Pug, Molly and I returned home yesterday afternoon from the 2015 BlogPaws Conference in Nashville, TN. The first thing I wanted to blog about is an overview of my experience while it was still fresh in my mind. So read on for my conference recap and check back throughout the week for lots of photo and video footage!
This was not only my first BlogPaws conference, it was my first blogging conference of any kind. I was understandably super excited, but also a little nervous. I was attending by myself (if you don’t count Pug and Molly that is) and while I have lots of blogger friends via the internet, I’d never met any of them in person.
Happily, my anxiety was short-lived. I am going to give a shout-out to Aimee from Irresistible Pets here. She was a BlogPaws Conference ambassador and a wonderful choice for the job! Within minutes of walking in to get registered Aimee found me, gave me a hug and welcomed me to the conference. Any residual nerves vanished and I knew that I had no need to fear because I was with “my people”.
Since I arrived Thursday afternoon, I jumped straight into sessions minutes after I arrived. Again, since this was my first conference I wasn’t sure how much I would get out of it. Some of the sessions were on topics I could have researched online after all. Well, now I know. Yes! It is so worth it. Having done it both ways it’s similar to the difference between reading a textbook on your own and having a professor lecture on the material in a meaningful way. A lot of concepts began to click and there were also a lot of things that I immediately thought, “yep, gotta work on that.”
The keynote address by Peter Shankman Friday morning was engaging and hilarious (you can watch it here). Some might have found it a bit crude, but I thought it was fitting for a pet blogger conference. After all, pet people have seen some erm… poop. Literally and figuratively.
I could pretty much gush about my first conference experience for hours, but I will wrap it up here instead. Needless to say, I had an amazing time. It was so awesome to meet all the dogs and cats I follow online in person, and of course meeting their people too. I walked in to the conference alone yet never once felt uncomfortable or lonely. Everyone was so warm and inviting. I actually think I’m spoiled now for all other conferences because I can’t imagine having a better experience.
So, thank you thank you to BlogPaws and to all the wonderful sponsors that made BlogPaws 2015 so amazing, informative and inspirational!