I’ll be honest, I had never considered going to the conference. I thought it wasn’t anything I was interested in. My entire perspective changed when I received an email from Acorn Influence stating they were interested in sponsoring 10 bloggers to attend the conference. I thought about it and quickly responded (I mean, who turns down a chance to get free education about a topic they care about, hence, blogging…).
My first thought upon entering The Gallery Event Space (where the event was held), was wow, this set up is amazing. I’ve been to three different events at The Gallery Event Space and each time the space looks drastically different. This time it was bright, and airy, and full of cute boutique tables.
I had breakfast and networked with the other bloggers while waiting for the conference to start. I was excited to see one of my favorite blogging buddies Jacob at the conference and took a seat next to him.
The first session was a photography workshop by Allison Corrin, where she explained how to use your DSLR properly. The second session was Business & Legal Basics with KC Fashion Week, where we gained a wealth of knowledge about how to start your business, the forms to fill out, sample contracts, and more.
The third session was “From Blog to Biz with Fashion Column Twins.” The twins started off as bloggers and eventually branched off and created their own apparel line “localE.” (pictured below). OMG, the shirts are sooo cute! I can’t wait to purchase one.
The beautiful flower arrangements on the tables were from “The Bloom Academy.” The Bloom Academy had a station set up where attendees were able to create floral crowns (check out the one I created at the bottom of the post). The Bloom Academy also has various workshops throughout the year to help you create arrangements, floral crowns, and more. They sell out quickly so you have to sign up asap. I can’t wait until the next class.
Some of the vendors at the event were:
Lunch was hosted by The Gallery Event Space. After lunch we learned a plethora of SEO Tips & Tricks from Kelly Rivard, Hallmark’s SEO Strategist.
Acorn Influence spoke about Influencer Campaigns and gave insight on what networks are looking for when they select bloggers for the network and the process they go through when choosing bloggers for campaigns .
The Keynote speaker was Jade Roper from The Bachelor. I’ve never watched the show but she seems like a nice and fun person. She spoke on Social Influence and shared various ways her and her husband get paid from their social media influence.
A lot of information presented at the conference I already knew, but there was a lot of information I didn’t know (especially from the legal side of things). I thought each session was well prepared. The staff put a lot of thought and preparation into this conference. It was excellent! I’m so glad that I got the chance to go. I left feeling very inspired to go after the things I want in life.
If you are just starting off blogging then I highly recommend this conference. Plus everything was just so cute, I mean, what other conference would you be able to make cute floral crowns? lol. The conference is affordable and you learn a lot of information.
The gift bags were so cute and had items from, Curio Press, SkinnyPop, Minted, Bootights, iBlog magazine, Kendra Scott, Squarehue, Indie Olive, Go Big Workshops, Ocean & Sea, and Kevin Murphy.
Are you planning on attending any blog conferences this year?
My next one is BlogHer16 in Los Angeles, August 4-6.