SheSpeaks Recap

on June 23, 2008 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 14 comments by

Because at this point in my life I specialize in the recap and the mundane [see yesterday’s post].

And for your own personal knowledge, I always say “ReeeeCaaaappp” like rappers say “ReeeMiiiixxxx”. Cause I do have a love for rap music. Fo shizzle.

Every writer’s conference is different and I think it is fair to say that every person will have a different experience. With that being said.

SheSpeaks was excellent. Truly.

Let me tell you why. In list form. Because Sunday nights and making lists have been friends since I was a child.

1. Jesus Speaks. First and foremost, Proverbs 31 Ministries loves them some Jesus and it runs through the conference like a river. No joke. They want the attendees to grow as professionals, but I would venture to say they care MORE that we leave there with a fresh heart. There was much less self-promoting than I have seen at previous places and much more cheerleading. Not the skirt type, the hug type. It was cool. And it had everything to do with Who was the focus. That being Jesus.

2. She Tracks (Writing/Leadership/Speaking). I’m chunking these together like hashbrowns at the Waffle House. All three of these tracks were amazing. There were classes offered to each group, but you weren’t pigeonholed like, “I’m on the Speaker track so I must take 843 classes on speaking”. But it was cool that there were options for women with all types of callings and you could float through them all. I REALLY enjoyed the classes and I ordered a handful of CDs with full plans to listen to them. [Whenever I catch that motivation-bug that is going around.]

3. She Blogs. It’s about time someone gave Bloggers the big ups they deserve. It’s awesome to see Lysa (P31 bosswoman/author/on Oprah– watch it you will cry/enough said) recognizing that in all honesty, blogging is becoming a way to minister. And she has the foresight to see that their ministry needs to reach women through EVERY outlet- including blogs. Well played, Lysa. Well played.

Here’s a handful of us, minus my buddy Missy. I’m not going to tag every, but sweet Jo-Lynne did- so check all these blogs out there.
4. She Sings. Good gravy alive. This girl can bring it- Lindsey Kane. She led our worship and I like her mucho. You need to hear her, buy it, book her at your church, all of it.

5. She Proposes Her Book To Real Agents. Yeah, that was a long one. πŸ™‚ But the way they set up meeting with agents, publishers, etc. is awesome and VERY low stress. I was TOTALLY impressed.

6. She Eats Dinner in a Food Court and Discussing Methodism and The Bravo Network. Self-explanatory, but completely list worthy.

Will I go again to this particular conference? Budget willing, absolutely. Did it go well for me as far as my writing goes? Yes. But that’s all I can say about it. Did I make new friends? Yes. Was it fun to be around bloggers I already loved? Ab-so-freakin-lutely.

If you are a new writer or a pro, or just a blogger who loves to blog, I TOTALLY think you should consider the SheSpeaks Conference next year- July 31-August 2, 2009. Because seriously- are you going to want to be outside that time of year? Obviously not. Inside a hotel loving Jesus and learning how to be a good writer? Don’t mind if I do. Mark it on your calendar… we can be roommates.


  1. Jo-Lynne
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 1:25 AM  |  reply

    SO much fun, wasn’t it!? I’m so glad I got to meet you and found your adorable blog.

  2. Big Mama
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 1:46 AM  |  reply

    Oh sister. I am right there with you. On all of it.

  3. boomama
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:24 AM  |  reply

    I was just sharing our food court portion of the evening with D. Was that some freaky parallel universes converging or what? Had a blast hanging out with you. You are a doll. I cannot wait to text you incessantly during Project Runway.

  4. Robin
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:25 AM  |  reply

    Hey cutie :). I thought about you when I drove through Atlanta tonight….

    One of the SS highlights? Meeting you!

    Guess I’ll gather my thoughts tomorrow…tonight I’ve just been enjoying my babies :).

  5. Annie
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:45 AM  |  reply

    Jo-lynne- thank you!!

    Big- thank God for food courts and gorgeous expensive tunics.

    Boo- Project Runway. And anything else that Bravo chooses to lay at our feet.

    Robin- thanks, girl. Mutual.

  6. The Secret Life of Kat
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 5:25 AM  |  reply

    Oooooh. A conference – it’s SO on my calendar for next year.

    I’m sure you’ll be a big time speaker by that time, with your own personal suite…

  7. Lisa
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 2:45 PM  |  reply

    Great recap!
    I didn’t meet you this weekend, but it looks like you “bloggy experts” found like minds to do your thing with. Glad you had a great time.

    Keep taking that step, girl. You can definately write! Anytime you want to talk shop, I’m your girl. I share the passion!

    Lisa πŸ™‚

  8. Carol
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 4:01 PM  |  reply

    Sorry I didn’t get to meet you! I was a fun weekend!

  9. Angielew
    posted on Jun 23, 2008 at 4:02 PM  |  reply

    Greetings from J-Town, AL!
    Enjoyed meeting you this weekend. SheSpeaks was sooo awsome. I will be back!

  10. Albert E.
    posted on Jun 24, 2008 at 1:24 AM  |  reply

    A decision is made with the brain. A commitment is made with the heart. Therefore, a commitment is much deeper and more binding than a decision.”

  11. Lindsey Kane
    posted on Jun 24, 2008 at 8:44 PM  |  reply

    GURL! i had SO much fun at that conference! i just wished i could’ve talked to you more πŸ™‚ thanks so much for what you wrote on your blog. you are TOO SWEET!!! hope our paths cross again soon πŸ™‚

  12. Cynthia
    posted on Jun 24, 2008 at 11:55 PM  |  reply

    Thanks so much for the Oprah link. My dh and I have 8 kiddos, 2birth and 6 through adoption. The last 2 were from Haiti. Wow the interview was so good and my tears were cleansing! Thanks again for sharing the link!

  13. Jenny
    posted on Jun 25, 2008 at 1:01 AM  |  reply

    Hi, found you through Missy. You are very entertaining to read! I sure hope soon you can tell us about your book deal πŸ™‚

    Maybe, just maybe, I’ll go next year πŸ™‚ You do yourself a good advertisement.

  14. Celly B
    posted on Jun 28, 2008 at 2:51 PM  |  reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences at She Speaks so that those of us who were unable to attend can experience it vicariously! I am praying about attending it next year.

    LOL at the Waffle House hash browns analogy!

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