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Thursday, March 26, 2015

unblogged your blog conference

i had the opportunity to attend build your blog conference last month. i always say utah is a blogging mecca, and it's really true. it was a bit of a last minute decision to attend the conference. since it was here in utah, it was pretty easy to make the arrangements to attend.
the downside of a last minute decision is i went pretty unprepared. i'm right in the middle of blog re-design so i didn't go prepared with business cards or a media kit. i spent the week of the conference freaking out about it until i finally had to give up and realize it would be fine. 

i started the conference the night before with a jeans fitting with alicia.  

 ready or not...
 i found out the night before that i did actually have friends going. it made the conference so much more fun.
sandy, jacque, me, kelly

 the conference included main sessions in the morning and break outs throughout the day. i learned a lot about my social media strategy and realized i need to up my game with pinterest and facebook.

kelly, jacque, and i had dinner at nordstrom before heading back to talk to brands. i made a few connections, and i'm excited to hopefully have a few new partnerships. after the networking session, we hung out in the lobby talking and laughing for a few hours. we ran into a few friends. i loved attending the sessions and learning, but the time with friends was my favorite part.

we attended the first break out session in the morning before it was time for the girls to check out of the hotel. when they went to put the stuff in the car, jacque had a flat tire. we got that taken care of but ended up missing most of the afternoon. i'm excited to watch the videos they made of the conference.

we got back in time to get dressed for the evening and take some pictures.
sandy, kelly, jacque, me, sarah 

 the conference ended with a dinner gala
jacque and i met in the bathroom of bright night last summer, and we became instant friends. i was so happy when i found out she was attending the conference. even though i wasn't as prepared as i should have been, spending the weekend with friends made it a great weekend.
 with the band from the gala

 after it was over, sandy and sarah took us to a delicious pho place. i was definitely hesitant about going, but the food was amazing.

as nervous as i was about attending, build your blog was a definite success. now to implement the things i learned...



  1. I wish I had gone-it's in my own back yard and I didn't even know about it.

  2. I want to go to a conference so badly. There are two within driving area this Fall and I'm hoping to attend one of them.

  3. How fun!! I haven't been to a blogging conference yet, but I'm heading to Influence in September. I don't know too many people who are going, but I'm hoping to make lots of new blogging friends!

  4. You tried so many new things!! :)

  5. So fun! I've always wanted to go but the cost scares me! One day I'll maybe go :)

  6. I would love to go to a blog conference, looks like so much fun! There are never any near me,, and being on such a tight budget and with three little ones at home it's too hard for me to swing it right now. Oh well, I'll just live vicariously through everyone else. :)

  7. What is the restaurant your friends took you to? I'm always on the hunt for new places. AND did you attend Mitchel's Journey class? I've followed the dad for awhile and his stuff is always so inspiring.

  8. This looks like SO much fun! I'm dying to go to a blogging conference, I'm tooo shy though!!! Feel like a nobody eeek!


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