This winter I made a decision that was a little bit scary at the time…I decided I was going to attend a blogging conference. Specifically, I decided to attend Elevate. There were a couple of reasons I chose Elevate as my first conference…
*The conference was being held in Newport Beach, CA, which is literally down the street from where I live…meant no traveling!
*The conference is designed to stay small (only about 75 attendees) and since this was my first blogging conference I thought a smaller conference might be less intimidating.
*I had seen wonderful things about the conference on social media and it looked like a lot of fun!
Now that I’ve had a few weeks to process this amazing day I wanted to share what I loved about the day, what I learned and what advice I’d give to anyone attending their first blogging conference…
My biggest regret is that I didn’t reach out to all of the amazing people that I had been following since I saw the attendee list. I reached out to some, but not nearly as many as I wanted to…but the lesson is learned and next year I will be making a much better effort! If you are going to be attending your first blogging conference, or conference of any kind, reach out to people. Life, not just blogging, is all about building relationships and reaching out to people can be the start of great relationships.
I absolutely adored all of the speakers but two in particular really stood out to me…
Lisa Leonard – I could probably write three blog posts on what I took away from Lisa but since that is probably a little excessive I’ll just share what impacted me the most. The first was Lisa’s genuine kindness. When I talked to her during the day she had a way of making you feel like you were the only person in the room…a quality I truly appreciate in people. The second is how she encouraged us to be brave. Being brave can be really difficult but Lisa’s story reminded me of the beauty that can result from being brave. (Picture by Stephanie and Chrissy)
Desiree from The 36th Avenue – As I listened to Desiree share I laughed, I took notes, I was inspired, encouraged, and motivated. Truly a delight to hear Desiree’s story and learn from her!
We also received some wonderful swag throughout the day and I loved getting to discover new products, businesses, and people and can’t wait to share some of my favorites with you in the coming months!
(Dessert courtesy of Sweet and Saucy…and y’all know how much I love them!)
I walked away from my day at Elevate feeling encouraged, inspired, re-energized, and so grateful that I decided to attend…and now I can’t wait for next year!
Head over to the Elevate page to see other attendee recaps! And if you’ve ever been to a blogging conference, what advice would you offer?