Yesterday I decided once and for all that this year I would be skipping the BlogHer Conference for the first time since it began in 2005. I am disappointed beyond all measure, but the hard truth is that I just cannot afford the travel expenses, especially since it's in expensive New York City again.
My husband offered to give me the money for the trip, but honestly it would be better spent repairing things around the house, having Toby and Velvet's teeth cleaned, etc. That doesn't even count the upcoming added expenses we have every summer, such as lawn mowing and higher electric bills.
I love the BlogHer community and every year I look forward to seeing the friends I've made among the bloggers. This year I'll have to content myself with following the action on Twitter.
This isn't the only travel opportunity I'm turning down this year, but I'm fortunate to be able to take a road trip with my husband this spring and I will be attending another blogging conference in the early summer.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that circumstances will allow me to jump back in for BlogHer 2013.
If you're interested in purchasing my BlogHer full conference pass at the early bird cost, email me and we'll talk.