How I nearly got to walk with Dinosaurs & took a picture with a plastic cow at Bloggy Conference!
Last year, thanks to Building Blog Bridges, I packed up my car, my kids and my mom and headed off to BloggyCon13 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio. As a Ohio native, I’m familiar with Cedar Point; it’s one of our families yearly summer destinations for fun and memory making. This was my first time attending Bloggy Conference.
Laura Brooke-Smith, from Building Blog Bridges got me all set up for the conference and when I arrived, all I had to do was check in and follow the agenda. That first day was a little windy, sending lots of bloggers back indoors from the official Meet & Greet, but after that the wind went away and what seemed like hundreds of bloggers went to work.
What I Learned!
I learned so much, made so many new blogging friends and contacts, and then learned even more, that I came home and immediately started applying changes to my blog and following through with the awesome information I gained about SEO, Pinterest, Affiliate Marketing, Building & Engaging, newer platforms like Ahalogy, and sessions with social platform leaders like Sverve!
Even with all of the learning and growing that was happening, my family traveled with me, and they had an awesome time as well. I’ve been to a lot of conferences, and very few of them would I have taken my children and felt this safe and secure with their experience while I was learning!
These girls! They’re cousins. Mine is the one in the back of the photo – most times people think they’re both mine, and I don’t correct them. They’ve been together all of their lives barring the 6 weeks that separate them in birth. I went to learn, connect and network; they went to take down Cedar Point and HalloWeekend!
This time they had company! My son and my Mom attended as well, and they spent some of their time chaperoning him around the
park. DeAsia, my niece, is always awesome at caring for my 9-year-old. He loves her endlessly. Bobbi, the big sister, is a magnet for kids and they love her endlessly. But not her little brother. Somehow she always talks him into doing something he would otherwise abstain from, or they work each others nerves to the plank jumping point. This time there was a dart board involved.
Okay, I took the picture of him in front of the dartboard during Halloweekend at Cedar Point, which is when BloggyCon13 was held. But it was close – his big sister talked him into riding a rollercoaster that was way out of his league! One he should have never been allowed on, because even though he was fastened in well, his tooth was bumped on a metal bar and loosened! Of course, I don’t know which one it was, because by the time he got back to me, all he knew was he was NEVER trusting her again and he was not leaving my side.
Thank God Grandma was with us! Although she took a lot of courses with me, she was able to calm Elijah and get his soul back in order.
She had him feeling better in no time and well enough to join back in with the group. One of the biggest attractions he wanted to see was Dinosaurs Alive! He came home with Dinosaur feet. You’ll have to visit to find out how!
He and my Mom took an early morning walk on the beach and some great pictures before I was back in the lab learning and they were off for more fun!
How you can walk with Dinosaurs and learn with Blogging Legends!
While my family was basking in the wonderment of Sandusky, Ohio, Cedar Point Amusement Park and the beach, I was in some of the most amazing classroom environments learning what would help improve my blogging journey and meeting some great people. Now I’m looking forward to this years event!
There’s still time for you to register and attend BloggyCon 2014. You can do so by clicking on the picture above or right here: REGISTER FOR BLOGGYCON.