Monday, January 25, 2010
I mentioned in an earlier post some of the cool blogging-related events that I'm going to in the near future. One has already passed (The Martha Stewart Show trip), I had another one pop-up that I went to on Friday (a trip to the Please Touch Museum--review coming soon!) and my Mrs. G's event is this week.
And then I also glossed over a couple biggies. Blissdom & The Disney Social Media Moms Conference. I am insanely excited about both of these. And I mean insanely. Is it terrible to admit that I find myself completely preoccupied with them lately? Well here's the scoop on them, in case you don't already know.
According to their website, Blissdom is "the premiere conference for women who find and express their bliss by publishing online." This conference is a fun way to finally meet a bunch of online friends whose blogs I currently love & to also make new connections. Then there's the actual conference sessions. I'm so excited to learn more about how to grow this little blog into something that will be more fulfilling & rewarding for both me and you, my darling reader. Right now I have a bunch of blog-related thoughts and questions swirling through my head that I can focus on during the conference & absorb all the information I can in the presence of others who have done the same. Last night Marc & I actually used a babysitter and got out of the house together (a small miracle) and I feel like I bored the man to death with blog & twitter talk. I am also pretty sure I'm boring the heck out of my friends and family on a daily basis, and I'm looking forward to chatting with others who know that there's a difference between Blogger & Wordpress.
Ok, so those are serious-sounding reasons to want to go to Blissdom, but it's going to be just plain fun, too. The conference is being held this year at the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville, TN & thanks to my friend Yukline (who has regaled me with tales of how much she loves it there) I have been wanting to experience that hotel for a while. So after we're session-ing it out in the amazing hotel, there's also parties...including a party with Harry Connick Jr. Wait, what? Yes. Harry Connick Jr. will be performing for us & I might even be getting a little photo op! Swoon! If you want to check out more about the Blissdom Conference, click here.
Before I had decided to bite the bullet and book the Blissdom trip (ok, I just have to acknowledge the alliteration there) we had been thinking about booking a little family trip to Disney World sometime in February. I absolutely love Disney World and am always trying to scheme a way for me to get back there. Well, for one reason or another the Disney plans were tabled and I signed up for Blissdom. We then thought about making a little family trip out of that, but Marc thought being alone with Rayna while I was in the conference sounded like no fun at all & that I would get the most out of the sessions if I didn't feel like I had to rush back to them. So there went the family trip altogether.
Flash forward a couple of months and I see all this talk swirling around online about a Disney Social Media Moms Conference. Some other mom-bloggers had gotten invites to the conference & then it suddenly was opened to the rest of us. I excitedly (or frantically, rather) read Marc the details from this post and we were giddy over the insanely good deal. How could we pass up a Disney trip for only $350? To make a very long story a tiny bit shorter, after waiting on pins and needles I was confirmed for the trip and we were able to book the airfare exclusively using frequent flier miles! The airfaire was going to be pretty steep, so to cash in our miles for this was really worth it for us. If you're interested in reading the itinerary for the Disney conference you can do so here.
I feel so super blessed to be able to attend both of these amazing conferences. I am expecting to get so much out of both of them, but of course they cost quite a bit of money. (Bay, you mean your blog isn't supplying you with a steady stream of income?! hehe) This is where the term "sponsorships" comes into play. If you know of any relevant companies who would be interested in sponsoring me to these or future conferences, please let me know. In exchange for sponsoring any level (travel costs, registration fees, etc.) I could put together a personalized marketing plan that could include sidebar advertising, tweets, blog posts, etc. just drop me a line at queenmotherblog(at)gmail.com.
Of course I can't wait to tell you more when the time comes. If you are going to be at either of these events, please leave a comment so I can look for you!