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A Blissdom Series: The Sessions

For those of you who didn’t attend that conference I keep talking about last weekend (Should I say it one more time?? Ok, Blissdom!) I promise this is my last post about it! 

Then I’ll continue sharing photos of my kids…I mean, who doesn’t want to see the Little Man with an Easter Bunny? 

I enjoyed most of the sessions I was able to attend this weekend, but there were really only 2 who stuck with me the most. It would have been 3 had I not forgot my camera to the Rock Your Camera session! 

I want to share these speakers with you briefly because I think they’re worth sharing. I know my small 800 word blog post can’t possibly do their talks justice, so I’m not even going to try to explain their keynote sessions, but more introduce you to these 2 men that might inspire you as much as they did me. 

Jon Acuff
One of my favorite quotes from this weekend: When you refuse to hide your scars, they become a lighthouse for someone else so they don’t crash into the same rocks.

This is why I started blogging. So you can imagine he got my attention. I wanted to start a blog that would help others along their path to motherhood, and it was through blogging I discovered that my journey through motherhood wasn’t unique, but it was the commonality that would bring a connection between me and my readers. 

And what’s been hindering my blog and my writing? Fear. He stated, 1 insult + 100,000 compliments = 1 insult. And it’s so true. I’ve changed my voice, changed my topics, and changed the direction of my writing so many times so that others would “like me.” (No internet pun intended.) 

I was afraid that if I showed my true voice my biggest fear would emerge; that I’m not important. But what I walked away from his talk with is that Fear wouldn’t exist if what I was doing weren’t important. When we take the easy path, there’s nothing to be afraid of. It’s when we’re doing something important that Fear begins to show it’s face. 

So, just like his new book…I’m going to Punch Fear in the Face

So is he credible? Jon is a best selling author, popular blogger and public speaker for Dave Ramsey’s team. In his new book, Start, he teaches the road to being awesome and guides you out of your boring day job and towards helping make your dreams a reality. 

Thanks to Blissdom, we received an early release copy just for attendees, and from what I’ve read so far…it’s AWESOME!

You’re going to start to notice a theme…

Scott Stratten
I have to be honest, when I heard the opening Keynote Speaker was going to be a “Business lecture,” I instantly recoiled. It was Friday morning. I’d been up since 6am. I did NOT want to listen to some boring talk about ways to be a better business woman. 

Oh man. 

I was so wrong!! 

His latest book is The Book of Business Awesome/The Book of Business UnAwesome. And already you’re probably thinking, How does this relate to a SAHM?

Well, it doesn’t relate to me as a SAHM, but it does relate to the brand I’m trying to build; myself! 

He gave this amazing example during his Keynote about the Ritz-Carlton. While staying at their hotel, his son lost his favorite stuffed animal. And when he called up the manager to see if they’d found it the manager offered to mail it back to him. Upon explaining to his son that his stuffed animal wasn’t lost, he was on an “extended vacation” and he’d be returning home soon. 

The next day he’d received the stuffed animal…but it didn’t stop there. The management team decided to prove to his son that his animal was in fact on a vacation, so they took photos of him by the pool, in the spa, and even earning his stay by working for the hotel (with employee ID badge and all!)

What he learned is that the Ritz-Carlton logo and brand wasn’t what the PR and Marketing team spent months creating and perfecting, it was in the management team that went above and beyond. They were the image he’d have in his head the next time he went to choose a hotel. 

That’s what I need to be…it’s not in my logo or the homepage of my blog. It’s about who I am in the community, on twitter, and the respect I give to those around me in person. That’s my brand and who I want to be.

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And in keeping with my new “brand” of being a better listener, engager, and member of the mom community, I want to introduce you to some more amazing moms I met this weekend that I plan on supporting in the future!



