Sunday, June 25, 2017

Why I Fly Thousands of Miles for a Blogging Conference

For the last seven years I've attended BlogHer, a conference for women (and men) who blog. Not everyone who attends has a blog and as the years have gone by the theme has gone much more to social media in the broadest sense. But it's still a three day conference for women who write and share information. It's a mix of thoughtful presentations, workshops on blogging, platform development and memoirs and a college reunion, meeting up with friends known via their blogs and Instagram photographs.

I put this post together while I was looking out my hotel window in Orlando last night, with the Disneyworld fireworks dancing in the reflection. I knew I was flying back to New York the next morning and BlogHer had ended, but it was only when I walked into my apartment earlier today that I realized BlogHer was actually over. I was thankful for the easy flight, but after the energy at the conference my apartment was too quiet and too dark.

I enjoyed it all immensely, which is why I've flown thousands of miles five times -- two times BlogHer was held in New York and it was just a bus trip away -- for a program that was fun, thoughtful, lively and exciting. High points included hearing tennis legend, Serena Williams speak, Ana Navarro and Joy Reid being interviewed and attending two outstanding social media workshops. I had the opportunity to meet my Facebook friend Missy, visit with my BlogHer buddy Tekisha, and meet terrific women from across the country. Not bad for three days!

A definite high point was the program with Serena Williams.
Thanks to the BlogHer sponsors there are fun giveaway and goofy pictures. Here I am with my buddy, Charlie the Tuna, who's looking especially dapper in his red beret.

A fun visit with movie star, Tiny, of Pup Star
I've come home with a half dozen blogging ideas -- time for a remake -- and even a book project in the back of my mind. I've made new friends and great memories. That, my friends, is why I happily fly thousands of miles for a blogging conference.

Last night's sunset in Orlando

As ever, thanks for visiting. I wouldn't be a blogger without my friends who
are part of Buttercupland. 



Looks like a fun time was had by all.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

i am happy to here that you had a fun trip and came home newly invigorated.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

It will be interesting to see what new ideas you come up with. It's always nice to be inspired. I've been blogging for a long time and seem to stick with the same old format. It's nice to make changes but right now I'm sticking with the tried and true. I enjoyed the pictures, especially the sunset!

From the Kitchen said...

How nice to actually meet up with blogging friends! Sound like a great lineup of speakers. Did you get the celebrity pup's autograph?


Deanna Rabe said...

I've never attended a blogging conference, but I wish I had. Maybe I'll try Haven next year.

Melinda said...

Can't believe you have already gone and come back!

Was anything mentioned about blogging slowing down?

Glad you had fun.

M : )

Susie said...

Buttercup, What a fun trip that must have been. I love seeing your pictures. I would prefer the conference in NYC., myself. Although I have never sounds so fun. You certainly are the adventurer Blessings to you, xoxo, Susie

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

How amazing! I'm so glad you got to go and meet so many interesting people! I know your head must be spinning with ideas. Hugs!

Wandering Wren said...

Hi Buttercup! Great to hear you had an inspiring time at your Blogger conference, I too am going back to my Australian one that I attended last year - not that I've done much on my 'To do" list from last year's conference. Mostly because it involves getting off Blogger & onto WordPress which I couldn't face whilst in the throws of an International move! We look forward to seeing what your changes are!!
Wren x

Fatima Chase said...

I am a sucker for the goofy pictures lol. This was my first time and I'm glad I took the leap. I am definitely inspired.