Editor's note: I'll be at this conference through Saturday. Follow my tweets @maricare
Some of the best business ideas have emerged out of necessity.
In 2008, Alli Worthington and Barbara Jones, who met on Twitter, attended a party for Nashville bloggers, but the event was canceled. So, they decided to to do an event themselves and the BlissDom Conference was born.
We wanted to create more than just another blogger conference. We wanted BlissDom to be an uplifting gathering for women who want to share support and encouragement and also build online publishing venues that fit their lives, personal goals and values," Worthington, a lifestyle-blogger and founder of the online womens magazine Blissfully Domestic, said in a news release.
After five years in Nashville, the conference, which began Thursday, will be held in at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Grapevine. This year's event is expected to attract about 1,000 social media pros and digital entrepreneurs.
The conference will focus on four areas: business, life development, photography and video, and writing. Keynote speakers include Jon Acuff, author of "Punch Fear in the Face"; Susan Cain, author of "QUIET: The Power of Introverts in A World That Cant Stop Talking"; and Scott Stratten, author of The Book of Business Awesome.
Alli and I shared a deep desire to offer entrepreneurial online publishers meaningful tools and support," said Jones, an alum of Southern Methodist University, who is the CEO and founder of Blissful Media Group, which provides social media marketing.
For the first time, the conference's Handmade Marketplace was free and open to the public on Thursday. Folks shopped for unique and vintage wares made by artists from around the country. Some of the local vendors include Plano's Dorey AromaTherapy and Skullsoap, handmade soaps from Dallas-based radio host Cindy Scull.
Attendees will also get a chance to rub shoulders with celebs including The Voice finalist Chris Mann and Glee's Amber Riley, who is a spokesperson for "Child Hunger Ends Here" and will debut a new song written for that campaign.
In 2012, BlissDom attendees had more than three million followers on Twitter, approximately 15 million friends and likes on Facebook, and websites that gathered more than 100 million monthly page views, according to Blissdom.
The cost of the event, which runs Thursday through Saturday, is $399 to $499 per person. For information on the conference, visit: http://blissdomconference.com/