Nashville and BlogPaws 2015 Conference Here We Come!
I don’t think I can even begin to describe how excited I am to be hitting the road with one of my best friends for the BlogPaws pet blogger conference this Sunday morning. We are heading out a couple of days early so that we can do a little sightseeing in Nashville before the conference starts.
When I originally signed up for the conference, I had thought I might have to face my fear of flying to get there (though I knew there was still the possibility of hitching a ride with one of my fellow New England bloggers too). I decided to ask my close friend Sheryl if she wanted to drive there with me…but I honestly thought she’d think it was a crazy idea and say no. I was surprised and thrilled when she said yes!
So not only do I get to spend some quality time with my bestie, but I then get to meet a whole bunch of online friends in person and many of their pets too. On top of that, I’ll be learning a lot about blogging and I hope it will help me and my blog to grow.
I only wish I could be taking at least one of the dogs with me too, although I do think that for my first time attending it might be better to not have them to worry about. I want to get the full experience, and I’ll have enough to deal with just trying to come out of my shell and relax (though my dogs would be great ice breakers). Sheba and Cricket don’t like to ride, so they’re out. Luke loves to ride, and he had his own road trip when he was only 8 weeks old and rode up here from Alabama. But Luke just isn’t very good with strangers.
So I’ll be leaving the kids behind in the capable hands of their Dad…I’m grateful to have such a supportive hubby who is willing to care of everyone for over a week. He encouraged me to take this trip and he also encouraged us to take the couple of extra days too.
It will take us two days to get to Nashville. We’ll be crossing over through Vermont and New York, over the corner of Pennsylvania, and then down through Ohio and Kentucky. I love seeing new places, even if it is just mostly in passing. I have been to Nashville before; back when I was in college and sang in the chorus we did a tour across some of the South singing at different churches. We only passed through Nashville though with no stops that I remember. You have to zoom in on the map below to see our whole route.
I’ve been busy, busy getting ready for the trip. For the first time I’ll actually be writing a couple of short posts ahead of time because I want the blog to stay active while I’m gone (though we’ll be quite a bit quieter than usual). I may try to put up a post while on the road, but you’re more likely to see some photos from the road and the conference if you follow us on social media (which you can do if you don’t already through the icons at the top of my sidebar…we’re even on Instagram now). Of course, I’ll have all the details when I get back! Plus I’ll just be getting home just as our Multiple Pet Mania blog hop begins, so watch for that too. June will be a busy and exciting month for us, which is good, because I can imagine what a letdown it’s going to feel like when the conference is over.
I’m also already behind on visiting all of my blog friends and commenting on your posts, and I’ve kind of given up on catching up at this point since I know it will only get worse when I’m gone. I’m doing the best I can to visit your blogs, but if I haven’t made it, I will definitely catch up when I’m back home and things settle down! I’m hoping this mini vacation will inspire me (I’d say get well rested but it’s definitely not that kind of vacation…though I do intend to spend some time relaxing at the motel pool!) and I’ll learn how to manage my time better (there’s a class on that I think!).
I think I know most of which of my blog friends will be attending, but just in case, leave me a note in the comments if you’ll be there, so I can look for you! Both my friend and I will need to hug your pets if they’re with you (and they allow it) because we will surely be missing our own.
We are joining the BlogPaws pre-conference linky party! Visit other blogs through the links below for networking and more information about the conference!