House Bloggers & BlissDom: The Scoop

by hookedonhouses on February 8, 2010

Gaylord Hotel

If you follow me on Facebook, then you know I’ve been in Nashville for four days at the BlissDom Blogging Conference, rubbing elbows with 500 other women bloggers who drove and flew in from all over. We stayed at the ginormous Gaylord Opryland Hotel, which is like a city under glass. Rhoda and Kate both posted some fabulous photos of it if you want to see more.

Harry Connick Jr

Besides the great digs, the Harry Connick, Jr. concert was definitely a highlight. We got our photos taken with him backstage, but I haven’t been able to track them down. (If you see me with Harry somewhere on the Internet, please let me know!)

Blissdom-pub night 3

Here are some of the beautiful bloggers I had a chance to hang out with: Rhoda, Kimba, Kristen, Kate, and Jessica (above). Emily, Emily, Lindsay, and Kimba (below).

Blissdom-pub night 1

Here I am with Melissa and Nester, whose real name is Ermintrude–don’t tell! (*kidding*)

Blissdom-pub night 2

Outside the Fuse nightclub, waiting for Harry to serenade us–J.J., Emily, Amy, and Lindsay:

Fuse nightclub

I took lots of photos, but my camera was apparently on the wrong setting and the rest of them turned out fuzzy. Can you believe that? Just my luck.

Here we are inside the nightclub–Sarah, me, Kaley, Beckie, and Rhoda:

nightclub 2

I’ve been trying to decide how honest to be about the weekend and have rewritten this paragraph about 100 times. All the other posts I’ve seen about BlissDom have been upbeat, happy-happy, everything was wonderful, etc. But I’ll admit I had mixed emotions about my experience.

It was a lot of fun. But I also came home feeling kind of sad and frustrated. Sad because I was feeling “stung” by some things that happened and frustrated that I didn’t learn more in the sessions.

I think I’ll leave it at that. I want to focus on the positive! I’m glad I went because of the wonderful new friends I made, and if I go back again next year it’ll be to see them again. There are truly some amazing women in the blogosphere, and it was a privilege to meet them!

Here are a few more of them: (me), Sarah, AnNicole, Beckie, Melissa, Kimm, Kimba, Sandy, Rhoda, Layla, and Kate.

outside Fuse

Were you at BlissDom? What was your experience like?

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Sweetie Berry February 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Your pics are beautiful. I loved so many parts of Blissdom, but also was let down by some of the experience (ahhh nothing is perfect! ) While the social aspect was amazing, the content scope and sequence was lacking for the multiple level of bloggers in the conference offerings. Places to grow…but overall a great time!
.-= Sweetie Berry´s last blog ..Finding My Own Path… =-.

Sandy February 8, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Hey, just came over from Twitter. Great recap! Connection for me this year, more than learning about blogging. So nice to meet you, too! :)
.-= Sandy´s last blog ..Look for Easy Recipes: Get your kids in the Kitchen! =-.

living with lindsay February 8, 2010 at 10:26 pm

I agree with your recap. I wish I would have learned more in the sessions, but it was the social aspect that really made the weekend for me. It makes me sad that you are sad, though. :( You are such a joy and it was such a wonderful highlight of the weekend to meet you. This is where I’d sing “you light up my life” if I didn’t have the worst voice on the planet.
.-= living with lindsay´s last blog ..Unique DIY Valentine’s Day Favors =-.

Muthering Heights February 8, 2010 at 10:33 pm

It was so nice to meet you this weekend!!! You are so sweet in person. :)

I also tend to feel a bit exasperated after a conference…but I’m glad that there were many positive aspects for you as well! :)
.-= Muthering Heights´s last blog ..Are You, Or Aren’t You? =-.

Kimm at Reinvented February 8, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Hi Julia! I’m sad that you’re sad, my friend. There was quite a variety in the quality of the sessions, I agree, but the “hanging out” part was the best! I hope you’re feeling better with the perspective that only home can provide. It was SUCH a pleasure meeting you! I’d go ahead and sing with Lindsay, but that would be doubly horrifying. :) (no offense, Lindsay:))
Have a great week.
.-= Kimm at Reinvented´s last blog ..Blissdom 2010—Words Elude Me =-.

