Over the weekend, I attended the Show Me the Blog Social Media and Blogging Conference held in St. Louis. The fact that this is my second Show Me the Blog Conference is a huge accomplishment for me, as at the time of last year’s conference I had only been blogging for only one(yes one) month! Everything was so new and overwhelming to me, I was not sure if I was going to make it through the conference at all!
In fact, I was SO panicked that I wrote a post about it – >>check it out here<<
Anyways, this year’s Show Me the Blog conference was held at the Regional Arts Commission. Topics such as Freelancing for Sites and publications, Social Media Measurement, Podcasting and more were covered during the course of two days by a host of top-notch presenters:
Linda Doty did an excellent job discussing blogging for a global audience
Kitty Bradshaw and her awesome presentation on working with brands
There was also a special presentation and demo form the Midwest Dairy Council
In addition to having a better understanding of the covered topics, a year later I also realize that although doing anything for the first time can be extremely nerve-wrecking, it does indeed get better. I noticed right away that, unlike last year when I was too afraid to even get out of my seat both days, this year I was not only more comfortable, but I was also more confident and outgoing. The shift resulted in many great connections (and re-connections) with some very wonderful people!
Lamar Tyler of BlackandMarriedwithKids.com
Janice Person of JanicePerson.com
Tony Scott of Clear Channel radio station kmjm Majic 104.9 / The Tony Scott Show
Terrance Gaines of BrothaTech.com and Kesha Brown of UncommonChick.com
Something else that made this year’s conference better for me was that I remembered the missteps I made while attending last year, and took measures to avoid a repeat performance!
I wrote a post about that too last year, and you can find out some things to avoid when attending conferences – >>read the post here<<
The Show Me the Blog conference was absolutely great! I must give a huge shout-out of congratulations to the Founder and Coordinator, Danyelle Little, for an amazing job! I learned a wealth of information that I definitely plan to put into use with my blog.
I am already looking forward to next year!
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Makeba, it’s great to read about your growth from last year to this year. It was fabulous meeting you, and I look forward to seeing you next year.
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Greetings Marcie! I was so wonderful to meet you too! Here’s to seeing each other again at next year’s conference sharing even more growth for us both! ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me!
What a difference a year makes! Good for you.
Greetings Emelia! Thank you so much! I appreciate you sharing here with me!
GREAT conference. I learned a lot and made great connections. I’m still fired up!
Greetings Tony! It was great to see you again at the conference–truly a weekend filled with lots of good information and networking! ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me!
So great finally meeting you! And nice to be included in the post! I so know what you are saying on stepping out of our comfort zone. Last year I had lived in St. Louis for a few weeks and decided to go on Saturday. I was much more reserved than normal, but luckily I met several people who I was able to connect with! Glad we’ve made that connection too finally!
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Greetings Janice! It was so great to finally meet you too! I truly hope that we cross paths again before next year’s conference! ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me! (p.s.: I love our photo! )
Great post! I read this one and your first conference post. I have yet to attend my first blogging conference and I look forward to the experience in the near future hopefully. Now that you’re a seasoned vet, you can pass some of your conference wisdom on to me
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Greetings Marc! Believe me when I tell you that I am SO very far from being anywhere near a veteran!! I’m still in the ‘baby’ stages of learning myself. However, I can say that the founder of this conference is a great wealth of information and wisdom indeed! ~Thank you so very much for sharing here with me!
Very good and accurate recap. Great pictures too. You definitely captured the moment. From what I see, you’ve come a long way since last year’s. Look at you al smiling and taking pictures. Looking good. Thanks for this recap.
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Greetings Val! Thanks so much — I truly appreciate that! Thank you for sharing here with me!
This was a really nice article. It shows that some conferences are worth attending year after year. I am glad you got so much from this one!
Greetings Janeane! Thanks so much! Show Me the Blog is a really great conference! It’s held around the third weekend in October every year. I’m already excited about what’s to come next year! ~Thank you so much for sharing here with me!