BAM 2015

I just came back from Nashville and the BAM 2015 Conference.

It was a blast.

I was “Staff” (or so said my snazzy badge — which got left in Nashville –I probably took it off when I was doing something or other). That meant that I got to see the conference from a slightly different perspective than other people.

I got to meet people at the registration/cocktail party Friday night. Hugs were given, smiles were huge, and the Stouffer’s mac and cheese was plentiful. Women who only knew each other from tiny little avatars and from following each other’s blogs now met and talked and bonded. From my registration table I heard laughter and squeals of joy as people matched the person they were talking to with the image of the “online friend” they had. As people left the party I kept hearing “I can’t believe we’re together!” and “This is going to be wonderful!”

BAM15 party

We had a great time at 7 am exercising. There’s nothing cooler than doing the “flopping fish” and then drumming on conference chairs! To my fellow exercisers I salute you! Remember, “if you’re worried you messed up that last move, your heart doesn’t know the difference!”

Then the sessions started and people took their places. Stories were shared, ideas were floated. We learned from those with more experience. We were challenged to reinvent ourselves and to remember that we can do anything we want to do in midlife. We were taught about media kits and pinterest, about twitter and analytics.

I saw attendees helping each other with skills – teaching others how to Tweet, how to talk to sponsors, how to self-publish. I saw sponsors who were astounded at the authenticity and the camaraderie of the attendees. I saw BAMC15 trend nationally as the group worked together to let the world know that Bloggers at Midlife was happening and powerful. I saw the pride in everyone’s faces as our trending was announced.

And as the conference ended I heard people bemoan the fact that it was over and that they had not had enough time with each other.

Cathy and Julia

The connections have been made, and I loved watching it happen.
I can’t wait to see you all at BAM 2016!

13 Responses to “BAM 2015”

  1. Cathy ChesterMarch 10, 2015 at 6:38 am #

    I’ve loved you since BlogHer’13 and the affair continues, but I bemoan the fact that beyond that photo above, and a few niceties, we were too busy working for a chance to really chat. You are a wonderful person and I loved this post. It’s so you, Julia. Hugs across the miles until we meet again! xo

    • Julia RobinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 11:45 am #

      Hugs across the miles to you as well! We will have to make time to meet up again. We will find a way.

  2. Connie McLeodMarch 10, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Julia, it was so nice meeting you. What a great conference and next time I really will join the early morning exercise class!

    • Julia RobinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 8:52 pm #

      Oh Connie that made me laugh! I look forward to seeing you again next year.

  3. Judy FreedmanMarch 10, 2015 at 3:53 pm #

    It was truly a great conference. Wish I had a chance to spend more time with all the wonderful and talented midlife women.

    • Julia RobinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

      I agree. We have to figure out how to have that valuable connection time.

  4. Helene Cohen BludmanMarch 10, 2015 at 5:22 pm #

    Julia, I am glad we had the few minutes we did to say hello and chat. But next time I hope to spend more time together. Thanks for all you did to make BAMC15 such a success!

    • Julia RobinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 8:50 pm #

      Helene thank you for your kind words! I really do want to spend more time with you as well. I felt like we needed another day just to have connection time. Maybe next year 😉

  5. Lois Alter MarkMarch 11, 2015 at 3:26 am #

    Loved reading this and wish I had been there to give you a hug in person. Meanwhile, here’s a virtual one for you! 🙂

  6. Grown and FlownMarch 11, 2015 at 11:07 am #

    So nice seeing you, again, Julia! It was clear that you were a huge help behind the scenes on BAM. Hope we cross paths soon! Mary Dell and Lisa

  7. Rena McDanielMarch 11, 2015 at 12:41 pm #

    A terrific post! I’m glad I got the chance to meet you if only for a couple of minutes!

  8. Julia RobinsonMarch 10, 2015 at 8:54 pm #

    And did you notice what that personal trainer/fitness blogger was eating? Moderation in everything is key…and this weekend was a time for a little indulgence!

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  1. The Gift | Connie McLeod - March 10, 2015

    […] Well, yes! Anne, one of the main conference organizers, took pity on me since I was the only attendee there not involved with putting on the conference (I guess others read the agenda—I was a day early) and invited me to dinner with all the speakers. It was at a fabulous restaurant and thank goodness I only had one glass of wine because when I got the bill it was a $23 glass of wine! But it paired deliciously with the crab cakes and conversation. I tried to eat healthy since I was sitting across from Julia, a personal trainer/fitness blogger. […]

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