What Blog Conference Should You Attend?

Yep, it’s that time of the year it seems. The conference chatter emanating from bloggers can be heard throughout the land. It’s practically keeping me up at night. Can you all just simmer down?

Where should I go? What should I spend the money I don’t have on?

BlogHer? Blissdom? Evo? Mom 2.0? SiTscation? Type A? Type B? O Positive? Cupcake?

Really, there’s a blogging gathering called Cupcake?

Well… there is now.

My dear bloggy friend, Heather, and my new friend, Steph, inadvertently started a brand spankin’ new conference concept in blogging.

And it’s all the rage.

This past weekend, I got my So Cal soul on a plane and headed to the winter wonderland of Madison, Wisconsin for the inaugural Cupcake 10. (Considering the zero-ish temps in Wisconsin and after taking a nice slip on the ice in downtown Madison while hanging onto the one-and-only Maggie, I think this gathering should have been called “Iced.” Still references cupcakes too.)

WhiteWisconsin

You see, Heather and Steph had come up with the brilliant idea of hosting a low-key blogging event where there was no formal agenda, no sessions, no cocktail attire, and most importantly, no need to hide behind your laptop or escape into your iPhone screen or do that weird thing that people do when they tweet right in the middle of when they are talking to you.

So they rented this place nestled on a mellow hill about 30 minutes outside of Madison….

Cupcakelodging

…and 30 cool women converged on the place with so much food and drink that we could have stayed there for a week and never left.

CUCupcakes

Cupcakes

For what was entirely too short of a weekend, we hung out and really talked to one another and shared pieces of who we really are without the anxiety and the games of those bigger conferences where you leave with your head spinning wondering if you really learned anything or if you really even talked to anyone for more than 3 minutes and 12 seconds.

The group was diverse as each soul there had her own reason for writing, for blogging, for coming, for being. As a group, we all sat in a circle spellbound, listening as each voice shared a story entirely unique but yet at the same time felt strangely familiar. I could have sat there all night just listening. These women inspire me.

And there was time for a freezing stroll at sunset to soak in the warmth of my surroundings….

WarmtoneWisconsin

…and time to continue building on friendships forged in a forum that not everyone understands but the relationships are real just the same.

MeandAnn

Me and Ann

So if you’re wondering what blogging conference you should attend, I think you should see if there is a Cupcake-y kind of event coming your way.

For me, after this kind of weekend, I’m not sure any other kind of blogging gathering will suffice.

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A huge thank you to Heather, Steph and all of the chicks who had to clean up that house as I rushed off to the airport to catch my plane. I’ll pay you back at the West Coast gathering.

And really, I’m planning on spearheading a West Coast “Cupcake” effort. And I’m taking ideas for what we should call the gathering. Wanna come?

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