I told you about the trip down and our first day at BlogPaws.
Since this newbie learned some important lessons the first day, I felt like the second day of the conference went smoother.
I took Chester to daycare right after breakfast and left him the whole day.
I packed lighter the second day. Little did I know that there would be a heck of a lot more stuff to pick up from vendors the second day. I ended up carrying my regular bag (which suddenly didn’t feel as light as I thought it was) and two shopping bags full of stuff around all day. Oof!
The highlight of the day was hearing Lena West, the founder of Influence and Expansion, speak. I heard a couple of people didn’t like her radical honesty and how up-front she was about what was stopping each and every one of us from earning money on our blog. She was just my style though. I love honest people who tell it like it is and the things she said inspired me and really made me think.
I was so inspired that skipped out on the SEO 201 session to see Lena give one lucky blogger’s site a critique and makeover. She wasn’t looking to monetize her blog but some of the tips Lena gave her were applicable to everybody.
I said I skipped out on the SEO 201 workshop right? Well, I kind of feel like I got part of it. The presentation was in the room next to us and Dino was yelling so loud that I could hear him clearly when Lena took a breath. Sometimes it was even hard to hear her over him. I managed to catch a couple of things he was saying so I guess you could say I got a 2 for 1. ha!
Between the 15-hour drive down, all the socializing and learning and the heat, we were exhausted and ready to hit the road Saturday after the main sessions were done. We didn’t stick around for the evening reception and the Wet Noses awards but we did manage to meet up with our pals from Roxy the Traveling Dog and Snoopy’s Dog Blog again for some photos.
We left and headed to Twin Falls, Idaho for the night. We stayed in the Motel 6, which is pet friendly and doesn’t require a pet deposit.
Getting a head start on the drive made the trip back less grueling. That last, final push took a little over 12 hours and we got back when it was still light.
I was tired and grumbling that I was too old to drive 30 hours in two days (and sit 2 days in between at a conference). Not two days later I was already dreaming of a road trip to dog-friendly Carmel, CA and Jackson Hole, WY to visit some of my bloggy friends. Ha, ha.
I also caught the conference bug over the weekend. By the end of the week I had figured out a way to attend the Barkworld social media conference and already booked a flight and hotel.
)Note: I booked a hotel room with two twin beds at the venue. If you are going to Barkworld and might be interested in sharing a room, shoot me an email.)
The day after I got back I started sorting through the stuff we got from the vendors at the conference. We came back with a lot! Don’t forget to enter our giveaway for a Bret Michael’s for Petsmart Pets Rock Tattoo Hoodie and keep your eye out for future giveaways and reviews from us.