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Three Things I Loved and Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis

Ever been to a conference where you didn’t have a problem staying awake the ENTIRE day?  Me neither – until last Saturday.

I attended my first blog conference, Bloggy Boot Camp, in Minneapolis, and not once did I have to worry if I was doing the head bobbing thing and making a fool of myself because every-single-presenter was interesting and enthusiastic and entertaining and knowledgeable.

Could it be that I was just hungry for the knowledge they had and was feeding to me?  Nah – we’ll go with they were pretty cool peeps who knew their stuff and knew it well.

Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis

Three things I LOVED

  1. The small group – Only about 100 attendees with assigned seating for the first portion of the day to help break the ice and get to know one another.  Awesome idea ladies!
  2. The information – I think whether you are a newbie to blogging or a pro or someone in between, you could learn something from each of the presenters.
  3. The SITS Girls confidence – You walked away from the day feeling like you can achieve your goals no matter how big or small they are, with the organizers of the conference confident that if you want it, you can make it happen.

 

Content Creator Circled

 

Three things I LEARNED

  1. Blogger vs. Content Creator – This one cracked me up.  I got new business cards made up just for this special event and what do I come to find out, I called myself the wrong name.  I’m not a blogger, I’m a content creator.  Who knew? We’ll work on that for next time.
  2. Looks mean something – Not my looks.  The look of my blog. I had already talked with my web designer the week before the conference about wanting to change things up a bit and I’m so glad I waited until after this past weekend to tell her what I want.  I now know what brands are looking for and fortunately, we are pretty much on the same page.
  3. Hell Yeah! – If it isn’t a “Hell Yeah!” then it’s a “No” when it comes to how you spend your time – whether it’s for work, family, volunteering, blogging, etc. Make sure it’s a “Hell Yeah” and that can go for EVERYONE – blogger or not!

The day wrapped up with a social hour sponsored by Mirassou Winery. I had a very lovely conversation with one of the presenters, Cheryl from TidyMom.  It was nice to talk with a seasoned blogger who has worked hard and made a successful business for herself – all over a glass of wine.

I met many ladies that day who are talented “content creators”. You should check out Sarah at Miss Candiquik, Laurie over at Beyond My Blue Door, Lindsay at The Live-in Kitchen, and Gillian from The Haas Machine.  All very different blogs with great minds behind them.

Now can I get a Hell Yeah!!!

 

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9 Responses to “Three Things I Loved and Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Minneapolis”

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    Jodi Flaherty — October 18, 2013 at 9:33 am

    I LOVED reading your recap! It was such a fabulous time! And yes, I too found so many little things I could “tweak” and also some BIG changes! So glad you reached out! I will make sure we are connected on Social media!

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    Laurie — October 18, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    Great recap! I love the pics you took. Cleaver. Thanks for the mention and I see my card! It was great spending time with you.

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    Laurie — October 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Wait! There’s more. The owl cupcakes are so freakin cute! Your monthly tv segment…too sweet. Girl, do you have a platform or what? I knew I should have gotten your autograph! 🙂

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    Lindsay @ The Live-In Kitchen — October 18, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    It was so lovely meeting you! Hopefully we will cross paths again soon!

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    Nina — October 20, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I’m so glad I went too! Loved that it was small and manageable (i.e. only one day). And I LOVED that “hell yeah” message. So important to remember.

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    Mo at Mocadeaux — October 20, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    Hahaha! We’ve all been to those conferences that make the minutes feel like hours. (I was an accountant in my former life and experienced a few too many tax seminars like that!) I agree with everything you said about BBC. The small group really made it feel like a warm community.

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    Gillian from The Haas Machine — October 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    I love that we met! And I so look forward to checking out your blog & all the changes you implement!

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    Leah D — October 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I see me in those pictures! Yay! I love this post and agree! Such a great day!

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    Sarah @ Miss Candiquik — October 23, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    I agree with EVERYTHING in this post! Thanks for sharing 🙂