On September 26th I attended Blogpodium this year in Vancouver! Considering this is my fifth Blogpodium, you’d think I would have known to get my recap post written and up right after the event while I was still reeling from the day. However, here I am, a month later, posting for the first time since I attended. What can I say, life got in the way. But better late than never, right? I have attended Blogpodium since 2011 when it was a just a small intimate group with a panel discussion. I love seeing how it has grown and blossomed. And I loved that Jen decided to take it on the road this year, giving me an excuse to travel to Vancouver! Before I get started, I warn you that although I had my DSLR camera with me, I forgot my memory card in my computer that day, so this post will be a little text heavy.
My Blogpodium experience started on Friday evening with a cocktail party hosted by The Cross Design store. I have loved this store from afar via Instagram, and being there in person was just a good as I thought it would be. So many pretty things in one place.
And with our special Blogpodium discount I picked up these beautiful coasters….
And along with killer furniture and home décor finds but they also carry a beautifully curated collection of jewelry lines, including one by my newest west coast obsession…..Leah Alexandra Jewelry. I bought a ring and earrings already, and there are about 5 more pieces on my wish list. Love, love, love. Here is a quick peek at some of her pieces.
The venue for the conference on Saturday was the lovely Pan Pacific Hotel on the Vancouver waterfront. A pretty great view to start the day!
The big excitement of the day was the keynote speaker Jillian Harris, from Love It or List It Vancouver, the Bachelor/Bachelorette, and who, of course, also has a killer lifestyle blog/website.
Jillian’s path to an incredibly successful personal brand has not been a conventional one but I loved how honest and genuine she was about the ups and downs of that journey. She has the same approachable quality in person as she does on her shows and on personal media. And while she did give some great tips on building your brand and fine-tuning your blog, the messages I took away were to listen to you gut, take chances and that even your bad experiences are just a stepping stone to something better.
I also attended tons of other great sessions which I’ll try summarize briefly (where possible!) in the upcoming sessions.
Frist up, an interior photo styling session by Tracey Ayton, an insanely talented photographer from BC. The one thing I took from this session was that if you don’t have good natural light, shoot it in the dark and edit it rather than risking quality by adjusting your settings and shooting in fluorescent light. I wish I had known that before shooting my Itsy Bitsy Bathroom Reveal because lighting was such a challenge.
Next up a session by Gemma Bonham-Carter on monetizing you blog, which I thought was really well-prepared and so informative. I’ve been notoriously bad at doing this, mostly because I have so few page views and I didn’t think it was worth the effort. But I realized there are small things I could do that would could bring in a few dollar despite my pageviews.
After lunch I started with the power of visual branding by Gloria Chik and Tanya Yan and I got some helpful tips on the use of colour and fonts on your blog. I loved that their presentation was so visual because I learn best that way.
Then I went to make a living doing what you love with Jenna Herbut, founder of the Make It Show. She is hands-down the perfect person to present this topic because she just exudes positivity and passion. She is a testament to the concept of following your heart.
Now the last session I attended was my favourite of the day, Building Your Business: What are you Creating? by co-founder Kendall Barber and community manager Caroline Gault from Poppy Barley. If you have not heard of this amazing Canadian footwear company you can read more about the story here.
They make excellent quality custom-fit shoes at less than luxury pricing. This session could have been a TED talk. They spoke about taking risks, the struggles they have been through and what they have learned, and they did it with humour and heart. I can’t say enough about them. I was already in the market for a simple black boots (which is not easy to find) and knowing they were part of the Blogpodium Marketplace, I was planning to check out and get measured for their everyday city boots. Once I saw the boots, met these ladies and saw this session, there was no doubt in my mind that I wanted to support this company. My everyday city boots will be delivered in a couple of weeks!
And though I didn’t know as many people at this Blogpodium, I met some lovely new friends and got to connect with some people I hadn’t seen in a long time.
All in all I had a great time and learned a lot of at Blogpodium 5.0…..not that I expected any less!