After BlogHer, I thought that just might be the end of my conference attending. I’ve been blogging for about 3 years and have been to 6 conferences. I’ve sat through sessions on business, writing, SEO, and site design. I’ve listened to speakers tell me I was doing it right, I was doing it wrong, anybody could do it, and maybe I shouldn’t be doing it. I think I became jaded. I’ve met a ton of amazing women and some who weren’t very impressive. I’ve wondered how people became successful and how they turned this crazy blogging hobby into a full-fledged career. I’ve gotten bits and pieces of good information, but more than not, I’ve hit a lot of walls.
The successful business women who were making a career of blogging and earning the compensation to go along with it weren’t talking. They weren’t sharing. They were putting themselves out there… rah, rah, rah, you can do it to… but they weren’t giving me specifics. HOW? What steps do I take? Give me something tangible that I can hold in my hand and take with me as I take my next steps. The information I craved never came.
Then I walked into Bloggy Boot Camp Las Vegas. During the first session with Laurie Turk (Tip Junkie) I realized something so important. It wasn’t that successful women weren’t willing to share their secrets and struggles. It was that I was just meeting the wrong successful women.
I spent an entire day listening to some of the most inspirational women in blogging today and I was a little floored by how open, honest, and down-to-earth they were. They weren’t just being cheerleaders, getting us pumped up about our blogs, they were opening our eyes to the reasons why we weren’t moving to the next step and giving us ways to do just that. After 6 conferences, I feel like I finally hit the jackpot.
I came, I learned, I laughed and I enjoyed watching a bunch of guys get paddled…. hey, I did say I was in VEGAS!
Tiffany and Fran (SITS Girls) – Thank you for putting this amazing conference on and for realizing that even those of us who have been at it a while still can learn a thing or two… or ten.
Chelsea (Someday I’ll Learn) – One of the cutest pregnant women I know. I think she secretly wears a Superwoman cape underneath her clothes. She runs a successful blog, has a fab work-from-home job, and can juggle a drive to Las Vegas, being a speaker at a conference and move from one house to another all in one weekend. You Rock!
Gigi (Kludgy Mom) – Someone I highly recommend you spend 6 hours in a car with. I hope she didn’t think I was just picking her brain the entire time (’cause I was). She also probably doesn’t realize how much I have learned from her and her incredible blog posts. This woman knows her stuff and although I am nowhere near being in her league, I feel so lucky to be able to call her a friend.
Melissa (Miz Meliz) – My rock. I don’t even know where to begin with Melissa. Take all the characteristics you would want in a friend, roll them all up and there is Melissa. She is one of the most supportive people I know and someone I treasure and respect and love and could hang out with all day long.
Maribel (Stroller Adventures) – Oh Maribel. One weekend wasn’t enough. She has so much spunk in her that you can’t help but just want to hug her. Meeting you for the first time felt like I was seeing a long-lost friend. You will NOT move away without us getting together again, even if I have to drive up there myself.
Trina (Gaming Angels) – The other cutest pregnant woman I know. Who knows why you become friends with certain people and not others, but I think Trina and I were just friends right from the start. My girls are already fighting over who is going to babysit for Pumpkin. She will have a slew of sisters to play with.
Megan McClain (Sunshine Wonderland) – Without Megan (and Sidney) there would be no SoCal Lady Bloggers… and I wouldn’t have this amazing blogging tribe that I have. There is no way I could do this without all the support I get from my gals and I feel blessed every day that SCLB is a part of my life.
I love that I got to spend time with my fellow SCLBloggers: Jaime, Erin, Suzanne, Ann, Ali , Laura, Laural, Heather, Melissa and Raquel. I’m sad that I missed getting to spend time with everyone else. There just aren’t enough hours in the day… even in Vegas.
Ann, Ali, Jamie, Erin, Me, Rebecca
Trina and Megan
Yes, I am going on record to say this was the BEST conference I have ever been to.