A Girl Walks into a BlogPaws Conference: True Story

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A girl walks into a conference…

Sounds like a set-up in need of a punchline?

Better than a one-liner, it’s the beginning of a true story about how life can change course in the blink of an eye. And it’s also the introduction to a pet-loving story between a girl and her dog.  (A dog who unknowingly inspires the girl to live in the moment, catch all the fun she can, and push forward because you never know what new adventures lie ahead.)

Want to know more? Here’s a peek behind the curtain:

Meet a couple of real characters…

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Chloe–a fluffy muppet of a goldendoodle dog with a nose for adventure and an ongoing obsession with a yellow tennis ball.

Jenise–Chloe’s dog mom and sidekick whose favorite adventures are any that include her muppet pup. She fully supports her kiddoodle’s obsession for yellow tennis balls. The two share endless games of fetch.

Take a peek at the back story…

A whole new world (and a pet-loving adventure) begins after Jenise is laid off from her 27-year career as an innovator and strategist at Hallmark Cards. In the blink of an eye, her world is rocked. But with Chloe by her side and through the support of her family, she decides it’s time to reinvent herself–and to put her energy into a business of her own. Through freelancing and consulting, she begins to rebuild.

As she works, Chloe patiently waits by her side until it’s time for a break­–a game of fetch or two or three or four. It’s during those moments of companionship, that a new adventure ignites…and the two become the hands and paws behind the vision for Happy-Go-Doodle, a blog and brand founded in sharing as much joy with others as Chloe shares with everyone she meets.

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Think. Think. Swirl. Repeat…

“Wordpress and keyword strategies and how to grow an email list…and what’s affiliate marketing, anyway?” Self-doubt swirls around in the girl’s head like a goldendoodle doing zoomies in the first winter snow.

Red goldendoodle dog, Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe, chasing her tail in the snow with her floppy dog ears flying

Chloe’s happy-go-lucky attitude helps Jenise press on–along with her discovery of another joy: a social learning community called BlogPaws.

Aha! BlogPaws!

Through a Google search, BlogPaws pops up at the top of the search results. Like a dog sniffing out a treat hidden under the couch cushion, the girl joins BlogPaws–a premier social media company, a gem of a pet-loving community, a wealth of social media/blogging education, and a gold mine of new connections with pet-loving people, pet brands, and a friendly BlogPaws staff. And all of this culminates in a yearly pet blogging and social media conference.

With some coaxing from her family, she attends the BlogPaws 2017 conference in Myrtle Beach.

Which brings us to back to…

A girl walks into a conference…and discovers a pet-loving life journey…

From the moment she steps off the plane in Myrtle Beach, the connections with cool people begin. Through conversations with bloggers, brands, influencers, and speakers, the girl’s (and Chloe’s) new future begins to unfold.

A girl walks into a conference…and walks out with her suitcase packed full of swag (a.k.a. yummy treats from brand sponsors that’ll make a dog say “bow-WOW”) and her own heart filled with memories, friendships, connections…

…and even more love for pets and the people who love them.

Collage of photos from BlogPaws 2017 conference including Happy-Go-Doodle

The Happy-Go-Doodle ending?

Well, this story is still in the works as the girl and her dog set off on more blogging adventures together. But the next chapter will be written at the 2018 BlogPaws conference in April!

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What will BlogPaws do for you? 

We hope our BlogPaws story offers a little inspiration to you and insight into what the BlogPaws conference is all about. Wherever you are in your life journey or in your pet-loving adventures, BlogPaws could be the spark that ignites something new for you too! We hope you’ll join us at the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in our hometown of Kansas City, Missouri!


Also, we couldn’t be happier or more excited to let you know that we’ll be serving as BlogPaws 2018 conference ambassadors! (Ok. I’m the official ambassador, but Chloe will be my partner and ambassa-doodle!) It’s an honor and privilege to be part of the ambassador team along with these amazing pet bloggers and influencers:

You can read the BlogPaws 2018 Ambassador bios here.

BlogPaws Conference Ambassador Badge

Being an ambassador is a chance for me to pay it forward–to share the kind of hospitality that I received last year from the 2017 conference ambassadors, bloggers, brands, BlogPaws staff, and so many other pet-lovers at the conference. (Read more 2017 happy conference memories here.)

