To Blogher or not to Blogher?

BlogherStraying from the arts to bring up an important blogging topic: The 2010 Blogher Conference

It's that time of year again when people start getting excited, buying their passes, discussing the sessions and making their plans for the conference in August.  This year NYC (my hometown) will be hosting the event which means I finally have a shot at going.  In the past the conference passes, plane tickets and hotel room have just been WAY out of my price range.

Although I don't have to travel more than a short subway ride this year, I'm still struggling with the cost. The early bird special (ending this weekend so hop on it!) is still steep for my pocket book (as if I carry a pocket book), especially with this ongoing struggle of saving up for a new computer.

So the question: is it worth it to put everything on hold to buy a ticket to Blogher?

What is Blogher?  It's a large community of mostly female bloggers coming together and sharing their views on everything. I mean everything: blogging, cooking, being a mom, illness, politics, the arts, etc.

The Blogher conference is an annual event with parties, sessions on blogging/social media/etc and most importantly, networking. As a blogger looking to reach the masses, can you put a value on meeting hundreds of other writers face to face? Handing out dozens of business cards and making personal connections with potential new readers? Nevermind the wealth of information you can glean from the sessions.

Sure, there are a few opportunities to win a pass (here & here for example) but do I risk the early bird prices for a potential (and let's face it...unlikely) freebie? Do I beg people who have no idea who I am to sponsor me?  Do I forgo the pass altogether and just stalk the Hilton during the conference?

So, what about you? Are you going to what some people consider the most important blogging event of the year? Do you already have your ticket?  Are you entering contests to try and win one? Are you sponsoring someone?  Inquiring minds want to know!
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