Hey Fabulous Readers!
I’m back from a much-needed blogging break. SO much to tell!
My head is swimming with details and I simply don’t know where to begin, so forgive me if I list the awesomeness via Headlines:
BLOGHER ’11 ROCKED
I spent 5 days in sunny San Diego, enjoying my first (and certainly not last) blogging conference. For bloggers wondering what the conference is all about, and what to expect, I’ll let Google handle your inquiries – you’ll find many amazing posts on the subject, all from unique perspectives that really are a must-read. For my part, I’ll just say this: GO. Go once. Go every year. Go because you want to. Go because you should. Just GO.
FORD CANADA RULES
As you likely saw from a previous post, I was sponsored by Ford to attend the event. Ford put together a wonderful group of ladies – including Donna Antoniadis from ShesConnected, Erica Ehm of YummyMummyClub fame, Dee Brun the Cocktail Deeva – and superstar bloggers from across Canada that I had the esteemed pleasure of both meeting and tweeting. More posts about my experience at BlogHer to come.
VASANTI ON MY CHEEKS, SKECHERS ON MY FEET
I was also lucky to have my makeup for the event provided by Vasanti Cosmetics, and SKECHERS outfitted my shoes for the duration of the trip (four stylin’ pairs to be exact). Yup, awesomeness all around… and posts on those fabulous sponsors to come as well.
THE END OF THE GIVEAWAY GAME
I embarked on the conference with an open mind and put much thought into the direction of my blog. And after a lot of soul searching, I realized that my true strengths – and desires, for that matter – lie in posts that aren’t necessarily tied to reviews and/or giveaways. Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE giving back to my readers, and will likely review many more products in my time, but have decided to transition away from a “review” blog and get back to Listen to Lena! 101: shopping, family, recipes and fun. So after my final set of giveaways for the Summer Beauty & Fashion Guide, you’ll see more classic Lena posts; me just writing for the sheer pleasure of writing. To all my sweepstakes friends, thanks for stopping by! Hope y’all will stay for a good story or two.
With so much going on over the last few days, I need to turn in! Goodnight friends, back for more fun tomorrow!
Mom vs. the boys
busy busy lady! I can't wait to see how you made skechers go with your conference attire! I want to wear comfies to bliss!
I'm looking forward to more of Lena's tips for better people relations and communication :-)
Hey Lena,Love to hear that you're getting back to the old-school Lena! Don't get me wrong, I still pop by regularly but I'm not much for giveaways. Obviously, I'm not doing MOmMy bRaIn anymore but I know when I got caught up in the giveaways/reviews, I lost my love of blogging. It go really easy to get caught up in it, cause, let's face it, free stuff is AWESOME. But I definitely felt like the quality of the blog suffered as a result. Can't wait to read more in the future…xoxo
I have 30000 photos to sort through. Ever glad we met. xoxo
Welcome back Lena! Whatever you blog about I will be reading…looking forward to the new direction of your blog:) xo
lots of updates! so many posts sharing insights about your fam made me LOL irl. i'm happy to hear that you're returning to your roots and i thank you for all your tireless work putting together your prizes and reviews. good luck in your new post! wishing you much success! xo
Woot Woot!! I love it!! Don't get me wrong who doesn't love a giveaway but I truly do prefer reading about anything you write!! You truly are hilariously smart and extremely talented. Not to mention super beautiful(inside&out) I look forward to you doing what you do best!! Best of luck on your new ventures and I will always be a Listen to Lena lover!! Xoxo
As much as I love your giveaways I never seem to enter them, I always mean to come back & then never remember to do so. I do miss commenting on & reading your regular blog so I'm looking forward to what's to come!
@MVTB – there are so many comfies to choose from!@Fiona – yes, I definitely have to get back to that. Thanks for the reminder ;)@Jen – hugs to you. You def know where I'm coming from.@Raymi – so happy we met!@Lotus – you've been so supportive from day 1! Thank you!@Mommynoob – you are awesome. Thank you!@TinyTotsx2 – you are my greatest fan ever. I really appreciate you.@Tracy D – hugs! I'm happy you'll stay with me!
Super excited about "THE END OF THE GIVEAWAY GAME".Like the others said, giveaways are great, yet I never find the time to enter. I miss the good ol' Lena stuff, family, food, breastfeeding, coupons, sales, etc….though your recent stuff sounds so exciting! What a great experience for you :)
Thanks for the awesome feedback ladies!