This past weekend I attended Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas – Business Edition!
I’ve been to quite a few other Blogging Conferences, and this one was my favorite by far in terms of what I learned! My chief complaint with other conferences in the past was that although I got a chance to do some networking, I didnt really leave having learned much that was new to me. And when your paying for a conference, lodging and taking time away from your family that can be pretty disappointing.
By the end of Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas however, I had pages of notes with very actionable items on them. That was a win!
But what surprised me most about Bloggy Boot Camp was that the more “inspirational” sessions, the ones I generally feel are kind of a waste of time, really touched me.
I appreciated the honesty and candor in those sessions. And by Saturday, I was biting the insides of my cheeks on several occasions to keep from breaking out in the ugly cry. I’ve tried to put my finger on what exactly was hitting a nerve so deeply that day, and it’s still a bit of a mystery to me. There were several key phrases that really resonated. And then there was just something more ephemeral… something real and raw. And whatever that was – it was the balm my bloggy soul needed at just that moment.
Some of the more specific parts of the set up that I liked:
The Seating. Your table seating was assigned throughout the first day, and you would move tables with each speaker. I kind of wish that had been continued through the second day too, because it really helped encourage you to meet and talk to new bloggers. It also decreased the cliquish feel some blog conferences can have.
The Venue. I also appreciated the smaller size of the conference facility, it was enough room for the group, but I didn’t spend half the conference trying to get from one area to another. It also did not hurt that I loved the rooms at the DoubleTree, and I felt like my room was a real oasis when I had down time. So much so, I had to do a Video Tour of my hotel room! By the way – it’s true. You get warm cookies upon check-in at the DoubleTree. They are in fact deelish.
The Speakers. As I think through the speakers, I literally can’t think of one that I didn’t enjoy and learn from. That seems unlikely though, let me think longer…
Okay, I just looked up the speaker list to refresh my memory. And I stand by my earlier thought. They were all awesome, and funny and informative. Every last one!
A Sampling of the Wisdom I am taking with me at the close of this Conference:
- Stop Comparing your insides to other peoples outsides!
- If it isn’t a “Hell Yeah” – it’s a no.
- Do your least favorite task of the day – first.
- Multiply your strengths. Outsource your weaknesses.
- Stop giving your power away by saying “sorry” all the time.
- Know what you’re working towards.
- I want to continue working on my YouTube Channel which continues to be a really rewarding part of blogging for me. Have you subscribed yet?
When I got home from the conference I told my husband it was time well spent. And I believe it really was. It got me thinking about not just what I want my blog to look like in the future, but also how I want my life to look in the future. It sparked creative ideas, and gave me some new tools to explore. I feel very grateful to Tiffany Romero & Francesca Banducci the women behinds SITS, and the Bloggy Boot Camp Conference. It sounds cheesy – but I have no doubt that the course of my life was at least slightly altered by my experience this weekend. Maybe even more than slightly. And I’m very grateful to them for putting together the circumstances that supported that growth for me. Thank you both.
Bottom Line? I highly recommend this particular conference. And I would gladly go to another put on by this same group of women.