Additionally, as the BlogPaws Speaker Ambassador, I’m excited to help share news about the great line-up of sessions and to help the speakers feel welcomed to the BlogPaws community and conference!

Five Tail-Wagging Things to Know About the BlogPaws 2018 Conference

1. Who’s invited? Everyone!

Friends have asked me whether the BlogPaws conference is right for them. My response? “Yes!” Chloe’s response?  “Abso-doodle-ly!”  I asked BlogPaws Campaign Manager Bernard Lima-Chevez who should attend the 2018 BlogPaws Conference. I loved his response:

“The BlogPaws conference is for everyone. Maybe you’re curious to see what a pet-friendly conference is all about. Maybe you have an Instagram account and you would like to do more with it. Or maybe you’re a serious blogger or social media influencer who’s ready to take your business to the next level. Wherever you are on your journey, we have something for you.”

– Bernard Lima-Chavez

2. When is the BlogPaws 2018 Conference? Where is it? 

Mark your calendar, get registered, and start humming  “Kansas City, Kansas City here I come…”

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3. What makes BlogPaws unique?

Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and I think of it this way …

“Animals and people have a great bond. Together we can change each other’s lives. #BlogPaws is the spark.” -Happy-Go-Doodle #ad #bloggerlife Click To Tweet

Plus, this year marks BlogPaws’ 10th conference anniversary! It will be an epic celebration of ten years of loving pets and bringing people together! It will be a special celebration that’s bound to become a happy memory for a lifetime!

4. How do I register?  

It’s easy. You can register here and then look forward to all the new adventures that are about to begin for you! Once you register, BlogPaws  will make sure you have all the information you need–and as an attendee, you’ll get to hear all the latest news first!

Register here 

(Note: This code is only valid on Network, Blogger, and Small Business Rate. All others pay full price.)

Don’t wait or hesitate! There are a limited number of tickets and we don’t want you to miss out.

5. How can I learn more?

Find out more about the BlogPaws 2018 Conference in Kansas City, MO right here!

Red goldendoodle dog in front of North Kansas City Missouri Fountain and words look for me in KC

Ready to write a new chapter in your pet-loving story?  Then the 2018 BlogPaws conference is right for you!

We hope you’ll catch all the BlogPaws conference happiness along with us!

Doodle kisses and tail wags!

– Happy-Go-Doodle Chloe and Jenise

Have you attended a BlogPaws conference? How has BlogPaws positively impacted your life? We’d love to hear! Please comment below!

Do you have questions about this year’s BlogPaws conference? Please comment below. We’ll do our best to answer your questions or to direct you to someone who can!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of BlogPaws. The opinions and text are all mine.

33 thoughts on “A Girl Walks into a BlogPaws Conference: True Story

  1. What a fantastic post! I’m really looking forward to seeing you in Kansas City. I’m so glad BlogPaws had such a profound effect on your life. It can definitely a life-changing experience if one takes full advantage of it.

    1. Awww…thanks so much! I’m looking forward to seeing you too! Who know what this year’s conference will bring! So exciting!

  2. I had an amazing time last year, and I’m really looking forward to this year’s conference too! I’ll rep both Colorado Pet Pantry and The Rufus Files, but Rufus is staying home. I *might* bring Sophie- we’ll see. So many dogs impressed me last year with their good behavior, I worry that Sophie would be too wiggly for that many people.

    1. Happy to hear that you’ll be at the conference! I’m looking forward to seeing you!

  3. Ahhh I LOVE your photos from the conference! I so wish I could go this year, but I’m definitely making it happen in 2019. Can’t wait to see everyone’s adventures during the event!

    1. Thanks! We’ll be sharing photos and information during the conference on Happy-Go-Doodle’s social media. But if you change your mind and decide to come to KC, it would be fun to meet you!

  4. So, I’m a very new blogger and of course the self doubt swirls daily! Another blogger suggested I go to the conference and since I’m only two hours, I’m definitely considering it. Then the introvert in me is screaming: “you have to network,” “you don’t know anyone!” “You have to talk to new people,” there will be a lot of people.” Luckily, your post makes it sound worth all the insecurities and doubt. I can do this! I have so much to learn about blogging and I’m so hopeful for the journey it could be!

    1. I’m so glad you stopped by and read the post! Yes, the conference is definitely worth it! Once you get to the conference and see all the adorable pets and friendly people, the doubts dwindle. You can do it and have fun too! If you have any questions, please let me know. Happy to help!