Carrie Isaac February 8, 2010 at 11:12 pm

So nice to meet you, Julia! I was similarly disappointed that I didn’t learn more. What I did learn was to network with bloggers more online before the event so that I know who to talk to and what I want to ask them when I’m IRL!
.-= Carrie Isaac´s last blog ..Want to win a $50 Safeway gift card? =-.

Kaley @ Cha-Ching on a Shoestring February 8, 2010 at 11:13 pm

Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts about the conference, Julia! I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to say. I had a few disappointments as well. But so glad that I got to meet you! The people that I met were definitely the highlight for me.
.-= Kaley @ Cha-Ching on a Shoestring´s last blog ..Target: Possible Target Quaker Easy Express Moneymaker =-.

Tina February 8, 2010 at 11:20 pm

The Gaylord Hotels are the best. We stood in a suite and they are the bomb. Thanks for sharing.

the BLAH BLAH BLAHger February 8, 2010 at 11:36 pm

Hey Julia, great post and fun pics! I TOTALLY agree with you that the main benefit of the weekend was the connecting and social aspects. A highlight for me was meeting you!!!

As for the frustration and sadness, I feel ya. I feel like since I got there late I missed out on some networking opportunities and some of the fun… BUT, I’m so thankful that I can now count some online friendships as real life friendships, too!!!

XOXO!

PS – I love that pic you took out in front of Fuse and I’m going to borrow it for my site!
.-= the BLAH BLAH BLAHger´s last blog ..BlissDom: A Recap =-.

BeachBrights February 9, 2010 at 12:03 am

I would love to chat with you privately sometime. I have purposely not blogged or spoken about my time at Blissdom. In fact, when it was all over, I actually spent the night crying to my husband (he went with me and hung out in the town with my son). I have so many mixed emotions. Thanks for opening the door and giving me validation for my feelings. I have been reading so many upbeat post, I thought it was all me.

Have I told you how much I respect you (& totally LUV you)? I think you are a class act.

XOXO
.-= BeachBrights´s last blog ..My Valentine Idea via other Smart Women =-.

Victoria @ DesignTies February 9, 2010 at 12:42 am

I’m sorry to hear that the conference wasn’t all that you’d hoped. The networking and socializing opportunities were definitely a bonus!! Kelly and I often feel a disconnect from other bloggers, confounded by the fact that we both live on other sides of the country(!!) – I can totally see the appeal of connecting with other bloggers in a setting like this!

We’d love to see you over at DesignTies, Julia… we’re having a Valentine’s giveaway that you should enter!! In fact, feel free to spread the word… the jewellrey we’re giving away is worth the shout-out!!

Victoria
.-= Victoria @ DesignTies´s last blog ..Giveaway that guarantees you’ll get jewellery for Valentine’s Day! =-.

Vanessa February 9, 2010 at 1:03 am

I must admit I went from blog to blog reading about Blissdom so that I could put faces with some of the blogs I read. It looked like you were having a great time in all of the photos I saw. Sorry to hear you are sad but it sounds like others left with the same feeling too so you are not alone.
.-= Vanessa´s last blog ..My Favourite Girl’s Bedroom Makeover =-.

Beth@The Stories of A2Z February 9, 2010 at 1:07 am

Well, as you know I wasn’t there so I missed out on the wonderful opportunity to meet you :(! And although I’m not sure what happened that left you feeling stung, I can only imagine that when you get that many powerful female bloggers together in one room….it might just feel like high school all over again. I’m projecting here, but I’m a counselor so I’m allowed to utilize freudian defense mechanisms :). I also sense that although many of the “who’s who” in home blogging was present at Blissdom, out of 500 women that number is still rather small. With a more heterogenous group, sessions would have to be more general and perhaps less helpful? All the more reason we need our own conference!!! Home Creators Conference 2011! Oh, I would so, so love to pull off my grand plan, but alas…I am small beans and lack the resources. I still think it’s a fabulous idea though.
.-= Beth@The Stories of A2Z´s last blog ..I Dare You: Get Your Face On Party 2/17! =-.

Lesley @ TheDesignFile February 9, 2010 at 1:28 am

I didn’t attend Blissdom and have been reading about it all over. You’re the first I’ve read to feel disappointed but clearly from the comments here you are not the only one. It’s actually very interesting because I’ve been feeling that I really missed something not going. It seemed like it was such an unbelievable experience. I’d be interested in hearing more about it.
.-= Lesley @ TheDesignFile´s last blog ..Etsy pick: Wooden treasures for your home =-.

