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Final Blissdom Recap, Takeaways and Thoughts

There is always a lot to take in after attending a conference. I’m not always good with the follow up. In the past I’d get too overwhelmed with the ever growing to-do list plus all the things that needed my attention upon returning home. This time I’m going to do it different though. This time I will follow up and make an effort to maintain the connections I made. I’m also going to chip away at my to-do list.

Mama got some new head shots done at Blissdom.  Yay!

Mama got some new head shots done at Blissdom. Yay!

And hang tight… soon I’ll be asking for your help on a few decisions around this place. It’s not just my space, it’s your space too. Now, just don’t sit in my spot on the couch though. It’s perfectly padded for my butt, is by an end table for my water, and I can balance the laptop perfectly on the arm so I can work while nursing.

Who said multitasking is a myth? ;)

Conference Takeaways

(Blissdom Takeaways Video)

  • Connect with others.
  • Choose your legacy.
  • Be social, be personable, be helpful… be real. BE ME.
  • And… whatever else I said in the video above. (Should have transcribed it, eh?)

Here are some more awesome tidbits that I could not have said better myself (feel free to retweet them if they resonate with you!):


Positive vs. Negative Blissdom Reports

(Blissdom Recap video)

Experiences vary. I’ve read and heard that some people loved their time at Blissdom, others hated it and many fell somewhere in the middle. I enjoyed my time there and think it is unfortunate that others did not have the same experience as I did. I attended BlogHer last year and while I had moments I enjoyed, overall I found attending it to be a waste of time and money for me.

Others loved it.

Who’s telling the truth?

All of us.

If you’ve read my blog for any length of time you know I’m not perfect, I don’t pretend to be, and I’m honest. I’m a bit shy in a large group of unfamiliar people, but I’m rarely rude (for no reason). I didn’t always feel comfortable approaching people to start conversations with, but I’d smile as I passed by. I’d engage with those who approached me. A few times I would be standing with someone and neither of us said much because we both weren’t sure what else to say.

Admittedly, I spent most of my time with a few familiar faces and with a couple new people I met and hit it off with right away. But, there were other times I was on my own and went with the flow. I’m glad I didn’t run into the mean girls I’ve heard about. I don’t doubt that they were there – but most people I encountered were pleasant.

So my honest honest honest opinion of Blissdom?

  • Keynote speakers were motivational and great to listen to.
  • Some sessions were lacking in learning, but I was able to find something of value in each (even if it was simply a reminder of something I need to do/fix/update).
  • I liked the overall schedule structure and organization.
  • If you find people you connect with it makes a huge difference. You may find them where you least expect it and not be who you thought.


Monday 8th of April 2013

Always interesting to read the recaps. Blissdom was definitely a mixed bag this year, but I'm happy to hear you had a good time.

Blissdom is a conference I'd love to attend in the future and hope to one day.

Stopping by via ubp =)

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

I did read a lot of not-so-happy recaps for Blissdom. It was my first one, but I felt for those who didn't enjoy it .... that was totally me at BlogHer last year. Do you have any conference plans this year?


Thursday 4th of April 2013

I really like the headshots you got. They turned out great! I didn't realize you brought the baby. That is great. (And I saw that you are still breastfeeding past 2. Good for you, Mama!)

I don't have a big desire to go to a blogger conference. I get to read a lot of the updates and key points from the speakers here on the web. Maybe it is because I travel so much as it is. I like my time at home a little too much :)

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 9th of April 2013

Thank you :) I just can't leave him behind yet. He's coming with me to another conference in Sept too. I don't get to travel much, so conferences are my little adventures! It is true that you can learn a lot from everyone afterwards. Some info I prefer to read but some stuff I like being there for it... maybe because I secretly miss college?

And yes, Rissa has been nursing past 2, though she hasn't nursed in the past 4 days. I don't know if it is the end yet because she goes that long while I travel anyway. It's bittersweet and conflicted for me right now!

Liza @ Views From the 'Ville

Friday 29th of March 2013

Great recap! I love the headshot you had taken - you look great! I think "connect, don't collect" is a good piece of advice.

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Thank you! There were definitely some knowledge gems sprinkled throughout my time there. I really took it upon myself to get something out of it. I started the video with only 1 or 2 takeaways in mind.

Mindy Grant

Friday 29th of March 2013

Love the new pic!!

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

Thank you Mindy!


Friday 29th of March 2013

Seem like it is the same as everything else. There are good things and bad things, good people and bad people...everywhere you go. How you look it at colors everything. If I have to choose I'll take the rose colored glasses...but with only a slight tint to We have to live in the real world after all.

Darcy Zalewski

Tuesday 2nd of April 2013

If you ask 10 people about anything, you'll get at least 5 different answers if not 10! I didn't like how some of the people would had a negative experience made it sound like people who reported good things were lying. So, I had to say something about how all of us are telling our version which is true to each of us. I mean what would I get out of lying about it? Ah well, you get what I'm saying :)