Socializing at the SBSummit!

Savvy Socializing!

Most days, I’m a homebody. But sometimes I’m motivated to break out of that — and the Savvy Blogging conference was one of those times!

blogging buddies

Tricia agreed to be my roomie, and Kris drove down from her end of the world to meet and carpool the rest of the way with us. A big ol’ THANK YOU to Tricia’s husband for volunteering to chauffeur us to the W Hotel.

W Hotel Atlanta

It’s hard to explain to those outside the blog world, but you can have real friends that you may have never met face to face. As we were checking in, I started seeing familiar faces, like Rachel and Jenn, and the long-awaited neck-hugging commenced!

Rachel and Jenn

On opening night, we dressed up for a fancy dinner and a keynote by Michael Hyatt; a great way to kick off the weekend! And then there was this secret flash mob choreographed dance number I volunteered for. You know — to represent the homeschool blogger moms in a little silly fun. 😉

The rest of the weekend was packed full of good food and good company. I met several other local bloggers, including Amanda (who I’d already met in real life); she’s my short-hair buddy — even though hers always looks just a little more hip and cool than mine! Be to sure to check out the new and improved re-launch of her blog, Oh Amanda!

Oh Amanda

I also had the pleasure of meeting and talking to Toni and Erin from the SavvyBlogging team, as well as speakers John, Ted, and Dan; being hugged by a delightful waitress at The Corner Bakery who hugged every single customer; and chatting and dining with so many other wonderful bloggers! I was happily surprised that one blogger, Laura, even recognized me from my Relevant ’11 Flat Jamie adventures!

My favorite part of the weekend may have been the late night brainstorming sessions in Angie‘s room. Other highlights of the weekend included karaoke (of which I did not take part), a constant supply of coffee (which was good, but oh how happy I was to get a cup of tea at lunch one day!), and enough information and inspiration in the sessions to make my brain hurt.

coffee and tea

So much fun — and tomorrow I’ll share my biggest takeaway lessons from the SBSummit!

If you’ve ever been to a blog conference, what was your favorite part? And who is one blogland friend you’d love to meet in real life? {Click to comment}

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Kris @ Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

I just wanted to second the super-big thank you to Tricia’s husband! It was so fun seeing you again, Jamie, and meeting up with all my blog-land friends.

Angie W

Wow. This Pacific Coaster is So insanely jealous! Love to you guys!!!


Sounds like lots of fun!!!1


Jamie — this all looks like so much fun! It’s neat to see you, Tricia, and Kris side by side (this way I get an idea of everyone’s height – ha!). I know you had a great time with good friends. What a blessing.

I like your takeaways from Savvy Blogging, too (I think that was another post of yours I read)… especially about TRUST being more important than numbers. I see this on my blog. I love the RELATIONSHIPS I make with readers. I could care less about the traffic… I want the friends! 🙂


Jamie, I hope we get to meet soon. Your eyes show a beauty that is truly heart deep….. I know it was a blessing for you to meet these amazing women in real life – I pray they know how blessed they are, as well!


What an amazing weekend! Got to room with YOU at the W, meet many folks, learn so much my brain was on overload. Your wrap up captures it so well. And I agree. The late-night brainstorming sessions were such fun!! Wonderful photos Jamie.


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