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It’s totally crazy. I live a short train ride from New York City and I still haven’t secured BlogHer tickets.

For those who are unfamiliar: BlogHer is a conference for women all about blogging. It’s a chance for a few thousand women to get together, talk about the business and craft of blogging. And maybe even meet a few sponsors and corporate folks who are looking to tap mommy bloggers who are — no surprise — extremely influential. (A recent MediaPost research brief even sliced and diced the mom blogger pool into subcategories of influencers.)

I missed the sign-up, but I was on a waiting list. A waiting list ticket came up, but I didn’t check my throw-away email fast enough and the link expired. I emailed the powers that be at BlogHer and explained what happened. Arggg. The wrote back and sent me another sign-up link. I had it on my to-do list to sign up but real work got in the way and I forgot. Sigh. So now I am without a ticket to an event that I desperately want to attend.

There are a ton of people running contests right now giving away BlogHer tickets. Most want you to follow them, Like them on Facebook, tweet about them, sign up for their RSS feeds, comment on their blogs, sign away rights to your first born grandchild…you get it. You have to jump through a lot of hoops to get those free tickets. (And drat to all of you bloggers who were smart enough to buy an extra ticket to give away essentially snatching tickets out of my grimy little hands!) It’s just too much for me to go through.

I was able to find one contest that I was SO on board with at Blog Conference Newbie until I realized I didn’t qualify. It is a $2,000 sponsorship gig with Energizer. I started reading the post. It would be so cool, I thought. The product that it asks you to shill for– a new Energizer Recharge Smart Charger — is something I could stand behind. Heck, it’s something that is totally in my bailiwick. It’s an ENERGY STAR-certified battery charger for two or four AA or AAA NiMH batteries. I’m all ABOUT the rechargeable batteries. We own Energizer rechargeable batteries already. (The new one does what sounds like a trickle charge to extend the life of the batteries as well as provide a charging gauge — how long it will be until the batteries are fully charged — and how much charge they have left.) How amazing would a product sponsorship like that be for me, Ms. Natural as Possible, who has been recharging or recycling batteries forever? But, alas, I don’t qualify for that one, either because you have to be registered already to win the sponsorship. Note to Energizer: Hey, Energizer! How about adding a sponsorship that includes a ticket, too?

And so now I am back to square one. I am already signing up for a bunch of the parties and PR stuff that’s going on the evenings of the show. I can’t wait to meet some of the fellow bloggers I already feel like I know via Twitter and their blogs. Still, I want to get into that conference. Any ideas?

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