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The Low Down on Blissdom

Last year I talked Blissdom right into the ground.  I probably drove away half of my dear readers by the time I was done yammering about it.  This year I’m going to try a new approach — a one post recap, and it won’t even make you scroll forever.  I’m not quite sure HOW I’m going to do it, but this is my pledge to you.  One post, 500 words or less.  Starting now.

Highlights:

For one thing, I ate like a queen and didn’t have to wash a single dish for five days.  That right there was worth the price of admission.

Then there was my roommate, Rachel (on the right).

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She’s a doll.  And she can function intelligently and manage to look beautiful on less sleep than anyone I’ve ever met.  I’ll try to overlook the fact that she kicked my trash in the Tastemaker competition, but together we swept the whole thing and we each have a trophy filled with spuds to prove it.

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My Wisdom Workshop on Vlogging and Editing.  We got a lot of positive feedback, and I absolutely love the girls on my panel.

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Photo credit: A Southern Fairytale

The hands-on Wisdom Workshop on Photography finally got me to switch my camera off the auto setting.  Now if I could just learn Photoshop.

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Playing dress-up.

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Cover Girl Smokey Eye Event — brilliant marketing, relevant, and oh so fun!

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The Tastemaker Party.

I had more fun than I thought I would, once I got over my fear and trepidation of cooking in front of 150 people.   The ladies from Fleishman Hillard did a fantastic job putting the event (and the entire challenge) together.  It was smart and innovative and fun, and I hope to get to work with them again.  And also, they totally took care of those of us #strandedatblissdom in snowmageddon.

The session on Evolving as a Professional Blogger — The Evolution From Earned Media to Paid Media. (If I go over my self-imposed limit of 500 words, it’s because that title is a paragraph of its own.)  Seriously, if you have any aspirations to make this blogging thing into more than a hobby, run, don’t walk, to get yourself a recording of this session.  (I assume they will be made available on the Blissdom Conference website before too long.)

Breakfast at the Pancake Pantry.  Nuff said.

The Opryland Hotel was A-MAZ-ING.

Hanging out with old friends.

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Making new friends.

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Is it wrong to say that getting stuck in Nashville for an extra night was one of the highlights of the trip?  Seriously, if I could afford the time and the extra room, I would plan an extra night in to every blogging event.  Having that time to decompress has been absolutely glorious.

Lowlights:

Um.  I got nuttin’.  Srsly.  I had a blast.  Alli and Barbara are rock stars.  That’s all there is to it.

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48 thoughts on “The Low Down on Blissdom

  1. Just wishin’ we actually had our #pancakeparty TOGETHER. 😉

    And absolutely GREEN about the extra day at the Opryland.

    Oh, and ALWAYS GIDDY to see you, my friend. You are the only one I knew last year and consider you one of my best bloggy friends!
    a

  2. After admitting that I didn’t talk to you one time when I saw you, I never did have another chance to say hi to you. So, though I just was in the same hotel as you for however many days, I’ll say hi now. 🙂

    I’m home now, but I’m beat. I can’t believe how much there was to do, and how many people were around to talk to. What a great event!

  3. I want to know why the conference didn’t last ten more days so I would actually have a chance to sit down and eat lunch with everyone that was on my list to neck-squeeze. 🙂

    Angela <

  4. Same page…LOVED it all! You are one of the folks I felt like I’ve known forever, and it was so great to get to actually meet you and hang out:) I’ll be there next year…yay!

  5. I want to know what you learned in the photography class that got you to turn off your auto settings!

    When I got my camera, I tried really hard not to use the auto setting like I always did before. Learned all the numbers and how to adjust. I knew photoshop and I did well enough recovering my pictures, but now I’m slipping back.

    I got tired of all my yellow pictures. I hate the flash now, but I just do the auto no flash setting now. I feel like I’m missing so much!

  6. LOVE you roomie! You are a rockstar and beautiful and funny and on and on xoxo

    Wish that I could have been stranded with you 😉 GREAT recap!

    1. I wish you were stranded with me too. My room was too quiet without you. Glad you got home to your lovies though.

  7. I’m sitting here at work having MAJOR BLISSDOM WITHDRAWAL. 🙁

    SO much fun and so nice to see you again. I’m so glad we got to “visit” as we say in the South. Also just how smokin’ hawt were you in that dress? Was that Thursday night? Next year I promise not to be lame and I’ll be there the first night. I can’t imagine having as much fun as I did this year. It was awesome.

    Gush gush. 😉

  8. Too many conference for me to choose from! I’d love to get your thoughts on which is “best.” Can’t go to them all!

    Sounds like you had a great time. Were your ears burning? I was talking about you while you were gone. Check out my blog: http://ow.ly/14ZEc

    You might see a familiar picture.
    xoxo
    Lain

    1. I haven’t been to a lot of different conferences, but I love Blissdom. This was my 2nd time going and to plan to go again next year. It’s such a great time, and everyone for the most part is kind and supportive. Alli and Barbara and Paula do a GREAT job.

  9. No questions, but I do want to report that some of us who have never gone to Blissdom absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE the Blissdom recap posts. Since I have to live vicariously through y’all, you just just feel free to talk about it ALL YOU WANT. Glad you had a great time!

  10. pancake pantry? sooo jealous over here. if we ever hang out (and you ever make it over to my digs) you’ll note that one of *very few* magnets on my fridge is from none other than pancake pantry. it is one of several items in this house that pay tribute to my years spent in nashvegas 😉 need to get my booty back down there for a visit soon… yeah, like i said….jealous!

    1. Molly, thank you for saying that. My worst fear when writing these posts is that I will make people who weren’t there feel left out.

  11. I loved meeting you in person!!! You are just every bit and pretty and sweet as I thought you would be! Great recap…some of my exact thoughts. Now I just need to get motivated and do mine. 🙂

    1. Jealous! 🙂 I met her for the first time this weekend. I’m so glad Tastemakers had us choose roommates from among our group so I got to know someone fabulous that I may not have known otherwise.

  12. I thought for SURE you’d say having to put up with me all weekend was a lowlight. 🙂 I’m totally going to blog about that face you make each time I swear. 😀

    1. Cecily, darlin’. I luv ya! For realz. I’d have put hanging out with you among the highlights except I purposefully didn’t start mentioning people I loved b/c I knew I’d leave someone out. I love having friends that don’t think just like me! 🙂 I’m so glad I got to know you better on this trip.

  13. Wow, looks like you had a fabulous experience. I think I’m going to definitely try to make it next year – it sounds wonderful! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    1. That sounds like a deal to me! If I had to pick one, I’d pick Blissdom for sure. I have heard great things about Mom 2.0 from more of a professional perspective, and I’d love to go to that if I could afford it. But if you’re looking for a weekend with your best girlfriends to socialize and yuck it up? Blissdom is the one to be at! (Nice grammar, huh?)

  14. It was so fun meeting you Saturday night! You are just as sweet and engaging in real life! Looking forward to seeing you again at a future conference.

    Amy

  15. I actually love reading the conference recaps…and it’s fun to see all of the photos too. So if you have more to say, feel free to say it. 🙂

    Questions for you:
    1. Who did you spend the most time with at the conference?
    2. Who do you wish you could have spent more time with?
    2. How does Blissdom compare to other conferences/events you have attended?
    3. If you could improve the conference next year, what would you do?

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