Where do I find my bliss?

Blissdom Recap_10

One of the joys of blogging is being able to go to blog conferences to see my virtual friends; the people I talk with and interact with on a daily basis but rarely get to see.  My primary goal when planning these trips is to learn a few new skills but I always end up leaving with more friends than skills. Blissdom is the perfect conference for blending my goal of learning a few new things and having a good time with friends.  I've gone for the past 3 years and each time I leave with so much bliss.   This years goal was to learn how to use my brand new DSLR camera.  Blissdom always has an exciting photography tract and I knew this was a perfect time to learn. Day one didn't disappoint.  I met up with a large group of ladies for the annual Blissdom Photowalk around the Gaylord.  I didn't know anyone going into the Photowalk aside from a few virtual friends I had met on the Facebook group.  I met up with Jenn from Real Posh Mom who was new to this photography thing too.  We mingled ... [ Read More ]

My BlogHer ’12 Schedule

The Eco Chic

Is BlogHer '12 really THIS week?  I'll be packing over the next few days and heading up to New York on Wednesday.  My husband is joining me on the trip and we'll probably do some touristy things Wednesday and Thursday.  I even got him a ticket to BlogHer this year since he helps me out with my blog. Once the official conference starts on Thursday here is my tentative schedule (of official events and sessions): Thursday - Night at the Expo Friday - 6am: BlogHer 5K (don't be too excited, I'll probably be walking it!) 8am: BlogHer Breakfast - I'm sure I'll be hungry after the 5K 9am:  Welcome 10:30am: HTML Doesn't Have to Be a Four Letter Word (I only know a few basic codes) 11:15am: Geek Bar - Design Audit 11:45am: Lunch Keynote with Martha Stewart AND #clothbloghers12 Birds of a Feather Lunch organized by @MommaWords 1:15pm: Three-Dimensional Beauty on a 2D Screen 2:45pm: Geek Bar - Google Analytics 4pm: PHC Pampering (Phizer) - Hair Chalking appt at ... [ Read More ]

Blog Conference Survival Tips

Are you attending your first (or fifth) blog conference soon?  In 2010 I packed my bags and headed off to my first blog conference.  I had never met any other bloggers.  I didn't really even know a lot of bloggers.  I showed up in New York City and just about left in tears after the first hour.  Yes, really I did...you can reread my post, What BlogHer Meant to Me, to hear the full story. That was nearly three years ago and I still get intimidated at blogging conferences.  I've been to 2 BlogHer's and 2 Blissdom conferences and I still get butterflies in my tummy at the thought of this trip.  Why? There will be over 4500 women (and a few men) in attendance at this year's BlogHer.  That's a LOT of women.  Women have been known for our catty attitudes.  We've been know to be clique-ish.  We've been known to be rude and well...just plain mean!  So how do avoid all the nasty stuff and not go home crying on the first day? Blog Conference Survival Tips Follow the #blogher12, ... [ Read More ]

Yes – another #BlogHer10 post you should read! Really!

I remember about a year ago when I first joined the Twitter community seeing the numerous tweets about how excited everyone was to be going to BlogHer 9.  Each year 1000-2000 women (and yes some men) come out from behind their computers and meet one another.  As a newbie to all the madness I just watched from behind my screen as the events of the weekend were revealed.  There were parties (and a ton of them), there were giveaways, there was swag, there was controversy, and there were friendships formed - all while networking and learning the tricks of the trade.   As the year went along I kept seeing announcements about BlogHer 10 hitting New York City in August.  I would read them and keep going to the next blog without giving it much thought.  As I continued to grow my blogging empire (ok - my online persona) and with the introduction of Eco Chic Parties I continued to yearn for more knowledge.  None of my friends are bloggers so I don’t have anyone to reach out to locally when ... [ Read More ]

How and Why I’m Going to #BlogHer10

I hope that for my readers you don't get sick of me talking about BlogHer 10 for the next month.  In August I'll be celebrating my 3rd year Blog-iversary and this will be my very first blogging conference ever!  A little over a year ago my blog took a turn in a new direction when I decided to sign up for Twitter - and my life hasn't been the same since.  I've met so many wonderful readers, bloggers, companies, and more - I feel so blessed to be where I am today.  Why do I want to go to BlogHer?  I have had so much fun this past year with my blog, Twitter, and especially with the creation of Eco Chic Parties that I want to see what else is out there.  What am I doing 'wrong'?  What could I do better?  What are other bloggers doing?  In past years I've read blogs and tweets about others experience and the wildness that occurs when 2000 mom bloggers unite.  But doesn't it cost money to go?  Yes, it's not a cheap trip.  The conference ticket alone was a few hundred dollars + hotel ... [ Read More ]

I’m Going to #BlogHer10

In less than one month I'll be packing up my family and we'll be headed to NYC for BlogHer 10!  I am going to be completely honest with you - I'm horribly nervous! I've been blogging on The Eco Chic for almost 3 years now and I've never been to any type of blogging conference.  I attempted to sign up for Disney Moms last year but missed the deadline before they sold out (by minutes - seriously!).  I've been hesitant to enter 'that world' where other mom bloggers will be - judging me and my blog.  I know that sounds really insecure but what if someone criticizes me or my blog?  It's my baby!  But - it's also my hobby (and my passion).  I work on it every chance I get - which as a full time working mom of 2 is very little time!  Anyways - I will hopefully leave my insecurities behind and walk into the conference with confidence in who I am!  I am really looking forward to meeting some of the awesome ladies behind my favorite blogs and tweets.  I'm looking forward to learning a few ... [ Read More ]