Today I’m sharing my Blogpodium experience from this past Saturday Now, if you are expecting lots gorgeous photos and uber-wise insights, you may be disappointed. But if you want a light, uncensored, uncut take on my experience keeping heading down the page….
My thoughts on Blogpodium, in no particular order:
1. Jen Flores is wonder woman
This woman has more energy than anyone I know. Yes, she had a team to help her out, but she oversaw everything and ensured that every detail went off without a hitch. I am in awe of how she put this massive event together and also of her real passion for helping Canadian bloggers get better at what they do. Oh, if I had just a thimble of her energy oh the things I could do….
2. These two ladies were hilarious and highly informative
Avery Swartz (of Stuff Avery Likes and founder of Camp Tech) ran the session Creating a Style Guide for your Blog…and she is awesome. She took us on her “Nerd Journey” and I didn’t want it to end. Fonts, logos, dos & don’t s. It was great. You will notice that I have stopped center lining my text and being consistent with my photo sizes. Mostly because she said she would hunt us down if she saw were were doing that. Who says threats aren’t effective?
And Karen Bertlesen of the Art of Doing Stuff did the session on The Art of Monetization. She was also very funny but I also learned a ton about how to make money from your blog. Key takeaway: No one reads my blog and therefore, I may never make much money from it.
3. I don’t want to talk about my bum
Cottonelle was one of the exhibitors and they had a beautiful set up and lovely products in all the bathrooms. And while I know their current ad campaign is #LetsTalkBums, I just don’t really want to talk about my bum to strangers. Is that so wrong? However, if someone else (preferable someone talk, dark, handsome, single, employed….) wants to talk about how nice they think my bum is, that kind of bum talk is acceptable.
4. Sarah Richardson ROCKS and she improved my grammar
The keynote speaker was Sarah Richardson. She was a fantastic speaker, gave great insights, and she seems as down to earth in person as she does on her shows. And she looked kick-ass in her Smythe blazer. But damn her, she told a story about her father calling her to correct her grammar after watching her show….”Sarah, you know there is no such thing as those ones, it’s just those.” And as she predicted, now I’m catching myself using it all the time and it’s driving me crazy. But I guess I’ll forgive her….you know, because she’s Sarah Richardson and because she makes fabrics like this….
(Sarah Richardson fabrics from Kravat)
5. Great events always have….
The signature drink was delicious. BUT HOW is my blog not called The Sparkling Blogger?? Darn. It’s like when you think of that amazing Halloween costume on November 4th….
6. These events are really about connecting and building relationships.
So, of course I took very few pictures, especially of people but I met a lot of great people and got to catch up with many as well. From the top right we have Emma and Jill from The Happy Space (damn these ladies are fun) flanking my fab blog re-designer Brittany Douglas of Gallery No. Eight. Old friends Sarah from Redesigning Sarah and Lisa MacKay from Wicked & Weird. And the bottom photos include a slew of bloggers doing crazy things in the photo booth. Including Ken Simpson of Fieldstone Windows who clearly was feeling outnumbered at this event and was trying to fit in. Though I have very few photos of people, I was so happy to finally meet, Jacylyn of Lark & Linen, Julie from Elliven Studio, Sara of Saige Wisdom, and Amber of Simple Dwellings. I’m sure there are many more I’m forgetting but you get the gist.
All in all, a great experience!