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Follow Your Bliss ~ Blissdom Canada 2011 Contest

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You're a passionate blogger. You love meeting new people. You want to go to Blissdom Canada - but you need a ticket. GoGirlfriend wants to help! Blissdom Canada tickets sold out in under an hour but that's not a problem - one GG reader is going to the conference on us - FREE!

GoGirlfriend is sending 1 lucky reader to Blissdom Canada - free!

Follow Your BlissFollow Your BlissMale or female, Canadian or American - if you want to go, we want to send you! We're also going to throw in some pretty cool, personalized stuff just for fun and a few runner-up prizes. Travel expenses will be up to you.


This contest gets you the golden ticket that opens the door but you have to get to the door.

Follow your bliss to Blissdom

Here's what it takes to win - travel somewhere, shoot some pics and write about it. And you have all summer to do it - the contest runs from June 1 to August 15 - that's some serious travel time!

Get Your KicksGet Your KicksSince GoGirlfriend is a travel blog, we'd like to showcase all the wonderful places our GoGirlfriends (and Guy Fridays) travel. Pick a place you've visited, snapped some pics and tell us why you love it - for your family, lover's getaway or just for you. We'll post your story on GoGirlfriend or you can post it on your blog and link to GoGirlfriend. It's that simple.


Of course, our judges can be swayed by creative tweeting and Facebook love. We'll be using the hashtag #GGBliss throughout the summer so you can follow where all your friends are traveling and writing about.

Tourist in your own cityTourist in your own cityRemember, you can be a tourist in your hometown too - writing about where you live is totally cool with us. Just remember the pictures!

Not sure what Blissdom Canada is all about and why you need to be there? Jump on Twitter and follow the BlissdomCanada Twitter hashtag #BlissDomCanada and you'll soon see - this is THE conference for Canadian bloggers.

Blissdom ContestFollow Your Bliss ~ Blissdom Canada Contest Rules

  • Contest opens June 1, 2011 and runs to August 15. Winner will be announced August 22, 2011.
  • Write a blog post on a place you've traveled to (minimum 250 words). The story must be previously unpublished and you must own the rights to the content.
  • The story must be about a place you've visited personally and have pictures to prove it.
  • The contest is open to Canadian and American residents, men and women over the age of 18.
  • You can post the story on your site with a link to GoGirlfriend or you can send it to us at jrosien@GoGirlfriend.com and we'll publish it on our site.



For your story, please include the following:

  • When you visited
  • Your traveling companions
  • Original pictures of YOU at the destination
  • Links to more info about the destination - so we can follow your bliss too!
  • What you loved (or could live without) about the destination
  • Why you want to go to Blissdom Canada with GoGirlfriend

Our contest opens officially on June 1st and runs through August 15 - lots of time to follow your bliss and write about it. We'll announce a winner on August 22, plenty of time to get your flights and hotel booked to Toronto before Blissdom in October.

Our esteemed (and downright good looking) panel of judges is comprised of 5 amazing men, who have not sworn an oath to unbiased judging.  They'll be selecting a winner on a totally subjective basis - if they like what they read, they'll pick you. Simple right?

We highly recommend checking out these guys and then getting up close and personal with them. Yes, they respond to flattery and Twitter love - that's why we picked them (and their profile pics are pretty hot too).

Our Judges

Trevor Cherewka

Trevor CherewkaTrevor CherewkaA self-proclaimed Man About Town, Marketing  guy, Social Shaman and Twitter Addict. This Schmoozologist with Jedi mind tricks is the original guy behind the Tweetstock organization. He has an Uber Git-R-Done philosophy and reset the bar on tired so many times that he is now constantly awake.

In his professional life he is a partner at TiK ToK Media and Grandelicious Food and Wine Show.  In his personal life he resides with his wife Tabitha and 6 kids, belongs to St Johns Ukrainian Hall, goes to church and is also a really nice guy...just ask around. He's kind of a Medium Deal.

Follow Trevor on Twitter at @trevor_cherewka3434 and @tweetstockca2631.

