I am the change: BlogPaws West Part 2

I just posted two really kind of depressing posts, didn’t I? Well, how about we lighten it up a little with a continuing recap of the BlogPaws event. The mood brightened considerably after the morning keynote.

After that experience, I slunk into the next session with notebook at the ready. First was “Building your Brand and Platform Through Blogging” with Michele Miller of WonderBranding and pet lifestyle expert Charlotte Reed.

They were great. I took notes about funneling and branding to women and all of that, but what I remember most is Charlotte’s incredible memory and ability to speak to a person, ascertain their needs, look across the room and say, “You need to hook up with Jennifer over there; she blogs for Richmond’s dog scene.” It was pretty awe-inspiring. I am terribly shy (I really am!) so I am always impressed with anyone who can walk in and own a room.

Then I sat in on Tracie Hotcher, author of the Cat Bible and the Dog Bible and Penny Sansevieri of Author Marketing Experts for “Book Publishing in a Digital World.” Tracie begged, nay, implored all of us wide-eyed aspiring authors to for the love of all that is good in this world not pen a “I didn’t save my dog, my dog saved me” memoir which was of course the book I was going to write, since that is what dog lovers do. “Emmett and Me” was the working title, that or maybe “My Dog Emmett”.

After lunch, ready or not it was time for the Be the Change panel. We had a long discussion over whether to do it standing, or sitting at a long table, or sitting in chairs. I voted for chairs mostly because I thought it would kind of be like The View, except we all like each other, and because I had been waiting for over a year for a chance to wear my most favorite and impractical shoes ever and there was no way I was making it an hour on my feet.

This is the only picture I can find, because of course being a highly professional blogger and all the only camera I brought was my iPhone. I believe the credit for this one goes to BorisKitty over on Twitter; please correct me if I’m wrong!

The young lady speaking on the left is Miah Thornton, who started her own site Start the Change to encourage kids to get involved in making a difference. I think when I was her age my biggest concern was beating Super Mario Brothers. Kids like her warm my heart! Seated are Jane Harrell from Petfinder, Dorian Wagner from Your Daily Cute, Lynn Haigh of Pawpawty, and some other person whose name escapes me at the moment but if you could see her feet you would know her shoes were awesome.

We also got to debut the new Be the Change video, of which I am very proud. I can’t believe how many individuals out there are busting their rears to make a difference for animals. I am so inspired by every person on it!

It wouldn’t be a Be the Change panel without more challenges to announce- coming up next week is the official Blog Paws West Challenge, Adopt A Loss Adoptable Pet Week. I hope you all participate and help us make it a success! More on that later.

Oh, and it has been confirmed that the Pawcurious 24 Hour Blogathon 2010 is a go. Anyone nuts enough to want to participate alongside, it’ll be happening sometime the week of November 7-13th. Last time we raised $2500 for the San Diego SPCA; I can’t wait to tell you what I want to do this time. I think you all will like it.

So much to write about and I feel like I barely scratched the surface of the conference! I guess you had to be there to really get the full gist of it. The third and final recap will cover the Saturday Vet Track and the Petties!

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  • Megan

    Dr. V,

    I’d love to participate in the blogathon again! You can email me to braistorm about a guest blogging post if you would like 🙂 Love ya as always!

    • Megan

      Sigh. You can obviously see by the timestamp how ungodly early it is (6:10am in my neck of the woods). I obviously can’t spell ‘brainstorm’ this early, lol!

    • YES! Absolutely!

  • I wasn’t around for your last 24 hour blogathon – looking forward to seeing what that’s all about. Bummer about that picture from the Be the Change panel…we can’t see your most favorite and impractical shoes.

  • Tonya

    Happy tears today! The video is AWESOME!!!! Congrats on a great job, and kudos to everyone in it. Honestly inspiring. And I cannot wait for the blogathon this year. It was so much fun being a part of last year’s.
    P.S. You KNOW we need to see the shoes!!!!!

  • Lisa W

    +1 on the “we need to see the shoes” comments!

    Can we sponsor a topic this year? Since you were so kind as to write the “Heart Dogs” piece, there are two topics I would LOVE to see (and for which I would happily contribute to the cause): the first is sort of a “Heart Dogs One Year Later” to see how grief changes over time and how people can use it in a positive way, and the second is “So You Want to Start an Animal Sanctuary.” Please let me know if you are interested in either of those and what amount of cashola to the cause would be required. 😉

    • Yes! We’ll talk.

  • Of course this photo COVERS UP THE SHOES. Can you please just take a photo OF the shoes and post it? They are THAT yummy. Truly.

  • Tamara

    Great wrap-up! I’m reading all the wrap-ups on all the blogs to keep the joy and inspiration alive 🙂 By the way, I noticed those shoes the minute the Be The Change panel started – GREAT shoes! And, an amazing presentation from all.

  • Dr V I went through my photos and I have some of The Shoes. Well, kind of anyway (was taking pic of the entire Be The Change panel). I’ll email you.