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BIG News & BloggyCon

If I’m being 100% honest with y’all, I’d have to say that I reluctantly went to BloggyCon ’14 at Cedar Point this past weekend. Veeeeeeery reluctantly. So much so that I was tempted to call the event organizer and just lay out for her all of the reasons I didn’t want to go:

  1. We just moved from Kansas to Georgia.
  2. My husband will be jobless in approximately two weeks.
  3. I came down with a severe cold the day before we were supposed to leave.
  4. We planned to drive 768 miles to Sandusky, Ohio and back again. Because, you know, we haven’t spent enough time in the car lately.
  5. Cedar Point has always been on my bucket list, but I wasn’t going to be able to actually enjoy myself there.

[Well, that’s a negative attitude. Why couldn’t Katy enjoy herself at one of the happiest places on earth?]

Because they don’t let pregnant women ride roller coasters, that’s why. 

Thaaaaaaat’s right. Brian and I took at look at our lives this past summer and decided we just didn’t have enough excitement. So we went on ahead and thought we’d have another baby in March.

Surprise!

Yes, we were surprised. And a bit bewildered as you can see from the three positive tests (I wouldn’t have been convinced with just one or two). And I’m certainly going to leave a scathing review for a little period tracking app called Pink Pad. Apparently, I WAS rather fertile that day.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand we just lost my dad. 

In all seriousness we are SO. EXCITED. Surprised? Sure. Excited? Beyond it.

However, the excitement doesn’t negate the state of my body right now. So, reason #6 I wasn’t too excited about BloggyCon had something to do with the way my 33-year-old body has decided to SHUT DOWN for the past 12 weeks. I’ve been nauseous and exhausted to the extreme, but it appears those symptoms are finally starting to wane now that I’m moving into the second trimester.

Even with all that craziness, I couldn’t stand to leave the BloggyCon ’14 coordinator high and dry. Especially since I committed back in April that I would speak there. I put on my big girl, stretchy pants, packed just a few essentials…

packed a few things

…and made the trip to Ohio. But not before we dropped the kids off at my parents’ house.

I’m pregnant, but I’m not crazy.

Though the drive was long, my head was full of congestion, none of my clothes fit comfortably, and I knew I wouldn’t get to enjoy a single roller coaster, I am so glad we decided to make the trip. Not only did I have a chance to share my “Vlogging for Brands” presentation with an incredibly receptive audience, I was able to absorb so much knowledge from people who are truly doing this blogging thing incredibly well. You can check out the entire list of speakers on the BloggyCon ’14 website. I was honored to be included in this most impressive lineup.

Photo credit: Maureen McCormick

Photo credit: Maureen McCormick

I could write 25 posts in praise of this conference and Cedar Point, but I won’t do that to you. Instead, I’ll give you 5 reasons I plan to go back to BloggyCon ’15, and why I would love for y’all to come with me!

1) The Rides

I refuse to remove Cedar Point from my bucket list until I’ve had the chance to ride something other than the carousel.

Cedar Point's only ride for pregnant women

This is me pretending to have a thrilling experience. Clearly I need to work on my “thrilled” face.

And by the way, Brian was reprimanded for taking this photo. Cell phones and/or cameras are strictly prohibited on all Cedar Point rides. Which makes perfect sense on a roller coaster that climbs 420’ at 120 mph. Not so much sense on a carousel that maxed out at a death-defying .005 mph and took 7 minutes to creep to a complete stop. The adrenaline junkie in me was NOT satisfied. Though, admittedly, I did nail my head on the pole during this photo shoot, so I suppose I shouldn’t be trusted on a more thrilling ride.

This is the official Cedar Point paperwork that outlines the rides approved for pregnancy.

Cedar Point paperwork for pregnant women Cedar Point's Kiddie Kingdom

Notice that the majority of the rides without an X beside them reside in Kiddy Kingdom, which is cruel and a bit ironic since most adult rear ends won’t squeeze into those rides. Much less a pregnant rear end.

Brian refused to ride a single roller coaster without me because, “I’d rather just walk and talk with you than ride a roller coaster by myself.”

[If roller coasters don’t make you sick, that sure will.]

Mantis at Cedar Point

Still, I FORCED my sweetheart to ride the Mantis since it will be gone forever by this time next year. He assured me that it wasn’t as much fun as it looked.

Busted!

Brian’s a bad actor.

The closest I got to the Mantis

This is as close as I got. Oh, the sacrifices we make for our children.

2) The Hotel

The hotel where we stayed (Hotel Breakers) is in the process of a much needed facelift that should be done in time for next year’s conference. I can’t wait to see the changes they make to this massive, 109-year-old hotel. Though it was certainly outdated, the slight germaphobe in me was pleased to find that the rooms were clean.

Additionally, Cedar Point and the surrounding hotels are a bit fanatical about Halloween. Both our hotel and Cedar Point were decked wall-to-wall with fun, freaky decor.

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3) Family-Friendly Fun

Though the idea of driving 1,536 miles to a conference and a theme park with three children doesn’t sound all that fun, I plan to convince myself that  it will be worth it to see their faces in the Kiddy Kingdom. I was surprised to learn that Cedar Point is a great place to bring even younger kids, and I hope we have the ability to do that next year. Maybe we’ll also bring my parents along for moral support. And some Melatonin.

