I was still pretty new to blogging in August last year. I heard about a cool conference called BlogPaws. BlogPaws is a conference for pet bloggers that brings you workshops and lectures on subjects that helps you be a better, more successful blogger.
Last year the conference was on the east coast. I wanted to go so bad but there was no way I could spend thousands of dollars to fly there from Seattle and put myself up in a hotel for the weekend. I watched from afar instead and learned about the details of the conference from my fellow pet bloggers that posted about it afterwards.
This year BlogPaws is being held in Salt Lake City, UT…which is way closer to Seattle! I am still on a budget but I decided we are going no matter what this year! This will be a grand adventure.
My car is a gas guzzling SUV. By my standards, it is a luxury to road trip in because I can bring a lot of stuff with me and sleep in it at rest stops. However, fuel efficiency trumps that so I am going to rent an economy car and drive there. I can picture is now screaming down the highway in a teeny, tiny car.
It is 13 hours to Salt Lake City from Seattle. I can’t take a lot of time off work so we will drive there the day before the conference. I drove by myself straight through from Las Vegas to Seattle once (which is 22 hours) so this will be a piece of cake.
The conference is at the Sheraton Hotel but we are going to camp for the weekend. Our home for the weekend will be a tent. I already made my reservations at the KOA campground. There is a shower at the KOA, and myself, Chester and Gretel are seasoned campers, so the accommodations will be affordable, fun and work just great (aka. I won’t show up to the conference smelly).
The only piece of the equation I don’t have yet is an actual ticket. I planned to get a ticket during the early bird pricing window but missed it. Now tickets are $50 more. Now I am procrastinating because I am lamenting about the price of the ticket and kicking myself for not buying one sooner.
Lucky for us, our friend Sugar the Golden Retriever is giving away a ticket to BlogPaws. There are a few things you have to do to enter to win. One of them is to write a blog post on what interests us most about the conference and how and/or what ways we will inform Sugar and his humans about the conference, since they can’t go to themselves.
The program for the conference hasn’t been published yet so we don’t know exactly what the workshops will be about. By the looks of the program for last year there will be talks on how to better reach your readers, how do define your niche and place in the pet blog world, how to increase your search engine ranking and how to use your blog to make a difference. I am interested in all of those things.
What I do know about the 2012 conference is that the keynote speaker is Betsy Saul, Petfinder.com‘s Co-Founder! I have heard great stories about how she started Petfinder and about her success. I also found Gretel on Petfinder so it is near and dear to my heart. I can’t wait to hear her speak!
At this point I am almost more excited about the adventure of going to BlogPaws than the actual conference itself (although I will be really excited about that as soon as I know what the workshops will be and I can start planning for which ones I will attend). As for how and/or what ways we will inform Sugar and his humans about the conference, this will be the super fun part I am talking about.
Since we are making a road trip out of this and camping we will be sending out Tweets and posting on Facebook about our travels the whole entire time. We love posting pictures whenever we can too. You will get to watch our progress and excitement grow as we get closer and closer to the conference.
You will also get real-time updates on what is happening at BlogPaws. I will post on Facebook and Tweet any super great little tidbits that I learn about during the workshops. I look forward to meeting a lot of my bloggy friends there too and you bet I will be sharing pictures of all the friends we see there!
When we get back we will post about our adventures on the way there, the conference and our adventures on the way back (we are hoping to fit in a hike to one of Utah’s highest mountains too). I will post at least once for each day so, at a minimum, you can look forward to 4 posts about our road trip and BlogPaws.
I am so excited about this adventure! It won’t trump me getting married in August but it will come in a close second. I sure hope we win that ticket from Sugar!