Bootcamp, but for Bloggers

On Monday, I posted some pictures from Bloggy Boot Camp. They were from the first night.  They were just a preview of what an amazing weekend it was about to become.

I started off Saturday morning, with a delicious breakfast. I didn’t sleep well the night before the “big” event.  I was sharing a room with Tiffany, and I actually had anxiety, because I was afraid she wouldn’t get up.  Yep, I’m a freak like that. Yes, the waffles were quite delightful.

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I then proceeded to run around like a crazy woman, the rest of the day.  You will understand if you were there. Because I as trying to get as many photos as possible.  I was going on the instinct of “missed photos”.  I always think about this after events.  I wish I would have gotten a photo with so-and-so, etc.  So since I’m crazy like that, I made sure that I got some great group photos.

What I loved about Bloggy Boot Camp was that I met new people. I made new friends.  I’m not shy at all and could probably talk to almost anyone and everyone.  That is one of my faults. I’m that annoying chick talking to you in the grocery store line about random stuff.

It was amazing to talk about things that I’m passionate about my blog, connecting to the community, photography, my awesome camera, headbands, and Utah (long story, but Utah came up a lot). I was able to grasp some one on one time with these amazing people (I say people because there were some men there too), and be able to show my experience, and also discuss my opinions.  I mean really, when was the last time that someone asked your opinion, and actually wanted it?

After hearing the speakers, (yes I did listen in between being the conference paparazzi,) I realized I was doing this blogging thing right.  I’m on WordPress, after two major crashes with Blogger last year.  Just talking about my blog going down before BlogHer gives me anxiety.  I utilize SEO; by tagging, naming my photos, linking back.  I comment. I participate in memes. I realized it is mostly about making the connections.  You HAVE to find your tribe, your people.  I hope that I have found my people, or have they found me? I always say that I’m an open door, come on in.  I appreciate the comments and e-mails.  I try to respond back in a timely manner, but work, parenting, life sometimes get in the way.  I DO NOT want to be a blog snob. Because really, I may have thousands of readers a month (really I don’t), but in the end, I’m “just a chick with a blog”.

There are literally hundreds of thousands of blogs out there.  I’m really happy that you landed on mine.  I appreciate it. I really do.  I think many people in this whole blogging thing need to realize that.

What I really came away with though, was to really find your passion. May your passion being photography, crafting, couponing, or even vlogging, use it, because that it where your best blogging will come from. Really, I tried to vlog this post, but I’m a freak, and couldn’t do it.

After spending some late nights with my Bloggy Boot Camp roommates, I realized that one of my BIG passions has been neglected lately.  I’ve always been a huge reader.  I think that’s why I love blogs, because I love to read.  I was always that little girl in the corner, just reading a book. Seriously, I’m pretty mellow and quite, usually.  I love to get immersed in a good book.  After these late night chats this past weekend with Tiffany, Heather, Lula, Jen, Angie, Fran, and Kathy, I want to read more. I NEED to read more. So if you see me blogging about books more, you will know why.

I’ve held off buying some kind of e-reader for a VERY long time. For at least two years, Angry Husband has wanted to buy me one.  I said, “No, I like old school books.” Then, I looked at our office and saw all of the books piling up.  I decided to take the plunge and I will be getting a new e-reader for Mother’s Day. Before I use it though, I need to finish all four of the books that I’ve currently in the midst of.

But really, enough of my rambling about passions, awesome people, and Bloggy Boot Camp.  I know you want to see more pictures.  People come to my blog for the pictures, I know.

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Kim from TomKat Studio and I. She is an amazing and talented party planner.

Arizona Desert Skyline

The skyline outside our hotel. It was quite beautiful.

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Loralee and Sugar Jones. I think this is my favorite picture from this past weekend.

Dinner with the Girls

Everyone at dinner Saturday night.

@SITSGirls, @jylmomIF, and @Childhood

Tiffany, Jyl and Kelly who decided to jump in the pool, in their clothes.

Help A Mother Out @ Bloggy Boot Camp, Phoenix

Diapers that were collected for Help A Mother Out. A great charity.

Oh, and if you are debating about going to a Bloggy Boot Camp, well hit that submit button and sign up.  You WILL NOT regret it. It is the right price, they are localized, and well, the organized, Tiffany, she is so PRETTY!

Here are the rest of the photos that I took at Bloggy Boot Camp.

This is the group pool for adding YOUR photos to Bloggy Boot Camp. Be sure to credit the original photographer.

