You might have been an asshole at a conference if….

1)You start to follow people on twitter from the business cards you collected and you’ve already been

 2)Your facebook blog page has shrunk over the weekend.

3)You try to DM a friend “Get me out of this conversation with @person” and instead you publicly tweet it.

4) Someone says they read your blog and you apologize to them.

5) You assume that the serving of cake pops is 10.

6) You treated the vendor areas like a shopping trip to Costco

7) You treated the vendor areas like a game of tackle football

8) You ripped apart a vendor display to get to the toilet wands.

9) You don’t reserve a large enough venue and people end up sitting on the floor eating lunch.

10) You were a hotel employee that assumed that every woman there was a blogger and not worth the customer service they deserved.

11) You thought I might fall for spamming the hell out of my community by offering me a “chance” to win something.

12) You never really gave people the attention they deserved and had a wandering eye for the “next big thing” around the corner.

13) You met tall, short, thin, fat, beautiful, or ugly people and judged or dismissed them instead of finding them the whole reason you were there.

88 thoughts on “You might have been an asshole at a conference if….

  1. A million times yes on #11. Our favorite was the one where you had to go on a scavenger hunt around the city and tweet a million pictures of yourself with brand reps at each location just to “win” a contest entry. Contests are fine and obviously we all have the choice of whether to enter or not, but come on. At least pretend to value our time and intelligence.

  2. So….. that is bananas. Also, when I heard BlogHer was going to be in Chicago next year I actually thought to myself “that’s TOTALLY within driving distance, I would love to go!” but now I’m a little scared… of course Chicago also means it would be near impossible not to meet you, yes?? ;) hmmm… I guess we’ll see where life takes me next and hope for the best! :)

  3. Re: spamming the hell out of your community, I found the easy solution was to just tell everyone I was Canadian and couldn't win anything. Community preserved. :) Easy peasy.

    Enjoyed meeting you, you are hilarious and lovely.
    My recent post BlogHer12: The People

  4. I’m so glad I missed most of this, though it’s probably because I spent a lot of time hiding. I’m sure I was guilty of not giving people the time or attention they deserve – but not because I was looking for the next big thing… just because I was anxiously mute most of the time.

  5. Is this where I stand up and make my public apology? Honestly, I thought there was real fairy dust in those toilet wands…


    I've never been to one, but I'd like too. I just hope I don't succumb to any of this stuff…

  6. two pages of comments, I wanna be you ;)
    You were the first and only person to recognize me, and that made ME feel like a big fuckin' deal. So, thanks for that :)

  7. Oh man. #3 is one of my biggest twitter fears. I really hope that one wasn't you!

    I hear so much about #12, and I just have a hard time believing anyone could be that rude! But apparently a lot of people are. Other than that, your rundown is hilarious.

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