So last weekend I had the privilege of attending and speaking at BlissDom (a blogging conference). I was on a panel with 3 other women and given the topic Connecting with Your Community of Readers. I just may have put 20 hours into the Power Point presentation alone. You know me – it has to be fabulous!!
You can read all about our session over on Tip Junkie where I’ve started a 3 part post on it, which includes the handout. I’m very proud of our collaboration and how well it turned out.
(Me and Kimba from A Soft Place to Land)
I’m getting more comfortable speaking in front of a lot of people. SITScation only had 80 attendees, there was around 250 at BlissDom in my session. My nerves were under control – but since I was not only speaking but also moderating and lead panelist, the pressure was on. It was a little more difficult for me to show off my personality. When I’m in charge, I tend to get in that “administrator” role instead of “entertaining” role. However, I think we all did a great job and pulled it off.
It was so much fun meeting all the fabulous bloggers who I just adore and feel like I already know. I had dinner with Melissa, Emily, and the Nester and we cooked up something fun that I hope to announce in about a month or so. It was so easy to sit and chat shop with these ladies. I felt like we were kindred spirits.
- Melissa – The Inspired Room
- The Nester (who doesn’t share her real name) – Nesting Place
- Tsh – Simple Mom
- Emily – Chatting at the Sky
Here are several of the home decor bloggers. These ladies completely ROCK!
Every night there were 1-3 parties to attend. Therefore, there was always something fun to do until the wee hours of the morning. Tiffany (from SITSgirls) and I were roomies. She is the most amazing person! After partying we laughed and talked shop in our room. We think a lot alike and have many of the same passions. Tiffany is completely brilliant with such a great business mind. I can talk with her for hours!
What I didn’t realize about blog conferences is that they are more about networking and making connections than learning at the sessions. Being surrounded by so many strong and inspiring women made me completely giddy!
We were serenaded by Harry Connick Jr. for a special performance at Fuse night club. He has the most amazing voice and was really cool. I felt bad for him that he had to endure the high pitched screaming and crazy fans. He was very nice and it didn’t seem to bother him.
After meeting Harry we danced the night away and had a blast letting our hair down as new friends.
- Jyl – Mom it Forward
- Rachelle – Today’s Mama
- Julie – Angry Julie Monday
- Marie – Make and Takes
- Allison – Petite Elephant
(Angie from I Heart Faces)
I flew to Nashville and back with Amy from I Heart Faces. I can’t believe we didn’t get a picture together. However, she is brilliant and so much fun. We collaborated, laughed, and make business plans during the trip. Amy and Angie are the real deal! They are beautiful inside and out. I swear I haven’t laughed so hard or had so much fun in quite a while. I’m way overdue for a crazy fun girls weekend. Sunday I went on their photo walk of Nashville and had SO much fun. Hanging out with them (and Julie and Tiffany) made the weekend perfect.
Thanks Ladies!! I had the best weekend. I still haven’t gone through all of my cards or uploaded all of my photos. It was such a pleasure meeting everyone and I feel like I’ve made life long friends because of this weekend. I just adore bloggers.