Blissdom Recap

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I came, I saw, I met new-to-me people, I laughed, I learned, I ate a lot of sugar…your typical conference experience. :) I’m still processing all that happened, but here are a few highlights:

As I mentioned before (I think), the Blissdom conference was held at Gaylord Oprylandl. Neither of my two iphone photos turned out, so we’ll borrow one of the hotel’s images:

Gaylord Opryland

Photo credit: Gaylord Opryland

Nice hotel. Pretty. Big. Caloric. Seriously,this is their version of a corner store:

See's Candies

Pity there’s not one of those on the corner in my neighborhood. Or maybe that’s a good thing. I’ll decide later.

Besides meeting some fascinating people, the highlights of the conference were the open and closing keynotes. After an inspiring and powerful opening slideshow highlighting the impact of women in social media, Dr. Brené Brown, professor/author/mother/blogger/too many other things to count, delivered a compelling and uplifting message on the power and joy in accepting our imperfections and living with the knowledge that we are enough just as we are. Her book, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are, shot to the top of my ‘to be read’ list. I suspect I’m soon to be a Brené Brown stalker loyal and non-threatening fan.

The closing keynote was delivered by Scott Stratten, author of UnMarketing: Stop Marketing. Start Engaging., who first had us all rolling when, in the pre-close skit, he played the role of…well, I’m not sure what he was, but he was wearing a pink dress and a tiara. Despite that brain-burning image, his closing presentation was thought-provoking and energizing. In a nutshell, his message was that we need to stop with the gadgets and the gizmos and focus on making connections with our {customers, readers, followers, etc.}. And that we should never let anyone steal our voices.

Immediately after the close, we had another treat: flashmob! A group of 90 bloggers from around the country used facebook to choreograph a dance to “Party in the USA”. Great way to end the official part of the conference. (The closing keynote with flashmob was captured and archived on Ustream.)

Another highlight was seeing my pal, MizFit, again! She was the only blogger I knew who was attending, and even though we only had a few minutes here and there to chat, I enjoyed it immensely. Miz led a bunch of us on a fitness walk that wound through the hotel. Not a long walk, but lots of stairs to keep it interesting. My reward, besides the opportunity to burn off some sugar calories? I won a pair of Jockey performance pants! Woo-hoo! I also won a $50 Jockey shopping spree, so I’ll be representing their brand well at the gym.

I’ve got lots of links and other info to share, and I’ll be doing that over the next while. As I mentioned earlier, I’m still processing. I’m also on a Monday a.m. deadline for an unrelated project (stellar timing, that!) that’s chewing up a lot of time.

Plus it’s your weekend. You should be out enjoying it…or shoveling your driveway, depending on where you live. :)

22 thoughts on “Blissdom Recap

  1. That sounds like so much fun! I would love to go to a conference one day and meet a bunch of the bloggers I love! :)

  2. Hi Cammy,

    Sounds like a wonderful time. I will have to check out Brené Brown. Thanks for the tip!

  3. Sounds like a Hoot!!!

    Also sounds like sound advice from a marketing perspective.

    No snow here in Jackson… like 70 degrees!

    Thanks Cammy!!!

  4. Cammy, it sounds like you had a blast. I don’t think I could keep up to Miz though, phew. Don’t let anybody steal your voice – oh, so true – sometimes the criticism may cut you off, but don’t let it steal your voice. Love it.

  5. I’m with Bluebeari The conferences always sound like so much fun and meeting all the bloggers that are part of your day would just be icing on the cake

  6. Hey Cammy – that book on The Gifts of Imperfection looks like a great read. I’m going to pick a copy up! Cheers, Rick

  7. Hi Cammy, SO glad you had a good time. Sounds wonderful. Look forward to more posts about the conference. (we’ll live vicariously through you!!) Have a good weekend.

  8. I always go green with envy when I hear about these lovely conferences… Sometimes is tough being a third world child!

    It sounds like you had a lot of fun! And I like what you’ve already shared with us, especially the bit about connecting instead of marketing.

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  10. Thx for the recap Cammy! Sounds amazing & headed back to click on all your links except the jokey one which I looked at right away! :-) You lucky devil! And meeting Carla too! Would love to meet her! Sounds like a wonderfully fun & learning time!

  11. Sounds like a wonderful conference – there’s nothing cooler than a flash mob too! Glad you had a wonderful time. :)

  12. Wow! sounds like an amazing opportunity to meet new people and learn. How do I find out more about events like this? I would love to attend something so empowering. Thanks for Sharing your experience.

  13. laughing that I loved yer recap so I tweeted it a few days ago and forgot to comment :)
    as always LOVED every moment we had to hang and TALK.

  14. The highlight of the trip for me was the wonderful women I met and you were one of the best! I’m so glad I got to know you – even if it was around a table of food most of the time, hehehe.

    I’m working on my Blissdom post right now, I’ll send you a link when it’s up.


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