Last year I attended SNAP and I think it was one of the best things I could have done for myself and my blog. Not only did I meet new people, network and learn about blogging – I also got to meet other women just like me! I can talk to my family and non-blogging friends about blogging until I get blue in the face but they don’t get it. They don’t understand the time and dedication I put into it or how much work it takes to run this little ole blog of mine. They don’t understand that the life of a blogger means having my crazy kids around while trying to cook a meal or do a tutorial at a certain time of day to get the right amount of light for photos. They don’t quite get why I put my holiday decorations up a bit earlier than most or why I spend so much time on the smallest details. Being surrounded by women who pour their time into the exact same things was such a breath of fresh air!
SNAP 2012 - From left to right (Becky from Babes in Hairland, Hollie from Little Miss Marmalade, Christa from C. Jane Create, ME, Vanessa from See Vanessa Craft, Wendy from Pretty Cute Party and JeNeal from Pieces of Luv)
I remember sitting in one of the rooms at SNAP last year and looking around to everyone. It looked like some media frenzy in those sessions. We were all armed with our cameras, phones, and some even had their iPads out. We were all ready to snap a picture at a moments notice (oh and boy did we take pictures!) we were tweeting, posting pictures on instagram, sharing things on facebook in real time - right there - and it was not frowned upon. We were bloggers and we all knew that we were only doing what we do on any other day. We were tagging the speakers, sharing quotes from their platforms and catching up on other sessions that were happening at the same time as ours.
I just found out that I am going to be attending SNAP again this year and although I don’t feel half as nervous as last year I still like to get advice on how other bloggers prepare. (This year I think I am more nervous about my wardrobe than anything!) This year I am ready to show my outgoing side because last year I felt sort of like the new kid in school. You know the feeling… do I look okay? will everyone talk to me? am I cool enough? The answers are yes, yes and yes! I learned that we are all on this blogging adventure together and everyone wants to support one another!
I gathered blog conference advice from around the blogosphere and put it all here in one spot for you (and I!) to reference. From what to pack to conference goals you will find it all!
Blogging Conference 101 from The 36th Avenue
The 5 Knows by Alissa from Rags to Stitches
Securing A Blog Conference Sponsorship by Our Crazy Boys
Why You Should Attend A Blogging Conference by White House Black Shutters
What to Pack for a Blog Conference by The Guavalicious Life
Things to Know Before a Blog Conference by A Complete Waste of Makeup
Five Handy Tips for Blog Conference Prep by Vintage Modern Wife
Conference No-Nos and a good laugh by House Talkn
Newbie Tips for Making the Most of Blog Confrences by Blog Conference Newbie
How to Work a Blog Conference Like a G by Nice Girl Notes
What to Take and a Printable Packing List by Two Twenty One
A week from now I will be hours away from boarding a plane to Utah. I have two awesome roommates (Skye and Vanessa) that I can’t wait to spend time with. Tomoorow I will be sharing a little about The Queen Bee Market hosted by SNAP!Enjoy,
I party HERE