Bloggy Boot Camp by SITS.
To those not in the blog-o-sphere, you might be wondering, “Is this the latest exercise class offered at The Y?”
Not even close, unless you count strengthening your writer’s mind while networking your butt off, as exercises.
Boston. Me. Friends. Writers. Bloggers. Speakers. SITS.
Here are my ten takeaways from a wonderful weekend away with a group of one hundred twenty-five creative writers and several awesomely engaged sponsors:
1. It’s wonderful to reunite with old college friends.
Especially old college friends you haven’t seen in over thirteen years, only to realize that your interests are even more closely knit than they were when you hung out daily on campus.
2. Maybe be both comfy and fashionable.
Despite what what was said during the #BBCBos Twitter Feed (“It doesn’t matter what you wear!” and “I’ll be super casual—don’t worry.”), attendees DID put lots of thought into what they wore.
I’m not trying to say everyone dressed like prom night, but there were definite thought-out outfits on people that included dresses, skirts and rockin’ shoes, many of which I saw contained more than a little heel!
They were fine, but they better be paired with a cute top and some fab heels.
Smile because other attendees will actually want to talk to you, and smile because your picture will be snapped constantly and thrown up on the web faster than you can blink.
(See number 2—this is why putting thought into your outfits is critical.)
Point in case?
Modchik Lindsey (who took the photograph below) and mom-awesome Amanda (photographer, blogger and former What Not To Wear profile), were in attendance … and snapping away, cataloging what everyone wore, and capturing lots of smiles.
If you were smiling, that is.
4. Find the good food.
Had I not attended, I would never have realized my new favorite food flavor combination: Lemon and Pizza.
I blame this on Roo, one of my new blogger friends who shared dinner with me and a few others last Friday.
Sounds odd, I know, but you must try it the next time you order pizza!
5. Some hotels actually provide black towels for makeup removal.
(No, really.) They work especially well if you notice them before you use the white towels to remove makeup.
6. Make sure to step outside the conference venue.
Despite not being in the heart of downtown Boston, the Seaport Hotel still offered some amazing views, as well as several restaurants within walking distance.
Our choice on Saturday night?
The Barking Crab – where you can pay $289 and get a ten pound lobster platter.
By the way, if I had a dollar for every time someone has told me, “Hey. Crabs don’t bark,” I’d be rich. Filthy rich.
7. Don’t forget the drinks.
Speaking of The Barking Crab, they didn’t just serve ten pound lobsters.
They also served ten gallon margaritas and other frou-frou drinks.
Being the “I’ll just have a glass of wine” lightweight drinker that I am these days, I was completely impressed by a fellow blogger (who shall not be named—you shoulda been there), when she downed this goblet as though it were fruit punch.
Seriously. Maybe it was just fruit punch.
Mirassou sponsors the entire Bloggy Boot Camp tour. Yes, they do.
You know what that means?
Wine with dinner. Wine at the cocktail reception. Wine with lunch. Wine during the afternoon sessions.
It’s a wonder we were all sober!
Ahhh, but they were smart.
Wine tastings are what we had, and half glasses of wine are far easier to tolerate for those of us with lower libation tolerance levels.
9. Thank goodness I flew Southwest since I left with lots of swag.
Swag that included included eight tubes of sponsor Arm & Hammer’s toothpaste.
Why Southwest? Because I was able to check my bag for free and keep all my toothpaste loot!
Food for thought people.
10. Despite being a foodie blogger, I fit right in.
Not because the room was filled with other food bloggers (there were a few!), but more so because the content of writing really wasn’t discussed.
At ALL. In a good way.
This actually just occurred to me last night, which brings me to perhaps the best revelation!
11. The main focuses of Bloggy Boot Camp included helping us figure a few things out.
How to be different by standing out in a sea of common themes.
How to be found in a vast sea of online content.
How to remain true to yourself.
And that, my friends, is my first round of BBC wrap-up.