|Sheraton Myrtle Beach, SC|
It has been a few days since our return from BlogPaws. BlogPaws, is a conference where bloggers, writers, and social media personalities of the pet world meet to socialize, network and learn to expand and grow our own avenues whether it is a blog, writing and etcetera. Even to this day ideas are flowing on how to improve my blog. I have so many ideas to write about, how to improve my writing, how I can show my dedication to what my blog is about and why I am blogging. I have pages of notes from the different sessions we attended to the individuals we spoke to who have successful blogs or publications themselves. However, it wasn’t all educational there were socialization time with sip and paint hosted by Red Roof Inn, Happy Meower hosted by VCA, and the Red Carpet Hour hosted by Natural Balance. This conference was about the education and the networking with or without your pets.
|Sip & Paint hosted by Red Roof Inn|
With this being my first BlogPaws conference I wasn’t sure how to plan or what to expect so I read all the posts in the social learning center on how to prepare, what to expect and what to bring to BlogPaws. I carefully read each newsletter that was emailed prior to the conference in regards to what to expect upon arrival, who will be available to ask questions, and so on. At first all of that was overwhelming but don’t let it be, read it all thoroughly then go back take notes to that which is pertinent to you. When the schedule is published review and re-review it, unfortunately you will not be able to make it to all sessions as much as you want to so again make chooses that are most pertinent to you and what you want to achieve. Just networking/socializing you will be able to pick up the highlights of the other sessions but the best news is most of the speakers are fellow bloggers or writers so they are available and easy to speak with. Even the speakers that are major speakers such as this year with Kathleen Gage or Jay Baer, don’t be shy after they speak go up to them and ask them questions. Both were very down to earth and open to answer questions. The environment there is a friendly social environment, not like other conferences where speakers sneak out the back to avoid the attendees or answering further questions. It is a well-organized and relaxed environment.
Even with the reading and re-reading once we showed up it was quite overwhelming with meeting and greeting fellow pet world personalities and their pets from cats, dogs, ferrets, rats, and a bearded dragon. It is comical that we all recognize each other by our blogs or writing not necessarily by our names but still everyone was so friendly and welcoming. There was a BlogPaws staff member available to welcome each of us, our pet and to answer questions.
|BlogPaws this way...|
Only downfall to BlogPaws that I saw was it was too short or went to quick pending how one would look at it. Another was there were some people I overheard stating how people stayed within their “clicks” however I feel it takes two. If there was someone you wanted to speak to, go up introduce yourself and speak to them. That is what this conference is about networking and socializing. I knew a lot of people from the BlogPaws chat on Twitter or from their blogs but never really met anyone face to face that is why I went to the conference. I put myself out there, introduced myself, gave my business card and spoke to them. Not only was I able to put a face to a blog but I met new people and new blogs. Was it scary, yes, but I lived through it and it was worth it. I would do it again in a heartbeat and Yes, I purchased my ticket for 2018 BlogPaws in Kansas City where I hope to meet even more new people as well as meet up with those I met with this past BlogPaws.
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