A tribe, a kinship, a social group

I will be attending my second Blissdom Conference at the end of this month.  This will be my eighth blogging conference.  I even created my own verb to represent last year, “conferencing”.  I love connecting with all of the bloggers that I’ve met through various social networks.

The FourfectaPhoto by Jill @ScaryMommyJill, Me, Cara, and Cyn representing at BlogHer10′ in NYC.

In addition to attending Blissdom11′, I will be one of the Official Conference Photographers, and the Newcomer or Newbie Tribe Leader.  As an Official Photographer, I will be sure to get your best smiles, and maybe even some bloopers.  I have photographed three conferences and a party in the past year, so I’ve found the best way to get photos in candidly.  You never know when you will want or need that photo of you and your blog hero for the future post, or even recap post. So if you are attending Blissdom, be sure to find me and my camera. If you know anything about cameras, or if you are a camera snob, you should know, I shoot Nikon, and yes, that is my real camera strap.

The "Angry Julie" camera set-up

Amongst my wandering, chatting, and photo snapping,  I will be mentoring and guiding the Newcomers, or Conference Newbies, or Blissdom Newbies.  My first rule is “don’t take yourself too serious”.  We are all bloggers, and we may be more successful than some, or even just beginning.  We all have our own history, and our own background.  Just because you are talking to “another mommy blogger”, you may not realize that this woman is an attorney, or maybe holds an MBA.  My friend, Tamara of The {Un}Experienced Mom and Blog Conference Newbie was supposed to be the Newbie Tribe Leader, before she found out that she was moving right around the conference. Tamara and I met at Blissdom last year, after a session and instantly bonded over some of my “Julie-isms” and thoughts over things.  We also like to rock a headband. And Tamara is a smart cookie, in her day job.  I hope that I can fill Tamara’s shoes with all my wisdom and humor.

I thought I would share my Blissdom Recap Posts from last year, so you can get a little taste of what I saw at Blissdom10′.

A View of the Opryland Hotel in Nashville

Hanging with Harry Connick Jr.

Nashville’s Newest Stars

Overwhelmed with Love

Wordless Wednesday: Blissdom Bloggers

So as the Newcomer Coordinator, I thought I would provide some useful links.  Some of these suggestions and tips may be mine, and the rest, well, they are from my rad followers and friends on The Twitter.

Attending A Blog Conference: Tips & Advice {Blogging Basics 101}

Blog Conference “Essentials Not to Forget” Checklist. {Blog Conference Newbie}

Blog Conference Travel and Packing Tips {AngryJulie on Blog Conference Newbie}

Business Cards for Blog Conferences. {Blog Conference Newbie}

Dadvatar: The Blissdom Chronicles {Busy Dad}

Do You Have an “Elevator Introduction” Ready? {Blog Conference Newbie}

Fashion Friday: What to Wear to Blissdom, Revisted {Musings of a Housewife}

How To Prepare For and What To Expect at BlogHer {MomSpark}

Know What To Wear To Blog Conferences {LA Stylist Mom on Blog Conference Newbie}

Laptops at a Conference: Yes or No. {Blog Conference Newbie}

Post-Conference Blues {MomSpark}

Profile Photo. {Angry Julie}

Things About Blissdom {Mom Tried It}

Why is Twitter Helpful for Preparing for Blog Conferences {Blog Conference Newbie}

So now as the Newbie Tribe Coordinator, I thought I would set up a little space for everyone to find each other and see who’s coming/going to Blissdom. If you are newbie, you can put {newbie} behind your name, or experienced, you can put {Blissdom09′, Blissdom10′}, and if you are also following a certain Niche Tribe, you can put your niche {Photography}.

Come on now, don’t be shy, link up with your blog or site name!

19 comments
Wendi FenixLights
Wendi FenixLights

Hey, thanks for such a awesome website. Where else somebody get that kind of infos thank you for that article I found your site on Google, and I have been look out for such things about these. I think i will come back to visit your website. Cheerz

Craig
Craig

I forgot to put newbie next to me in my linky - sorry. Thank you for stepping in and being a leader for us newbies. I only have one complaint. I know you are trying to lure Danielle Smith back to Southern California - but I think we need her sunshine in Missouri. Just sayin'

Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog
Tracey - JustAnotherMommyBlog

Sigh... no. I can't afford many conferences. I am scrounging together the change for the cash to get to BlogHer this year. Are you going again? I notice that I'm not in that picture up top, even though I wore a bag on my head with you. Whatever. FINE. ;)

Carabee
Carabee

Waaaa! I so wish I was going! Can't wait to see your photos! Have an appletini for me, will ya? Have fun!

Mike
Mike

I put my link because I wish I was going.

Julie
Julie

As a fairly new blogger, and still quite honestly at times overwhelmed by all the intricacies of the blogging world, I love that you say to not take yourself too seriously. Ultimately I put my heart into my blog http://blogs.inlandempirefamily.com/author/skinnyjeansmom/ because I love doing it and I hope that people love it in return. Thanks for all the useful info, from one Julie to another. =)

MandyB
MandyB

I am attending Blissdom for the first time this year and I am nervous! Thank you so much for providing this information and link up. It is really helpful.

Elaine
Elaine

This is awesome, thanks! Looking forward to meeting you in a couple of weeks! :)

Shell
Shell

Um, and now it's working fine.

Shell
Shell

Thanks for all the links. I'm a Blissdom Newbie. Trying to link up, but the linky is hating on me right now.

Missy @ Wonder, Friend
Missy @ Wonder, Friend

I'm a Blissdom Newbie and cannot wait to meet you! I know I don't comment often (one of my goals: be a better commenter), but I read (stalk?) your blog often. I'm excited to connect with you live and in person. :) Thanks for putting all of this info together - it's going to be my nighttime reading tonight.

erin margolin
erin margolin

I am so excited and nervous about Blissdom! I'm a newbie and although I know a few people, I tend to be shy, especially in large groups. I am grateful for this post and all the links you've included---you are wonderful! ;-) Hope I get to meet you in 2 weeks! Erin @ The Mother Load @erinlynn76 http://abbyandizzysmom.blogspot.com

By Word of Mouth Musings
By Word of Mouth Musings

Such a newbie that I forgot to actually type in 'newbie' So excited to be going to a conference to meet real live bloggers - and hope that they consider me cool enough to join a tribe! Or at least tolerate me for a few days :)

Natalie
Natalie

So fun! Wish I was going...off to tweet this!

BusyDad
BusyDad

That is the coolest camera strap I will ever see in my life!! Also, what you said is so true... meeting people you've previously only known as "bloggers" opens up so much. When you meet them as people and discover the person (their job, their talents, their personality) behind the blogger, 99 times out of 100, they end up so much cooler than you ever imagined.

T
T

man... with only two conferences under my belt I'm feeling like I'm WAY behind the times... and not going to blissdom - it gets worse all the time :(

Mique
Mique

Totally worth the wait. Mwuah!

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