BlissDom or BustLeaving the family for a few days to head to a blogging conference was a new experience. I wasn't sure what to expect.
The BlissDom conference ran Thursday thru Saturday night and was held at the Gaylord Texan, right here in Grapevine. Each day started with a keynote speaker and ended with fun entertainment. The session schedule was organized around four tracks: Writing, Business, Photography, and Life Development. You could pick and choose which topics were the most appealing to you.
The PeopleI am not sure what pops into your mind when you hear 'blog conference'. For me, I pictured a bunch of women sitting around on their computers and iphones-- blogging. While there was a lot of social media going on (tweeting, posting pics to IG, and status updating on facebook) at BlissDom there was a lot more actual talking going on.
|"Sew Caroline"- "Selby Lane"- "Printed Palette"- "Rags to Stitches"- "Lisa Leonard Designs"- "Pleated Poppy"- "Me"|
1. Blissdom Stage 2. "Live, Laugh Rowe"-"Kristen Duke Photography"- "Me"- and "Bobaloo Kids" 3. New Business Cards 4. "Two Bobbins Later"- "Selby Lane" 5. "Love Feast Table"
6. New Headshots :) 7. Selby Lane Bags- Small Business Love
16: Crafty Texas Girls Bag- for all those conference goodies
The SpeakersOne of the key note speakers, Scott Stratten, pointed out that before 'social media' became a label, it was just called 'networking' and that is really what this conference was all about. I went to network- face to face- with women who had similar interests. Bloggers, small business owners, entrepreneurs, passionate, enthusiastic women.
My favorite speaker was Jon Acuff, I even woke up early morning to attend his "5Club". (He says if you are serious about your dream, you should be willing to wake up at 5AM to work on it. Nobody wakes up at 5AM just to hang out! You wake up at 5AM to hustle!) His words coupled with the book I am now reading really breathed new life into me. I came home feeling uplifted and excited about what is to come.
|This is the book I am reading now.|
The Take-AwayIt definitely required me to push myself. Most people came with a best friend or a group of friends. Since I was alone, I met new friends. I talked to everyone who looked interesting. I approached 'big bloggers' who I have been following for years. I asked questions, smiled, and socialized.
I exchanged business cards with women who I felt I would sincerely contact after the conference.
|Tonya from "Love of Family & Home" -- such a sweet, creative girl!|
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