26 comments
Aaron Greenwood
Aaron Greenwood

How great would that be if you came to yew-tah! Hop on a jetBlue flight [they are cheap, I used to work for them] the scenery is beautiful and the fabulous people are just the icing on the cake!

Aaron Greenwood
Aaron Greenwood

So Angry Julie...being that I live in Utah [also known as yew-tah] I am curious as to why Utah came up so much....you have to share :)

Victoria
Victoria

That looks super-fun. :)

Nicole AKA @cuteculturechic
Nicole AKA @cuteculturechic

I am still giggling over some of the conversations that we had at Bloggy Boot Camp. I also felt a little bit of validation that I was doing things right (SEO, WP, etc) I'm so glad I met you and can't wait to read through more of your blogging adventures.

Angela
Angela

I really wanted to go to that. I'm just now finally getting to the point in my life where I feel like I can (and SHOULD) go places without my family once in a while. Maybe I'll hit up the San Francisco one.

Francesca
Francesca

Before BBC, I thought, who is Angry Julie? Now, I am one of your biggest fans. If someone mentions Angry Julie, I immediately respond that I love her. And she is definitely not angry in the least. And she takes great photos. And she rocks the headband like none other. The list goes on and on. Can't wait to see you again in person in San Francisco. xo -Francesca

Nicole Carpenter
Nicole Carpenter

All those pictures turned out GREAT!! So bummed I didn't meet you at the bloggy bootcamp, but I have quite the memory of you practically doing the army crawl around the room in order get those pictures:) Anyways, I love your blog... and will find the Follow button on my way out!! Take care... xo PS- I had NO idea those girls jumped in the pool in their clothes!! LOL. I missed all the late-night fun!!! -Nicole

Andi
Andi

I am going to the San Francisco one and I cannot WAIT!

Kim - The TomKat Studio
Kim - The TomKat Studio

It was so nice meeting you, Julie! The conference was absolutely fantastic! The energy and ideas radiating from all of the talented women there was unbelievable! XOXO

Jayme
Jayme

You got a ton of amazing pictures! I think I came back from the BBC in Baltimore with one. Maybe two LOL I will do better in Philly!

Mona
Mona

I really want to go too! I need to make sure I have the funds for it since I just got back from The Bahamas, but am hoping to go sometime this year. As far as the e-readers go, I have The Nook, and I love it. My hubby got it for me for Christmas, and I am loving it!

Natalie
Natalie

I'm so glad I stumbled across your part of the bloggy world too. I love it here! And I'm also a reader. I've got GOBS of books stockpiled in my house. I've had to force myself to only keep the ones I'm emotionally attached to. My husband doesn't understand how I can be attached to a book, but whatever. I don't understand how he can watch college sports for 15 hrs straight.

KLZ
KLZ

Liz above referred me over to you. The post makes me think but also.... Have you read The Help? It is awesome. I really think it's an interesting read and I highly recommend it. I also think you should give The Linnet Bird a try. It looks boring...the description do not do it justice. Everyone I've recommended it to has loved it. So, that's what I've got to say about that.

SITSGirls
SITSGirls

Okay this post rocks- I love that you came away wanting to read more- well, you came to the right room! And, I am a loser, stole all your pictures for HAMO and did not credit you. I will go try to change that now..... You were such an incredible help and I could NEVER accurately portray how much I appreciate your photography talent, your willingness to do it and how much I value our friendship. And Utah. Amen.

liz
liz

This is a great post! And I think I just recently found my tribe.

Jessica @ Mommy's Sippy Cup
Jessica @ Mommy's Sippy Cup

Looks like so much fun! I am planning on going in October to the one in Austin and I am soooooo looking forward to it!!

Loralee
Loralee

You realize this means you need to actually GET YOUR BUTT TO UTAH, right? ;P

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I have many friends from Yew-Tah (Utah). It is kinda funny. Everyone keeps trying to get me to come and visit. They all just need to chip in and buy me a ticket.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

It was FABULOUS to meet you too. I'm sorry about the bathing suit pictures. Remember you posed for them. Love all of the conversations in the jacuzzi.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Sometimes, you need to run away from the family. I'm just sayin.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Awww I love me some Fran!!! xoxoxo back at ya!

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Yes, perhaps, I was army crawling around on the floor to get some photos. Thanks for stopping by.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I love love loved meeting you!!! Your site is totally bookmarked now!! xo

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

I fall in love with the characters in my books. I can actually visualize things if they are written right.

Angry Julie
Angry Julie

Ahhh I will have to thank Liz. I have heard good things about The Help. I have a list a mile long. Thank you for the recommendations.