TxSC15: CAMP

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In case you hadn't heard, it's official: TxSC15 is on! (Oh, and I'm on staff as the Volunteer Coordinator!) This year, the conference is about getting back to basics, so the theme is CAMP. Camp means a few different things. First, the conference is being held at a Girl Scout camp just outside of Austin (my childhood camp!). Second, CAMP stands for Create A Meaningful Presence.

Whether you blog or not, you've probably been hearing about blogger burnt out, for bloggers and readers alike. The general feeling seems to be a resounding "why am I still doing this?" Do I have anything left to say? Do I have anything left to wear? On top of that, the blogging world has become so saturated that it's hard to find and come up with new, original content.

I would be lying if I said I wasn't feeling it, especially recently. I may not have the follow many bloggers do, but I have been blogging for over three years now. Styles and trends have changed, but so has the blogging community. When I went to TxSC last year (read more about it here and here), I was disappointed in my fellow bloggers' focus on monetizing and gaining more followers. It was all about the numbers, and not at all about the content or creativity that so drew me into blogging in the first place.

The mastermind behind TxSC, Indiana Adams of Indiana/Elsewhere and previously Adored Austin, didn't want to put on another conference that would be more of the same. After TxSC13, she asked how the conference could be the most useful. The themes thrown around were storytelling, content creation, and inspiration discovery. This was so exciting to me, because this is what I'm most interested in as both a blogger and a reader.

CAMP is about finding a renewed sense of purpose in blogging. It's about really saying something, making connections, and using blogging as an act of creativity instead of an act of revenue building. Personally, I'm thinking of CAMP as a sort of blogging rehab, rather than a traditional conference (I really like what Indiana has to say about that here). We're attending as a group of women who are tired and need a little support to get back on track. That's why the tagline for CAMP is "a weekend away for female bloggers and business owners to reconnect with their creative spirit and their community."

I could not be more excited about leaving the baubles and blogger envy at home as we all head to CAMP. I hope you'll join us! The conference is half the size it's been in past years, so tickets are going fast. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Oh, and I'm staying in Standard+ Sleepers. If you're registered already, where are you staying? Can't wait to see you there!

11 comments

  1. Ah, that sounds pretty amazing. I agree, it does seem like so many blogs get focused on monetizing rather than creating, and while there's nothing wrong with being paid for what you love... it seems like a lot of people don't actually love blogging, they just want the money. Sometimes I feel like I don't have much to say (stay at home mom, no car... yeah, I have no life, haha!), but I still love blogging. The creativity of it is so much fun, and meeting new friends through other blogs is probably the highlight of the entire experience.
    Have fun at TxSC15!
    xo
    Kristina
    www.eccentricowl.com

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  2. I'm hella excited for CAMP! I ultimately decided on staying in the Roughin' it // sleepers cabin. There was no way I was gonna sleep in a tent in the middle of march. Can't wait to hangout with you and a ton of other bloggers!

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  3. I wish I could come, it looks like so much fun! but with the flight out and the cost of attendance, it's not doable. :( if I volunteer, do I get to attend and sleep for free? ;)

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  4. i wish you could come too! unfortunately we're only looking for local volunteers at this point because we need people to do stuff the weeks before and after. i'mma just cross my fingers that you have a buncha money coming to you for christmas so you can come.

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  5. I really wish I could- it's my birthday weekend! what a wonderful weekend that would be! But as Katie commented, the cost of attendance + the flight is too much for me to justify right now. I can't wait to hear about it though!

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  6. Well said Nicole! I can't wait to see you there and am really looking forward to creating something meaningful with you and new friends alike!

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  7. Sounds perfect! I haven't been to a lot of blogging conerences in the area because they all sounded like they were going to be very revenue-based and that's not why I'm a blogger. Is making money a nice perk? Of course! But not the reason why I started. Wish I was closer so I could go to CAMP. Hope it's a fabulous time!!


    -Chelsea
    chelsandthecity.blogspot.com

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  8. This sounds so fun. I need to find something like this in Chicago! Hope you have a blast!

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  9. This sounds like a great time!! I wish I lived in Texas!
    ~Sara

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  10. This sounds awesome, and like the only "blogger conference" I would attend, if I COULD! I hope you are enjoying yourself and learning some useful, creative things! I think any kind of blogger can relate to what you described, and I know I can. I'm excited to read what you share!

    Oh P.S. I am seriouslyyyy (like, booking tomorrow) considering a trip to Austin in Feb. My sister is going to run a marathon and casually mentioned it to me, so I think I might join her (just to hang, not to run!)

    ♥ perfectly Priya

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  11. the conference is in March! come!


    also please yes @ you coming in Feb! that sounds lovely. i will warn that it's always the coldest month in Austin, but our friendship will keep you waaaaarm.

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