Today I have quite an exciting piece of something to share with you. And when I say exciting, I mean really exciting. Erin from Two Thirds Hazel put together an amazingly unique opportunity for bloggers that you're surely not going to want to miss out on. She has spent countless hours (and countless glasses of wine) pouring every ounce of hard work into this new venture over the past couple months and she's now finally ready to share it with the blog world. The best part about the entire thing? She asked me to be a part of it! And that's why I'm here today, helping her introduce this newest blog baby into our amazing blog community. So without further adieu, let me help Erin out in introducing...
A weeklong Caribbean vacation and blog conference, held on a cruise ship (yes a CRUISE SHIP!), ready and waiting for any and all bloggers to hop on board. Literally.
How freaking exciting is that?!
I'm sure we've all dreamt a time or two about how amazing it would be to get the chance to hang out with each of our favorite bloggers, all at the same time, all in the same place. The only problem with this dream being that we're all spread out across numerous cities, states and countries, making it pretty impossible to see everyone we'd like to. But that's exactly why Blogcation was created. Because what better way is there to finally meet all of the bloggers we interact with so frequently (and get to learn tons of great tips on growing our blogs at a conference) than by being on an amazingly awesome vacation together? The answer is quite simple really; there is no better way.
We'll be tanning our cheeks on some of the most pristine beaches in the Caribbean, five-star dining every evening like the queens that we are, partying our you know what's off with cocktails in hand, dancing the nights away at the club, trying our luck at gambling, hanging out in pools and hot tubs until our fingers prune, exploring four different countries, swimming with Manta rays, snorkeling in coral reefs, eating as much food as we can possibly stomach, and gaining tips on how to grow our blogs from some pretty amazing speakers... ALL while hanging out with so many of our favorite bloggers.
It really doesn't get any better than that.
Because how could one really say no to a five star hotel cruising around the Caribbean in 80+ degree weather smack dab the middle of winter? Especially when that hotel sails to Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Honduras, and the Bahamas all in one week. You can't say no that, you just can't.
And once you see the heck of a pricing deal we've managed to secure specifically for any Blogcation passengers, you'll be in 100% agreement. All you need to get yourself booked today is a $250 deposit, with the rest of your remaining bill due by mid-October. And you'll easily be able to pay it off because Blogcation isn't set to go down until January 10th-17th of 2015! That's a whole lot of months for you to plan vacation time at work and save up enough money to attend; making this blogger meet up one you surely won't want to miss out on.
Oh and about that blog conference portion of Blogcation? We're going to step out on a limb here and say that this isn't going to be anything like your average conference. First and foremost, because there aren't too many conferences out there that are held in the middle of the aqua blue waters of the Caribbean. If any, actually. And secondly, because this conference isn't going to require you to fork over an entire year's worth of paychecks for your admission ticket. It's only $100 to get your early bird ticket! We don't believe in spending a thousand dollars just to attend a blogging function. But we absolutely do believe in combining a relaxed and fun environment with a whole bunch of great advice that you can take home and put to use right away, providing you with a short and sweet yet still insanely beneficial, one of a kind experience. We also apparently believe in run-on sentences. But seriously, there's no stuffy, intimidating, ten hour long, banquet hall conferences here! We're just all about disguising the fact that you're learning by having so much fun together.
Let's meet all of the speakers that are going to make this so successful by in-turn making you successful.
Erin gave birth to Living In Yellow 3 years ago due to a canceled work day from entirely way too much snow. One post in and she knew she was hooked for life. Living in Yellow is a place for Erin to release her inner crazy, daily ramblings, love for macaroni and cheese, the occasional "I got dressed" post, and most importantly, a place to document her obsession/best friend status with Giuliana Rancic. Over the years, Erin has cultivated a community of thousands of readers, started a monthly clothing collaboration named Love, Yellow, hosts a bi-weekly virtual Blogger Happy Hour, was filmed for the American Blogger documentary, has spoken at Elevate Blog Conference, and has successfully grown hundreds of grey hairs in the process. Living In Yellow is a testament of what a lot of hard work, effort, and wine can produce. Erin absolutely loves talking everything blogging related and can't wait to share what has worked (and what hasn't) with you.
Sick of being a corporate desk jockey, Jason quit his job two years ago to build Passionfruit, hoping to in some small way improve the sick and twisted world of online advertising. Fast forward to today and Passionfruit handles millions of dollars in ad sales for thousands of bloggers. Known for his honest and irreverent marketing, Jason designed, built and wrote Passionfruit himself. Jason lives in Atlanta with his beautiful wife and four children, where they homeschool and run Passionfruit from the same crazy house. He’s a little league coach, Red Bull addict, lover of fine charred meats, chronic night owl and serious Minecraft junkie.
Whitney Ellen gave life to I Wore Yoga Pants about 30 minutes after she decided she was ready to start a public blog and, without thinking twice, she glanced down at the yoga pants she was wearing and her brand was born. Since that day, Whitney has managed to grow her blog into not only a place for humorous fun, but also an honest space where readers can relate to a blogger on a deeper and more personal level. In less than two years, Whitney has captured the hearts of thousands of readers, started up her very own t-shirt line, IWYP By: Whitney Ellen, has been interviewed and published by the Washington Post, hosts a popular weekly link-up, and even finds time to maintain her blog designing business along the way. When she's not pouring her heart out into the pages of I Wore Yoga Pants, Whitney is usually continuing on in her quest to maintain her Bagel Bite and boxed Chardonnay diet. She also likes taking long walks… with her four pound cotton ball of a pup, Sir Ellerton.
Lauren Gray is both the founder and creative director of Pearls and Pastries, an Etsy shop famous for its "Original Sequin Hanger". It's a place where sparkle, a hand full of confetti, and dreams come to life. Plus, with over 5,000 online sales and 20,000 Instagram followers, Lauren and her daily dose of sparkle have captured the admiration of many. Along with selling all things gold and glittery to the masses, Lauren also writes over at her Pearls and Pastries blog. It's a place you can drop by to get your daily dose of sparkle, find inspiration, and leave feeling as if you too can conquer your dreams. Lauren’s everyday life consists mainly of picking confetti up off the floor. She is the queen of top knots and feels as if she's saving the world one sequin at a time.Pretty freaking great right?
Take all of the knowledge you'll be gaining from each of these amazing speakers, add in one of the best ways to vacation ever, sprinkle in having fun with tons of the bloggers you've been hoping to meet for forever, and boom - you have yourself one of the best recipes anyone could possibly put together. So don't you even think about being the odd
man blogger out by missing this. Because you're really going to regret it come next winter when all your friends are gearing up for the best time of their blogging lives while you sit home with pale skin and no blogs to read.
Head on over to the official Blogcation website to learn tons more information about cruising/pricing/registering and book your ticket today. Oh and don't forget to pack your bags while you're at it too, because we're going on vacation!
P.S. Be sure to follow Blogcation on all of our social media sites so that you can keep up to date with everything going on. We'll be featuring our speakers and sponsors, hosting a giveaway or two, providing you with more information on cruise excursions, and just plaid old talking about all the excitement!