Cards Against Humanity
You’ve heard of it, perhaps? Its tagline is, quite fittingly, “A party game for horrible people”. The irony is, of course, that we are not at all horrible people, we are merely people who want to leave the serious behind for a little while and have some laugh-your-ass-off, politically-incorrect, judgement-free fun — if only for a little while. (It only seems fitting that there should be a Canadian Blogger Expansion Pack. Am I right?)
You’ve heard of it, perhaps? It is “the premier conference for social media, blogging, PR and influencers in Canada.” Indeed. It is the place where all we bloggers and self-described social media influencers get to step out of our box for a few days and feel all the feels of meeting our tribe in real life.
Oh, sure, we teach and we learn, we laugh and we cry, we network and we listen. We also play and dance, we eat and drink,
we sleep, we talk and sing. We make connections. We sweat it out together, whether in a gym or on a dance floor. We support and encourage each other. We also ask questions and provide answers.
Q & A
This time, however, some of the most enlightening questions and answers came from a small black and white box and were revealed only late at night, behind closed doors. I’m not talking about session notes, folks. Cards Against Humanity happened. It happened hardcore.
That’s right. What happens when you combine Blissdom Canada bloggers with Cards Against Humanity? Well, for three nights we hosted CAH in our hotel room, laughing unapologetically into the wee hours of the morning. I’m proud to say we have at least four fewer CAH virgins and, let me tell you, those newbies catch on quickly!
Each night was a new group with the last night being the largest. I put on my hostess hat and was only too happy to ply my guests with M&Ms, chips and wine. The laughter followed naturally and, sometimes, hysterically. Answers were choked out breathlessly in fits and starts. Giggles and snorts were the norm.
It’s About the Connections
Here’s the thing about Blissdom — and I can’t wait to share more about my experience in my next post — the thing about Blissdom is that it is more than just a one-stop how-to for propelling our businesses forward. The magic of Blissdom is in the connections. The core of what makes Blissdom work is the relationships we have cultivated online and the opportunity to meet face-to-face with our peers, our friends and even industry professionals.
With each Blissdom I gain a new perspective and a renewed drive and focus for my business. This year I felt more social than every before, in part because I knew more people going in but also because I got out of my head. As a result, I gained new, very fabulous connections.
I embraced new comfort zones: singing onstage, tearing up the dance floor, taking selfies with people I admire. Most memorable, though, was inviting new faces to play Cards Against Humanity. It gave me the chance to relax, talk and mix things up with bloggers that I might not otherwise have gotten to know. And it was so much fun.
We all have a story. In fact we heard several very powerful stories during some of our Blissdom Canada sessions. But for that hour or two that Cards Against Humanity takes over, we are just fantastically fun and horrible people. And you know what? No one complained. Once that first card is played, the game is on and no blogger is left behind.