Build Your Blog

If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you know all about how nervous I was for this weekend.  It was an identical feeling to the week leading up to the first day of high school.  You didn’t know what to expect.  You were excited.  You were hopeful about learning new things, and making more friends.  But you were also terrified you wouldn’t fit in.  You were terrified because of how socially awkward you can be.  Terrified you would say and do the wrong things.  Terrified people would laugh at your outfit business cards.

This weekend I went to my first blog conference.  It’s funny because as a blogger, I am extremely open about certain aspects of my life.  But when it comes to things I am legitimately nervous for, I hardly say a word.  I registered for Haven on the day after New Year’s (never once posting about it on the blog or fb), and have had sweaty palms ever since.  Going to Atlanta by myself seems like the craziest thing I would sign up for.

Do you read Six Sisters’ Stuff?  It’s mainly a food blog.  But they have really bomb-A recipes.  They decided to hold a blog conference this year called Build Your Blog.  It was local, for me, in Salt Lake.  I figured I could benefit AND practice for Haven, as to prevent a melt-down when I arrive in Atlanta.

Build Your Blog Conference

It became really real when my business cards arrived.  *Note that these are make-shift business cards for now.  IBK is under major reconstruction and redesign (BE EXCITED!) and a new logo is also in the works.  These cards were temporary for the conference.

Build Your Blog Conference

Saturday morning I showed up and got my name tag and swag bag.  Then, it was go-time.

Build Your Blog Conference

BYBC2013 was only a one day conference, but I feel like I learned really valuable treasures on how to take my blog to the next level.  For me, it’s kind of an awkward thing to talk about, on the blog.  I feel like that’s not why you are here.  You aren’t here to read about my blog goals, or how to build your blog.  You want to see me knock more walls down.

What this conference really inspired me to do, is connect with YOU,  my readers friends.  Because YOU are why I blog.  Do you really think I want to just talk to myself?  (If you answered yes… you are only right 28% of the time.)  I love to connect and talk to you and get to know you.  I love to read YOUR blogs and see what YOU do.

My favorite class for the conference was taught by the dad of the Six Sisters, and the class was called “The Next Level: Tips for Seasoned Bloggers.”  I got a seat WAY close for this class.  AND I shared a table (as you can see in the picture) with Becky from U Create (fan girl moment).

Build Your Blog Conference

This class scared the gluten-free lunch right out of me.  It was about the serious side of turning a blog into a business.  LLCs, Stacking Ads, 1099’s and tax deductible things, agencies, and deep SEO stuff.  I would be a dirty rotten liar if I said I was comfortable learning about all those things.  It felt overwhelming and scary.  If that’s what it takes to take a blog to the next level, I don’t know if I have that.  But on the other hand, I know I love it and I’m passionate about it, and I can work through those things.  If I can learn to use a miter saw by watching YouTube tutorials, then I can do this without a college degree in business right?

The conference was extremely beneficial and I made a pocket-full of new friends.  But overall it made me more appreciative of YOU.  The people who keep coming back.  So I want to say THANK YOU.  Thank you for being so rad.  Thank you for writing hilarious comments that make my day better.  Thank you for being a part of it.

I survived my first day of high school.

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  • Gretchen

    Coming to Atlanta?! You know who lives in (well, near) Atlanta, right? Let me know if you have any free time while you’re here. I eyed Haven this year, but then I stopped thinking about it when I realized I’d have a baby precisely the wrong age for such a thing (too young to leave all day, two days in a row, but too old to be portable enough to bring with me and count on him to sleep the whole time). Maybe next time! I suppose I need to get on board with this crazy twitter thing all the kids are talking about if I want to keep up, eh?

    And I love it when bloggers write about blogging. FWIW. Never get tired of it.

    • Kenz

      Oh Gretchen, I adore you! I would LOVE to meet up with you while in Atlanta, and pinch those adorable cheeks that belong to Mr Abe. That’s kind of how I felt about Haven last year. I really wanted to go, but I had too many things working against me. I’m still SO NERVOUS for this year. But I’m using it as an excuse to travel and meet up with blog friends IRL, like YOU!

  • Thanks for sharing. I’m kinda scared of blog conferences. Glad to know I am not alone. I’m so grateful to have met and connected with you as a blog buddy. I feel a little starstruck because I was so floored when I found your cool wall and map picture thingy, that someone so cool would reply to my comments, LOL. Can’t wait to read more. Your blog is my fave.

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    • Kenz

      Oh Bobi, I’m so glad we are friends. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. You inspire me to put one foot in front of the other. 🙂

  • Emma (Broke Ass Home)

    Blogging is Scary. I’m more than willing to let people criticize my life and what I’m doing but the business side of it makes me pee myself.

    • Kenz

      Dude, you and me both!

  • Sounds like you learned a lot! You’ll be a vet by the time Haven rolls around.

    • Kenz

      Bahahaha, oh please. You know that you and I are going to sit in a corner together at Haven and hide from the world 🙂

  • Jen

    Just watch…You’re going to end up being one of the most popular girls in bloggie land one day!

    • Kenz

      HAHAHA! Oh please. what a hilarious joke! 🙂

  • Summer

    Kenz I met you in the last class at the conference and I am so glad I did. I am loving your blog. That is so cool that you are going to Haven and I have to say I am a teeny bit jealous 🙂 I would love to go to Haven – maybe one year it will be in the cards for me.

    • Kenz

      SUMMER! I was so happy I got to sit with you. It was really helpful to hear all about your experiences at Snap, and I’m still jealous I didn’t get a ticket. I love your blog too! Thanks so much for stopping by. It means a lot 🙂

  • Blog conferences terrify me. I did, however, want to go to Haven but it won’t work out with the ol’ day job. Sounds like you learned a lot. Just keep having fun with your blog and good things will happen!

    • Kenz

      Boo. I’m sad you won’t be at Haven. Day jobs… pfff. Who really needs them? Oh wait.. I do. But I agree. Blogs are definitely a place for fun things.

  • Hi, Kenz I am jealous you got to go, I wish I could have gone. My goal is to make it to one of these conference this year. Keeping my finger cross. Glad you had a great time and by the way LOVE your business cards!! : )

    • Kenz

      Thanks Vanessa!