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Monday, May 21, 2012

Scenes from my weekend - Bloggy Bootcamp






It's been a whirlwind weekend. On Friday, I headed down to Philadelphia to attend Bloggy Bootcamp - a one-day conference run by Francesca and Tiffany from SITS. It was an incredible event and my head is still spinning from all the information and ideas about blogging and social media that I came home with from the conference. I'll have a more complete recap later this week.

On Friday night, the ladies at Girls Lunch Out (GLO) hosted a networking cocktail party at Marathon Gril Restaurant. It was fun to get dressed up (and I even wore an outfit that the stylists from Style for Hire suggested!) and to meet more bloggers in real life. As we mingled and munched on cheese, crudite and cupcakes, we learned about UPS' new service My Choice which allows you to have more flexibility in managing your deliveries as well as Google Places in Philadelphia (did you know that Google bought Zagat? How did I miss that??) and TimeToPlayMag.com which provides a wealth of information on the latest toys, video games and entertainment products.

I was most excited about getting to meet Kristen from The Preppy Girl in Pink. I don't remember how Kristen and I came across each other's blog but she was someone that I connected with instantly. When we finally met on Friday, it felt like I was catching up with an old friend. We both may have done a little happy dance upon meeting. Never in a million years did I expect to develop real life friendships from the blogging but that's exactly what's starting to happen.

Thanks to the GLO Cocktail Party sponsors UPS, TimeToPlayMag.com and Google Philadelphia for a great evening!


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24 Comments:

At May 21, 2012 at 6:54 AM , Blogger Jolene said...

Aren't the friendships you develop from your blog the best?! I love that too. And your weekend sounds utterly fantastic!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:42 AM , Blogger Danica Bridges-Martin said...

When I started out blogging it was for my family & friends, and along the way I have met a lot of people. Like you in a million years I would never think real friendships would develop or that you would ever actually meet the people. Good on you for going, sounded like a memorable weekend! :) Danica

 
At May 21, 2012 at 9:22 AM , Anonymous tracy@sellabitmum said...

So awesome! I hope to attend one someday soon! (Oh and meet you too.) xo

 
At May 21, 2012 at 10:15 AM , Anonymous erica said...

So glad you could come! Kristen is adorable!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 12:42 PM , Blogger Christine @ Oatmeal Bowl said...

Wow! Look at the fun you are having! What a great event. I was wondering where everyone was going in Philly.

and I did not know Google bought Zagat. thanks for the tech news update. ;)
did you hear FB stock is not doing so well...

 
At May 21, 2012 at 12:47 PM , Anonymous Jess said...

Sounds like SUCH a fun weekend to me! LOVE meeting blog friends where the connection is just instantaneous like that. So cool huh?

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It is pretty cool and it was a fun weekend! Now I just have to make it up to New England next!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:20 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too - my blog definitely was for me and didn't think that I would develop friendships or care so much about people I haven't even met in person! I'm glad that I went too. Offline is as important as online.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It was great and thanks for hosting a fun evening on Friday!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:23 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It was actually a really great conference. A lot of useful information which definitely made my head spin but in a good way. I'm so out of the loop on the news it's embarrassing.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 4:25 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It IS super cool! It's definitely an outcome of blogging that was somewhat unexpected. I mean, I knew that it happens but kind of thought it was exaggerated. Now, I'm convinced.

 
At May 21, 2012 at 6:07 PM , Blogger The Preppy Girl in Pink said...

My eyes are all watering up! I feel the same way, Christine. I adored you immediately on your blog and in real life you were even better! I am so happy to have stumbled across your blog and to now call you a friend. I can't wait to plan our next get together! xo!!!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 6:14 PM , Blogger christine said...

Looks and sounds like a wonderful time!

 
At May 21, 2012 at 7:05 PM , Blogger Motivated Mommy of two said...

looks like a lot of fun, I hope to be able to attend one some day and meet great people

 
At May 21, 2012 at 8:04 PM , OpenID Ilene, The Fierce Diva Guide to Life said...

Christine, I SO wanted to be in Philly this past weekend (I'm a local in NJ) but am getting to live vicariously through all of the great blog posts I have read today recapping the event. Thank you for such a warm account of the conference. xo Ilene

 
At May 21, 2012 at 11:04 PM , Blogger Kristen said...

It was great to meet you in real life! Love your wrap up and I'm excited to get to know you better through the blogging world.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 8:09 AM , Anonymous Denise said...

It was really great to meet you! What a great conference with great people!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Me too - glad that we've been able to connect through our blogs! Can't wait to hang out again!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It was really fun. Kind of amazing to be in a room with such amazing and supportive people.

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM , Blogger Christine said...

I would highly recommend Bloggy Bootcamp. I think that one of the reasons it was so great was because it's a small conference. They've set it up in a way that encourages networking and doesn't make you feel left out. Plus, the content is amazing and it's affordable!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM , Blogger Christine said...

Thanks Ilene for visiting! I plan to have a fuller recap up on the blog this week. It's fun reading about other people's experiences of the conference. Hopefully next year!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It was great to meet you too!! So nice to be able to put real faces next to blogs and twitter names. Can't wait to get to know you better too!

 
At May 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM , Blogger Christine said...

It was great to meet you too! It was an incredible roomful of people. I left so inspired and encouraged in this blogging journey.

 

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