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So I attended my first blogging conference, now what?

Posted by on October 14, 2012

If you haven’t heard this past weekend I took myself to VEGAS where I attended my first Blogging Conference with “Bloggy Boot Camp.”

It’s a pretty amazing feeling being in a room with women, and even a few men, who have one common interest as you: Blogging.

And it’s an even better experience to realize how awesome and successful a lot of these women have become,

but then they’re actually taking the time to talk about it.  They’re sharing their experiences, talking with others, and in the end, they want to see all of us succeed too.

Ann Around Town, Rehan Family Blog, Horsing Around in LA, Laura Lohr, This Talk Ain’t Cheap, New Momma Beckers

Things I learned from this conference:

1) Tiffany Romero from The Sits Girls is HILARIOUS, and she loves to speak in front an audience (kudos to her!)

2) Know Your Worth and Ask for it.  (This is my huge huge takeaway from the conference! I do have worth, now start asking for it!)

3) Being blown away by hearing that some of my blogging idols have only been blogging for 2 years (I’m already at a year!)

4) Elizabeth from Flourish in Progress on the importance of being your Authentic SELF.  Not only did she have me laughing throughout her talk, but really made me think as to how I’m staying true to myself on my blog.

5) Be PROUD of your numbers and own them.  People you look up to in blogging may just have the same exact blogging numbers as you. =)  This was an awesome quote made from the conference

6) Find your TRIBE and be proud of that tribe.  Help grow each other, help lift each other, and be proud of one another. A tribe isn’t a 100 people, but 6 to 12 that help you along your way in blogging, and often times, they are your complete opposite.

7) Pay it Forward.  If an opportunity comes your way and it isn’t a good fit for you pass it on to another blogger who may appreciate it.  I will continue to do this, and continue to help other bloggers.

8) There are some people that can talk lawyer sense without it completely sounding boring!!!

Danielle did a great job and I just want to give her major KUDOS!

9) When you have awesome roommates, it makes the entire experience so much better!

In the end, it was a great weekend, just felt, there wasn’t enough time to meet everyone, or talk to others before having to sit down for the next session.

Assigned seating was a great idea because it allowed us to mingle with others we may have never gotten the chance to, but I walked away feeling as if I missed so many others.

Thank you Tiffany and Fran for putting on a great conference =) And I must say, loved the fact it was in VEGAS, lots of time to play afterwards!

Erin from HorsingAroundLA, Me, Maribel from Stroller Adventures.  We’re missing our other fab roomie: Suzanne from The Wineabe.

And it was great running into blogging friends I have looked up to in the past year, and one particular friend who I have helped grow and read since my near beginnings: Bibi, I adore you and was so happy to finally meet you in person!

 

18 Responses to So I attended my first blogging conference, now what?

  1. Sugar & Spice & All Things ? Nice

    Glad to see you had a great time!!! I have been at the keyboard for about 8 months, but just the last couple have a got serious about it. Any ideas how to get my #s up there??!!

  2. Rebecca Rider

    Great tips!! I loved the conference too – got reinvigorated for the blog!!

    • Jamie

      All day I’ve been thinking of things, digesting, and enjoying the energy that has come from it!

  3. Trianna

    Major jealousy coming from me!!!! I wish I could have been there, but I’m on the other coast. LOL
    Happy you got to meet some of the SITS girls. They seem awesome and seems like you got a lot of good info.

  4. Raquel

    Loved your recap post and loved seein you there! Next time we will get a picture! :)

    • Jamie

      Yes! I couldn’t believe how little our paths crossed while there, but thank you for coming up to me when you did see me =) And, we must do dinner sometime in the future!

  5. Alexis Grace

    I am so glad you got so much out of this experience! Blogging conference are great opportunity to grow. Thanks so much for sharing your takeaways and I am terribly jealous that you got to spend time with Bibi!

  6. Monica

    It was great reading your note from the conference. It’s funny how we are all sitting listening to the same thing but can take away something different. Seeing it from your eyes too is great!

    • Jamie

      That’s whats pretty awesome about this vast world =) Going to the same event, but taking away different things. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it!

      I’m loving the recaps on the conference!

  7. Holly (Woman Tribune)

    I’m glad you had such a great time at your first blogging conference. I have yet to go to a conference myself, and I’m in my fifth year of blogging at Woman Tribune. My biggest issue with the prospect of attending blogger conferences is that I am so severely introverted that I would feel alone, especially in a room full of people who all seemingly know what they are doing, if that makes much sense. Maybe it’s all in my head? I don’t know, but I am SO GLAD you had a great time and learned a few things! I have had the SITS Girls website bookmarked for months but never signed up. I’m going to have to do that!

  8. Twingle Mommy

    I loved the tip on numbers too. I get so caught up in the numbers game sometimes and I just need to let it go.

    • Jamie

      Wasn’t it a great one?? I’ve heard it before about being proud of your numbers and owning them so I’ve made it apart of my motto.

  9. Nerissa

    So much great stuff at the conference! I agree about the assigned seating! I tend to be kind of shy so it was the perfect way to get to meet more people!

    • Jamie

      I’m pretty shy too… I had a hard time reaching out at the assigned seating tables, but thank gawd for exchanging cards, hoping to connect with many after =)

  10. Ann

    I was really happy about everything at Bloggy Boot Camp too! Particularly getting to meet everyone, but still having time to connect with people I already knew (like you). Thanks for taking some great pictures!

    • Jamie

      What made it so fun was having a group of ladies you already kind of knew, but you finally got to meet in person.. made the entire experience so much better!

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