Farewell Chicago – I can now officially say I’m a Blogher veteran. Well, okay (not really), but at least I can now confirm I am not a BlogHer virgin. BlogHer ’09 was an incredibly eye opening experience. The energy of the group is intense, and I didn’t meet a woman who didn’t have LOTS to say and share. I definitely met my match with many women who have the gift of gab down pat. I literally could not enter a public place around the conference without engaging in discussions about Bing and our blogs.
The highlight of my trip was engaging with my travel community over dinner at Cajun-themed Heaven on Seven with a small gathering of amazing and talented family travel bloggers. I’ve had the pleasure of following many of these women’s blogs and writings on Twitter, and it was such a thrill to engage in discussions face-to-face on two of my most treasured topics – family and travel.
When I started blogging on my own, I was concerned whether I could create a niche for myself with so much content out there on family travel. I discovered that in reality, there are many amazing viewpoints on family travel and the possibilities of creating engaging content for my readers are endless.
Over drinks at the posh boutique Dana Hotel and Spa, a smaller group of us discussed travel writing, our families and our passion to provide intelligent and informed content that inspires other families to travel and dream.
Thank you to my new travel mom friends and folks that I highly recommend you follow: Mara Gorman with TheMotherofAllTrips, Michelle Duffy, WanderMom, Amie O’Shaughnessy with Ciao Bambino, Meg Keough with BackpacktoBuggy, Jamie Pearson, TravelSavvyMom , and the many others. I came away from this weekend inspired with many great ideas and excited about the journey of travel blogging ahead and this incredible community of very hip travel mamas I’m proud to be a part of.