Blogging Conferences & Cartwheels

I spent last weekend in Phoenix at the SITS Bloggy Boot Camp blogging conference.  Ok, yeah…so right now you either have a crinkled up nose and are questioning why the heck I’d spend a weekend locked up in a hotel ballroom talking about blogging.  Or, you’re like “Hell yeah!  Tell me what you learned!”  My blogging peeps get it.  They get that it’s socially acceptable in that space to look at your phone while someone is talking.  They get that we can talk hours on end about tweeting and blog comments and how Facebook is like a bad boy we can’t dump.  It doesn’t matter if they are a DIY craft blogger, a mom blogger, or a fitness blogger – we all have the same goals:  like how the heck to use Google+.

There were a ton of takeaways from last weekend’s conference.  I mean, huge.  Life changing.  Cartwheels.



Yes, cartwheels.

This came at the end of day two.  Tiffany Romero – the founder of SITS – was doing a presentation with Danielle Smith from Extraordinary Mommy about how to keep it together while pursuing your passions.  I was zoned in.  Tiffany told a story about her husband, a trip to Hawaii, and cartwheels.  I can’t remember the specifics of her story but I remember cartwheels.

My friend Erica from No Sleep ‘Til College calls me a cheerleader.  She’s right.  I’ll hoot and holler because I want you to succeed.  I’ll gladly turn cartwheels for my friends because I love and adore and respect what they do.

I realized as Tiffany and Danielle wrapped their session that I need more people in my life who will turn cartwheels for me.  Luckily, I found them…right there, locked up in a hotel ballroom, in Phoenix.


  1. I don’t do cartwheels (because that is a terrifying prospect!) but I’ll for sure jump and scream my brains out for you!
    So great to see you again, can’t wait until next time!

  2. We’ve yet to meet and I’ll be at BBC-Charlotte, but I’ll cartwheel for you and with you whenever you need. Even if I fall on my ass big time. 😉

  3. That’s the perfect description for you – cheerleader!

  4. Loved this post Wendy. It is totally true. You give so much and we all need to make sure we are giving back to you!! That is truly what a community is. Glad you had a great time!

  5. Yes! I’d cartwheel for you all over the place, Wendy! (Even if it’s not pretty.) And it’s the perfect take away from a perfect weekend. Blogging really is all about the community, positive, strong, caring, supportive community, and #BBCPHX really was the proof of that. SO glad to have met you!

  6. Rah, rah Wendy! I’ll be your cheerleader! Glad you had such a good time…

  7. BabyBumpBeyond Heather says:

    Love love love!! We all could use some more cartwheeled in our lives 🙂
    I’m so glad we got to know each other better last weekend! I’m a bad blogger and haven’t touched my blog since the conference. (But I have good excuses 😉

    Also, you are totally right! Facebook IS the bad boyfriend that I just can’t dump.

  8. I adore blogging conferences 🙂 Last year I spoke on a panel for Facingcancer.can about finding online communities, and managed to attend a full day worth of presentations. It was hog heaven! I’m glad to hear you found your own community at this event! ~Catherine

  9. Woohoo for you!! We all need those people. People who get us, people who know we love them even though we’re staring at our phone (cuz we are bad ass multitaskers, yo) and, most important, the cheerleaders! I found mine last night at my first read through for Listen To Your Mother so this post soooo resonates with me right now!!!

  10. My first blog conference was BBC in Boston. Loved. It. I really hope they come back to my area. It’s so important to be with a bunch of blogging ladies who Get It, right? 🙂


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