  5. We can’t wait to meet you in Kansas City. It is going to be so much fun and we will all learn such a lot. Our flights and hotels are booked and now, we wait for the day!!!!

    Good luck and conCAtulations. Make sure you introduce yourself. I nearly missed a couple of our Ambassadors the year I was International Ambassador from New Zealand!!!

    1. Thank you! We’re looking forward to meeting you too! I understand what you mean about nearly missing folks! There’s so much to do and so many people to meet! We will make sure to introduce ourselves!

  6. Isn’t it amazing how one door closes and another one opens? I was in a similar situation last year and was only blogging a few months before I attended BlogPaws in Myrtle Beach. The people (and pets) are amazing and it should not be missed. Especially the 10th anniversary conference.I’m looking forward to chatting with you a little more this year.

    1. Yes, so true. Step through the door and new adventures await! I’m looking forward to chatting with you more this year too! And congrats on being named a BlogPaws conference speaker!

  7. Aw what a great story! I’m looking forward to meeting you! It will be my first time attending. I love how you explained the benefits of the conference. You’ve reminded me to announce it to our readers as well that I’ll be in attendance and speaking!

    1. Thank you! Congratulations on being chosen as a speaker! I look forward to meeting you…and learning from you too!

  8. It’s a fantastic event for pet peoples to meet, mingle and learn from each other. I hope that one of these days I can make it also.

    1. So true! Hope you can attend sometime too!

  9. Aww, what a wonderful post! It brings back so many fun memories of my first (and so far only) trip to BlogPaws! It was a fantastic time. Congrats on being an ambassador!

    1. Thank you! It’s such an honor to be a BlogPaws Ambassador! It will be so fun to help welcome everyone to the conference and make them feel as at home as I felt last year!

  10. Such a cutie-pie doodle! I’m happy you found your purpose and inspiration at the conference.

    1. Awww…thanks! And thank you for stopping by to join us on our adventures!

  11. I’m getting so excited for the BlogPaws Conference! Joining this community was one of the best decisions I’ve made. The wealth of information that everyone shares just blows me away. From blogging tips to pet knowledge, I’m continually impressed by the conversations BlogPaws promotes.

    1. You said it well! The conference is the icing on the cake! Or the peanut butter on the Kong ball! I’m looking forward to meeting you at the conference in KC!

  12. Oh, my what a fantastic post and so sweetly told. And congrats again on being a BlogPaws ambassador! I wish I could meet you again this year, but I’ll be watching the live stream from afar!

  13. Last year was my first year attending BlogPaws and it was great! It looks like there is another amazing group of ambassadors. I am looking forward to going again this year.

    1. It’s great to hear that you had a great experience too! This year’s 10th anniversary conference should be a very special one. Hope to get to meet you!

  14. I am thrilled that you are one of our Ambassadors this year! You are a total rock star and will be so important and such a great resource for the speakers, as well as attendees and brands!

    1. Awww…thanks so much, Bernard! So excited to be a BlogPaws Ambassador and get to pay forward all the kindness that we’ve received from so many…including you! You were one of the first to follow us on Twitter when we started blogging just a little over a year ago! Thank you!

  15. This event sounds so amazing! I REALLY wish I could be there! My young kids are still in school so unfortunately travel is pretty much out of the question. I loved reading about your journey to blogging and how BlogPaws has impacted Your and Chloe’s life! What a blessing this organization is for all of us!

    1. So true! Wish you could come! Kansas City is family-friendly with…just sayin’ 🙂 Thanks so much for your kind words about our blog and our blogging journey. Grateful for BlogPaws and pet-lovers and pets!

  16. Soooo excited to work with you and see you in KC!

    1. It’s an honor to be an ambassador and get to work with you, Carol! Also, congratulations on being selected as a BlogPaws conference speaker! I’m looking forward to your session and learning more about affiliate marketing! See you in KC!

  17. I absolutely luved reading this Chloe Doodle & Miss Jenise! And Mom & I didn’t realize you used to work for Hallmark! We can’t wait to hear about your experience as Ambassador! I think Chloe needs an official hat! Purrs & luvs & keep up the furr-tastic work!

    1. Thank you, sweet Valentine! The hat is a great idea! It could say “Official Ambassa-doodle! Tail wags and take care!

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