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Where I’ll Be: Blissdom Blogging Conference 2011

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Me & George Duran after an on stage cooking demo!

I wanted to let you know where I”ll be for the next few days. I’ll still be in Nashville, but I’ll be over at the fabulous Gaylord Opryland Resort for the 2011 Blissdom Blogging Conference.

For those of you not enmeshed in the blogospere, Blissdom is one of the major blogging conferences out there and just happens to be the first conference I ever attended.

It also has special significance tome for several reasons (other than the fact that I can drive to it!):
1. It was Blissdom 2010 where the idea for SamiCone.com was born. At the time I was juggling a family blog, writing blog and deal blog and to be honest…I was totally overwhelmed. After the first night, I was ready to give up blogging altogether. By day 2 I realized that if I was going to continue, it was going to be on my own terms. I wasn’t going to let anyone else influence how I should blog, what I should blog on and how often I should blog. If I was truly going to teach people how to maximize their time and money so they could make more memories with their families, I had to live it out myself. That meant not being a slave to three blogs and not being stuck with a static blogging schedule. Hence, SamiCone.com emerged in March 2010.

2. After hearing the words “DM” and “Hashtag” over and over again in the first hour, I stopped someone at the door and asked, “What does all this mean?” It happened to be the ultra fabulous and super sweet Danielle Smith, who took me under her wing and sat me down in the hallway to give me an impromptu Twitter tutorial. Now, just a short year later, I’m thankful for both the connections I’ve made on Twitter as well as the way it facilitates communication. I’m thankful for my 1,000+ followers and hope to keep delivering Tweets that keep people informed and entertained all at the same time!

3. I got to cook on stage with George Duran. (I know, shocking to so many of you that I went on stage in front of hundreds of people…)

4. I met a lot of other fabulous ladies, including some wonderful Nashville blogging friends. Plus Harry Connick, Jr. was there. Just sayin. (I may or may not have gone out on a date with someone I wasn’t too fond of in high school just to go to his concert…)

So that being said, off I go again to Blissdom 2011. To be honest, I’m not sure what to expect this year, my second time around. I won’t be staying at the hotel full time because of my schedule, but I’m sure I’ll soak up enough ideas to full me through this coming year.

I’ll keep you updated on Twitter and Facebook of course. But if you absolutely can’t wait for that and you want to know more about what I learned last year, I’ve decided to post some of my notes. I’m still working on uploading them, so check back for more to come:

Wisdom Workshop: Media Training

Advertising Panel

SEO Knowledge

4 comments

  1. Sami,

    I love this post about how Blissdom effected you last year. This was my first time at Blissdom, and it definitely gave me the inspiration to move in a different direction. I love the way you took control over how the blogging was going to be handled.

    Thanks for sharing this. it inspires me more than you realize.

    God Bless,
    Denise

  2. Thanks so much Denise. It bothers me how some bloggers fail to live their life because they feel like they have to blog their life.
    Everyone is different and everyone’s purpose is different – it’s just important that you understand what that is in you!