Celebrating SITS Day

My very first blogging conference was Bloggy Bootcamp in San Francisco in August 2010. I say that with authority, like I’ve been to a ton of conferences, but in reality, I have only been two, but maybe attending blog conferences is like losing one’s virginity and the first time is extra special. Wow. Got off track there.

I really enjoyed Bloggy Bootcamp and learned a lot. I also learned I needed to hone my social skills before attempting another conference. The setting was intimate and the view from the tip-top of a hotel in San Francisco’s union square was spectacular. One of my favorite things about the conference set up was the way seating is assigned and tables are switched between each presenter. I wish I had taken better advantage of it then.I sort of know how to network now.

I know so much more now and am a lot more confident, with myself, my blog and (maybe) my social skills. And that is why I am writing this post. SITS has a contest running where Bloggy Bootcamp alumni can write a post and be entered to win a trip to the 2012 Bloggy Bootcamp of their choice. Not just a ticket, the whole trip – amazingly generous. If you went to BBC and want to enter, hurry, I procrastinated and the contest ends today (3/14).

The 2012 dates and locations are St Louis (4/21), Philadelphia (5/19), Dallas (9/15), Las Vegas (10/13). I don’t even know how I would choose. I always recommend Bloggy Bootcamp to friends and think it is an amazing first conference experience and a great resource for blogging veterans.

The contest rules stipulate that we should state why we want to go back – quite simply: I want a do over. I know so much more now.

I also know to take more pictures. This is seriously the only picture I have from BBC with people in it, which is simultaneously awful and hilarious.

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2 Responses to “Celebrating SITS Day”

  1. Mindi says:

    Good luck with the contest. I hope you get picked. I’ll be going to my first conference BBC in Philly and am a bit nervous. I’m horrible with mingling and making nt small talk…it makes my heart race just thinking about it. BUT I really want to experience BBC after hearing so many great things about it. I think I can learn a ton there and make some great connections.

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    Amy Reply:

    It really can be an amazing experience. My biggest piece of advice would be to start connecting now with people going, either via twitter or facebook. I “knew” a few people going in and it made things quite a bit easier.

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