Haley asked Did you enjoy TN?
I did enjoy Tennessee! I have been before and my personal favorite is to be in the mountains. This was my first time in Nashville and I'll admit that the entire time we were there I was inside the Hotel Preston until we left on Sunday!
From Krista: Did any speakers share something that really sticks out in your mind as a reason to attend an event like this?
The great thing about conferences like this is that you can be any type of blogger and probably get something out of it just for you. For those that are interested in branding or monetizing their blogs, then there's plenty of that. For those that just want to meet other bloggers in person that you admire, follow, or are friends with online, it's perfect for that. And honestly there are tidbits from each session that most often anyone can take something away. I personally felt so refreshed about where I want blogging to take me and not take me after this weekend.
And I will say that yes, I enjoyed several speakers and the ones that really stood out in my mind are Catherine (Her Bad Mother) who when talking about just what we should share and write about said, "I always err on the side of forgiving myself." And when Alli (Mrs. Fussypants) and Megan (Velveteen Mind) openly shared their blog stats to a surprised audience (much less than you'd expect). Influence, writing skill, and reach are not measured by how many comments you have.
Nell asks HOW did it go for your first speaking gig? I assume this was your first?
This was my first speaking gig! Here's a photo that Beth took from my view on the panel.
I loved it. I wish it would have lasted forever. I spoke with Catherine (Her Bad Mother) and Shannon (Rocks In My Dryer) and we answered questions about our passion for writing and the whole process of it all and sharing it for all the world to see.
Adlai Did you cloth diaper Ivy while you were at the conference?
I did not cloth diaper while we were away. I did the Seventh Generation disposables and seriously would have had to pack an extra suitcase if I hadn't. (I could not wait to get those cloth diapers back on her once we got home, though!)
KAJ Are these conference for ANYONE? or just "professional" bloggers?
These conferences are definitely for anyone. As long as you like blogging or like to read blogs. Some of my favorite people there were people that aren't about making a profession out of blogging.
Beth hints with her questions... Did you laugh a lot? Did you borrow anyone's really cute, really adorable shoes? Did you eat ice cream?
Yes, Beth, I laughed alot and mostly in your presence. And mostly at myself as I always found myself doing really dumb things. I borrowed your really cute really adorable shoes after my really cute really adorable shoes were too painful to wear a moment longer. And I ate the best ice cream ever while in downtown Nashville with you on Sunday. I believe it was called Uncle Charlie's Caramel Pie or something like that? Mmmm. And I don't even like ice cream.
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