I just had to devote an entire post to the fact that I’m planning to attend my first ever blog conference in March of 2015, Texas Style Council.
Going to a blog conference is something I’ve been wanting to do for awhile. I really want to meet some people and learn some things! However, having little kids and budgeting constraints have prevented me from going until now.
I actually know the founder of Texas Style Council! We met in Austin through a mutual friend many years ago and I’ve been following her online ever since. The conference took a hiatus last year and this year has been totally revamped. It’s not going to be one of those flashy things at a hotel (although that might be fun, too). The theme is CAMP: create a meaningful presence. And it’s at a camp, literally.
I pretty much love everything about the new theme. The camping, the focus on presence and story and community, the smaller number of attendees (275), the speakers, the fact that it’s within driving distance from me and that all meals are included (SUCH a great deal). I even signed up to volunteer to set up and tear down, because an introvert like me will appreciate that extra level of involvement, plus a chance to make some connections before plunging in.
Liam will be 14 months old when I leave him for the first time, and I’ll be gone for 4 nights. I’ll be able to pump and store milk at the conference. I’m sure I will be incredibly sad (at first), but I think it’ll be easier with the second kid; I didn’t leave Meredith overnight until she was 28 months old.
Anyway! I’m super excited and I just wanted to throw this out there to see if any of you might be able to go as well, and in hopes of connecting with some of the other attendees. And if you’ve ever been to a blog conference, how did it go? Give me your wisdom!