Twice Remembered February 9, 2010 at 1:33 am

Hi Julia – I can’t tell you what a pleasure and honor it was to meet you on Thursday night. You’re a real, live beautiful person! I so wish I could have gotten to know you better but I’m thrilled to have been in your company if only for a short time! By nature, in social settings I usually feel like a weird, freak of nature third wheel, so while I really, really want to go to Blissdom next year, I worry about hoofing it the whole time alone, lol! Any private advice would be most appreciated!

Shannon February 9, 2010 at 1:34 am

It sounds like a great time minus the bad. Even though I didn’t attend, I can imagine what you are feeling. It seems like to me that blogs are divided into two groups, those that popular and those that are not. Although we may blog for different reasons, some it is their career, others it is a hobby, we all do it to connect to other people.

I read one presenter was speaking about blogging with the stars or something like that. I believe her main point was that to be a “popular” blog you have to be an outstanding writer. I have to disagree. Although many of my favorite bloggers are extremely talented writers, what draws me to a blog is my ability to relate to the writer and do they seem sincere.

More than once I have stumbled across a blog, fell instantly in love with the author, only to be disappointed weeks later. To my dismay, each post begins to feel scripted, with only one goal in mind; popularity.

Of course, present company is excluded. Julia you are a wonderful writer with a truly sincere blog. I fell in love with your blog the first time I read it and haven’t thought twice.

le@whoopwhoop February 9, 2010 at 1:44 am

Hello Julia … no doubt living in Australia will mean I probably will never get to attend such events … and from whoop whoop even places in Australia are far away … but you know what, in my experience it is a rare professional developement activity (like this was) that leaves you 100% satisfied … it is always the networking that comes up trumps for me, forget the sessions I say and make the connections .. something you certainly did do, best to you matey le
.-= le@whoopwhoop´s last blog ..Flutterbyes We Love =-.

Kate at Centsational Girl February 9, 2010 at 1:48 am

Okay, I’m totally going to sing now, since Lindsay and Kimm won’t.
“You…… light up my life…. you give me hope….. to carry on….. you light up my day…..”

I’m not sure those are the words. Anyhoo.

I was quite disappointed with the content on Friday (you’ll notice I never mentioned the conference content in my post….) Saturday was a bit better, and I did take home some nuggets of information. I do think the whole thing was way to pricey for what was delivered. Except for Harry, that was cool. What you wrote about last year was the best condensed advice to date !

I’m sorry you left saddened or stung in any way. I thoroughly enjoyed your company and I think you are absolutely delightful in every way. I will always be an avid follower of your blog, and when you get famous on your book tour, I’ll sigh at the TV screen and say, “I knew that girl… she’s just the best.” Big hugs my friend, until we meet (in person) again.
.-= Kate at Centsational Girl´s last blog ..I’m Listening =-.

julienne February 9, 2010 at 5:19 am

Hi I live in Australia but we do have these types of convention here…they cost a fortune even if your company is paying…they have funny, famous, clever speakers and I have always walked away missing the point. BUT I have always loved the networking, socialising and problem-solving that goes on behind the official wall….Do you suppose if a group of bloggers with similar blogs got together to meet somewhere, no speakers, no entertainers, no expensive dinners. Just lots of coffee, cakes and personal whinge sessions, pats on the back, and this is how I do this… chats we might all go away feeling we had really, really, really achieved something?

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish February 9, 2010 at 6:36 am

Julia – it was SOOO great to meet you in person and I would chime in and sing with Kate, but I think I am with Lindsay and Kimm! Meeting and networking with everyone was the highlight for me and I learned more from our individual chit chats than I did in some of the sessions.

I think their were two problems with the content that left me overwhelmed and confused. First, the majority of the content seemed to be geared towards someone in the middle of the blogging learning curve – whereas I am at the wee little beginnings and a lot of the other people there were much more advanced and needed more. The other problem is that because they presented it as a panel, it seemed less structured and jumpy. A lot of what I saw on Saturday was opinions – “I think this is the right way” followed by “Nope not the right way – this is”. As someone just getting started out, I felt like a tennis ball that was beat across several nets repeatedly. I haven’t gone back to review my notes yet because I want my brain to settle down first.

