I just returned home from THE MOST AWESOME weekend at the Big Summer Potluck. I love social media events– I love meeting people with similar interests, I love learning new tips and techniques, I love all the energy and inspiration. While every event is concerned with content, BSP focused on a love of food unmatched with any other event I’ve been to. There were brand reps present to chat up the bloggers and conversations about SEO and such were not unusual, but this event was extremely relaxed and enjoyable because it lacked the vaguely competitive obsession with ads and traffic and all those other things that are part of the standard social media conference. That talk has its place and value, but it was a breath of fresh air to spend a weekend with folks who love food and love blogging, but not getting wound up over the numbers of it. BSP was the perfect size– big enough that you meet tons of new people, but small enough that it’s super easy to meet people. The speakers were phenomenal– the theme was “Investing in Yourself” and each speaker had unique and highly personal lessons to share about how they sacrificed, invested in themselves, and worked their fingers to the bone, all with major success to show.
It goes without saying that we ate well at this conference. On Saturday, we had breakfast twice. Fresh fruits and vegetables abounded. There was bread and butter and cheese everywhere. The wine pairings with dinner were professionally curated. It was all amazing. One blogger said it best by observing, “this isn’t a conference, this is a retreat.”
I love being at an event where not only is it the norm to take photos of everything on your plate, it’s encouraged. And to give a glimpse of the friendly vibe, once attendees got the shot they wanted, they were quick to move out of the way so that others could snap photos. Love it.
I’m so tired from a 4+ hour drive home and the piles of laundry I have to tackle immediately (and I leave for Prague tomorrow) that I can hardly put the words together to describe the whole thing, except to say: It’s the best. Totally the best. A special shoutout to Kelly for telling me about this life-changing event. I will for SURE be back next year!