Sorry for my plethora of random tweets this weekend… I was at Altitude Design Summit in Salt Lake City and couldn’t help but relay some of the info I was hearing. The Alt is a design and blogging conference talking about how to make a living doing what you love to do. It was a two day conference split up into 3 different panels of speakers every couple of hours. The panels all had different topics like “How To Grow Your Readership”, “Creative Collaborations”, “Better Faster Blogging”, and “Advertising Beyond the Banner”, and so many others. And it was SOOO hard to choose which one to go to. I did not take these photographs… some were taken by an iphone and others by the ALT Summit.
They had SUPER cute welcome tins with fun sponsored goodies in them.
One of the main Keynotes sessions was an interview with Seth Aaron and Mondo from project runway. Mondo has a really sweet and sincere heart with a great perspective and good things to say about his experience on and off the show.
Most of all i had an amazing time connecting with other bloggers, friends, and people that are SOOO inspirational. To be honest I was nervous about going and getting outside of my comfort zone, but everyone was SOOOO nice and eager to meet other people with the same passions. swapping business cards was an inlet into conversation with everyone there. I have a whole stack full on my desk. and I cant wait to finish going through them and looking up everyone’s site.
I roomed with the Girls with Glasses, Summer Bellessa and Brooke White. I also helped them set up for their party that they hosted with Kate Spade the last night of the conference. IT WAS AMAZING. Bright and colorful, cupcakes, balloons with glasses, photobooths and more.
One friend that specifically stands out is Design and Interior blogger Kirsten Grove of Simply Grove. I had the BEST time getting to know her. She is definitely living her life striving towards her dreams and serving people and others along the way. I LOVe what she is doing.
Other amazing people I met include talented photographer and entrepreneur Crystal Goss, Fashionista Anna from Tuliplouise, The UBER talented Angela Kohler (brainchild of the stop motion Kindle commercials), Erin Hiemstra from Apartment 34, and I was smitten with Erin Loechner from Design for Mankind.
Kelsey from Kelsey’s Essentials show on the Cooking Channel was in my round table discussion group. I TOTALLY made her egg salad thing and it was so good. I was a little star-struck to meet her. Haha.
photobooth photos taken by Angela Kohler
Here are a few things that I took away from my time at ALT. It wasn’t all that was talked about…. but a few tips and tricks that I jotted down. Thanks to Tauni for her recap docs i remembered a few more things.
1 // AMAZING TOOLS I LEARNED ABOUT
From designblahg, houseofbrinson, and notmartha
-Easy blogging platform Squarespace
-Online organization system for you images, links, etc. Evernote
-Visual bookmarking website Pinterest
-Simple business-card-like websites, Flavors
-Magazine reading app Zinio
-A beautiful online to-do list, Teuxdeux.
2 // TIPS ON GROWING YOUR COMMUNITY
From The Jealous Curator, babble, A Practical wedding, and Little Green Note Book.
-Regular posting will give people something to come back for.
-Learn to re-work what you have… instead of wasting time ALWAYS developing new content.
-Find three points that resonate with your readers.
-Be a part of the conversation: After you post, initiate discussion, ask questions, follow up on comments to connect to your readers.
-Network. Find ways to network with other bloggers and collaborate. Be of value to them too.
-Original content. Have at least one really good post every week.
-Look for inspiration and record it everywhere you go.
-Splash in personal stories and content so that your readers connect with you personally.
-Remember what inspired you originally.
3 // TIPS FOR GETTING PAID TO DO WHAT YOU LOVE THROUGH SPONSORSHIPS
From DesignforMankind, Mightygirl, Coolmompicks, Dooce, and FM.
-Media kit. Put together blog stats (page views per month, unique viewers per month), descriptions, verbalize your readers interests. Figure out who you are, and why you do what you do.
-Update blog often
-Be authentic & transparent with your readers. Make sure to tell them when a post or item is sponsored. Or else they will feel tricked.
-What is the company getting out of this deal… make sure you are getting equally compensated.
4 // BLOGGING ETIQUETTE
From DesignSponge, OhjoyStudio, and OnceWed.
- Giveaways should be saved for only REALLY good items or products that directly align with your brand. That space is special and should be worth it.
-If you get a lot of nasty comments, develop a comment policy and post it.
-Always credit photos, ideas, and sources. Save the url as the image name so you won’t forget.
-Do not use the comment section of other bloggers to promote your site or products. Use it to build friendships and community.
- Make an effort 2 come up w/ unique original content from ur heart 2 create a niche blog that stands out.