Blissdom 09: The Recap.

on February 9, 2009 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 17 comments by

Being that this is Blissdom 09 and everything, I think I’ll give you my top 09 highlights of the conference.  [Be ye very concerned when Blissdom ’47 rolls around, cause you best be believin I’ll do 47 highlights.]

These highlights are going to be in no particular order, so #1 doesn’t need to be getting all haughty and #9 doesn’t need to be disappointed.  [#10 needs to be disappointed.] [By the way, can you tell yet that I’m writing this late at night?  CAUSE I CAN.  The attempted jokes.  They are disturbingly frequent.  As is the case in my late night blogging.]

Also, the highlights may be better titled “TOP 09 TAKE-AWAYS”.  Cause I also want to include in this list why I am SUPER glad I went to Blissdom and who I’m glad I saw and what I learned.


#1.  I learned a lot about the ins and outs of book writing and blogging- how they work together and how things are perceived by folks in the publishing biz.  Which, as you may have read once or twenty times, is rather important to me, since I wrote a book and all. [And I’ll just be real skippy with you and tell you that in my head, I thought, “I want to be on that panel one day”.  Maybe I will.]

#2.  I got to hang out with some ladies that I absolutely adore.  There is no way to link all of them, but I’ll tell you that Alli, Shannon, Lora Lynn (and her sweet baby Willa), Robin, Amber, Ali, Stephanie, Holley, and others made the whole experience for me.

#3.  Cause you may think bloggers just gather to learn about blogging, but truth be told we get together because we actually like each other.  So to eat Mexican food holding a baby that I “watched” be born via Lora Lynn’s blog, and share my heart stuff with Shannon because she gets me, and to hug Alli, and to give Amber a pep talk, and to laugh my head off with Ali? That’s why I went to Blissdom.

#4.  I learned, through one really good seminar, that making money on blogging is totally possible and TOTALLY not for me.  That’s not why I’m here, that’s not why you are here.

#5.  It takes 100 blog readers and 100 followers on twitter to make a community.  And THAT is why we are here- because you are getting to know me and each other and somehow we have all become friends.  And I left Blissdom 09 wanting to make this little corner of the internet sky a better community, not make money.

#6.  I learned some great technical jargon that I won’t explain because then you may remember that I am a full on DORK.  But hopefully my new know-how will make this here blog a little easier for you to navigate and love.

#7.  Aforementioned (in #2) Holley has also written a book… but her book is actually in stores.  So it’s legit.  And she gave me a copy!  I’m reading it ravenously and then I’m posting all about it. AND.  She’s going to Mt. Hermon in April and so am I.  That should be a glorious reunion.

#8.  Blissfully Domestic and One2One Network did an AMAZING job of hosting this thing- getting some great musicians to show up and getting us some pretty sweet swag. And they were fun and generous and really just the kind of hosts that can get 300 bloggin’ ladies to hang out happily for 48 hours.

#9.  I love learning about blogging.  I love talking about blogging.  I love what happens when you fill a room with people on twitter. It’s fun to me- makes the internet nerd in me smile.

So there you have it.  Will I go again?  As long as it is in Nashville, yes.  If it’s out of Nashville, we’ll $ee.  🙂

But in my nerdy-bloggy heart, I’m already looking forward to Blissdom 2010.



  1. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 2:13 AM  |  reply

    i am starting a conference, annie. it will be called blissdude 2010. there will only be dudes there. probably only stoltz, evan, and me. we will wear camouflage, eat raw meat, and punch each other in the arm just because. we’ll intend to talk about blogging but probably never get around to it.

    come to think of it, no dude conference should have the word ‘bliss’ in it…as nice as that word is. it will be called dudedom 2010. put it on your calendar, dudes! i don’t have a date and probably never will. i need to go get some raw meat from the fridge!

    late, ad! glad blissdom was such a success!!

  2. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 5:25 AM  |  reply

    Eating Mexican with all you fun ladies was worth the trip alone! Thanks for driving.

    Great to see you. Let’s do it again next year. See you in 2010.

  3. Southern Gal
    posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 7:54 AM  |  reply

    Wish I could have been a fly on the wall.

    And Andy’s guy idea is hilarious.

  4. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 9:16 AM  |  reply

    So glad you had a great time. Our goal was for everyone to learn, hang and have a good time so it looks like that it worked for you. Thanks for coming!!

  5. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 12:56 PM  |  reply

    I am so excited for all of you that went! Maybe next year the Lazy Moms will make it too! We need all the information and help we can get on this whole writing a book and blogging thing.

  6. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 1:17 PM  |  reply

    Ah, I just love you!

    Yes, Nashville every year. I promise.

    xoxo, alli

  7. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 1:58 PM  |  reply

    Oh Mylanta Goodness! Sweet Mother of Georgia Brown! Sassy molassy! I wish we lived in the same town.

  8. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 2:07 PM  |  reply

    Fun – I wish I had been able to attend but had conflicting plans. However, I am also going to Mt. Hermon in April so we should definitely chat about that!

  9. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 8:00 PM  |  reply

    I was already enjoying the Twitter and starting to see the value of the Twitter. But after tweeting all weekend and seeing people thank me for tweeting (and even a few say “stop with the tweeting, already”), I TOTALLY get the power of the Twitter. You know?

  10. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 9:45 PM  |  reply

    Seriously, just getting to hang out with you was worth the entire weekend to me. You are just like a sparkly, creative boost to everyone around you, and I’m just crazy about you.

  11. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 10:48 PM  |  reply

    Annie, thanks so much for helping LoraLynn (my wife) and Willa at Blissdom. Glad you had a good time, and by 2047 you’ll be a famous writer, and I won’t need to fear your 47 point recap, right?

  12. posted on Feb 09, 2009 at 11:08 PM  |  reply

    Thanks for the recap! I really wish I could have been there….hopefully next year!

  13. posted on Feb 10, 2009 at 12:34 AM  |  reply

    Thanks for the reminder that blogging can be for community – and doesn’t have to be a money maker. It seem that several of the blogs I’ve been reading lately has been all about the money.

    I write to keep the grandparents up-to-date. When I keep that in focus, blogging goes better.

  14. posted on Feb 10, 2009 at 1:31 AM  |  reply

    You and me both! If Blissdom10 registration were available, I’d sign up now!!!

    Thanks for your summary post.

  15. posted on Feb 10, 2009 at 1:34 PM  |  reply

    I lost your blog for awhile, but I’m glad I found you again. Looks like you had a great time at the conference – thank you for sharing.

  16. posted on Feb 11, 2009 at 5:23 AM  |  reply

    Everyone should have a friend like Kathleen. Thanks for the wonderful post!

  17. posted on Feb 11, 2009 at 10:13 PM  |  reply

    Hi Sweet Annie!
    It was fabulous to meet you at Blissdom. I wrote about how wonderful you are on my blog. We need to make a “waffles with peanut butter” date for Mt. Hermon!

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