4) The Conference

BloggyCon is smaller than other blogging conferences I have seen, but the people involved are no less experts in their fields. I learned so much from the conference organizers, the sponsors, the speakers, and other attendees.

I was truthfully a bit star-struck by 4-year-old fashion designer “Mayhem” and her mom Angie.

Fashion by Mayhem

You may have seen their intricate paper dresses on any number of media outlets and online as Fashion by Mayhem. It was such a joy to hear Angie’s photography session and then talk blogger-to-blogger and mom-to-mom about their sudden rise to fame and how she and her husband manage all the opportunities that have come their way as a result. This family is a great example of how to cautiously and graciously embrace “viral” fame.

5) The Support Network

I recently had a reader send me a private message on Facebook. She asked, “I am new in the blogging world and also work full time. What would your advice be to build a successful blog?” I wrote to her about consistency (looking in the mirror, here), setting goals, and maintaining quality content. But I would be remiss if I failed to mention that one of the most important keys to long-term blogging success is to find a support network. Brian is without a doubt my greatest support as a co-partner in our blogging business. He’s the one who conducts all the research and makes it possible for me to write and record video without worrying about the blog’s technical details. He’s also the one who gently nags me when I haven’t written in a while.

But even with Brian’s support at home, blogging can be a lonely business. There are times when I would love to just go to lunch with a colleague or (gasp!) sit in a meeting to learn more about my business. Believe it or not, I even miss having to put on panty hose and heels every morning.

[I think the baby is cutting off the oxygen to Katy’s brain.]

BloggyCon ’14 offered us the opportunity to build our support network. It gave us a chance to gather with like-minded bloggers, to learn from some of the best in the business about how to maintain a successful blogging business, and to have fun together as a family.

God willing, we’ll be right back in Cedar Point next fall for BloggyCon ’15!

I’ll be the one in the back of the room with the screaming baby. 

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Comments to "BIG News & BloggyCon"

  1. Karmen

    September 17, 2014

    Congrats!! How exciting you are having a baby!! I am only a few hours away from cedar point and tried to make it work to go to the conference but just couldn’t do it. Next year for sure!!!! And my girls are old enough to babysit.
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    • Katy in a Corner

      September 17, 2014

      We would LOVE to see you there next year! Let’s plan on that for sure, Lord willing.

  2. Dona

    September 17, 2014

    Awwww….having that extral lil’ darlin’ must have made you realize you NEED 3! Congrats and God bless you and that new one!

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 17, 2014

      Funny you should say that. Ginlee certainly taught us that our kids could actually enjoy playing together. She is greatly missed around here! Thanks for the congrats, Dona!

  3. Stephanie W

    September 17, 2014

    Congrats!! So exciting! And I will pray your pregnancy at 33 is easier on your body that mine has been at 35! 🙂 If not, don’t worry I can provide you with the same medical advice my OB gave me–invest in Depends. 🙂

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 17, 2014

      Guuuuuurrrrrrrrrl. I didn’t think 33 was old until I got pregnant. I can feel a big difference in this pregnancy and the ones 3 and 5 years ago. BIG difference. I’ll keep the Depends in mind. Hopefully I won’t need those for a few more decades.

  4. jean

    September 17, 2014

    First of all, congrats. I loved your workshop and it was just what I needed so a special thank you for making the effort to come. My hubby loves roller coaster so I hope you two get to come back and ride next year. I will hold the baby for you! LOL
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    • Katy in a Corner

      September 17, 2014

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Jean. And I’m thrilled you enjoyed the workshop. I do hope we’ll see you again next year!

  5. G-Man

    September 17, 2014

    Sounds like you had a great trip but I have a couple of questions for you. Sandusky, Ohio? Did you see Tommy Boy? Also, did you get me any good ideas for Halloween from the hotel? 🙂

    • Katy in a Corner

      September 17, 2014

      Actually, they had some pretty scary decorations. You and mom should come with us next year to get some ideas. And if you happen to babysit while you’re with us, so be it.

  6. Amanda Whitley

    September 17, 2014

    I am so excited for you! Yay!!!!!!! 🙂

  7. Krist Norcross

    September 17, 2014

    I’m delighted for all of you!! I don’t know if there is evidence of injury in the first trimester related to coasters…but I support you level of restraint! I rode a Harley until 3 months with all 3. Even took the experienced safety course with Grady.

  8. Stephen

    September 17, 2014

    Very exciting news! Congratulations. It seems both of our family plans are on similar tracks as we are expecting #3 in early April. We love you all and hope that we can catch up with you in the near future.

  9. Lesley Donaldson

    September 17, 2014

    I’m very glad you came. You’re session was highly informative! I’m certainly adding video footage to my blogs.
    And, congratulations!

  10. Monica

    September 18, 2014

    Congratulations!! I’ am so thrilled for you and your family. I pray that you will have an easy and healthy pregnancy. God’s blessings to you. BTW – I love Cedar Point. Only a little over an hour away. I’ll be happy to watch the new baby while you attend BloggyCon. 🙂

  11. Bree

    September 21, 2014

    Congratulations, on your pregnancy!
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