Oh. My. Gosh. I was picked to be a volunteer at Bloggy Con 2012. When I submitted my application I thought there is no way I will be chosen, after all I am a new blogger and who really wants me at a conference? I was wrong and now I had a choice to make, do I go or bow out? After talking it over with my husband and doing some deep breathing I emailed Tiffany back accepting the position. Seriously, this blogging thing just got real!
Wednesday afternoon, I kissed my kids and my husband goodbye. I jumped into the car with a close friend and hit the road for Ohio/North Kentucky for my first ever blogging conference. I'm generally outgoing and hardly ever get overly anxious about anything. This time though, I was nervous, excited, and tired (I had been up since 5:30 that morning and it was a 8.5hr drive). Our car ride up added to the butterflies and turned out to be an adventure of it's own. Take 2 Virginia girls who have never been to Ohio, add in 2 disagreeing GPSes, 1 crazy straight out of the Wizard of Oz kind of storm and you get the picture.
Thursday morning was the big day. I was officially becoming a professional blogger and not just a mom who sits in my jammies on the couch writing for the heck of it. To help ease the fact that I did not know anyone I had suggested meeting at Starbucks to some of the other conference goers. The women I met that morning started off as strangers with good taste in coffee and by the end of the weekend I would call them all friends.
As I mentioned, I am a newbie at all of this. I started blogging less than a year ago and had never been around any other bloggers (in person anyways). During each session I took notes like crazy trying to absorb and gain any knowledge that would help me along this journey. I agreed with Erin when she said she felt like her head was going explode. When I started blogging I had no idea what all it entailed or how to make the most out of it. Thankfully, the speakers were informative, helpful, and willing to email their notes.
I wasn't just in sessions all day. The ladies of Bloggy Con know how to show everyone a good time! Johnny Rockets hosted a kick off party at their new Cincinnati location. The staff performed for us and even got some of the ladies up to dance to a little R-E-S-P-E-C-T! I personally love their strawberry milkshakes.
Ashleigh from Being Cheap is Easy
Tricia from Sassy Pants Mama
Nedra from Adventure Mom Blog
Erin from A Bird and A Bean
I finally got to meet Leah (she is the lady behind Mamavation), Meagan (another Mamavation sister) and Baby Bookieboo.
The last day of the conference was bitter sweet. I missed my family terribly but I was bummed to say goodbye to the awesome ladies I had met. Here is part of the chipotle table:
Angela from Mom-Spot
Erin From A Bird and A Bean
Nedra from Adventure Mom Blog
Bloggy Conference 2012 was amazing. From the friends I made to the knowledge I learned, it was a great experience I was blessed to be apart of. Tiffany and Sherry, thank you so much for all the effort you both put into this event. I couldn't be happier that my first conference was Bloggy Con. Thank you so much for the opportunity. I hope to see you both and every again next year!