Hugs!
.-= Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish´s last blog ..Blissdom Round Up: The People =-.

pattie and allie February 9, 2010 at 7:06 am

Julia, we’re pretty new to this blogging thing, but we’re learning a LOT and having fun, to boot. I’ve been saying all week that I wish we could have gone to Blissdom, but interestingly enough I was also feeling like “who would I talk to?” Like a few others have mentioned, we follow the blogs of those we feel a connection with and it’s unfortunate if “popularity” becomes an issue in Blogland. Allie is only 16 (next week!) and even she commented that it seems rather high-schoolish. Everyone we’ve “met” so far has been helpful and wonderful. We’d rather just focus on having fun and forming friendships. And I LOVE your blog and am finding great new ones every day!
.-= pattie and allie´s last blog ..Hay, Straw and Vicenza =-.

Richella at Imparting Grace February 9, 2010 at 8:33 am

Julia, I would give my eyeteeth to meet you in person. Meeting you was one reason I really wanted to go to BlissDom. From reading the comments here, I’d say that many women found that meeting you was a real highlight.

I think you are courageous to say that you left the conference feeling a little sad. It startles me to think that anything that was said there could have left you feeling stung. But then again, whenever there’s a big group of women, that can happen. Even the most delightful woman there can suffer at the hands of another. I just hate that this happened to you.

Mostly I hate that you’re thinking “IF I go to BlissDom 2011. . .” For if I go, meeting you would be one of my top priorities.

Meanwhile, thank you for being honest. You’re really something special, did you know?

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions February 9, 2010 at 9:10 am

I hope the good outweighed the bad, Julia {given that you’ve said you’d consider going next year}. I guess certain things are to be expected and as Beth said, those “high school cliques” can come into play even when we are adults {I’m just guessing here}. I think if I were to go it would be just to meet my fellow bloggers. I’ve loved seeing everyone’s pictures of the bloggers together.

Stephanie February 9, 2010 at 9:19 am

I wasn’t there…but i love Harry Connick Jr.
I would have loved to meet all you girls…it looks like it was a blast!
.-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Unique gifts for the person or couple who has got it all … =-.

Becky @ Farmgirl Paints February 9, 2010 at 9:30 am

Thanks for sharing Julia. Getting serenaded by Harry Conick Jr. would have been heavenly in my book. But I hear ya…sometimes those kind of things are just a big let down. I had a friend who had a similar experience at a highly praised craft thingy. I know for me being able to meet all of you would have been the part I loved the most anyway.
.-= Becky @ Farmgirl Paints´s last blog ..Laundry love =-.

Susie Harris February 9, 2010 at 9:38 am

(((HUGS)))) susie harris~
.-= Susie Harris ´s last blog ..Saints and Sisters ! =-.

MissCaron February 9, 2010 at 10:13 am

Of course I wasn’t there … too much going on with my g’ma and plus, no one’s ever heard of me so I’d feel weird being there but you KNOW I’m going to make you email me the details of why you felt stung … SHARE! ;-)
.-= MissCaron´s last blog ..somethin’ about a southern girl =-.

heather February 9, 2010 at 10:30 am

Sounds like next year everyone just needs to rent a massive beach house. Why pay for the conference when the best part was the girl time? :-)

Amy February 9, 2010 at 10:46 am

You got some great photos! I was so bad and didn’t take many at all. I feel like I barely had a moment to talk with you. That is the bad part about Blissdom growing, more people and lots more going on. I was very overwhelmed and sometimes just stood around “not” talking or connecting with others…. SO unlike me too! Ha! I did so much enjoy seeing you that’s for sure! Wish we had more time to talk:-(

I think my photo above needs a disclaimer (vampire look due to Covergirl smokey eyes makeover!) eek… I scare myself. Hee!
.-= Amy´s last blog ..Three Cute Free Valentines =-.

Christi at A Southern Life February 9, 2010 at 10:58 am

I followed some of the links to your comments to see what some others said. Saw some interesting comments on WP versus Blogger that I had never thought about. I do website design and internet marketing for a living and when I started blogging, I just started out on a self-hosted wp blog for no other reason than that was what I was used to. Thought it was interesting from the other post that some saw wp as less personal than blogger.

Anyway, everyone blogs differently and has different reasons for doing so. I can see how it would be difficult to provide useful content to such a diverse group. Did they have any kind of post-conference survey where you could make suggestions for future conferences?
.-= Christi at A Southern Life´s last blog ..Southern Project =-.