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A Blissdom Series: The People

I’d have to say that one of my favorite parts of Blissdom this past weekend were the people I met. 
Borrowed from OSPinteresting‘s Instagram. 
Unlike most people, I don’t have “famous” bloggers I dream of meeting. There are definitely blogs that I follow who have thousands and thousands of followers, but I know these women are just like me. They’re stay at home moms (or working moms) who are just writing about their children and passions. Somewhere along the way, they probably shared some of their best writing or most interesting posts and created a following, but does that make you “famous”? 

For me, I follow these women because I want to know that I’m not alone and there are others out there who enjoy writing as a way of documenting their life or escaping from their day. So, at Blissdom, I wasn’t there to see some famous faces (I probably wouldn’t even recognize their faces or know their real names!) I was there to be surrounded by women who are like me, and that’s exactly what I achieved! 

I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect when I showed up at the Newcomer’s Meet and Greet on Thursday night, and I was prepared to stand in a corner watching everyone else run up to their friends. 

But instead, the exact opposite happened. I walked through the doors of the ballroom, and instantly a community leader walked up to me, grabbed me by the hand, and started introducing me to other people. 

And once I got more comfortable saying hello and introducing myself, I began running into people I knew and friends that they knew. 

On the first night, I walked away with over 8 businesses cards of new bloggers that I wanted to get to know more. 

When the weekend was over, I walked away with a folder full of new business cards, but I also walked away with (what I hope will be) the start of some true friendships! Even if they are just online.

Here are just a few of the amazing women I got to know better this weekend! 
Maybe you’ll have something in common with them too! 

And of course, I couldn’t fit everyone onto one page, so continue reading my Blissdom Series posts, I’ll make sure to add more great bloggers at the end of each one! 

A Blissdom Series: Blissdom vs. BlogHer

This weekend was life changing.

I feel like I’ve said this before, but I guess I say that after leaving a lot of conferences because when you choose the right one’s you leave feeling uplifted, inspired, and rejuvenated. And that’s the way I felt after leaving the Blissdom Conference this weekend. 

I have so much to process and think through (which I’ll share in later posts), and hopefully implement in the future! But for now, the one thing my brain wants to process first  . . .how does Blissdom compare to BlogHer? 

It’s so completely different . . .but similar at the same time! 

After working through some of my mental notes, I realized there are 4 major differences, and I’m not quite sure if those differences are good or bad. So you tell me! 

BlogHer and Blissdom both begin with registration and sponsor booths on Thursday with the actual conference kicking off on Friday and running through Saturday. 

Both start with a breakfast; although at BlogHer some of the breakfasts are “by invitation only” or for newcomers only. Blissdom provides breakfast on both days. 

BlogHer is very intense with sessions running back to back with very few breaks. There’s usually a short 30 minute break in the morning, a short break in the afternoon while they set up for the Closing Keynote, and of course a longer break for lunch (which is provided both days); however, there’s usually a notable keynote speaker during lunch so although you’re “resting” you’re still processing. 

Blissdom is the opposite of this. Blissdom classes only last an hour. With fewer, shorter sessions, they allow for longer and more frequent breaks. Meals are done on your own; with the exception of lunch on Friday.   

The benefit of Blissdom is there’s more time to visit the sponsor booths, meet new people and have conversations with other bloggers, and enjoy some down time before heading off to the next session or event. The downside is there can often be too many breaks. 

By the end of the day Saturday, the breaks seemed to get longer and longer; especially once all the sponsors had been visited. This might discourage people from staying as there was a lot of sitting around waiting for the final Keynote. 

BlogHer and Blissdom are very similar with how they run their sessions. Both have “tracks” that you can choose to follow. 

Blissdom has 4; Photography, Writing, Life Development, and Business. 

BlogHer gets a little more specific with The Personal, The Political, The Professional, The Technical, The Writing, and The Visual; plus a few other “personal” tracks like The Geek Bar and Room of Your Own. 

Both bring in experts of their fields to speak in these sessions; however, BlogHer chooses to use a panel of experts in most of the sessions rather than a solo speaker like Blissdom.

Blissdom offers time to process in each session with handouts and Q&A, where as BlogHer plans in Q&A, but length of content sometimes doesn’t allow for it. 

