The past five months or so, Lynsey, Kim, Blondie and I have been planning an event meet up. We started what we call “Brandcation” a few years ago, but last year couldn’t host one because I was pregnant.
The idea behind the event is that so many conference focus on classes that the majority of professional and long term bloggers are already well versed in. That we could get together on the premise of relationship rather than classroom activity and learn just by being together and amongst our peers.
Having attended many past conferences most have their pluses and minus’ and it’s true that you get out of something what you put in. Yet, for me personally, the only thing I was getting out of a large conference was a full nights worth of sleep without my kids.
I wanted something MORE.
I wanted to walk away feeling like I had longer than a 30 second conversation and business card exchange, I wanted a feeling of being equal, and I wanted the chance to form a memory with someone, thereby solidifying our online and personal relationship. And thus Brandcation was born.
Bloggers on Bourbon (New Orleans)
Global Getaway (Orlando)
And with the help and generous donations of the amazing brands that we work with every day and the inclusion of fantastic bloggers of all niches, we embarked on our 3rd Brandcation, Bloggers Gone Coastal in Pensacola Beach, Florida:
(not everyone is in this banner one…had a few flights go out before we remembered to take it!)
Every time I leave a Brandcation I think…”that was the best group yet” and truly, this time it really was. The bloggers were fantastic, the companies were fantastic, the location was beautiful, we had a blast, and even better, all the bloggers have been raving about the trip and doing some social media overreach for the gorgeous gulf coast!
As an event planner, I could not be more pleased but as a blogger, I am blessed to be surrounded by so many talented and amazing women that are full of kindness and knowledge. Truly not the blogosphere that the media wants you to believe is out there.
While I will be writing about our Blogger Olympics Contest (Hunger Games Sandcastle building, anyone?)
Gulf Coast Zipping and Tubing (who knew that you could have so many injuries…TUBING)
and enjoying the beautiful Gulf Coast Scenery with dolphins and nighttime StarGazing,
for now I want to say thank you to all the companies that made this Brandcation such a success!
- Mogo Charm
- Tervis Water Bottle
- Capsul Cases
- The Village company (mr bubble)
- Kidz Bop
- Lush Gourmet Foods
- Lady Fortunes
- Pami Pocket
- Island Def Jam Records
- Ayala’s Herbal Water
- Wikki Stix
- Phone Fetcher
- Page Stationery
- Cereusart (Wine Charms)
- Annemarie Gianni Skin Care
- Veri Peri Sauces
- Twin Cottage Industries (Beaded Bungee Bookmarks)
- Kids Gear
- Smart Mouth
- Sacs of Life (diaper bags)
- Bright Star Kids
- EAD Designs (blogging geek stickers)
- Wahmies Eats
- Blue Orange Games
- DVO Enterprises (Cooking software)
- Etching Expressions
- Velvet Pepper
- Tiny Love
- Atlantic Luggage
- Drama Queen Bows
We hope to see you on the next one…. Bloggers Go Camping anyone??