Well it's true I'm off to the FoodBuzz Festival next week, squee!!, where I'm sure to have a fabulous time in San Francisco. I get to stay in MY wonderful hotel, The Mosser again, too! I went last year and enjoyed myself, the food was great, the company was great and the swag was to. die. for. I thought I might offer a few tips to fellow bloggers to help make their conference/festival/eat-a-thon go smoothly. Because I'm the expert that's why, I knew you were thinking that by the way.
So here we go, a few tips on surviving and thriving in San Francisco:
- bring business cards-with your name-blog name-twitter name and your email address- no time to get them made? the best cards I saw at BlogHer Food were made from a funky deck of playing cards-sure she had to write them by hand BUT I still remember them
- SMILE-it's free, it breaks the ice and it looks better than a frown--that being said don't smile like a freak ALL the time, especially on the streets
- do not under any circumstances refer to San Francisco as San Fran, it sounds stupid and it doesn't help you fit in
- ditto with Frisco, in fact both of those will garner you some muffled snickers, eye rolling and possible shunning
- if you must refer to San Francisco as something else 'the city' works just fine
- don't know what to wear? if in doubt wear black
- buy a MUNI pass-a 3 day pass is 20 bucks and gets you unlimited street car, cable car, bus and muni train rides--good for the F line which runs from the Castro district to Fisherman's Wharf about 14 hours a day, the vintage street cars run right down market street stopping about every block or so-plus of course the cable (trolley) cars which run right by the FoodBuzz Festival hotel, these are all good on the unlimited MUNI pass
- have a drink--we're all writers here, how many revisions of your posts do you go through? yeah...have a drink before you start trying to make sense without spell check and second thoughts, you'll be amazed at how easy it is to socialize
- on that same note just because it's an all you can drink event, please don't embarrass yourself, I wouldn't know ANYTHING about that it just seems like a good idea
- and leave your attitudes at home, we're all in this thing together and karma is a bitch
Added by comment:
- bring a big tote bag to the Metreon, the tasting pavillion, you'll need it!! by: Cooking--by the seat of my pants I agree-maybe even two? to balance you out!
- bring stretchy pants by: Beach Eats and I agree you'll need them for the plane ride home!
- Have someplace quiet to recharge your batteries. If you're not staying at the hotel, maybe a friend's room during off-hours; I ended up using the bathroom stall.
- Remember that you're not just there to "grow your brand". You're there because you're interested in some kind of blogging community, at least ostensibly, so talk to people, pay attention to them, and don't spend every second selling yourself.
- You're not actually required to eat every food that's offered to you, but try not to do what I did the first day and get so overwhelmed that you just eat a tiny plate of breakfast and little else. I felt faint by the time I was going home that night.
Peace and Love--