Greetings from Nashville! I hope you’re having a great weekend. I’ve been here at a conference since Thursday, and I’ll be flying home later today. Grab a cup of your favorite java, and I’ll fill you in on what I’ve been up to.
I’ve been blogging since 2006, back before social media and influencers were even a thing. Back then, the only people who read blogs were other bloggers, and it felt like this geeky secret club.
I went to my first blogging conference back in 2008, ironically the same one I’m attending this weekend, and it was amazing to get to connect in real life with people I had only known online. This community has been an important part of my life ever since.
Fast forward to today, and we’ve all kind of scattered as the space has evolved, so I wasn’t sure how many familiar faces I would see this weekend, but so many came back! At times it felt surreal to see so many people from my past all together again in one place.
Nowadays most people know what blogs are, but the blogging community is still something of a subculture, and blogging as a career can be isolating because most of us work alone at home so much of the time. It’s always a treat to get together with people who do the same thing I do and speak the same language.
Then last night I went downtown Nashville with Cyndi and Rhoda from Southern Hospitality. THAT was an experience!
I can’t begin to list all of the ladies I reconnected with from the past 13 years of my blogging career, but it was just so cool to see everyone again and catch up a little bit.
Beyond that, the conference itself was incredibly well-run, and the speakers were excellent. I don’t say that about many blogging conferences, and trust me, I’ve been to more than a few.
I’m going home inspired and encouraged, and armed with new tools and a long list of action points to experiment with and implement over the next few weeks and months.
Unfortunately I didn’t take a ton of photos — I always get busy talking and enjoying the moment, and afterwards I wish I had more pictures, but Cyndi and I did think to grab a quick picture this morning before we parted ways.
I also have some footage from the weekend on my Insta Story. I saved everything to my highlight reel under the Nashville tag.
Well, I better start packing if I’m going to get to the airport on time! It’s a beautiful day here on the east coast, so I’m hoping for no delays this time.
Have a blessed Sunday!