Thoughts on #BlogHer12

I just got back from BlogHer, and my brain is whirling with waaaay too much to process. I had a fabulous time. I wasn’t sure if I would or not. BlogHer can be QUITE overwhelming. A lot of people came home feeling jaded and disappointed, but I feel inspired and eager to get back to work!

But first . . . a little recap. Or, maybe a long one cuz that’s how I roll.

I roomed with my dear friend Melissa.

We had way more fun than two girls should be allowed to have — and we still managed to be in bed by 10PM every night except the last. (Yes, we are grannies.)

I won a Carlos Falchi handbag (squee!!!)

And a closet makeover by EasyClosets (there is no squee loud enough to convey my excitement over THAT stroke of luck! We have been wanting to make over our master bedroom closet since . . . well, since we moved in almost 7 years ago.) I’ll be documenting this project FOR SURE!

WHY did no one tell me to iron my shirt?

I had a lovely brunch at the Four Seasons where I got a sneak peek at their new farm-to-table menu and met their new executive chef John Johnson, aka @FastChef. That was probably THE biggest highlight of my trip — other than winning two fabulous prizes.

I attended several lovely events at truly exquisite venues with delicious food, lovely people and brands that get it like momAgenda, Mabels Labels, CAbi Clothing, Lands End, Under Armour and Baby Bjorn. I met a few new brands that I am delighted to discover Unreal Candy (candy unjunked) and Zarbees natural cough remedies.

And did I mention the incredible venues?

Jo-Lynne at the @MondrianSoho Rooftop Patio

I also got to connect with several of my favorite brands in the BlogHer Expo Hall including Starbucks, Samsung, 6PM, Stella & Dot, Verizon, Zondervan, Wholly Guacamole and, of course, Udi’s.

Oh yeah. I also met Kristin Davis!!!!!

I wasn’t a S*x In The City fan, but I was a loyal Melrose Place watcher back in the day. (Am I showing my age?)

The best times were getting together over dinner or cocktails with small groups of people where we could really chat. Meeting @theblogfrog team was super fun!

There was way too much cover it all in one post so I may write up a few of the events in more detail over the next few days.

While I was there, I also started pondering . . .

I truly can’t believe I’m saying this, as I was thinking seriously of trademarking just a couple weeks ago.

But now I am considering the possibility of rebranding my site, and I’d love to hear what you think. I’m really conflicted over this.

On the one hand, I can’t imagine letting go of Musings of a Housewife. It’s been my online identity for over six years. And in a way, it still fits. I’m still musings about whatever is on my mind, and I’m still a housewife although I’m doing a lot more working than homemaking.

But on the other hand, I feel like the name might be hindering me a bit when it comes to brands and professional opportunities. I admit to feeling a bit foolish when I’m talking to people about what I do, and when they want to know where to find me, I tell them Musings of a Housewife.

It used to feel cute and clever, but now I fear it sounds cliché and silly. I’m not sure it is an accurate representation of who I am and what my site is about, and I fear some brands won’t take me seriously — or at least won’t take the time to look past the name to see what I’m all about.

I have no intention of changing the site or the content. I’m just rethinking the name.

This is a big decision because rebranding without losing your rankings is a lot of work, so I want to think it through and be sure what I want to do and feel confident about the new name if I go that route.

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

BIG SHOUT OUT to my sponsor, EyeonaApp — an app that saves you money AFTER you shop! I had fun documenting my new outfits, and I got so many compliments while I was at BlogHer. It was a pleasure working with you.

And an honor to be included in this group of smart, beautiful women!