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When I attended BlissDom ’12 in Nashville last year, it was my first time ever attending a blogging conference.  I was both excited and nervous: I wasn’t sure what to expect, I wasn’t going as part of a group, and I wasn’t even sure I considered myself and my blog “worthy” of attending.  I was still working to find my voice and direction, trying to figure out what this thing called “SEO” was, and attempting to navigate all the intricacies of the blogging world.  All while looking at the other bloggers around me saying “Wow, I will never be that big/good/well-known”.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel BlissDom '12

A photo I took inside the Gaylord Opryland Hotel. This was before my photography classes; imagine how much better my images would be after attending BlissDom ’13!

If I was already nervous, walking into the massive Opryland Hotel didn’t immediately quell those nerves.  After walking for what seemed like miles, I arrived at the registration desk where I checked in and then went to find a seat to listen to the opening ceremony.  The key note speaker was Jon Acuff, author of Quitter: Closing the Gap Between Your Day Job and Your Dream Job.  His entire talk was good, but he said one thing that immediately resonated with me.  He said “Never compare your beginning to someone else’s middle.”

Wow.

It changed my entire mindset not only for attending the conference, but for my blogging, in general.  I could only be me, on my own path, doing my own thing.  As the conference progressed, I continued to see that being me was just fine.  I met other bloggers, and you know what?  None of them asked me for my stats before they’d talk to me.  They were all welcoming, lovely, and happy to share their knowledge.  The classes I attended were informative, interactive, and engaging.  And the brands I had the opportunity to network with were eager to educate about their products and discuss what they had on the horizon.

I also had the chance to meet the staff members of some of the networks of which I am a part, like One2One Network.  I’ve worked with them for a couple of years now, and I’ve enjoyed both the projects and the community.  Now O2O is offering an amazing opportunity: they’re going to fully sponsor one blogger to attend BlissDom13 (which will be in Dallas, TX, this year).

The person that O2O selects will have the pleasure of hanging out in the O2O booth, meeting and greeting other bloggers and brands at the conference, and talking with them about why we’re a member and the benefits of the network.  I love talking with and meeting new people; having the chance to learn about their goals and sharing how becoming a member might fit into those goals would be awesome!

The BlissDom atmosphere is amazing.  You get built up not only as a business and a blogger, but also as a person.  I feel like I grew so much last year, and that’s with no prior knowledge of what to expect and minimal preparation.  With another year of experience and a better picture of how to make the most of the conference I think I would grow even more this time around.

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About Liza

Liza is a mom (5-year-old daughter, 20-year-old stepson, and 24-year-old stepdaughter) and wife living in Louisville. She loves spending time with her family, visiting the local zoo and parks, as well as planning travel adventures. Cooking and baking, DIY projects and crafts, and coffee - lots and lots of coffee - round out some of her other hobbies.

  6 Responses to “Teach A Man To Fish, Or, Why I Would Love To Attend BlissDom ’13”

  1. I really want to go to Blissdom. I think out of all the conferences it would have the most benefit for me. Thanks for sharing!

  2. My favorite part of this post was “None of them asked me for my stats before they’d talk to me.” You’re totally right. I love how fellow bloggers accept one another for who we are – not the status of our blogs. It’s definitely a great conference if it put that concept into perspective for you!

  3. I love Blissdom! It was my first conference too and I had such an amazing time and learned so much!

  4. I hope you get to go! Conferences are such a great way to connect, recharge and become a better blogger :-)

  5. Oh man I want to go soooo bad- but Blogher killed me financially.

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