A fwe weekends back, I headed up to Dallas for Round 2 of Bloggy Boot Camp. I enjoyed it so much in Philly, and I was excited to hang out with some of my local blogging friends. We started off the weekend with a lovely cocktail hour sponsored by Kroger, who really put out an incredible spread of cheeses & offered us some lovely wines. It was a great way to break the ice & get in the mingling mood. I love that Kroger is really reaching out to bloggers to work with them, and they did an amazing job of sponsoring Bloggy Boot Camp (hello mini-massages, mimosas, and chocolate covered strawberries!).
Everybody was up and excited Saturday morning to get checked in & get the conference kicked off. I love how we had assigned tables for the morning sessions- it was a great way to mix & mingle with new people. The content and format were similar to BBCPhilly, but I still really enjoyed getting all that information again & being reminded (inspired) by so many great tips from all the speakers.
I just adore Tiffany Romero & Francesca Banducci, they do such a fabulous job organizing the Bloggy Boot Camps & are so friendly and welcoming to everybody. We ate a delicious lunch back up on the top floor, surrounded with great views of Dallas. I think the number of attendees was about 150 (maybe a little higher?), but the conference still felt small & intimate.
After a day jam-packed with information & fabulous ideas for the business of blogging, we got down to business with a wine party sponsored by Mirassou. It was a great chance to try all of their delicious wines, meet the wine maker, and do some de-briefing after a long day of learning.
I was thrilled to room with Lisa Stauber of Shiny Things Media, aka Milehamama. She also runs our awesome Houston Blogging Chicks group, which meets monthly, and the #TXBloggers chat every Tuesday night on twitter. She’s been helping me quite a bit with getting Grow Soul Beautiful launched. She lives only a few miles from me & I’ve had such a great time getting to know her & I’m so impressed with all that she’s accomplished and her SEO genius.
I’ve got to admit, my poor dSLR is feeling neglected latley as I’m taking tons of iPhone & instagram photos. Here’s a brief recap of all these photos: I carpooled up to Dallas with these lovely ladies, thanks to Champion Chevrolet. I couldn’t get enough of the Kroger cheeses & loved seeing my friend Amanda Oak’s slide about the Jackass Whisperer on Kind Over Matter being used in a presentation on authenticity.
Here’s a photo of (most of) the Houston blogging crew. I’m so glad to meet these lovely ladies & they’ve been such a great network for blogging support over the last year.
GOOD NEWS OF THE DAY: Hubby let me borrow his swank car to drive to Austin.