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I’m back from my Build Your Blog Conference weekend.  As usual, the conference was fabulous and I really enjoyed the chance to hang out with all my super-fun blogger friends.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, this was my 12th conference, so I’ve picked up just a “few” friends along the way and there’s always dozens of new people to meet.  Thank heavens for name tags!

Using my selfie stick during the #BYBC2016 Conference
Me trying to use my selfie stick as we were getting ready for the keynote. I’m getting better at it.

A blog conference is such a great experience, I think every blogger should try to attend at least one per year.  You learn SO much and you meet the most wonderful people. And they are really just a ton of fun.  I always stay at the hotel, so it’s like the world’s biggest slumber party.

Posting in front of the balloon display at #BYBC2016
I always take too few photos at conferences and I almost never think to get any of myself. This year, I think I kind of overdid it. But at least it proves I was there!

This year, we have 700 BYBC attendees, so it really was a pretty BIG DEAL.  I found out after the fact that this is the 2nd largest conference in the whole U.S.

Our keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki and me trying a selfie - poorly
Me trying out my selfie technique with our keynote speaker Guy Kawasaki. Although I spent the whole conference thinking he was Robert Kiyosaki (The Rich Dad, Poor Dad guy) Sheesh!

I think nearly all of my buddies from last year’s blogger cruise were at the conference, including the Six Sisters and both of their parents, so it was kind of like old home week.  This family is so awesome and I only get to see them a couple of times a year because they’re so insanely busy.  Well, and so am I.  So I figure these little conference weekends are also a vacation of sorts, but it’s a pretty action-packed vacation.  I had my step tracker on and I maxed it out both days!

Check out the new shirt from the conference
My shirt says “All it takes is 20 seconds of insane courage. That was sort of the theme of the conference.

As with every blog conference I’ve been to, I learned a TON.  So much that my poor head is about bursting.  Over the next few days or weeks, you’ll start to see a few changes here and there.

Some of them will be technical (like this new larger font!) and some of them will be changes to my writing style and some of my topics.

I hope you’ll stick with me through all this.  I don’t say it very often, but I really do appreciate you guys for making the choice to visit my blog and read my random thoughts that I leave around here, and sometimes leave me nice comments.  That’s the reason I got into blogging in the first place.  I have so many ideas and things that I really love to share with people, and I love it to hear that it helps them.  That really makes my day.

Me and my blogger pals at Dinner at #BYBC2016
Here’s a shot of some of my new and old friends having dinner during BYBC2016.

Conferences like this can actually be a lot of hard work, because you are sitting in lots of different classes and absorbing a LOT of new information, but it’s also plenty of fun too.  We had more than six hours of pre-conference webinars that were PACKED with enough new material to explode your brain on the spot.  I was literally listening to the last one in the hotel parking lot!  There was also a huge after-party with food and prizes, and dancing, and a photo booth.

And, as I usually do, I ended up sharing a room with three complete strangers.  Just local bloggers who’d heard through the grapevine that I had extra space in my gorgeous room at the Little America Hotel.  Most people wouldn’t do that, but I’m pretty outgoing, so I never think twice about it. And we always have a terrific time.  I think it’s a great way to make new friends.

Dressed up for the evening party at #BYBC2016 Conference

If there’s a blog conference anywhere you can get to, I definitely recommend them. Even if you don’t make it to a single class, just the “sitting around the hotel talking shop” part is more useful information than you’ll get from the interwebs in a year.

Thanks so much to the Six Sisters and The Blogger Network for putting all this together, and to the Real Housewives of Riverton who set up the terrific after party for us.  Everyone worked so hard and made it a great time for all 700 of us!

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8 Comments on Build Your Blog Conference 2016

    • Thanks for popping by. I’m sure you’re as exhausted as I am! But that was so much fun. I think everyone got a ton of good info out of it. Thanks for your kind words.

  1. That looks like fun and you look so cute. I don’t know…I’m a bit of an introvert so I don’t know how I’d do at one of those. The information sounds great though and it would be fun to meet other bloggers in person.

    • I do hear that from some of my friends there. They are introverts so they have to get themselves a little psyched up to be able to do it. But you’d be surprised at how welcoming and friendly everyone is, especially the bigger bloggers. For the most part, they are very approachable and gracious about sharing little tidbits of information. And usually you’re so busy there’s no much time to worry about feeling shy.

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