Why I Love Jody — and the I_Blog Conference

***Update: Jody created my own coupon code (I’ve never had my own coupon code!) if you register for the I_Blog Conference! Get $20 off with the code FOP (friend of Paula)! Thanks, Jody!!***

If it weren’t for Jody Halsted, I wouldn’t still be blogging.

I know myself too well. Without the support, guidance, and education I’ve received from Jody over the past 2 1/2 years, I know I would’ve gotten too busy or too frustrated, too discouraged or too overwhelmed. My blog would’ve followed along the path of so many other things in my life: started with a bang and then fizzled out.

She’s my biggest cheerleader, and she’s also a good-enough friend to tell me when I’m not doing something I should be, or when I’m doing something I shouldn’t. She’s the Felix to my Oscar.

That’s why when she decided last year that she was just going to put together a little blogging conference, I knew it was going to be great. That’s just how she does everything. And I was even more impressed than I had prepared to be.

I_Blog Conference 2009, at the Historic Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa

Here’s the deal—she knows what she’s doing. She knows social media, and she knows people. She knows what people want to hear, and she knows what’s a waste of time. She knows how to put together a lineup that includes something for everyone—or everything for everyone, as most of last year’s attendees would agree.

Attendees of I_Blog 2009 get connected online and offline.

I_Blog 2010 is looking to be even better than last year. She has booked some national experts in social media who will not only help you where you’re at, whether you’re a beginner or growing a business, but they’ll also chat with you over cocktails or breakfast. They’re great people.

Deb Brown of debworks.com at I_Blog 2009

So you’ll definitely be getting your money’s worth by attending the sessions. But Jody also knows how to create a destination event for people, being the travel writer she is, and the Hotel Pattee does not disappoint. The themed rooms are gorgeous and eclectic. The bowling lanes in the basement of the hotel make for a fun happy hour, and the food is amazing.

We stayed in the Scandinavian Room at the Hotel Pattee. The decor was so beautiful! I didn't feel worthy!
This was the door to our BATHROOM. Incredible!
Jennic Law, owner of kangarooboo.com, tries out the lanes at the Hotel Pattee.
Relaxin' and socializin' at I_Blog 2009 (and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes play).

I highly recommend attending I_Blog Conference this November. Register now to make sure you get in. Part of the appeal is the intimate size of the conference!

Me and my friend and roomie Kara at I_Blog 2009.

If you’ve ever considered blogging or just want to learn more about social media, I’m telling you — you won’t want to miss this event.

Jody Halsted (right) with Jenny Dammann, social media queen at Creative Memories.
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I_Blog . . . Do U?

What are you doing November 14–15? Did you say, “Attending the inaugural I_Blog conference at the Hotel Pattee in Perry, Iowa“? That’s what I thought you said!

You know my friend, Jody, the one I attended Blissdom 09 with, the one I’m attending the Type-A Mom Conference with next week (eek!), the one who coordinated and hosted my kickin’ garage sale? Well, apparently she doesn’t have enough to do, so she’s taken it upon herself to organize the first ever Iowa blogging conference!

Here’s what Jody says about why she decided to spearhead this event:

I_Blog came about as I was pondering why Iowa had no blog conferences. While I’ll admit it is not a destination there are so many wonderful places within the state. With that simple thought, coupled with building a community of Midwest bloggers, I_Blog was born. While I don’t envision I_Blog becoming a big conference I do want it to be a gathering for Midwest bloggers to learn and have fun- with an emphasis on the fun.

The I_Blog conference will be held on Nov. 14–15 at the historic Hotel Pattee, which is AMAZING! The cost is $75, plus $99 for a room (half if you get a roomie). The registration includes several meals and great speakers. It’s going to be a super-fun weekend of meeting new people, learning more about social networking, and relaxing!

So whether you currently have a blog or are just thinking about getting into social networking someday, register for I_Blog and mark it on your calendar. I’d love to see you there!

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