It was the perfect first conference for me. More low key than some of the bigger conferences, with only about 250 bloggers in attendance, and far more affordable and conveniently located as well.
We were hosted by Cedar Point Amusement Park, which offered generously discounted rooms, in the lovely Hotel Breakers. Our suite (which the Hotel graciously upgraded from a single room for us at the last minute when we wound up with a bigger group than expected) was lovely, with a fantastic view of the lake, and convenient proximity to both conference and amusement park.
Cedar Point wanted this to be an event that bloggers could bring their families to, so they also provided passes to the park for the weekend. I was able to take my sister, her 3 boys, and my own daughter.
Upon arrival Friday we checked into our room, then Sis and the kids decided to go hit the roller coasters. I decided to enjoy the quiet for a couple hours and check out my swag bag, which was filled with a variety of products that I can't wait to check out.
The first thing I encountered at the table was a lovely memo portfolio that doubles as a tablet easel, courtesy of Cedar Point, as well the plus Snoopy in a Santa Suit. We were asked to take pictures of Snoopy around Cedar Point as part of a Twitter contest.
|Snoopy and I wait for|
the Blue Streak
|Snoopy checks his social|
|The Girl becomes|
possessive of Snoopy
|Passing out Lefty Pop cards|
|and promotes this blog|
Each morning we all met for community time, before we broke off into special interest group sessions. I attended classes on subjects as varied as blog monetization, attracting brands and sponsors, social media trends, SEO, and travel blogging. Especially exciting was the photo walk I took on Sunday morning, which deserves its own post.
Our schedule left us with plenty of free time to enjoy the park with our families as well. I hadn't been to Cedar Point in over 20 years, so it was great to catch up with old favorites among the attractions and discover new ones.
|A view of Cedar Point at night.|
|The Windseeker is a particularly impressive ride at night.|
It looks like the mothership in Close Encounters taking off.
|Another view of Cedar Point at night.|
Also the park and hotel were decorated for Halloween, which was also fun.
More important of all I met a lot of other bloggers, some novices, some experienced, all enthusiastic and helpful. It was good to be in a group of like minded people for a weekend. I found that we all have our uncertainties regardless of followers and page hits. And I know I picked up both ideas and friends that will stay with me a long time.
At our final group session it was announced that Bloggy Con 2015 will be held at Cedar Point again. I'm already making plans to go.