|Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas|
BBC was my first ever blog conference. I was excited about the opportunities, but if you know me, you know the social part is a little harder for me. I'm great at social media, but I kind of suck at real life social stuff with strangers. Throw me in a room with a couple hundred strangers and I am sure to regress to a chair in the corner with my iPhone. I was determined not to do that. I knew what I was getting myself into when I bought the ticket, and I also know from experience that once I put myself out there, I usually end up having a good time. Comfort zone be gone!
Thursday night before the conference my eye started feeling a little weird and itchy. I didn't think much of it, except I hoped it would flush itself out overnight as I slept. No such luck. I woke up Friday morning with my eye swollen shut. Great! Just what I need! If social situations aren't hard enough for me, I need to look like a freak to totally kill my self confidence.
|I felt like a kid going to my first day of school, a mixture of excitement and nervousness about going to Bloggy Boot Camp.|
I really can't even begin to tell you the things I learned. Tiffany Romero, one of the creators of Bloggy Boot Camp, was combination motivational speaker, mentor, mama, and friend. It was worth the price of admission just to soak up her knowledge and positive energy.
|DoubleTree Dallas - Bloggy Boot Camp|
|Fancy dinner sponsored by LG #LGatBBC|
|I am not the Governor!|
When it came time for the afternoon break on Saturday, they offered mimosas and yummy treats from Kroger. When that didn't seem like a great idea, it was just the slap in the face I needed to realize I was actually getting sick. When I say no to mimosas, something is really wrong. I started to tear up at the thought of leaving this awesome conference early, but my body was telling me that I had enough. As much as it was a crushing disappointment, I physically couldn't sit there anymore. I grabbed my swag bag and walked out late afternoon on Saturday with a tear in my eye. I was so disappointed to miss the closing speakers, but I knew I just needed to crawl into bed (with or without an eye patch, you'll never know).
|Bye Bye Bloggy Boot Camp!|
What I learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Dallas:
1. My business cards suck. You should just see the creative business cards out there. When I asked a fellow blogger where she got her cards made and she used the words modge-podge and circle craft punch, I knew I was way out of my league in the business card department.
2. Social situations are easier when you have something major in common, like a passion for blogging, with the other hundred people in the room.
3. Lynette Young taught me that Google+ is important. Embrace it. Seriously, add me to your circles on Google+
4. I learned how to maximize my presence on Instagram through the gorgeous Lisa Leonard.
5. Casey Peterson taught me that Google is my friend and they want to help people find my site. Just be authentic.
6. People actually make a real living at blogging, but it is through multiple sources of income. You probably can't make it only writing sponsored content.
7. Social Media Strategist is a real job in which many bloggers already have the skills to be successful.
8. Know your end game. This is something I really have to think about, not just in blogging, but in life.
9. Even though I missed the last few speakers, It was worth every single penny of the cost of admission.
10. I'll be back next year with two good eyes!
I wish I could share more, but if you are a serious blogger, or want to become a serious blogger, I highly recommend Bloggy Boot Camp. Not only did I walk away with a notebook full of inspiration, while at the conference, I broke the 5K followers mark on Twitter!
Have you ever been to a Bloggy Boot Camp? What did you get out of it? Any other blog conferences I should consider for the future?
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