This is where I discovered the drastic difference between the two conferences. 

BlogHer attendees are very introverted. Although you’re among thousands of women who do the same thing you do, you’ll often find it difficult to meet other people. In my opinion, the atmosphere of BlogHer is every woman for herself. 

Blissdom is not this at all! From the moment I walked through the doors of the Newcomer Meet N’ Greet, I felt welcome. There were community leaders there to make me feel at home and wanted, and that lead the way to an amazing weekend. Women walked up to me to introduce themselves, and these women introduced me to others. 

During breaks as I was meeting new people, I felt that women were open and honest and supportive of my goal and saw the benefit of communicating with one another. 

After Hours

I’m sure you’ve heard about the parties of BlogHer! Well, what you’ve heard is true! BlogHer parties are hoppin’ . . .IF you’re invited to them

BlogHer after hours parties are all exclusive with the exception of the few parties that are hosted at the hotel/convention center by BlogHer. 

Huge brands like Hasbro, Mattel, Bravado, etc. will all rent out large facilities and event centers to host “by invitation only” breakfasts, cocktail hours, and dance parties where they’ll throw amazing swag at you; so much you’re expected to bring an extra suitcase to ship everything home. The more brand parties you’re invited to, the more popular of a blogger you are!

Blissdom, once again, does the opposite. They don’t believe in segregation. Brands throw parties . . .but they’re for everyone. Sponsors will have suites during Blissdom, but they’re not private. Everything is designed to make you feel like you’re important and not a nobody. 

In the End. . .
Both conferences are beneficial and helpful to bloggers, but what expectations you go in with are different. I, personally, was looking for in BlogHer what I found in Blissdom. 

If you want to attend a conference and be with some of the best in their “blogging fields”, BlogHer will get you there. With amazing and informative sessions lead by some great speakers, you won’t be disappointed in the knowledge you’ve gained. 

If you want to attend a conference to feel like you’re a part of a loving community, Blissdom is the place for you. You won’t have as focused tracks (or a suitcase of swag), but you’ll leave feeling inspired and important. 

Have you attended both BlogHer and Blissdom?
 What were your thoughts of the conferences? 

First Time for Bliss

This time tomorrow night I’ll be at a Newcomer’s Meet and Greet at Blissdom; a premier conference for women and bloggers. 

I’ve been so wrapped up in my small world of poppy diapers and tantrum-throwing toddlers that it didn’t actually dawn on me until tonight that the conference is actually this weekend! And not even the weekend, but tomorrow!! 

As I’m reading the Twitter feed of all the ladies who are attending, it’s helping make it more and more real. Women flying in from all over the country talking about what they’ll be wearing and who they’ll be meeting up with. I can’t wait to show up and begin meeting new people, and the best part, actually being able to stimulate my mind! 

But to be honest, all of this talk makes me a tad jealous. 

You see, one of the benefits of living in Dallas is that I can attend the conference very easily. It’s only a 30 minute drive to Grapevine so the drive is simple. And, it was also a lot easier to persuade my husband to let me leave the newborn at home! 

I’ll be able to attend the sessions in peace without having to worry about a hungry, crying baby; take notes, participate in meaningful conversation, and learn a little something from experts. 

But of course, him not being with me is the downside to the conference being in Dallas. 

Any other year, I would have found a friend and booked a room at the Gaylord with everyone else so that I could feel like I was getting the true conference experience, but with a 2 month old, I just couldn’t do it. So while the other women are getting a weekend of pampering and relaxation, I’ll be driving out to Grapevine every morning in traffic, participating in Blissdom, then enjoying the car ride home anticipating the needs of a crying baby. 

Although I’m “getting away” for the weekend, I’m not truly “getting away!”

But that’s okay…I’ll take what I can get. And that’s several days of fun and bliss; even if it is only until 5! 

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Will you be at Blissdom this year? 

Make sure to find me at one of the sessions! 

Here’s a peek at my schedule: