Thursday, February 21, 2013

Advice on attending blog conferences


As many of you know, I attended a blog conference this past weekend in Salt Lake.  Coming away from it, there are a few things I would advise.


The Business Cards


During the conference, they had a table set up for business cards.  There was a hole punch (the reason why these have a hole in them), and a key ring, so the attendees could easily carry them around.  I picked up a TON of business cards, but these are the ones that really stuck out to me.  The common theme?  They are all really simple and really tidy.  Not too many words, easy to read font, and just nice to look at.  I also admired the one with the headshot on it.  Super bold and definitely made me pick it up.  On the back of these cards were all the social media links/emails...stuff like that.  Oh, and mine (top left)..have to admit that I'm in love with what Colleen did.  She's SO great, and you need to work with her immediately if you haven't already.   


The Outfit


Ok, super creepy selfie of me in the hotel.  I waited until 1030pm the night before I left to pack.  Big mistake.  I ended up just throwing a ton of stuff in my bag, and this outfit picture was sent out to my sisters and to Kayla about 20 minutes before the whole thing started.  They approved.  (And I wore it with my elephant necklace, neutral TB flats, and carried my big coral bag.)  My sister said that it didn't matter what I wore.  False.  It does matter.  Like it or not, it does.  My advice about the outfit you wear....don't be too trendy.  Think about the biggest trends going on now; mint, polka dots, top knots, bubble necklaces.  I'm a fan of ALL of these, and wear them on a daily basis, but I suggest not wearing these to a blogger conference, because guess what?  Everyone will wear the same thing.  I saw tons of adorable outfits..but most consisted of all the trendy pieces.  I was glad I wore this outfit...a funky skirt, classic blazer, and a bright colored bag was the perfect way to go.


The Prep

(I've been loving my notebook that Kayla sent me!)

Prep for the classes you want to take at the conference.  Most conferences have the schedule posted in advance, so sit down, decide what topics you need to learn about the most, and research the teachers.  I wish that I had done this.  I knew that I wanted to take a class on Pinterest, so I got a lot out of that class...but I kind of floated for the next ones.  By the way...a tip for your Pinterest boards...clean them up, and rearrange them every now and then.  I think I could have taken a lot more away from the classes if I had prepared specific questions for the teachers. 


I think attending conferences is a great thing.  I met a lot of people and have some fresh ideas floating around now.  I'm going to try to go to one every year.

Have you attended a blog conference?  Do you recommend a specific one or have any advice about them?

33 comments :

Helene said...

I had no idea you need to bring business cards?! You do look super cute! I've never been to one so this is super helpful!

Annie said...

Such great tips Ashley! Love your business card and love your outfit :)

Annie
The Other Side of Gray

pretty little things said...

I have that same exact notebook -- great minds think alike! xo

http://allthingsprettyandlittle.blogspot.com/

Kristen said...

Love these tips and love your skirt! Can't wait to hear more about the conference!

TheTinyHeart said...

These are great tips! I need to get myself some blog business cards!

-Sharon
The Tiny Heart
February Group Giveaway!

anna lizbeth said...

such a helpful post! i have been wanting to attend a conference!

Sam M said...

Was this your first blog conference? And I haven't been on pinterest in a while, but you can rearrange your pins in a board? That's awesome!

Jenny @ Spry On The Wall said...

Great tips! I really want to attend a conference. I need to get some blog business cards for sure!

Katie Skelley said...

I really like your outfit.

A friend went to BlogHer (I think that was the conference) in Nashville and came home pretty disillusioned. I think that the conference for her was like high school 2.0, with the "popular" blogs, etc. I know that plenty of people love and benefit from blog conferences, but her experience has always stuck with me.

Kouponing Kayla said...

I really like the outfit you picked out. :) And I love your hair too. Wish I could get mine super straight like that (says the curly haired girl)!

Thanks for the tips on blog conferences. I have never been to one because I just started out with my blog not too long ago, and I don't think there are any conferences around where I live (Louisville, Kentucky). But if there ever is one I will definitely check it out.

Theresa said...

