I recently was fortunate enough to attend the Blog Life University Conference in Atlanta, Georgia and it was AMAZING!!! I wanted to write a recap and share what a wonderful experience I had and a little about what I learned. My big take away from the conference is the importance of connecting with my blogging community.
From the moment of arrival I felt at ease because I could tell that these were “my people”, my tribe. Sometimes being a blogger can feel lonely when you are home in your pajamas taking pictures and sitting behind the computer. Once I sat down at the table and we all started sharing our experiences, I knew this was going to be such a great learning experience and a wonderful chance to connect in person with bloggers from around the country.
The conference kicked off with all of the speakers sharing their “why”. Why they started blogging and what motivates them to keep going. This was so interesting to hear and really helped reinforce my why.
Up next we heard from Liz of Hoosier Homemade and how she has been able to grow her blog with her family. It is so cool that she is able to work with her family on a business they love. Becky of Your Modern Family shared her valuable advice about how to start writing and how to publish an Ebook. Mind blown! Writing an Ebook is high on my goal list so I was hanging on every word.
After lunch, Kelly of Miss Information gave us great info about using stock photos and Jordyn from Almost Supermom gave some great tips on taking the perfect photo. Photography is something I try to improve on everyday so it was interesting to hear how I could incorporate stock photos and how to take the ones I shoot to the next level.
One speaker I was especially excited to hear from was Tiffany of Peanut Blossom. She was able to speak directly with Pinterest on the phone and she shared their inside tips on creating the perfect PIN.
One of the best parts of the day was going to dinner with my fellow bloggers and getting to know them on a more personal level. They all shared so many valuable pieces of information and I came away with so many “AHA” moments.
After a big cup of coffee I was ready for day two. Holly Homer from Kids Activities Blog was the key note speaker for the conference. I have been following Holly and her blog for a long time and to hear her speak was an OMG experience. She even convinced me to give Facebook Live a try so be watching out for that soon.
We then heard from Kita of Girl Carnivore and Pass The Sushi. She shared her tips on how to incorporate travel into blogging. Rachel of One Crazy House spoke about viral posts and growing your Facebook following. I came away with so many great tips from her and have been working on implementing them with my own blog strategy.
Another speaker I was very excited to meet and hear was Jenny from The Melrose Family. I have been following Jenny on Snapchat for along time so it was fun to hear how she incorporates that into working with sponsored posts. Carissa, Director of Influencer Relations at Acorn Influence, then spoke about what we as bloggers should be doing when working with sponsors.
Finally, we heard from Blog Life University founder, Melissa Llado of Serendipity and Spice. She talked about how to incorporate affiliate marketing in our blogs. I have just now started using affiliates so this was a super informative and helpful session.
After all of the sessions we were able to visit with Chateau Elan and Dixie Crystals. Dixie Crystals taught us how to make the most delicious smelling sugar scrubs to bring home and share with our family.
Blog Life University was my first official blogging conference experience and it did not disappoint. It was everything I was hoping for and more. Attending Blog Life University 2016 conference really reinforced how important it is to stay connected with my blogging friends and community so that we can learn from each other and help each other grow. If you ever have the opportunity, I would highly encourage you to attend Blog Life University or another conference. Go ahead, put yourself out there, I promise it will be worth the time. See you at BLU17!