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.