Thankful Thursday: Reflections of a BlogPaws Newbie

 

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The Dad the Flat and the Hat will be offering their purrspective on BlogPaws Conference today…

Thank you Brian.  As most everyone in the pet blogging community knows, BlogPaws was held last week in Tysons Corner, VA.  I want to thank the fine folks at Purina for sponsoring me and making our attendance possible.  We were BlogPaws Newbies, an honor that you can only retain until you attend your first BlogPaws event.  Now we are BlogPaws veterans.  There were approximately 525 pet bloggers there, lots of doggies and a several adorable kitties.  From the moment we hit the main lobby we were surrounded by friends, other Flats and a Plushie or two.  It is the most amazing feeling in the world to meet people you feel like you already know and then to find out you’re right, you do know them.

We arrived at BlogPaws around 4:30PM on Thursday, just in time for some mingling with our pals and the Welcome Reception and the keynote address by David Meyer from Adopt-a-Pet.  What we could hear of David’s talk was terrific, unfortunately the seating in the hall was more conducive to chatting that to actually listening to the speaker, which was really kind of sad.  The next morning we headed downstairs early to the breakfast and found our way to the Newbie’s sections.  The one and only Caren from Cat Chat with Caren & Cody was in charge of the Newbie’s group and everything was totally, totally purrfect!  There were actually eight tables of us Newbies at the morning breakfast, and while we might have been Newbies, we certainly weren’t strangers.

All-in-all the food at the breakfasts, lunches and dinners was terrific.  We attended many educational sessions and, as with any conference, some were good, some were great, and some were just so-so.  The Red Carpet Happy Hour (along with The Official Red Carpet Walk) and the Nose-to-Nose Social Media Pet Blogging Awards was the highlight of Saturday evening.  I knew so many of the nominees, and the winners, and cheering each of them on likely was one of the best memories ever.  The host for the Nose-to-Nose Awards ceremony was David Frei of Westminister Dog Show fame.  Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of a K-9 police vest to Office Tom Binckley of the Arlington Police Department and ten pet oxygen masks to a local fire department.

So, now I’m a BlogPaws veteran.  Would I go again?  Absolutely!  Next year?  Not likely.  BlogPaws 2014 will be held in Lake Las Vegas, NV.  If it were actually on the Vegas Strip I might have considered it, but now I seriously doubt it.  Besides, I’m not much of a traveler and going that far just doesn’t get me overly excited.  But I will be returning to BlogPaws, it is a totally awesome event and I am so thankful for having been a small part of it.

One thing I must learn to do is tote my camera along with me.  Typically when I travel I use my iPhone camera, which, unfortunately, I rarely take out to get a photo and by the time I do the fantastic scene has past.  I also rely on our friends to share some photos with me.  With all that in mind, I’ll close today with my BlogPaws Flashbacks…

Me with Flat Brian, Plush Cathy Keisha, Flat Cody from Cat Chat with Caren & Cody and Flat Carl from Twinkletoe Tails  (photo by TW from Stunning Keisha)

Disco from Curlz and Swirlz

Coco from Curlz and Swirlz

Kevin & Tracey from Animal Shelter Volunteer Life, and me with Flat Brian and Flat Oskar from Pet Blogs United (photo by Pam at Pet Blogs United)

Mom Jobi from Ask Fisher and Daddy Kiril from The Opinionated Pussycat

Caren from Cat Chat with Caren & Cody and Christine from Miami Riverfront Cats

Me with Plush Cathy Keisha (photo by TW)

Me with Daddy Kiril from The Opinionated Pussycat

Me with Dorian from Your Daily Cute
(photo by Angie Bailey Holland from Catladyland)

p.s.  – Want to see me in the famous Deb Barnes from Zee & Zoey Cat Ears? CLICK HERE

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Marks Mews
7 years ago

Wow! We are serisly regretting telling TBT he couldn’t go to the BlogPaws cuz of all those wunnerful kitties that we THOUGHT might have attracted him away from us. Now we know better…

Fur Everywhere
7 years ago

Yaaaay!!! BlogPaws 2014 might actually be close enough for me to go to (I’m in Colorado, so it’s not terribly far). I’m sorry it’s too far for you to travel, though. 🙁 It looks like you had an amazing time with Flat Brian!

kate
7 years ago

what an pawesome event! Loving the flat Brian photo and the plushie 😀

mollieandalfie
7 years ago

Looks like it was a tough job Brian, but someone had to go..Bawahwaaww Love all the photo’s and what a fab time everyone had xx00xx

Mollie and Alfie

Hilary
7 years ago

one year I have to go and meet all my cat bloggy friends. If it is ever in NY I am in… it is too hard for me to swing time off to travel for a conference..

