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Left Shy Self At Home | WIRL Project

I Left My Shy Self At Home This Year: BlogU15

Last year I went to The Blog University known as #BlogU. Hashtag getschooled. And there was definitely a lot of schooling to be had there. Writing, promoting, making money, social media, “branding” your blog, treating your blog like a business. A lot. And despite the notion that one should go to a blogging conference to learn about blogging, I actually learned more about myself last ye...

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Embarrassed | WIRL Project

When You’re First Impression Contains the Word “VAG”!

I went to BlogU this weekend, one of my most favorite weekends of the year because I get to go hang out with other writers and bloggers who are off the chart weird like me. It’s pretty fucking awesome. During check-in, however, something embarrassing and downright hilarious happened that I’m going to try to tell you without crying laughing tears. I had just had lunch with several of the women chec...

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What Blog Conference is Really Like | WIRL Project

Blog Conferences: What They’re Really Like

I was a first time attendee at BlogU last weekend in Baltimore. When I checked in, the guy at the front desk asked whether I was traveling for business or pleasure and I wasn’t sure what to say— obviously this is all very fun, but I also want to write for a living. I navigated this dichotomy by saying something along the lines of “I’m drunk right now!” Thankfully I’d been driven there by McCall of...

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My First BlogU | WIRL Project

My First Blog University Experience

I had no idea what to expect and tried to hold no expectations lest they be the wrong sort. I wanted a pure, completely real experience. And there I was. BLOG U 2015 Land of the bloggers. The bigs, the littles, and all the in betweens. Honest to God I had no idea of what to expect. I just know I needed – no – WANTED to learn more. And how much there is to learn. “Oh. My. God. I’m so out of my leag...

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All Eyes On Story | WIRL Project

When All Eyes Are On You and Your Story

I spent the majority of last week far from home – in the exotic land of Baltimore, at BlogU’15. It was a remarkable trip- I met dozens of new friends, caught up with even more old friends, learned, laughed, danced my ass off, and was beyond honored to be chosen by the Huffington Post for the Term Paper of the Year - an award to recognize the best of blogging over the past year. This aw...

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BlogU: I Had a Weekend

BlogU: I Had a Weekend

I went to Baltimore. I went to BlogU. I had never been to Baltimore or a blogging conference before. I had no idea what to expect. I was terrified.  Before I got on the plane, before I bought the tickets and reserved the room, before I told Jill that maybe we needed to go to a blogging conference, I spent a lot of time trying to talk myself out of going. Jill and I are a one-income show. That one ...

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BlogU15 | WIRL Project

The Top 10 Things I Learned at BlogU

This past weekend I attended the Blog U conference in Baltimore, MD. I overcame fears, met inspiring people, and learned a mind blowing amount of information to help me become a better blogger and overall writer. Listed below are just a few of the things I learned… mostly silly, but seriously epic.   1. I don’t know jack shit about Pinterest Pinterest is like the female g-spot. We assume it’s...

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Awkward BlogU15 | WIRL Project

BlogU: The Good, The Awkward, and The Bloody

For those of you not obsessively stalking me on social media (First, PSA – what are you thinking? You can savor little bits of me in small doses, and each social media outlet is like an adorable and ridiculous puzzle piece that fits into the grander scheme of me, people. Go forth and use those shiny social media buttons at the top of my page and love the shit out of me…), you may not k...

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BlogU | WIRL Project

The Story of My Good, Bad, and Ridiculous Weekend: BlogU15

A while back, I wrote a post about doing something for yourself. I mentioned that after a pretty shitty year, I had decided to do something fun for myself and had signed up for the Blog U Conference. I knew absolutely no one who was going and knew basically nothing about it, but the website had pictures of ladies wearing really ugly prom dresses, and that looked sort of like something I’d enjoy, s...

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Middle School Blog U | WIRL Project

We REALLY Were Awesome In Middle School: BlogU 15

Last weekend I had one of those Experiences-of-a-Lifetime-You-Will-Never-Forget. That’s perfect because I don’t want to forget it. Ever. After a year’s worth of endless behind the scenes planning and four days worth of running like a mad woman lifting boxes heavier than my Jillian Michael DVD-trained muscles should ever be allowed, WE DID IT. We pulled off an amazing Blog U 2015 Conference. It was...

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