Who’s Coming to Blissdom?

Tomorrow the Blissdom Conference begins. I’ll be going for the first time. And for an extrovert like me, that is really exciting! Remember, for us, strangers are only friends that we haven’t made yet.

But, I’m wondering. Am I really an extrovert—like I used to be? Because I’m feeling a little scared about Blissdom.

It’s my understanding that Blissdom is a conference primarily for women bloggers and writers. (I’m am a TOTAL wanna-be when it comes to this camp.)

This is a demographic that has grown exponentially over the past few years.

There are going to be a LOT of people there. A lot of extremely TALENTED people! That’s intimidating.

The strange thing about this gathering is that most of these women, myself included, are semi-friends, we’re semi-aware of each other. Emphasis on SEMI. We’re neither strangers, nor friends.

You see, we probably follow each other on Twitter, and read some of each other’s blogs. The only thing is, that when you follow hundreds, if not thousands, of people on Twitter it’s impossible to keep them all straight. We have to pick and choose which blogs we read and which Tweets we respond to—all the while becoming friends.

It’s really a strange, unique way to build relationships.

It’s especially challenging because many have different Twitter names from their actual names. That can get very confusing and frustrating when you’re trying to put names and faces together. (Read here to consider changing that practice: http://snipurl.com/8mistakes.)

And then there’s this: I may be much more familiar with you, even to the extent that I know all about you—your families, your struggles, your dreams—and you may not know who I am AT ALL. That is really strange.

But, it goes with the territory.

So, rather than focus on how ‘weird’ it is, I’m choosing to embrace it, see the possibilities and opportunities within it, and accept it as a new way of connecting with people.

It’s still a little scary and definitely out of my comfort zone—I didn’t even know I had a zone for this—but very exciting at the same time.

So, here’s what I’d like to do: I want to find out who’s coming to Blissdom.

Whom do I know, semi-know or who is truly a complete stranger to me?

I think knowing this will help a bit. We’ll see.

Question: I’m coming to Bilssdom. Are you?

What’s your real name, twitter name and blog name?

Remind me if we ‘know’ each other or if you’re just a stranger  … i.e. a friend I haven’t made yet.

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17 Responses to “Who’s Coming to Blissdom?”

  1. Thanks, Courtney. I’ll be checking out your blog, too.

    I did enjoy Blissdom. I think what I loved the most was seeing so many talented and passionate women in one place. I hope you’ll be able to go. It’s a wonderful place to network – even for introverts. :-)

  2. I found out about Blissdom just a tiny bit too late. A friend of mine went and had a wonderful time. I wish I could’ve gone. I’m NOT an extrovert but can be friendly if I have to be…it always makes my stomach do flip flops though!! :) I hope you had a wonderful time! And I understand exactly what you’re saying about the strange world of blogging and twitter!!

    It keeps me connected to the outside world so I love it! lol :) I’m glad I found your blog tonight!!

  3. Gail,

    As a devout reader of your husband’s blog, I would have loved to have met you! I’ve attended every Blissdom, so I’m sure I’ll get a chance to meet you sometime soon.

    Blessings to you both.

    • I plan to attend Blissdom again next year – or is it this year? – anyway, I plan to go.

      I’d love to meet you then!!

  4. Gail,
    So glad I found you, just a bit late!:( I would have loved to attend Blissdom! I’m a novice blogger with a big heart to communicate. Like you, I am an extrovert, always open to making new friends and learning from others. Thank you for sharing and I hope to learn from you. Hope to make Blissdom next year.
    Joni

    • Hi Joni,

      Thanks for visiting. I hope you’re able to go to Bilssdom next year. It’s a fun place to meet fellow bloggers. There’s a lot to learn from those who’ve been doing it for a while.

      I, myself, have a lot to learn.

      BTW, you might enjoy reading this post that my husband (a very successful blogger) wrote for beginning bloggers: http://michaelhyatt.com/my-advice-to-beginning-bloggers.html

      All the best,
      Gail

  5. So Gail… where’s the follow-up post? I couldn’t make it to Blissdom this year, but hope you had an awesome time!! :)

    • Hi Lucretia,

      Well, I don’t think I’m going to do a follow-up post. :-(

      I’ve lost the moment, I think.

      I’m trying my best to get my circus posts up. I’ve hit major writer’s block!!

      Thanks for the encouragement, though.

      All the best.

  6. Hi Gail,
    I have always wanted to go to Blissdom, I am a BLOG-WannBe also, but just returned from Alaska!! Brrrrr…..

    I hear the weather is about the same in Nashville these days :)

    I look forward to reading about it on your BLOG.

    BTW…where do you get your cool photos?

  7. Oh, how I wish I could be there this year! But as much as I tried to get another day to fit into the week, it didn’t work. I depart for Romania on Saturday – so no Blissdom for me. I will be watching the Twitter stream, so everyone take great notes please!

    Yes, I’m now officially @RonneRock on Twitter (though I’ll miss @LoveWriteCook dearly). Thank you for the encouragement.

    And there are three blogs to choose from in my little world:

    http://christstumbler.blogspot.com A combination of stories and observations from my journey as a “Christ-stumbler.”
    http://wordpainters.com Stories from two chicks passionate about orphan care.
    http://365thousand.wordpress.com A little place for me to remind myself (and anyone else who cares to see) of small but sweet blessings. Food keeps popping up for some reason.

  8. I’ll be there. But, only for the evening activities due to lack of childcare.
    Name: Kristina Levy. Live in Franklin
    twitter name: @kristinalevy
    blog: http://www.mamasgonecrazy.wordpress.com

    I’m new to Blissdom and to blogging. So, I’m a bit intimidated as well. But, excited to! Hope to cross paths with you!!

    • Great, Kristina. I’m hoping that the impending snow “storm” won’t keep us from going. I hope we get a chance to meet up.

  9. Well that worked. Thanks for the link.

    I’ll be there. Molly Snyder would be the real name. @MollyinMinn is me on twitter. And my blog is The Snyder 5 (http://www.thesnyder5.com).

    And I am like you. An extrovert. But yes, the slight strangeness of events like this is enough to turn even us extroverts a bit on our heads.

    Hope to meet you there.

    • Glad you found your way here. Perhaps we’ll see each other tomorrow. I’m really watching the weather and hoping that the roads will be fine for travel.

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