I have never been to a conference. Sounds like you had fun!

Thanks for sharing your Pinterest tips. I have been meaning to get in there and clean mine up some!

Rach @ This Italian Family said...

Oh wow those business cards are all really cute! Good advice not to wear anything too trendy. :)

Setarra said...

I never even thought about business cards until I went to event last week for NYFW and everyone was swapping cards while I was empty handed haha. Did you know some other bloggers who were going or did you attend by yourself? How was "mingling"? I always get anxiety going to events by myself just thinking about how I may end up standing alone in a corner ;) Would love to hear more about your experience!

Rachel said...

Just stumbled across your blog somehow and I just spent the past 20 minutes reading back a few pages...I'm already LOVING you and this blog! I'm your newest follower...can't wait to keep reading.

I've never been to a blogging conference before but I'm really hoping to one day...I'm sure you had such a good time. Hope your day is going well :)

Erin Rethemeyer said...

Love your tips girl!
And I love your outfit!!

Kayla Peveler said...

Well you're the cutest thing ever, soo there's that. I loved seeing my name throughout this post, made my heart happy. AND I can't wait till we can go to a conference together, woot woot.

Great point with Pinterest boards, I'm always cleaning mine up but I TOTALLY need to reorganize asap!

Katie said...

I want to go to a conference! I wouldn't think about business card! i like yours!

Just Another Shopaholic said...

I love the outfit!! And that little notebook is so adorable.

Caroline said...

Great tips, Ashley! I'd love to attend a blog conference myself one of these days :)

Obsessed with your outfit & that lovely notebook!!

Emmy said...

Funny that you said not to be totally trendy as you would never think that would be advice- but you are right then you wouldn't really stand out as much.

I have been to a SoCal bloggers day- it wasn't a true conference and to the Power of Mom's conferences but most of those ladies aren't even bloggers-- but I am going to my first day one in a couple of months.

Elsha said...

I liked what you had to say about the outfit, interesting and truthful point if view!

thefairyprincessdiaries.com said...

Great tips! I'm just starting with blogging but it is interesting to read about the fun events I have to look forward to in the future. Your outfit was adorable!

xxoo
Jordyn

Daliene said...

I wanna see the bag!! I love coral :) I also love your lil notebook

The Mrs. and The Momma said...

I want to hear more! How was it??? So happy for you that you got to go! :)

Priscila@mommode said...

These are great tips Ashley! And I know your outfit rocks. Gorgeous choice.

ifs ands Butts said...

I swear, every conference I am so excited about attending conflicts with my Europe <-> US travel schedule. I was so excited about ones in Berlin, Copenhagen, and Belgium, all which conflict with trips. Dang friends that have to get married during blog conferences :)

rooth said...

I'm glad that you stuck to your own style - I'm sure it really set you apart. I've never been to a blog conference before but would be more than happy to go to one!

SH said...

I wish there were blog conferences near me! Great advice!

Hope you had a great weekend!

-Sheree
The Hartungs Blog
thehartungs.blogspot.ca

Erin said...

Such great tips! I'm thinking about attending the one-day Alt conference in New York in a few months, and I literally have been having anxiety over what to wear. And it's months away! And I don't even have a ticket yet! But you're right, it is important, but more important to not blend into the trends. Love that notebook.

Tiffany said...

These were some great tips! I haven't attended a blogger conference, so I'll definitely keep these in mind when I gear up for my first one!

-Tiffany
http://stylesidebar.blogspot.com/

lori said...

i have GOT to get my hands on some business cards soon... all of those are SO cute!

i've been wanting to go to a conference for a while... ive just been waiting on the right opportunity to come along and i am thinking about this one... are planning on going to bloggy boot camp in charlotte in may???

http://www.bloggybootcamp.com/charlotte-2013/

Laura @ Chaotic Domestic said...

I haven't been to a blog conference, but will definitely remember these tips for when I do go!

Krista said...

I'm WAY behind on my blog reading but I'm so glad you posted this! Great tips! I hope to be able to go to a conference some day. I dig your outfit choice by the way, very smart :)

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