Blogging conferences, do you think they’re really worth your time and money? Do you really learn a lot from them? Can you really meet someone once and connect? Let me tell you about the anniversary I’ll be celebrating. Almost one year ago the first thought of MamaRucci came to be. It’s not so much that one year of blogging means so much on this anniversary, but rather How I became a blogger.
I was on twitter for a few months and I met awesome peeps…duhh! They talked me into going to Blissdom (they meaning Carissa Rogers, Jyl Pattee, Beth Davis, and Kim Janocko) Carissa and Jyl made sure I was staying in their room with them and with this chick Sugar Jones. Well, whatever, I thought, just hope she’s cool. Sugar and I started talking on Twitter and guess what- this chick Rocks! phewww. I kinda knew I was most definitely going to get along with her and guess what she became one of my best friends IRL!! So the four of us at Blissdom, sharing a room (this is another story..lol) oh and adjoining rooms with the lovely Jessica Smith (again, this is another story).
Of course I was mad excited to meet IRL Beth (@Plussizemommy) and Kim (@craftymamaof4)! Among the 100’s of people I met, there were a few peeps that I connected with immediately MommaDJane and Twincident two them.
So me being me and them getting to know me so well- I recieved a nickname. First by Beth… MAMARUCCI- then Kim picked it up..it now started to spread through Blissdom by Janine, Dwan, Jyl, Carissa, and Sugar.
Beth and Kim decided mamarucci should be my blog and talked around me, as if i wasn’t there, to the other girls. Sugar then brought it up to the room and Sugar, Jyl, Carissa and even Jessica decided yes I should do that. Ummmm I still haven’t said I even wanted to do a blog….helloooooo…ummm girls… i don’t blog, I write how I talk…which ain’t all that great and besides, I have a business remember…Touch’d. Oh yes… they remembered that too because everyone they saw needed to be Touch’d. Just ask Jerri, Vdog, and Mrs Flinger. The Room 704 girls who mixed Touch’d with the lovely vibrators…it was a great night!!! (yet another story..lol)
By the time Sugar, Janine, Linda_sellers and I were done drinking, laying on the bar for pictures, and playing with giant bras at Coyotes, I was kinda on board for starting my own blog. Even though I had no idea what a blog was… I don’t even think I knew how to comment. I was the only one at the conference without my techie instruments to tweet, share, facebook, twitpic, and email. WOW how did I ever get by???
My blog became major conversation with these girls. You may have been talking with one of them when I walked in and you’d remember them saying,” Tell Rachel aka mamarucci she NEEDS to start a blog.” Wow they’re pushy little people..lol. So I promised them I’d think about it and before we knew it the time came to say our goodbyes.
I get into the shuttle for the airport, call Janine and Dwan so we can meet for a last cup of coffee at the airport. We meet up and the minute I get up to them…Janine says, ” We’ve been talking and you have to start the MamaRucci blog and you NEED to start a MamaRucci line in Touch’d!!!!” She was VERY adamant. She talked about it all the way to our spot to have coffee, which now we were meeting up with Amy (@resourcefulmom). Yes, of course Amy jumped on the mamaRucci bandwagon. I finally say Yes it’s definite- I’m doing it, I’ll call you in a couple days after we settle in.
From that moment MamaRucci was born. So do I think these conferences are worth it? You’re damn right I do. I have met some of my best friends at Blissdom. I learned tons at the conference- I took notes and then called all my new friends and asked them what everything meant, so yeah it was educational. I got to meet some of the bestbloggers ever. One of them Liz Strauss, which I had no idea who she was- we started talking, not about blogging, and I thought she was real cool to hang with. It wasn’t until someone said,” Do you know who that was!” I was like yeah, Liz- she’s cool I like her. To my surprise the person was extremely excited to tell me Liz was the “godmother” of blogging. OK again, I don’t know the whole blogging thing so whatever, like I said she was cool.
Take a Note here if you’re a new blogger- I have come to know Liz and I totally respect her and I’ve come to learn she IS one of the best bloggers ever, however, if you see her, don’t get all freaked out- go say Hi, she’s really cool and in case you didn’t know, she’s human too.
As far as Alli and Barb- Besides being amazing, I give these two women a boat load of kudos for putting together such a great event where all are welcomed. I was a total amateur and didn’t feel out of place one bit. I’m so sad I won’t be going this year because who knows who I won’t be meeting. I will say this- Blissdom will Always be in my heart because this is where MamaRucci was born!! So Alli and Barb- Happy Anniversary!!!!
REMEMBER to take lots of pics- I didn’t have my camera so I don’t have pics with all the amazing people I met 😦