I went to my first ever blogging conference. I had an awesome time. I met bloggers (duh) and have a pile of new blogs to read. I am all about twitter (again) we'll see how long that addiction lasts. I think it might thought because of all the awesome bloggers I met who are also on Twitter.
I was a bad conference attendee. I barely used my camera. I used it exactly once, because I felt guilty for not using my camera. I took a picture of the Hershey suite. They had a fireplace and a campfire and make your own s'mores stations. I ate a lot of s'mores. I got a lot of swag. I am especially happy with the Toy Story 3 Mrs. Potato Head and the present I got for Charlie. The most useful swag is probably the woven bags the swag* came in. I scored a second one from the recycle table and they were perfect this afternoon for my Trader Joe's trip. Sturdy and huge and easier than lugging the cart to Manhattan, but I digress.
I went to a session on being and entreprenuer with your blog and following your dreams. I went to a couple on how to write and to use blogging as a way to practice writing better. That was a really good one. I think my favorite though was on loving your small blog. I have a small blog. I am always thinking about growing it. But really I love my blog. I think it is finally coming out of the identity crisis it went through a few months ago. I'm still undecided on if I want to move to wordpress. And maybe thinking about starting a professional blog. That one might be another year down the road.
I got invited to a breakfast hosted by Hyland's Health. We got to hear Leanne's story and how she created a homeopathic head lice treatment, Quit Nits. It's a pretty awesome story. I'll post a review of the book she wrote one I receive and read it. I also met quite a few gluten free bloggers and think I am more committed to trying the diet. I don't have a really bad reaction to gluten, but I eat WAY to many carbs and from everything I've heard going gluten free (or at least cutting back) will really help my PCOS. We'll see how it works going forward. The Trader Joe's run today really helped with that. I am going to really work on a vegetable with every meal and fruit snacks throughout the day.
I kind of think I would love to go to BlogHer11 in San Diego. I'll have to think about it. But if I do go I absolutely need to get cards with my blog and twitter handle. I totally used my business cards with blog address written in. Kind of amateur even if I do only blog for fun...
*edited to add:
swag = free stuff they give you at conferences - mine included a water bottle, t-shirts, Mrs. Potato Head, Fire Station with cars, baby swaddler,(baby stuff was taken to be used as gifts and shower presents I have a few coming up) sandwiches shaped plastic containers and lots of things that fall into the category of crap - sponges bag clips notebooks etc