Whisppy
7 years ago

You were quite a hit with the Flats and Plushies! 🙂
Oh, and we love that picture of you with Deb and the kitty ears!

Flynn
7 years ago

Looks like it was a great time meeting up with everyone. I loved seeing all the photos.

Marg
7 years ago

It sure does look like everyone had such a good time. What fun to see all the cat and doggie bloggers. That is so terrific. Loved the report and and the pictures. Take care and have a great day.

Diane@BibliophilebytheSea

Sounds like a wonderful event. Thanks for sharing all the photos –Brian is just as cute FLAT:)

Pat Hatt
7 years ago

Sounds like a grand time indeed, way to far from our Canadian feed though. And no way what so ever Cassie or I would ever dress up for the show lol

Nikita Cat & Elvira Mistress of Felinity

Oh, meow! That photo of our daddy kiril, at the table, has us rolling on the floor laughing!

We asked him about the look on his face and he swears he has absolutely no idea! 😀
We hope you share this in time for this evening’s special late Blog Paws edition!

Nikita Cat & Elvira Mistress of Felinity

OOP! Editon of the Carnival of the Cats!

Sorry, hard to type when you are MOL.

Nikita

Hannah and Lucy
7 years ago

It looks as though your Dad had a great time at Blogpaws and great to see the faces of people we “meet” regularly.
Luv Hannah and Lucy xx xx

Iris
7 years ago

Brian it looks like you Dad had a wonderful time at Blogpaws. It must have been really fun to meet up in person with blogging friends.

Bugsy and Knuckles
7 years ago

Great post. We felt like were right there. Thanks for taking all the time to tell us about it and for showing us the pictures.

Have a great day.

hugs, Bugsy and Knuckles

Cats of wildcat woods
7 years ago

We should have gone tot he VA one since it is so close. Glad you got to go!

da tabbies o trout towne
da tabbies o trout towne
7 years ago

dood…yur dad looks az good in cat earz.. az ewe due ina hat !! glad him wuz abe bull ta catch up with, and make mew friends !!!! hope at sum point, everee got sum trout 😉

Sometimes, Cats Herd You

It looks like so much fun, getting to meet so many of the bloggers when they’re out from behind their keyboards! Our head peep hopes to make it to a future BlogPaws. It sounds like a great experience.

Mayzie
7 years ago

Whew! Mom luved BlogPaws but she is STILL pooped! She said it was super great to meet you (and Flat Brian) even if it was just for a second.

Wiggles & Wags,
Mayzie

Angel and Kirby
7 years ago

BlogPaws sounds like a lot of fun!

Random Felines
7 years ago

Mom says it was great to get a chance to meet Brian’s dad…and we didn’t realize you were a newbie too 🙂

Cheysuli
7 years ago

The Woman has enjoyed BlogPaws when she went. However, we pretty much have to travel–it’s always farther than one day’s drive from Seattle–the closest it’s been is two days or a plane ride. You were lucky it was that close to you! She is planning on Vegas because flights are easy and it’s one of those two day drives!

Katie Isabella
Katie Isabella
7 years ago

Oh I LOVED seeing the pictures of flat you and your daddy and all the other bloggers too. What a treat! xxoo

Clarissa & Co.
7 years ago

What a fun time!!! We love the “Flat Brian”. Mom has a Plushie Batman (our brofur – not the superhero!) and a Plushie Bandit. Sometimes Plushie Batman travels with her. She said it isn’t the same as having one of us with her, but she knows we are happier being at home.

Sage
7 years ago

What a fun experience that must have been!

easy rider
7 years ago

Thanks for this post, I was as I would be there with you. I like the idea to wear kitty-ears :o) … and the Flat looks cool!

Gin and Bailey
Gin and Bailey
7 years ago

Looks like you all had a lot of fun…..great photos too. Looks like Kiril is up & running again too! Thanks for sharing your experience….Bailey says woof, woof……

Layla Morgan Wilde
7 years ago

I’ve enjoyed reading everyone’s take on the event and learned something from each one. I so missed meeting you and we’re going to do our best to attend in 2014.

