I made the decision to attend the BlogPaws 2014 conference in Las Vegas, because I want to take my blog to the next level. In order to become a serious pet blogger, there is so much to learn. All of the people that I had met online in the BlogPaws community were so helpful. I knew attending the conference and speaking to these bloggers face-to-face would be invaluable. The line-up of speakers and classes were amazing! I really wanted my husband, Skipper to join me. After all, it was Vegas and the hotel was incredible!
We looked over the itinerary to see which classes that I needed to attend. Then, we looked for some that we were both curious about and marked those. They really offered something for every interest from social media to book publishing. It didn’t take long to decide there would be plenty of things to interest him. We are both glad he attended.
I asked him to answer a few questions about his experience last year. I hope that if you are still trying to decide on one ticket or two, this will help.
Did you enjoy your first BlogPaws conference?
“I did. There was always something going on and it was so well organized. I’m looking forward to going this year.”
Which sessions did you find the most interesting?
“That’s a hard question, because I really liked all of the ones that we attended. The legal sessions were great. There are so many things that you have to be aware of when you publish a blog or a book. The copyright laws, the guidelines for running a contest, and the Pinterest rules are all important. We learned how to stay out of trouble from a legal aspect. Of course, the Instagram class with Manny the Frenchie was fun and so was the creating engaging content session. Seriously, all of them were very helpful.”
What surprised you the most during our time?
“It was our first BlogPaws conference, so there was a lot that surprised us. The fact that I didn’t have to open my wallet once during the entire stay was surprising. When they say the ticket includes everything, they mean everything! The food was delicious and I was stunned at the amount of swag we received. Our welcome bag was filled with incredible pet products and the brands handed out samples. It is a good idea to bring a semi-empty suitcase! Considering everything that we learned, the meals, the hotel, and all of the swag, I think the price was a bargain!”
You aren’t a blogger; did you ever feel out of place?
“This could count as another thing that surprised me. Everyone that we met and talked to were so nice. There were a few people that we spent time with and it felt like we’d known them forever. It was the friendliest crowd that I’ve been around in a long time. The pets served as an icebreaker for most people. Many of the dogs were more recognizable than their people. Everyone was there to learn and have a good time, so it is a comfortable atmosphere.”
You took pictures for me at the conference. What can you recommend for others that want to capture the conference in photos?
“There are photo opportunities everywhere that you look. Most of the photos I took were indoors, although there are many chances to go outside for shots. If you enjoy taking pet pictures, be prepared to do a lot of clicking. Even carrying Flat Bentley, we posed for a bunch of group pictures. I always kept my camera with me. You never know when the perfect shot will present itself. The Sheraton Music City will provide a great background from what I can tell.”
What would you tell someone that is still trying to decide about
“It will be a good experience that you’ll be eager to repeat. There are so many things to learn that will help you become a better blogger, a better pet parent, and takes the mystery away from social media. The time flies by, you stay busy the entire time. If you aren’t in a class, meeting the brand representatives, or visiting with other bloggers, then you are being served delicious food! I understand so much more about what you do and I enjoy being able to help. I’ve even become a regular visitor to many of the blogs that we met.”
As you can tell, Skipper had a great time joining me. I’ll need him even more this year since Bentley will be coming. Whether you bring someone with you or attend alone, you will leave with many new friends. I would definitely recommend staying at the Sheraton where the conference is being held. If you do want to return to your room during the day, it will be so much easier if you are staying on site. It is also pet friendly, so that is another positive!
You can see the program schedule for this year by clicking here. Every session and speaker is incredible, so you have to decide which will be the most beneficial to you. We are still trying to decide on a few of them. I've printed the schedule and highlighted the classes that I absolutely can’t miss. It is so exciting! Check out this video teaser for what is in store of us!
Do you still need an extra incentive? We have a free evening to discover the city and just like last year, BlogPaws has chosen another fantastic venue…Nashville! Grab your partner and come kick up your heels and paws with us!
If you have any questions about the BlogPaws conference, don’t hesitate to ask. You can leave a comment below or join me in the BlogPaws Conference 2015 Newbies Group. Don’t let any unanswered question keep you from attending this year. You can use my discount code and save 10% on your tickets. Just enter BP15-Amb-Melissa-10 on your order form.
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