Benjamin Bach

Benjamin BachBenjamin BachBenjamin Bach spends his days helping clients buy and sell investment and commercial real estate in Waterloo Region, Canada.

He currently serves as Director at KW Commercial, a division of Keller Williams Golden Triangle Realty, specializing in the acquisition and disposition of investment real estate including apartment buildings, student housing, hotels, development land & NNN lease commercial buildings.

In addition, Benjamin has been sought out for his insights into business & marketing in the digital era. He  has written for international publications, appeared on TV & Radio, been quoted in national magazines, taught classes across the province, spoken for crowds at conferences and authored numerous articles. Follow Benjamin on Twitter at @BenjaminBach4951 and read his personal blog at BenjaminBach.com.

Matt Scobel

Matt ScobelMatt ScobelIn 2010, Matt put his passion for marketing and technology together to launch Project Macfrica, a non-profit initiative to establish Macintosh computer labs across Africa.  With the first computer lab established, Matt's focus is now on growing awareness for the project through social media and preparing fundraising efforts for the second trip in February, 2012. You can follow Matt's journey on Twitter at @MattScobel322 and @ProjectMacfrica3232 and read his personal blog at MattScobel.com.

Taylor Jones

Taylor JonesTaylor JonesAnna Kournikova once said, "Like a young person, I do what I want." Taylor Jones has the same mentality. Taylor is a 21 year old Waterloo Region born Business Communications Specialist for the world renowned BlackBerry. And also is a part of the Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest Marketing team, as the Social Media Coordinator. After graduating from Conestoga College's advertising program in Kitchener, Taylor knew that he needed to use networking and social media to find a job in that exact same field that he was using.  Follow Taylor on Twitter at @TJ4148 and read his personal blog at TaylorJones.com.

Jason Dykstra

Jason DykstraJason DykstraJason Dykstra is a lover of three things; Family, Conflict Resolution, and Travel!  He has traveled extensively in the western provinces of our fine country (Canada) and the majority of the States as well.  Jason works as a conflict resolution specialist with Absolution Mediation and specializes in helping people with relational issues move from conflict to creativity.  He has a beautiful wife and son who vacations with him. Follow him on Twitter at @Jasondyk3745 or read his personal blog at AbsolutionMediation.

Contest Rules

Now for all the stuff our lawyers tell us we have to tell you.

Blissdom Canada 2011Blissdom Canada 2011The Blissdom Canada prize is one ticket to Blissdom Canada, October 13-15, 2011. The prize is non-transferable and must be claimed within 24 hours of the announcement of the winner. The prize has no cash value and if the winner cannot use the ticket, the prize will be given to the first runner up.

Ready to get traveling and writing? Follow the hashtag #GGBliss and let's have some fun!

To submit stories directly for publication, email us jrosien@gogirlfriend.com. Don't forget to share the Facebook love and Twitter fun too!

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Okay, I've written my post for the #GGBliss contest! I'll keep my fingers crossed! Here it is: http://www.julieharrison.ca/family/a-day-in-the-land-o-lakes/

Step #1: Follow all the judges on Twitter. (Check!) On to Step #2: Get travelling and writing! :) Great contest ... thanks! Julie

This is exciting! I'll be road tripping for SIX WEEKS this summer all through the Western USA, so I'll have lots of stories to tell! Trip a: family, by car Trip b: just me and Hubs, by motorcycle Trip c: adventure with friends to Blog Her I also wasn't fast enough to snag a Blissdom Canada ticket. Count me in!

Scatteredmom, you are officially counted in and we are super-excited to read your stories. Sounds like you're going to have an amazing summer! Julia

One entry per person? Or can we submit multiple stories?

Hi Deanna, You can submit as many entries as you'd like - no limit! Our judges have made it clear they like to read travel adventures - and they can be swayed by enthusiasm :-)

Thanks for running a wonderful contest! Might I add that your panel is quite dapper looking! So this will be fun! Lisa

Lisa, we're quite spellbound by our judges - they had us at hello :-) Can't wait to read how you follow your bliss this summer - good luck! Julia

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