Cathy Keisha
7 years ago

Plush CK and TW loved meeting you and Flat Brian. We don’t travel well and won’t be going to Vegas either. TW had a better time at this one because she knew what to expect and paced herself. Really, it was a pleasure spending time with all our blogging and tweeting friends.

Sparkle
7 years ago

My human was happy to see your human at BlogPaws, Brian – she just wishes she had had more time to spend with him! There were SO many great friends there! We are not far from Las Vegas, so we are already registered for BlogPaws 2014 – I hope 2015 is closer to you so you can attend again!

Connie
7 years ago

It really was a treat to see you there! I am glad you enjoyed your time

CATachresis
7 years ago

Great sum up, Brian’s human! 🙂

Louise Dolan
7 years ago

BlogPaws looked like great fun. Fantastic photos of you mingling with the other bloggers.

JC
JC
7 years ago

That is just too cool that you went and met some of your fellow bloggers.
The LV one I could do.

Callie (a.k.a. Trouble)

Thanks for the info. I am still trying to decide if I want to go to next year.

The Misadventures of Me

Those are some amazing stories and pictures! How awesome you got to meet the beans behind the words. One day – maybe – if we get the mom to blog more, she would think of going??

We is sorry the Mom is late in helping to answer our blog comments. She’s a mad person mixing up lotions, salves and whatever else she makes fer her big convention next month.

Fanks fer stoppin by!

Adan & Lego
7 years ago

Woww!!!
What a great meeting~!!!!!
Must be a very very exciting day!!

Ann Paws
7 years ago

It sure does look like lots of fun. I’d love to go, but I’m also not much of a traveler and Vegas I’m not so sure about.

The Island Cats
7 years ago

The mom says one of the highlights of BlogPaws was getting to meet you, Terry! One thing though, she realized how many cat bloggers she didn’t meet because she didn’t know they were there. Like Fisher’s human. Maybe in the future the BlogPaws’ organizers should put together a list of everyone attending. The mom says she wants to go to Las Vegas for BlogPaws 2014.

meowmeowmans
7 years ago

What a great roundup! I know we said it before, but it really was such a treat, and an honor and pleasure to meet you and Flat Brian, Terry. 🙂

Oui Oui
7 years ago

We enjoyed your post and photos! Our mom wants to go to Vegas, and so does The Girl! So we are making plans.

Penelope
7 years ago

Brian! Your Daddy looks PAWSOME in Cat Ears! Me is really enjoying reading about all the fun the flat cats (and dogs) had!
Kisses
Nellie

Spitty the Kitty
7 years ago

Ha ha ha! Loved seeing your Dad in those pictures, Brian! He went a little kray-kray there, didn’t he???

speedyrabbit
7 years ago

looks like you had a great time,xxx Speedy

thecatguy
7 years ago

thanks for sharing your newbie experience! maybe next year I can go and be a newbie too!

Deb Barnes - Zee and Zoey

Brian… err, I mean Terry, I had no idea you were a newbie, as you handled yourself like a veteran pro! It was so nice to finally get to meet you and I am beyond honored to induct you in my “Mancat Wearing Cat Ears Hall of Fame!”

Caren Gittleman
7 years ago

OMG this was BEYOND FUN! I am behind reading blog posts and just got to this!! THANK YOU so much for your incredibly kind words…but……..trash that photo where i look like I escaped from a looney bin! lol!!!! (kidding, you don’t have to trash it!) It was sooooooooo great seeing you again….wish we had a conference every month so I could see you all the time!
xoxoxo

Clooney
7 years ago

What a great review of BlogPaws, thoroughly enjoyed reading your post! Psst…and you look just fab in the cat ears!

Cory
7 years ago

That was a pawsome review. I’m getting excited because my flat self will be going to Vegas! Woo hoo!

xoxo Cory

Catherine
7 years ago

Love it!
xo C

Teri and the cats of Curlz and Swirlz

Thanks for wearing the black hat so our Teri could find you! It was a real pleasure to meet you, Terry and also to see you sporting the cat ears, too! Oh, that photo of the Sphynx in the straw boater isn’t Disco, but Moshe Moshi from Coffee, Cats n’ Yarn…

Janet@TheCatOnMyHead
7 years ago

Glad for your opinion from a newbies point of view. Mom really wanted to go but couldn’t and most of those who have been before have not given the 2013 event a very good review. And like you, she’s not too interested in going to Las Vegas. Let’s hope for a good locale for 2015. Purrs and hugs, Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Josette.