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Steph and I just returned from our very first blogging conference. The conference is called Haven in Atlanta, GA. It's a three day conference for DIY bloggers offering blogging business classes, hand-on workshop to try new tools, techniques, and products, opportunity to connect with other bloggers, and time to interact with 20+ brands in attendance.
I had three goals, two of which were met in the first 30 mins!
Upon check in we were given a tool bag crammed full of products and tools including a Dremel complete with attachments! My favorite item in the bag was the Rockler silicone gluing brush and Steph’s was the HANDy paint pail. Not expensive by any means but things we both love.
In the hotel registration line, I met a blogger I had been looking forward to meeting in person. First thing the next day, I checked off my third item when we sat down to a hands-on demonstration of Amy Howard paints. Amy Howard is, by the way, a real person and was at the event!
The thing that really surprised us was our interaction with brands. We had printed and taken with us five media kits to give to the five brands we wanted to connect with, but those kits did not make it into the hands of those pre-selected brands, but into the hands of five others! Meeting the people behind the brands made us want to work with some and take a step back from those we thought were our favorites. We made some connections that we will pursue—only time will tell where those will lead.
Meeting other bloggers, especially those from Florida was a highlight. Both Steph and I are introverts by nature, so we had to work hard and fearlessly to put ourselves out there to meet new people. I am a little more willing to talk to pretty much everyone, Steph is a little more reluctant.
When I saw an opportunity to talk to John from Young House Love, I took it and had a lovely conversation. Steph quickly made her way over too and was thrilled to have a real conversation with a blogging team we look up to and respect.
The conference ended Sunday afternoon but we stayed the night to drive home Monday morning. We deciding to have dinner on Sunday evening in the hotel lobby cafe, which resulted in the meeting of Karen from Cooper Dot Interiors, a New England based blogger who might turn out to be Steph’s blogger BFF! They have so much in common- down to tattoos and mini coopers!
Classes were one of three types, blogging business (boring but necessary), hand-on products (like getting to try out Miss Mustard Seed’s milk paints, making concrete projects with Quikrete or using Ryobi’s line of battery operated tools) and the third type really kind of defies characterizing like the photo styling class I attended. Not really business or hands-on, but lots of pretty pictures.
Since this was our first conference, here are some takeaways that anyone attending this conference might want to know.
Overall we are so happy we attended this conference and are ready to attend next year! It’s a significant investment to attended, but what we gained in experience and contacts is priceless. If we only attend one conference a year, this will be the one!
What are some of your favorite brands? What brand you would like to see us work with/ products to try out? As always, if we receive product from a brand or have a sponsored post, we will clearly identify it as such.
Please note: This is not a sponsored post. The products we show and talk about were given to us free for attending the conference. If/when we use the products in a future post we will disclose that we got them a Haven and will share our real opinions on them.
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