I’m tippy toe-ing down the yellow brick road to Atlanta, folks.
Specifically to Haven 2013, a DIY/ Home blogging conference for the stars. (I added the ‘for the stars’ bit, but I can do that on my own blog.) Those of you not in the blogging community are probably giving a little nose laugh right now and thinking of the debauchery that no doubt goes on at a blogging conference. If the number of times my fellow bloggers have mentioned wine is any indication then yes, my friends, yes… there will be some “what happens at Haven stays at Haven moments.”
So what’s to make of a blogging conference? Aside from an excessive amount of enthusiasm for being in a room with other gals who actually enjoy talking about SEOs and coding and chalk paint, I’m not sure what the weekend will be like!
As you can imagine, a group of 300 bloggers is pretty adept at all things social media, so there’s been lots of banter prior to the raucous event on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Let’s pause for a moment and consider how advanced and plugged in that makes me sound. Just sitting around working my social networking sites… by “working” I mean scrambling to add more pins to my Pinterest boards, literally googling terms to know how to participate in a “Twitter Chat” and finally getting my butt in gear to make Instagram part of my repertoire. On Facebook, I’m a solid B student so no complaints.
Other things I’ve already learned 48 hours in advance of our registration in Atlanta?! A media kit is not, in fact, a kit… but rather a piece of paper that outlines your blog, your statistics, your je ne sais quoi. Given my rookie status, my ‘media kit’ is lots of pretty pictures, some bright colors to draw your eye away from the lack of concrete information and… well, more pictures. But I have one!
I’ve also learned that when you take away the fancy logos and the magazine worthy photographs and the shiny projects… all the hilarious women commenting each night in the Haven Facebook group or on Instagram pics are just super engaging friendly faces! And did I mention we all speak the same dorky DIY language?!
So why a conference? Well… I feel extraordinarily fancy and professional when I tell people I have a ‘conference’ to attend, so there’s that.
I will also go to any length to secure a chunk of time in which I can get caught up on the latest goings on in Bon Temps (True Blood) or NYC (Gossip Girl)… American Airlines via LaGuardia seemed as good a place as any.
More specifically, I still consider myself a rookie in this blogging world and I’m SO eager to have a room full of experts tell me a few of the things that I didn’t know I didn’t know! And it wouldn’t be awful to get some tips on how to convert my $1.48 in Google Ad Sense last month to a larger amount that might cover, say, a venti latte or something.
Other burning questions:
1. How in the hell do you take a picture of a room with sun shining through the window at you and actually get the exposure right.
2. Explain to me why Annie Sloan chalk paint works on ANYTHING? Like chemically speaking, how is that possible?
3. What are some of the lines other bloggers tell their spouses to justify the 6th Craigslist chair coming into the house and the garage full of furniture projects?
4. To watermark or not to watermark?
5. And lastly, why isn’t there a DIY/ Home blogging discount card for Homegoods and Jo-Ann Fabrics?
I know that many of you aren’t bloggers so this might seem a little specific or behind the scenes, so thank you for putting up with any future posts in which I share with you the miracle of blogging life or the key to painting faux polyester slipcovers. (Or how to convert an old washing machine into a chair… see below.)
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