Gabrielle February 9, 2010 at 10:59 am

I’m sorry to hear that your time was not all Bliss!! But i’m sure the meeting of others trumps the bad stuff. I would of loved just to meet you..your one of my favorites because you always get back to me when I leave a comment. I’m one of the unpopular “girls” in the blog world. But I like the idea of people in certain areas meeting over coffee and just chit chatting…that would be fun!
.-= Gabrielle´s last blog ..Copycat..Copycat….Copycat….. =-.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality February 9, 2010 at 11:00 am

Hi, Julia, it was interesting to read your recap. You’ll notice I didn’t say a lot about the content either, and mentioned that I really didn’t learn much new at all from last year. I do think the connections was the most fun part & I’m really glad you were there. We did get to hang out a little together, but with so many newbies this year, it was harder to really get have the time. It went by in a flash. Sorry you are sad. I thought the sessions might be a bit more compelling than they were too.
.-= Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality´s last blog ..What I learned at Blissdom =-.

cheryl February 9, 2010 at 11:08 am

Hi, Julia…I live about 40 minutes away from Nashville. I was happy to hear that you were in the great state of Tennessee and good old Music City. The Gaylord Opryland Hotel is always a delight. I hope you enjoyed being there.

Always lovin your blog…

CHERYL

Danielle @ Transforming Home February 9, 2010 at 11:14 am

I didn’t attend Bliss, but wanted to tell you that your blog is one of my favorites for sure! I feel like you are very sincere, and you have the best home photos around.
Keep up the good work!
Danielle
.-= Danielle @ Transforming Home´s last blog ..Do you have a vision board? =-.

Jackie W. February 9, 2010 at 11:25 am

Nobody has really explained why Karla is no longer involved. She has moved out of Tennessee, but that shouldn’t matter.

I travel every June & Oct. to Dh’s conferences. It is a vacation for me. Not sure he really learns anything new. He is usually on the cutting edge of his industry & is teaching others or waiting for them to catch up.

Celeste @ Cottage Dreamers February 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Whatever the bad stuff was, I hope it doesn’t keep you down! You’re one of my favorite addictions!
.-= Celeste @ Cottage Dreamers´s last blog ..Movin’ slow. =-.

anna see February 9, 2010 at 12:45 pm

Hi Julia,

Welcome back. You look purty in those Blissdom pics. I am enjoying the recaps from people who were there. I want to go to a blogger conference to just eat good food and chit chat with other bloggers. Are there any like that? :)

Anna
.-= anna see´s last blog ..Snowy Day Valentine Craft =-.

Mom in High Heels February 9, 2010 at 1:35 pm

How sad am I that I used to live 45 minutes from the Opryland hotel? This was back before I had a blog.
We had a military ball at the Opryland hotel one time and it was beautiful and loads of fun. There were 5 or 6 proms going on the same night as our ball and several of the kid tried to sneak into our ballroom (like we wouldn’t know they weren’t military-the lack of a uniform kind of gave them away) to get alcohol. Stupid teenagers.
BTW, I think it’s funny that I know everyone in all these Blissdom photos, yet I’ve never met any of them IRL.
.-= Mom in High Heels´s last blog ..RTT Me+Germs=Weird =-.

Morning T February 9, 2010 at 1:49 pm

I love that you’re honest Julia. I don’t think I would ever have the confidence to attend such as event so kudos to you (and the other 499 women) for going! Being somewhat new to the world of blogging I was instantly drawn to your blog because of the original content and drawn to you because you make a point to reciprocate and visit those who visit you. Keep doing what you’re doing and sharing your incredible house finds with us- you inspire me endlessly!!
Hugs~
T
.-= Morning T´s last blog ..Cin Cin::let the wine flow… =-.

Alli February 9, 2010 at 2:26 pm

Hi Julia,

Thank you for your recap, I do appreciate honesty, always. Throwing a conference for women at all levels of blogging experience is a monumental challenge to say the least.

Our goal is to honor women where they are. It is a delicate balance to walk the line to help encourage both the woman who is nervous to start a blog and the woman who has blogged for years.

We were testing the waters with Wisdom Workshops on Thursday. Workshops for even more in depth, complicated topics are coming next year, if feedback in our post-conference survey supports it. (Survey coming, we promise)

We hoped for Workshops based on niche blogging but the interest wasn’t there this year. I would love to be able to incorporate that next year.

The landscape is always influx. What works for one woman may not work for the next. Contradictory information and perspectives are both valid, because each woman’s business, voice, experience is unique. Many topics will be visited every year but with the changing landscape, the discussion around that topic will be completely different.

