Sunday, 1 April 2012

The highs and lows of DPCON12

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Naomi, Suz, Kirrily, Mrs Woog, Kelly

The highs and lows of DPCON12

If you've been reading any of my blog recently, you will know I have had a weekend away in Melbourne, attending the Digital Parents Conference.

If you were watching the tweetstream of #DPCON12, you'll see how much social media chat there has been surrounding the event.

The social media chat is nothing in comparison to the chat that goes on in real life at such events!

My highs?

  • The socialising. It was tops. I spent a great deal of time with close friends. I hope on hope that I did not ever appear "cliquey". But I am proud, very proud, of my posse. They are the girls who know me, who I can truly relax with, who "get me" totally.  I can cry ugly snot with them, and they do not judge, and I love them. So I will not apologise for spending a great deal of lovely time with them.
  • The new friendships made and deepened. Bloggers I know I clicked with, from real life and from blogging - we sought one another out for the first time or again - to share. To hug, to chat. To laugh. Gold.
  • The content. Blogging for social good, presented by Darren from ProBlogger, was a panel discussion that made the cogs of my brain start whirring.  The idea of blogging for social good is still whispering in my ear and and echoing in my heart. Watch this space.
  • I was also avidly involved with Nicole Avery's Blog Coaching Boost session, and came away with this - set yourself an absolute goal for your blog, stick to it. and then the decision making process in relation your blog becomes easy. Oh, how obvious, but how I need to hear and implement that!
  • The Kleenex Mums Photo Booth. Tops!
  • Hotel breakfasts. I bloody LOVE hotel breakfasts.
The lows? Not long enough. Not enough time to chill and take it all in.  That is all.

I had a wonderful time.

If you regret not going, promise yourself that next year you will?

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I worked closely with a brand, as their brand ambassador, to attend the Digital Parents Conference. I
am very grateful to Kitchenware Direct for their support.  I am planning on sharing my thoughts in relation to working with brands on my blog over the next few days - so watch out for that - it will give non-conference attendeeds a taste!

29 comments:

  1. So glad to see you again, Lucy. Only wish, as you say, there was more time to sit, chat and take it in. And oh, the photo booth!

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  2. we need one without the pesky conference part.

    that is what I think.

    More time to party.

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    1. "we need one without the pesky conference part."

      Freaking aye- we need to organise an UnConference.

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  3. glad to read that you have such a brilliant time! from everything i've read, everyone seemed to :-)

    maybe next year.

    ~x~

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  4. This sounds so interesting. I'd have loved to be a fly on the wall. It must be lovely to meet up with bloggers in Real Life. x

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  5. You know, you just made me realise that despite all the socialising and talking with people, I didn't get that special "click". I did not cry with anyone. Maybe I'm all cried out? Maybe I do all my crying on the blog? Maybe the barriers I have built around myself are so tough that even I can't break them.

    I wish I could have talked to you more...

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  6. Lucy we didn't meet but I was inspired by your My Blog, My Story segment. The fact that the act of blogging enabled you to reach and keep your goal of better health was wonderful to hear. Keep going.

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  7. Can't believe I live in the stinking city and didn't make it or get to see you. Shitty combination of new job and husband going to the footy.

    Next year or before xx

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  8. You looked beautiful Luce- happy and content and I was so proud of you when you spoke- all dignity and grace and modesty and humility- you are a lovely speaker, so engaging and easy to listen to.

    And how damned cool was that photo booth?!?! Like iPhone Photo Booth only HUGER!!!! :p xxxx

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  9. Wonderful wrap up Luce! Most certainly a highlight of mine was not only hearing you speak, but to spend time nattering in person. You rock xx

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  10. You are one of my fave chicks in the world. The perfect mix of fun, humility, naughtiness and warmth. LOVE to you Lucy xx

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  11. Of course my highlight was actually getting to give you a real life cuddle

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  12. I wanted to tell you that I really enjoyed hearing you speak and you have left me with the inspiration to try and make my life better. I have been blessed with so many wonderful things but can't seem to get past my weight barrier. I look forward to reading your blog. Cheers, Mez

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  13. Oh I look forward to hearing more.. wish I could have attended x

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  14. It was so lovely to finally get to meet you in person Lucy! :) You have such a warm soul (loved your accent btw). Glad I got to sit - and chat (about your hotel room!!) with you at the conference. xx

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  15. How awesome was it? Love, love LOVED chatting with you. One of the truly great and unmeasured benefits of blogging is meeting people IRL and picking up the conversation as if you've been friends forever.OR shared the same maternity wards together ;)

    Mwah! xxx

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  16. Was such a great event wasn't it. Like coming home to your friends.

    xxx

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  17. glad to hear everyone had a great time. im regretting big time now that i didnt go. i was a bit chicken cause i just didnt think what would happen as im only a new blogger with not so many followers. so next yr definitely coming.

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  18. Great pics! I'm more than a little jealous of the photo with Kirrily. I've wanted to meet her for 8 years!

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  19. Was so lovely to meet you.

    I get what you said about hanging with your posse. I loved meeting new people, but I loved even more hanging with the girls I've been building a close friendship with over the last year.
    Bring on next year!

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  20. So sad I missed it and in particular crying with you at the airport again. Wish we lived closer Miss Lucy. Thank you for keeping me in the loop at the conference. I lived vicariously through your tweets. I hope Seraphim (the guy) did too. LOL

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  21. Just like last year, I missed you as soon as I had the last hug with you. Soon, Mama Lucy. Soon we shall bump lumps and boobies again! You are one worth bottling, that is for absolute certain xoxo

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  22. I felt sad we didn't get to chat on Saturday night - maybe we can make a time for the coming weeks to do that? Love to you beautiful lady xx

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  23. So lovely to read all of this. I agree with Mrs Woog...you are one of the loveliest, warmest, beautiful women on the planet, truly. Xxx

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  24. So glad you had a fabulous time Lucy.
    Sounds like a great conference, looking forward to hearing more.

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  25. Maybe next year! If only to be photo number six up there!!! x

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  26. I love, love, loved having breakfast with you xox

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  27. Aaarrrgh I keep discovering post conference people who were there!! Got to meet you though via the gorgeous mrs Woog!

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  28. Loved seeing you again, and what about the #roomnotready controversy of "12....

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