Gearing up for Bliss

4 10 2011

There are only 9 sleeps until Blissdom Canada! Okay, well ten sleeps if you don’t include the Kick-off Reception Thursday night.

Like many of my fellow attendees, I am soooo looking forward to this conference. Perhaps you’ve seen us tweeting about it for the past year? ;)

For those of you who don’t know, Blissdom Canada is a two-day conference for women who love blogging, social media and other digital media goodness. It’s all about networking and learning. And fun!

Last year’s conference was the first of its kind in Canada, and I was lucky enough to win a ticket. It was an amazing experience. I was all Ooh! Gee! Wow! at every session I attended. (For real…I could gush on and on.)

Light bulb moments galore

I came away with a broader understanding about how to find my voice, my niche, my twist. I learned something else important too. That when it came to writing for my blog, I was letting fear hold me back. Fear of failure, fear of sucking, fear of expressing too much of myself.

I learned that these other women who joined me at the conference all faced the same fear at one point or another. But here they were sharing these amazing personal stories of success and community, and yes, of failure too.

Giddy-up, I’m ready to go!

This year I’ve already planned what I want to get out of the conference.

Here are my goals:

  • talk to other attendees about migrating to a self-hosted blog – how they did it, where to start, etc. (I’ve been sitting on my own domain for months!)
  • figure out how I want to work with brands and PR
  • ditto on monetizing my blog (I don’t think I do but I want to learn more about it before finally deciding)
  • discuss digital media trends with other attendees – video, mobile and more – I love it all!
  • find my tribe(s) and network with women interested in the same topics as me (specifically, lifestyle blogging, social media, technology and writing)
  • see the screening of Missrepresentation!
  • meet and reunite with women i’ve talked to on Twitter who are all looking forward to this conference for different reasons – and learn what those reasons are

For those of you attending Blissdom Canada for the first time, you are going to be amazed at how inclusive the conference is. People are warm, friendly and genuinely interested in getting to know you.

From the speakers to the attendees, there is this openness, this willingness to help you grow. It’s sounds so corny but I guarantee, you will find the experience inspirational.

And if you’re shy, well just read Sara’s post here and Sharon’s post here to realize you’re not alone, and that others will be feeling the same way as you.

For the record, I’d love to chat with you so please say hi. And don’t be surprised if I walk up and say hi first. :)

See you in TO!

Photo credit to fashioncentral.ca

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12 responses

4 10 2011
Redneck Mommy

Can’t wait to see you again Mel. You were one of the highlights from last year’s conference.

4 10 2011
melgallant

Thanks Tanis! Look forward to seeing you again too! :)

5 10 2011
CynthiaK

Great post! Hope I have the chance to meet you there!

5 10 2011
melgallant

Hi Cynthia,

Most definitely – I’ll be the one wearing glasses and a huge goofy smile (from excitement and my goofy nature in general). :)

5 10 2011
Ingrid Slatta

Oh and remember to show everyone your new nails. This is the first step outside of the comfort box, lady I have plans for you. :~) Enjoy TO and can’t wait to hear all about everything.

6 10 2011
melgallant

I will! Sparkly nails are a step out of my comfort zone. And stepping out of that zone is what this conference is all about. :)

6 10 2011
Krista - The Tech Mom

Looking forward to hanging with ya Mel! Goodtimes to be had in TO next week :)

7 10 2011
melgallant

Me too Krista! Good times for sure!

7 10 2011
Sara

I love your goals Mel! I think that’s a great idea. Off to write some of my own…

7 10 2011
melgallant

Thx Sara, I’m ready for some good learning next week. :)

17 10 2011
coffeewithjulie

I really enjoyed seeing you at Blissdom Canada. You are such a breath of fresh air … you just have such a nice way about you. Hope to bump into you in Kanata tech land for a coffee soon! :)

17 10 2011
melgallant

Thanks Julie, I really appreciate you saying that. I too enjoyed seeing you at Blissdom Canada and getting to know you better.

Would love to join you for coffee sometime. That is a great idea! :)

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