I spent this past weekend nestled away in the woods with some fabulous women. I won a full sleeper pass to a new blogging conference called Gleek Retreat, which was amazingly put together by JodiMichelle.com and StaceySays.com. It was at the most perfectly relaxing, non-pretentious, laid back, PERFECT spot called Into The Woods Retreat, in Olive, MI. By the way…I want to live there. That bed was so comfy. And the food? Nom. Nom. It’s got the most gorgeous Azalea bush at the front door. It’s peaceful. And I didn’t think of my kids, hardly.
It was fab.
I got to hang out with a few old friends PLUS make some new ones. Which…that’s my favorite thing about blogging. I didn’t worry about what I was going to wear. I learned some valuable information from the awesomeness that spoke. I didn’t check my make-up the entire time I was there!! I laughed until my sides split open.
You should be jealous because you weren’t there. Yeah. It was that good. BlogHer should be emulating these ladies. They nailed it. It flowed. There was no lull in the momentum. If there were glitches, they covered them up beautifully.
I gotta admit, I went into this conference with little to no expectations. It was small. I hadn’t heard of the bloggers who were throwing it together, not that it should matter because there are so many bloggers out there that I’ve never heard of. But, I’m just being honest so hold your judgements. I just truly didn’t expect much. I figured it would be, well…not very professional. No clue why I would even think that, but I did.
I was completely blown away by how wrong I was and how wonderful it ended up being. I didn’t want to go home.
It was a really nice mix of women and a couple of men(they didn’t stay the night). The bloggers were mostly foodies and frugal, coupon blogs. I was the only personal blog there, from what I could tell, aside from Barefoot Foodie and Suburban Bliss…both of whom spoke.
I realized how tiny my blog is. Everything about it. I have the lowest stats of anyone I know. It sort of upset me. Because, for the life of me, I can’t figure out what I’m doing wrong. I tell it like it is. I think my voice is somewhat different than most blogs. *Shrugs* I dunno. And yes…I’m going to worry about it.
I’m going to be honest again. I want more readers for a couple of reasons. Ready? The obvious one is…I want to build my community…make more friends. There are millions of blogs out there. At least half of them should be hanging out with me, don’t ya think?
The other reason? Money. Sponsors. Is that bad? I don’t care. My blog should be making more money. I’m a pretty good writer AND because I need the cash. Yeah…I’m struggling financially. Also, it would be a really fricking good feeling to get paid because of my mad writing skills.
I’ll admit that I don’t visit as many blogs and leave comments as I should. I have about 100 or more blogs in my reader. So…I am reading. But, it’s just as important to comment. I’ll try harder.
I just don’t have the time like I used to when I first started blogging.
I’ve decided that this is going to be the last year I go to BlogHer. It’s too big and overwhelming, although…really fun. But I kind of realized that I like this type of conference WAY better. Smaller, more intimate. The sessions weren’t standing room only. It wasn’t sensory overload. It was wonderful!
So, as far as Gleek Retreat goes, watch out for when registration for 2011 begins. You don’t want to miss it.
I’ll meet ya there!