The definition of Bliss = Supreme happiness, utter joy or contentment
A few weeks ago I attended the much awaited social media conference called Blissdom Canada. It was a very interesting experience. I have attended conferences before so I get the gist of it. I think the question I asked myself the most was what did Blissdom Canada do for me? What did I take away from it? I’ve read so many posts and really pondered this, mulled the words over in my mind, savored them much like a fine wine. There was some fine wine by the way but let’s not go there.
The connecting was definitely the best part for me. I did learn a lot as I am still so new to this blogging world with only one year under my belt. I am a fledgling learning to fly from branch to branch in this social media world. I was very excited to meet two of my very good friends We have been tweeting and chatting for over a year. Kat from Kats-confessions and Nancy from whisperedinspirations It was good to hear the giggles and get to know one another in real life.
I think we had a great time, I feel bad for the people in the rooms beside us as we really did giggle till the wee hours. We had fun with Deanna fromMaple Leaf Mommywho shared the room with us. Those beds are not the biggest let me tell you but we managed. We enjoyed a delicious dinner with Aeryn who is just a doll and a really great gal. Meeting her was such a pleasure. I look forward to attending Blissdom Canada next year.
There were people I met and panels I listened to where I was inspired. One topic I really enjoyed and that surprised me was Canadian-Ish: Being Canadian in A Borderless Digital World. There were a few women there who I never had a clue were Canadian. To hear stories of how some bloggers do not let their readers know they are Canadian was a little disconcerting. For me being Canadian is part of who I am. I have readers from all over and they know I am Canadian. If someone chooses to not follow along my journey because of where I am from then I think that is a real shame. That being said I also don’t saturate my blog with being Canadian either.
It really made me think of the content we as bloggers are writing. It is the stories that are shared around the world by men and women that move me to tears, or make me laugh, or start a change deep in my soul. Not where these writers are from. I am proud to be Canadian and I will not hide it from anyone. It is not my nationality that makes a connection to other bloggers but my heart.
Here in Canada we are a small ratio in the social media world but our voices are strong. I believe for myself being Canadian should not be hidden it should be celebrated, but it is not the only thing that defines me. It’s part of who I am but not the only side that I portray to the world.
One of the other panels that I loved and really got me thinking was A Little Sprinkle Of Viral Dust: Making Your Message Blaze Across The Medium. It was in this panel that I had the absolute pleasure of hearing Jeff Pulver. He is such an ambassador of positivity, it something we share. He also gives the best hugs. I know I would love to work with him at some point in the future. I don’t know how or when I just know it is something I would really enjoy.
When there was time in between the panels I did get the chance to speak to some of the sponsors of Blissdom Canada. It was interesting to me because many companies are still so new at social media like myself. I am not sure if this is an avenue I want to pursue with my blog but I am not closing the door to it either. I want to make a positive influence to people, so if there is a company that can do that with me, I see no problem in working together.
I met so many different kinds of bloggers. I find it fascinating to talk to all these people, learn what they blog about, what their interests are. It makes for a huge melting pot that is to be savored and enjoyed. I believe if we were all the same conferences like these would not exist and if they did I would be afraid to go. It would be too much like a Stepford conference for women if we were all identical. I like variety, I like the different spices and flavors of all life has to offer.
I think there were many people who maybe did not get what they wanted from this conference. To those people I would share something with you. It could be a little surprising to some but it makes so much sense to me that I did not find my bliss at Blissdom Canada.
I did not bump into my bliss in the hallways, or share an elevator ride with it. I did not meet it at any of the places we went to. I did not find my bliss in a glass of wine, or giggles in the middles of the night. I did not find my bliss on the Karaoke stage, not in the screams of the ladies when Jordan Knight came to visit. I did not find my bliss anywhere.
I did not even go to Blissdom looking for my bliss.
I did not find it because I brought it with me. It was in me the entire time. You can’t go looking for bliss really. It’s not something you find, its something you feel deep within. There is no where on this beautiful earth where you can find bliss until it is in you, a part of you. Something so interwoven in the essence of who you are. It’s as inseparable from you as your soul.
At least that is what I believe. Not only that I believe. It’s what I know.