BlissDom is dedicated to honoring women, and delivering the best content and experience humanly possible. Everything about BlissDom 11 will be based on feedback from our surveys.

Please feel free to email me, I would love to be able to discuss further your thoughts, suggestions and feedback.
.-= Alli´s last blog .. =-.

DesignTies February 9, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Sorry to hear BlissDom didn’t quite meet your expectations. But meeting blogger buddies and making that real life connection is so cool, and I bet you came out of it with lots of new friends :-)

I know what’ll cheer you up — winning our Valentine’s Day giveaway!! Come check it out!! :-)

Kelly

diana February 9, 2010 at 2:49 pm

I am hooked on honest women bloggers… thanks for keepin it real for the rest of us.

Destiny D February 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm

Stay true to you … it is what appeals. You are classic and classy and whether class is a person, jewelry, style or furniture, it lasts the test of time.

www.foobella.com February 9, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I think all who attended the conference should state their true feelings about it. You can be diplomatic about it and still get your point across. If the people organizing blissdom don’t know what worked and what didn’t, how will they know how to make it better next year? This is why things don’t change in the world, because people don’t speak up.

On the other hand, if it was just a problem with personalities clashing, well, that’s the way of the world. We can’t all get along, can we?

Glad you enjoyed meeting fellow bloggers, though, Julia. And remember, sometimes a bad experience can lead to a good one. =)
.-= http://www.foobella.com´s last blog ..Sew Imperfect =-.

betsy February 9, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Hi!! I’ve come from Sandy’s blog…looking for some neat girls to connect with. Love Sandy, and if she speaks well of you, then I wanted to see your blog! Come say ‘hi’ :)
.-= betsy´s last blog ..What I Did Today… =-.

Debbie February 9, 2010 at 5:38 pm

Hi Julia. I found you post interesting and insightful….and it made me think of this.
My kids and I have been on a worship team and love music….
We once went to an amazing concert where all of us were deeply moved by the music…worship music and music that was entertaining. It was great.
When we got back they complained that our music wasn’t that “hot” all the time. I remember thinking…just enjoy it for what it is. Sometimes it is amazing…sometimes it is good…sometimes it is lacking…and you wish for more….big smile.
But all in all….Julia…maybe You need to be one of the session leaders and teachers…so that you could take all your creative ideas (seriously) and make the experience what it should be….something amazing…instead of just good.
You are a remarkable woman…it shows on your blog…
I believe you have some wonderful things to share.
Blessings,
Debbie
.-= Debbie´s last blog ..Hey Good Lookin’ =-.

Susan S February 9, 2010 at 5:49 pm

Dear Julia,
Being honest should never be a difficult choice, but it usually is so. Your honesty comes from your integrity and I can’t help but admire you even more for it. Although I don’t know what specifically occurred, if it was in any personal realm, I can’t help but think of one of the four agreements from Don Miguel Ruiz’s book, “The Four Agreements.” The second agreement states: Don’t Take Anything Personally — Nothing others do is because of you…

I just have a feeling that your family and friends have already cheered you up and maybe changed your perspective on your experience.

Love your blog, Julia!

Terri February 9, 2010 at 7:14 pm

I have been following you on FB, so I was interested to see what you would say here. I think it is perfectly ok to be honest, and while I would love to hear all the juicy details, you handled this with tact, grace, and diplomacy. It was fun to see your photos! Blessings!
.-= Terri´s last blog ..2 hours & 40 minutes =-.

Jen @ After The Alter February 9, 2010 at 7:50 pm

Very interesting to read about your experience and was happy to see your honesty. Although, I am sorry to hear it wasn’t all you wanted. After reading the comments it seems you aren’t alone!
.-= Jen @ After The Alter´s last blog ..Being A Voodoo Doll =-.

Pat February 9, 2010 at 8:11 pm

Your honesty is refreshing. Even if I have no idea what made you sad, I empathize with you. Want to hear some honesty from me? I have no idea what Blissdom is. I need to find out!
I love your blog to the enth degree..it’s a daily stop for me. Your writing is perfect, don’t change a thing!
Hugs!
.-= Pat´s last blog ..SNOWMEGEDDON =-.

Aimee February 9, 2010 at 8:15 pm

By the photos, it looks like you had a great time… Sorry to hear about the other stuff!

