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