college with one of the most “glamorous” majors, Public Relations. Its painted into really pretty light and I was so invested and in love in college I couldn’t picture myself doing anything else. Taking media out and wowing them, getting to go on luxurious press trips or hotel openings, and throw in some event planning and it sounds like a dream. Well let me tell you, it was! It was cliquey and shady and although I still love the PR industry, make sure you are at the right company!
Getting off topic…I’ll save the rant for another post!
Anyways, HerConference is a 2 day event full of panels and keynote lectures. There are a ton of different panels to go and sit on. From all industries. But choosing which ones to try and make it to was cut throat. Not to mention that once one lecture is full they push everyone else to other lectures. Of course I wanted to make it into the PR lectures to get a chance to network and talk to the panel speakers. Honestly, a waste of time seeing they just talked about everything I had literally just finished learning in college. I mean I’m not sure if I was just so dedicated to my studies but I could have answered all of the questions that were being asked. It was literal PR for dummies (no offense to the other bloggers who I am certain felt the same way). And trying to talk to the speakers afterwards…forget it. It was impossible to get a word in, plus they only gave you 5 minutes to get to the next lecture.
Then, after a few panels they had a main stage lecture with special guests. Last year they brought two actors I really enjoy, Troian Bellisario, from Pretty Little Liars and Aja Naomi King from How to Get Away With Murder. They actually had really great lectures and it was nice to hear more about some of my favorite stars. It was by far much more inspirational than the other lectures they had going on. Anyways, what ruined it for me was the question portion, in which random girls would try and pawn off their scripts to these A-List Actresses.
Like either of them actually wanted to read your script….uhm no honey, sit back down and ask a normal question.
The only good thing to come out of HerConference was the free goodies, which was sub par.
To be honest the price for tickets was not worth the information learned. I even took notes and only used 2 pages out of the entire notebook on useful information.
But, I had just recently graduated college. So for girls who have no idea what they want to major in, or even high school girls who are still trying to figure out those things I think it would be a great event! But if you’re in your major and pay attention in class then don’t waste your time or money.
Okay, bashing over! lol
I still totally support my HerCampus family and recommend checking out their blog and some of my blogging sisters http://www.hercampus.com/.
P.S Be sure to read how I got into blogging by clicking here.