I have been to two blogging conference in my life. This past weekend, Blissdom Canada 201 3 makes three. Last year I was at another conference held the same weekend of Blissdom Canada and drooled over the tweets and stories coming from Blissdom Canada 2012 attendess. It was then that I decided that Blissdom 2013 was my year to experience bliss! I waited all year for Blissdom Canada 2013 to arrive! I prepared by reading 2012 recap posts, searching for sponsors to off set the costs and looking forward to meeting bloggers I talk to on a regular basis online. A lot of hard work and struggles and Blissdom Canada 2013 finally arrived.
Honestly, I didn’t know what to expect from the Blissdom Canada 2013 conference. With new Blissdom Chicks running the show, I was sure that this years Blissdom Canada was going to be fresh, new, and inspiring, but I thought it would be similar to the experiences I had obtained at past conference (i.e how to improve your blog, ways to connect with brands, etc.).
When I first walked through the Meadowvale Delta doors, I was greeted with a positive, high energy buzz! Smiles, hugs and friends is what I walked into. With a couple of hours to kill before the beginning of the main event, I nervously sat in the lobby and wondered what I got myself into.
From the Newbie session to meet and greet with the sponsors to the opening ceremony, we were showered by love and affect. When the first power session began, I though OK now the work begins, but I was surprise. Instead of focusing on SEO and how to increase your google analytic numbers, we were taught things like how to use your blog to increase your business or how to create a book. Way, way, over my head! Then the next breakout session began and we focused creativity, personal ethics and being the crazy blogger. Don’t get me wrong they were interesting and intelligent, but I wasn’t connecting the dots between their stories and my blog.
After a conversation with a Blissdom Vet, I learned that Blissdom Canada wasn’t about the technical stuff but much, much more. Still a little hazy, I continued my journey. I enjoyed talking to the sponsors, the redesigning myself in the Rent Frock and Repeat room and the mingling with other bloggers but I didn’t understand what I was suppose to get out of it.
The micro sessions began and I felt like I was learning some technical, practical, take home knowledge. This is what I though the conference would be all about! It wasn’t until the Power Hour and closing Keynote speaker that I began to realize, I was learning a lot more throughout this journey then I originally thought!
- I learned to that sitting around and waiting for something to happen will get me no where! I learned that if I want something I have to ASK for it!
- I learned that I’m not special. There is thousands of bloggers out there and until I define WHO I am and WHO I hope to help with my blog, I’m just like every other blogger!
- I learned that the more I give out to my readers, other bloggers, and brands, the more I will benefit in return.
- I learned that fear should be a driving force rather then a deterrent. From great fear, come great accomplishment. Stand up to your fears and you will grow!
- I learned the power of words. Whether they be verbal or typed on the internet, the impact that they hold is amazing. Write from the heart and stand behind what you write as it represents who you are.
- I learned that every blogger has fears. Some wear them on the sleeves and others on deep inside. Big or small, we are all the same.
- I learned that you can walk into a room knowing no one and leave with a bunch of friends.
- I learned that bloggers work hard and party harder (especially in their pjs!)
As you can see from my list, I didn’t learn how to make more money or how to create a better blog, but rather I learned how to create a better me. I grew as a person, as a blogger and as a business women. The memories, the friendships and the experiences are something I will treasure for ever! Now the countdown begins until Blissdom Canada 2014!
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