Blissdom 2010 Recap: Blissfully Inspired

Monday, February 8, 2010

What to say about Blissdom? If I only could only use one word it would be fabulawsome. In the airport on the way home, I wore my tiara from the pajama party because I wanted the feeling to last just a little bit longer.

Alli, Paula and Barbara wanted to create a welcoming, comfortable environment and they succeeded in spades. Even in a space as ginormous as the Opryland they managed to make it an intimate experience (seriously, I was having 3 Day flashbacks with all the walking we did!).

Even though I didn't know too many people before the conference, now I feel like I have a whole new circle of friends. It's always so nice to meet the people behind the avatars and blog posts. And can I just say, y'all were an amazingly beautiful and well dressed bunch of women! (Southern nod to Rachel and Robin)

I will have a lot more to say about Blissdom in future posts, but here are a few of my highlights:

*The workshops. I went to Vlogging and Editing, SEO, Advanced Social Media and caught the tail end of Media Training. I got a lot out of all them and hope to put what I learned into practice and make this a better place for you to hang out.

*The opening keynote. Man, did Kevin Carroll knock it out of the ballpark! We laughed, we cried and then laughed some more. I will never look at a soccer, basket or kickball the same way ever again.

*Hanging out with my fellow Tastemakers and watching Jessica showcase her inner cheerleader (someone, please tell me they got that on video!?). The event (the whole experience) was fun and different. I appreciate the chance to participate and embarrass  myself in front of a live audience. Congrats JoLynne and Rachel!

*Getting to see Renee, Danielle, Christine, Stacie, Casey, Audrey, Julie, Melanie, Erin (and her adorable baby!) and so many others again. A virtual hug just isn't the same as a real one.

*My first (but hopefully not last) speaking opportunity. It was slightly out of my comfort zone and all the faces in the audience made me want to faint but I'm so glad I did it. Having people ask me questions at the end of the session was incredibly gratifying.

*Being alone in the hotel hallway with Harry Connick Jr.! He was on his way backstage and I didn't want to bother him, but holy regrets I should have asked for a picture. Listening to him sing wasn't too bad either.

*Finally meeting Redneck Mommy (more on that later, she threatened me, and I liked it).

I learned so much at Blissdom and have so much to think about, both personally and professionally. I must also give a special thank you to Liz Strauss. At the Personal Branding session, she answered my question about bringing more of myself into the blog and her answer smacked me over the head and was exactly what I needed to hear. 

There will be way more Melanie coming out on these pages soon. I hope you'll like her, I hope you'll respect her voice and appreciate her desire for increased authenticity. I hope she doesn't scare you away. But, if she does, she will have to be OK with that. She'd rather lose traffic and followers than to keep losing any more of herself. She learned that at Blissdom too.

Other things I took away:

We are powerful.

We are trendsetters.

We are trail blazers.

We are loyal.

We are experts in our own rights.

We are amazing!

What did you take away from Blissdom?

There are Blissdom recap posts all over the place. JoLynne and Tamara are hosting link ups.Christine has a giant linkfest. There are tons of Flickr photos too, including ones for Annissa. If you feel the need to know about every spectacular moment, search the #blissdom hashtag. Pictures coming soon!

Thank you to everyone who made attending Blissdom possible: To Alli and Barbara for asking me to speak. I am still beyond flattered. To Jessica, Liz and Brittany; Fleishmann-Hillard and the US Potato Board for sending and taking such good care of me!


  1. Yes. Yes. Yes! A Thousand Times YES!!!!

    #snort ;-) at Tanis and You ;-)

  2. Your being there made Blissdom all the more fun for me! And that Tanis threat is a blog post all unto itself. It was classic and hilarious! As these moments should be.

  3. Can't wait to see more Melanie on your blog! Cheers to that! :)

  4. Was so, so lovely to see you again. Can't wait til next time! xoxo

  5. You? Are wonderful. I love you more You are beautiful and intelligent - I love that you had such a blissful time. Can't wait to see you again. (on Wednesday??) :)

  6. Melanie, you are amazing. I'm so glad I got to meet you and so glad we were on the panel together. You did an awesome job, you have a very strong presence about you! Can't wait to see more of you coming out on your blog, I get the feeling you are a very interesting and strong woman!

  7. @Rachel - So glad I got to hang with you. You're a riot! I want to make a trip to Texas to eat your cooking!

    @BusyDad - Laughing with you was also one of my highlights! Can't wait to read a post from your perspective.

    @Liz - Clink!

    @Boston Mamas - You have a beautiful soul, always a pleasure to see you!

    @ExtraordinaryMommy - I take that as a major compliment, thank you. And yes, see you in a few days!

    @Jenn - I hope everyone is ready for it! :D

    @StilettoMom - Again, I take that totally to heart coming from you! I admire the heck out of you and your $50 flip flops. I know I can learn a LOT from you!

  8. I'm so we got a chance to catch up in IRL. Big things ahead for you!

  9. must. come. to. california.
    adored having you there my lovely.

  10. @Kim - You know your stuff, lady! You're on my "pay attention to everything she says" list too!

    @Moosh - Yes, you must. I miss the Moosh's face!

    @Melissa - {blush} Thank you!

  11. Hot damn woman, I can't believe we hadn't met before now.

    Here's to lousy waitresses, cheap beer and new friends.

    *clinks glass*


  12. It sounds like Blissdom was a a great experience. I looking forward to my first blog conference this year. I'm headed to Blogalicious.

  13. It was so much fun hanging out with you this weekend! I only wish there had been more time.

  14. Great post Mel! Makes me wish I had been there. Can't wait to hear all about it next time we get together! xo

  15. Great post! I wasn't able to make it to Blissdom, but followed the hashtag and lived vicariously!

  16. "She'd rather lose traffic and followers than to keep losing any more of herself." - Amen to THAT!!!


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