Weekend Links: Blissdom ’11 Edition

To say my head was spinning after the Blissdom blogging conference was an understatement. Quotes, notes, stats, names, and faces all played themselves on a loop in my mind to the soundtrack of the top-secret flashmob that I performed in with 90 others. Yep, crazy times.

Jotting down the stream of information in point form has helped clear my head a bit since I’ve been back, as has forming one massive To-Do list, and putting names to Twitter handles and those handles to blogs –  but that pesky Miley Cyrus song still continues to roll!.

It’s daunting to think of summarizing Blissdom ’11, and I’m not going to attempt it, (although, if you’re curious, there’s a short, but thorough snapshot HERE) but I have to give a shout out to the incredible women (and guy!) that I connected with.

Simple Living Media Community

As you know, Simple Bites is part of a larger online network, Simple Living Media. All of us who edit the various channels and many ladies who contribute to the different sites were present at Blissdom, and it was momentous!

L-R: Nicole, Mandi (@mandiehman) Tsh (@simplemom), me, Kara (@KaraFleck), and Jamie (@jamie_cmartin).

On the first evening, I sat in a fine Italian restaurant with Tsh, Kara, Nicole, Jamie, Mandi (our ad manager) and Terry (works with Mandi on ads), and marveled at how we clicked. There was a sense of coming home, of really belonging to this marvelous community that we are so blessed to be a part of.

Speaking of community….Tsh threw a party for Simple Living Media staff who were present at Blissdom – editors, contributors and our solid ad manager.

Pictured L-R:

It was incredibly humbling to be in the same room with so much talent; these girls know their stuff! The casual brainstorming that was going on would make your brain spin.

Some of the chatter about creating apps and building homes made from recycled tires had me marveling, but I did provide some homemade marshmallows that sparked some conversations of their own. =)

Thanks for a great party, Tsh!


Photo by Aimee Giese of Greeblemonkey Yours truly, proving that I did look, listen and learn at Blissdom and it wasn’t all about relationships!

Most of the sessions had me wanting to jump up and down with excitement. Once I got over the thrill, relief, and sheer luxury of listening to people who spoke my language, I started taking notes as fast as I could and tweeting the occasional hot tip.

All the panelists were stellar, but unforgettable were both Brene Brown and Scott Stratten, who bookended the conference. Go follow them NOW: @BreneBrown and @UnMarketing.

Brene’s thoughts on Free-Range Social Media were bang on. Definite recommended weekend reading.

Sweet friends: Bridget, Kristen, Kristan, Cheryl, Amy, Shaina.


As can be expected, a large part of the conference is connecting with other like-minded bloggers. I am not a shy person, but I’ll admit to being a tad apprehensive at the thought of meeting a ton of new people IRL (in real life). I shouldn’t have. When one is surrounded by people who get them, there’s no room to be uncomfortable.

I made some new friendships and solidified existing online relationships. Here are but a few of the fantastic women I connected with and intend to stay in touch with over time.

Now, if you haven’t watched our awesome flashmob, go check it out!

About Aimee

Cooking has always been Aimée's preferred recreational activity, creative outlet, and source of relaxation. After nearly ten years in the professional cooking industry, she went from restaurant to RSS by trading her tongs and clogs for cookie cutters and a laptop, serving as editor here at Simple Bites. Her first book, Brown Eggs and Jam Jars - Family Recipes from the Kitchen of Simple Bites, was published in February 2015.

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  1. You said so much in this post. so much truth.

    And, I’m so honored to be included in that list of women you hope to keep in touch with.


    I think you're rather inspirational and wonderful and I loved meeting you.

  2. Aimee, thanks for the recap. It sounds you all had such a great time. Prayerfully, next year I can go 😀

  3. I. MISS. YOU………..that is all I have to say! ♥

    seriously good times!
    Great recap! I can’t write my post yet because it’s SO hard to sum it up in one post, I think I’ll just link to everyone’s recaps! haha

  4. Love you and was so happy to finally meet you in person after all these years. That was definitley a highlight!
    Great recap post, Aimee!

  5. bridget {bake at 350} says

    Aimee…..it was such a pleasure meeting you and getting to know you in PERSON!!!

    I hope our paths will cross again soon!

  6. It was wonderful to meet you. I’m so glad you joined Rachel and I for the food tribe gatherings.

  7. Thanks for the recap. Sounds like it was super duper. I assume you were the one wearing the maple leaf hat in the mob. 😉

  8. Wish I could have been there!!!! Thanks for sharing… and introducing me to so many new folks. Can’t wait to find them all and read their great stuff.

  9. Aimee,
    What a TREAT to meet you in real life and get to spend so much quality time with you. I’m so pleased to have been introduced to almost all the lovely women on your list. You described my general bamboozlement well! 😉 Katie

  10. I miss you guys! I had such fun talking and getting to know all of my friends better this weekend, and I’m looking forward to seeing you again in May!

  11. Thanks for the link Aimee! It was so fun meeting you! I love your gentle spirit. I can’t wait to spend some more time on your blog! Hope you had a great trip home!

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