This past weekend’s Bloggy Bootcamp in Philadelphia was my third SITS event, and by far my favorite. I was able to make my trip to Philly a full weekend vacation (emphasis on Vacation) and even got to swing by a certain Pennsylvania hospital to meet my brand new niece, born during the conference. So what did I learn and why do I keep going back?
1- Friends are friends no matter how you meet. Take Erica from Mommy’s Still Fabulous, for instance. We’ve been blogging friends for a while and met at the Baltimore Bloggy Bootcamp….but how many of you would consider inviting a person you’ve only seen twice to sleep on your couch? Erica would. And guess what? Her couch was amazing. And so was chatting with her late at night when we both should have been sleeping.
2- Once you’ve met a blogging friend and had a chance to sit down and gab face to face, it’s time to take the relationship to the next level. That’s what Heather from ThetaMom and I decided. I have always adored her, but now….I adore her more. Same goes for a dozen other bloggers I met this weekend.
3- If you’re speaking, don’t change your presentation the morning that you leave for the conference. Or do. In the end, I was glad that I scrapped my old plans because when it came time for my presentation, I only had about 20 minutes to give a room full of 125 women my best tips on getting better photos, and somehow it worked.
4- The best conversations happen over food. Julie at Dutch Being Me….you know I’m talking about you now.
5- Sometimes the most important things are learned outside of class. I can’t wait to put to use some of the budget-saving tips from Lynn at Maven of Savin’. Rite Aid, here I come!
6- Good roommates make all the difference, and I got lucky. Tara from Feels Like Home is somebody I both admire and consider a dear friend, as well as a blogging, SEO diva. The “off time” that we got to spend together was some of the best of the entire weekend.
7- Don’t leave home without a big stack of business cards. If you don’t have some of your own (or are running out like me) go enter my fancy business card giveaway.
8- Wear whatever you want, but whatever you wear, make sure it’s comfortable. I admired the cute scarfs and the cool boots and the colorful shoes throughout the conference, but I happily stayed in my Skechers walking sandals all weekend. With my needing-to-be-repainted blue toenails, no less.
9- Take lots of pictures. Period. See #10 below.
10- Try a new battery when your camera stops working before the big social cocktail party. Don’t just leave the camera in the room and figure that snapshots don’t matter that much. Because they do, and you’ll regret not having them.
PS– for those of you who were at Bloggy Bootcamp with me this weekend, or for those of you who weren’t and would like to see what I spoke about, here are the posts I mentioned:
The Rule of Thirds (note: this post includes the pictures of me and my husband that I was talking about)
Photo of me and Erica and of me speaking are from the Bloggy Bootcamp Philly flickr group. The rest are from me.
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