This past weekend, I attended Bloggy BootCamp Vegas. Reflecting, I have to say this is the best conference I have attended (in the blogging world). The women behind SITS Girls, Tiffany Romero and Francesca Banducci put on an amazing event and I’m not saying that just because I was a speaker.
I run an interactive type of panel where I share my opinions, but also invite the room to chime in and assist each other. I think it’s presumptuous to think that I have all the answers. I know how to get the conversation sparked and how to guide it along. However, I don’t feel like that approach fit well at this conference. I should have provided a power point with the links and information (I’ll be putting up links in another post). As a speaker, I try to challenge myself to make sure I’m providing information that is useful for even seasoned bloggers (who often get frustrated by all the beginner info) and I learn how to do that at each event.
I say Bloggy BootCamp Vegas was the best conference I’ve ever attended for the following reasons:
- The truth Tiffany is the Oprah of blogging. She is open and honest. Some may say blunt, but she speaks from experience and we are all better for listening. Whenever she chimed in on a talk, she was right on. The honesty is something we all need to hear.
- Finding your Tribe A reoccurring theme was the idea of finding your tribe. Your tribe is a group of women that become your support group. The concept of women supporting women seems like such a no-brainer, but it can be incredibly difficult to achieve. Last year I found my tribe in So Cal Lady Bloggers. They are an amazing group of women, located in the So Cal area. I was able to meet more of the ladies in our group at Bloggy Boot Camp. It felt like you were meeting sisters. Family. Trust me…find your Tribe.
- Be inspired Everywhere at Bloggy BootCamp I found inspiration. At my first table, I met Tina a survivor and part of the Ford Warriors in Pink campaign. Her story and personal strength floored me. I was also inspired by the amount of honest networking that was going on in the room. Women were not just trading business cards and moving on. They were having real conversations. Honestly, I’ve never felt this level of female friendship at any other Blogging convention.
- Lastly, I had an epiphany at this convention. While I have been blogging about video games for 9 years, I am relatively new to the Lifestyle/Family blogging world. With that, I got caught up in wanting to be given opportunities (invites to events) because others were getting them. I realized that I have to write from my heart and my experiences. Grow my audience. I have wanted to try vlogging for this blog and I think it’s time I put that in action. Realize my accomplishments. Becoming a guest contributor at Moms LA is an honor for me. Speaking at various conferences has been a huge honor for me. I have to recognize my own personal steps over the past year of blogging and stop comparing myself to others.
My list of action items from Bloggy Boot Camp is pretty long, but I feel more prepared to make these changes. I feel like I have a guided path to take my blog to another level. There is still another Bloggy Boot Camp (Chicago) left on the tour. I can’t recommend it or any stop of the camp enough. Trust me. It is worth your time and money.