I’ve lost my BlogPaws virginity and it was better than promised.
Here’s what BlogPaws looks like to a newbie:
- Besides pet bloggers, I met lots of people who work for pet-related businesses and volunteers and staff for rescues and shelters.
- I was most impressed by how well people knew what their pets could handle. A small percentage of people brought pets but those here seemed to cope well with the activity and stimulation.
- An occasional bark or meow in a class or meeting makes everything more interesting.
- As you’d guess, most of the bloggers are women. But there were a significant number of “blogger supporters”–kind of a “pit crew” for blog writers. These guys were a lot of fun.
- Meeting people is easy. You have lots of built-in ice breakers: “Oh, your cat is such a sweet girl” and “What blog do you write?” and “I recognize you, you’re Sharon of Grouchy Puppy.”
- Swag, swag, and more swag. The entire guest room bed is covered with treats, toys, coupons, and other goodies. Look for lots of giveaways in the future–a kinda “Something Swagging This Way Comes.”
- Although several speakers made the mistake of referring to dog bloggers over and over again, I also met some beautifully-behaved cats, ferrets, and guinea pigs.
- The BlogPaws organizing crew did a great job. Accommodations were terrific and even a hurricane which sent half the participants (and a few speakers) home early didn’t faze them.
- It’s really hard to decide which workshop to attend; each item on the schedule promised something interesting.
- And finally, the most important thing I learned was that Pup Fan is smart, funny, and loves her sweet girl, Bella. Oh, I guess I already knew that.
Intrigued? BlogPaws 2012 will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah from June 21-23.