First, if you have not heard: I went to Blissdom this weekend. A 2-day long blog convention in Nashville, TN. Read more about it here.
The first moment I knew that this could be a pretty great weekend was when we arrived at the Nashville airport. I got off the plane, and was walking toward baggage claim when I noticed my surroundings.
I had been here before.
I saw a Starbucks and then it came to me.
That Starbucks was the one I sat in when I created this blog.
I had a 3 hour layover upon returning from a trip to Denver over the summer. So I sat in Starbucks, logged into Blogspot, and started thinking of new domain names.
And The Small Things Blog began.
(while I've been blogging for over a year, I've only been here on blogger w/ this blog name since June 2011)
And here I was, attending a conference in the same city for this little blog that I created while killing time during a layover. Wow.
Blissdom was a great experience for me. I've been blogging for over a year but I still feel like I have so much to learn. Actually, it's not a feeling--it's a fact. The most common question I asked this whole weekend was "What is that?" or "Who is that?". But now I have a starting point and can only gain knowledge and information from here.
The funniest thing about a blog conference is this: Bloggers have the ability to whip out their phones and check twitter or instagram in the middle of a session, or even a conversation, and not be offensive. We're all in the same boat, and either connecting with our readers with an instagram photo, or tweeting at our friends to meet up after a session.
I used twitter so much that my roommates and I started using the word "hashtag" in actual conversation.
Another thing is that there seemed to be a general sense of kindness at this conference. Either that, or I just met and hung with some exceptionally great people. My group discussions were helpful and motivating. And it doesn't matter how long you have been blogging, the mere fact that you blog connects you with so many other people.
Finally, the majority of the speakers, in various sessions, were fantastic. They really knew their topic and explained it well. I attended a photography session, a few business sessions, and a few writing sessions. And each was helpful in their own way. Even the least helpful session of the weekend turned into a great joke with my roommates. #awkward.
As for the entertainment, Joe Jonas, Rascal Flatts, and Chris Mann performed.
Here we are with Rascal Flatts:
and now for the rest of the conference. . . told in Instagram photos:
(crooked smile?) Thats me and CarolineG.
biz card collection
Can't wait for next year.