Back in January, DH convinced me that the BlogHer conference in Chicago is an opportunity that I shouldn’t pass up. It’s a close enough drive that I don’t have a huge airfare bill to worry about and I have enough great blogging friends that was able to find a roomie or two to help split the hotel costs with. I registered early enough to get the discounted registration fee so that helped also. There are constantly companies popping up offering scholarships and sponsorships but I haven’t been fortunate enough to land one of those yet. But I’ll keep plugging away in hopes that something will come along.
Like right now, for example. Protect-A-Bed has been working with bloggers to review their Protect-A-Bed Mattress & Pillow Covers and they understand how important bloggers are. They’ve teamed up with What’s That Smell and 3 P’s in a Pod and are offering a $300 scholarship toward “costs associated with attending the Blogher ‘09 conference.” The primary requirement for entry is to explain in a blog post “how the scholarship will help you attend Blogher” and that’s what you’re reading right now.So how would the scholarship help me? As I said before, DH and I agreed to pay the bills and I would work to earn whatever scholarships and sponsorships I could. But honestly, the thing I hadn’t planned on was computer access. My laptop went out last summer so I won’t have a laptop to use. A blogger showing up at a blogging conference sans computer is like a mom taking a baby in public without a spare diaper… it just doesn’t make sense. I’m pretty sure that walking around BlogHer with my desktop in tow would lead to some back problems. Plain and simple, if I were to win the Protect-A-Bed $300 scholarship, I would put it toward a new laptop to take with me to the BlogHer conference.
Thanks to Protect-A-Bed, What’s That Smell and 3 P’s in a Pod for this opportunity. If I’m selected as one of the finalists, I’ll need the help of my friends to vote for me to actually win it. I hope I’m selected and if I am, expect the next post to be one of me begging for votes!