When I first heard about Bloggy Conference, I was super excited to find out it was held in Ohio – just one state over down from Michigan. When I heard it was at Cedar Point, I bought my ticket as soon as I could. Growing up in metro Detroit, Cedar Point is the closest amusement park – only two hours away. As a kid, teenager and young adult I went on a regular basis.
Because the conference started early Saturday morning, we decided to take the kid out of school at midday and got on down the road. Since we hadn’t been in nearly five years, we were excited to check in and get some time in, at the park. Especially since I would be busy with conference stuff most of Saturday and Sunday.
All-in-all, the conference was great. I had an awesome time. The speakers were wonderful. I learned tons from Missy Ward about monetization; got to talk photography with Angie Keiser from Fashion by Mayhem; received a crash course in SEO from Allison Kulage-Chaney from Bareknuckle Digital; got some great tips on vlogging from Katy Morgan of Katy in a Corner fame; learned the legalities of blogging from Rachel Brenke; and ended up with sore wrists from typing so many notes during Ang England’s session on writing, e-Books and publishing.
As previously stated, I had an awesome time at Bloggy Con 2014/Cedar Point; however, there were a few things I wish had went a little differently.
- I love the babies, really; but having them crying through presentations was super distracting. It’s like when your baby cries in church you take them out, as not to disturb everyone else. The same should be done at conferences – everywhere, really.
- The Wi-Fi in the conference portion of Hotel Breakers was very spotty. Granted, I was just using the free version. It’s possible that if I would have paid for the “better” access, would’ve my connection have been more consistent.
- One of the rooms the sessions were held in didn’t have any additional power sources, other than the ones in the walls. A blogging conference without tons of plugs available? Two thumbs down. I should say, that the other room had more than enough, for which I was eternally grateful.
- The convention hall very noisy with vendor area separated by just a curtain. At times, it made it hard to hear the presenter(s).
I also loved Hotel Breakers and the old, creepy vibe tied in to Halloween/Halloweekends. Parts of it reminded me of The Overlook Hotel from The Shining. While you could tell it used to be beautiful in its heyday, some parts of it could use a bit sprucing up. Luckily, they’re in the midst of a major renovation that will be completed sometime next year. I can’t wait to see it, once it’s done.
In addition to me enjoying the conference and hotel immensely, we (the Glenn fam) had a wonderful time at Cedar Point. Fall is my favorite season, and Halloween one of my favorite holidays. Halloweekends was a great time to be there, for the most part. Unfortunately, the kid was a bit freaked out by some of the monsters – not when they were by themselves, just when they traveled in packs. Luckily, there were family-friendly options as well. Also, he had been coming down with a cold the entire weekend, and on Sunday afternoon my poor baby had had enough and wanted to go home. We stopped at CVS on the way out of Sandusky to get some cold medicine for him, and hopped on the freeway home. Apparently, the medicine had him feeling better because he wanted to know when we were going back.