Hope you’re doing better,
Aimee

Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick February 9, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Julia, first I must say it was such an honor to meet you — you were the first big blogger to “welcome” me in and give me your time and I am forever grateful for that! I was so thrilled to finally meet you, although I felt like I already knew you. :)
I wasn’t blown away by the content at the conference. I feel like I paid to get to meet all of you, which was SO worth it. I honestly don’t know if I’ll pay to go to the conference next year or not, but I’ll just to be there to see you all again. I hope there is a after Blissdom survey so I can offer my thoughts.
You are the BEST!
Sarah
.-= Sarah @ Thriftydecorchick´s last blog ..What a week! =-.

hookedonhouses February 9, 2010 at 9:51 pm

Wow, you guys, I’ve just been overwhelmed by the number of sweet e-mails and comments I’ve gotten from you today. I’ve got the best readers and blog friends in the world.

I hope I didn’t give you the impression that BlissDom was a terrible experience for me. Like most things in life, there was good and bad, and after a lot of thought I just felt like I needed to be honest and real about it. Overall it was a positive experience and I’m glad I went. It’s hard for an introvert like myself to do extroverted things like that, so I was just proud of myself for showing up!

Thanks again for your words of encouragement and kindness. It means a lot to me! -Julia :-)

Paula Grace February 9, 2010 at 9:56 pm

Seems like it was both fun and a learning experiece maybe you didn’t want (or need). Always tough. Sorry the seesions didn’t give you more. That is frustating. I always enjoy your blog Julia. Peeking into stars’ homes is fun! Come join Timeless Tuesday with one of your many fantastic posts.
Paula Grace ~
.-= Paula Grace´s last blog ..Timeless Tuesday ~ Two =-.

Jeannine @ Small and Chic February 9, 2010 at 10:18 pm

I’m fixated on the hotel…isn’t it the same hotel where the Tea Party people had their conference? I’ve been seeing video of Sarah Palin at a lecture that says “Gaylord Opryland” on it.
.-= Jeannine @ Small and Chic´s last blog ..Change of pace: a recipe =-.

hookedonhouses February 9, 2010 at 10:25 pm

Yep, they were in the ballroom next to ours. It was nuts! Press everywhere. -Julia

shannon February 10, 2010 at 3:35 am

I’m so jealous that all you gals got to meet. I hear you hung with my RL friend Beckie from Infarrantly Creative. Very cool. I hope to meet you all in person someday soon!

Laurie @ My Domicile Style February 10, 2010 at 10:20 am

Good for you for being honest, and at the same time, taking the high road. I am sure a conference is not a once-size-fits-all type of event, so it makes sense that not everyone would have the same experience. I would think meeting other blogging friends face-to-face would have been wonderful! I still have people mention that they love my blog, but don’t understand why I do it, so it is always good to meet those who do understand! As for being an introvert, I don’t think I would have pegged you as one. :-)
.-= Laurie @ My Domicile Style´s last blog ..Best Paint Colors for Brunettes (updated) =-.

melissa @ the inspired room February 10, 2010 at 11:45 am

I’m sorry you were sad Julia! :-(
.-= melissa @ the inspired room´s last blog ..Shhh…I’m Pretending this is MY House {get ready to swoon, girls} =-.

Melanie February 10, 2010 at 7:39 pm

I glad you enjoyed most of your trip. I am new to blogging and I would have felt inferior to the other bloggers. At least you had the guts to go:) How great is Harry?
.-= Melanie´s last blog ..There’s always a first time. =-.

laura @ hollywood housewife February 12, 2010 at 1:21 am

thank you for this post. I almost didn’t write a recap post, but finally I just made it neutral.

still disappointed i didn’t get to meet you, though.
.-= laura @ hollywood housewife´s last blog ..these are associate producers =-.

Chris February 12, 2010 at 10:44 am

Hi Julia!

I just wanted to let you know that I appreciate your honest version of Blissdom. I can’t imagine it was perfect all of the time for everyone, and sometimes it takes the stronger person to reveal that. I, for one, love a good ol’ honest opinion than a sugary, “blissful” one! Thanks for being open, and I hope it was a great time overall!
.-= Chris´s last blog ..FLOR the Love of Giveaways! =-.

angela | the painted house February 14, 2010 at 8:09 pm

From one introvert to another: glad you made it! Looks like a lot of fun ladies to hang with.
.-= angela | the painted house´s last blog ..La Playa… =-.

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