My Alt Summit Experience

I can’t believe it’s been over two weeks since I attended the Alt Summit blogging conference in Salt Lake City. My head is still buzzing with so many ideas and so much inspiration.

First of all, the hotel was beautiful. The conference was at the Grand America and luckily, I connected with some Alt attendees from the Facebook Group Page who were looking for roomies at the Grand.  I ended up staying with three incredibly talented and creative women –  Marigold Haske blogger and creator of Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!, Monique Glover of Antisparkle Apparel and Megan Tsang of Megan Tsang Studio.  At the end of each day, we powwowed in our rooms and had some incredible conversations about what we learned that day and our experiences. It made me feel good that I wasn’t alone in this world of figuring out who you are as a business person and blogger, and the struggles you encounter everyday when creativity is the driving force.

Here’s what I learned as an ALT first timer.

Number One: Step out of you comfort zone and let people know you follow them or read their blog if you have the opportunity of meeting them in person. You might think it’s weird to say you follow them, but bloggers really do appreciate the readership and the fans and everyone greets you with a smile and sincerity. Like my new friend Sara Moore said in her blog recap of Alt Summit about worrying what move you’re going to take…“not moving at all is the wrong move.” 

Number TwoGoogle+ is going to be hot this year. So jump on the bandwagon if you have a business or want to promote your blog. Facebook is still a good marketing site, but I promise you’ll want to be on Google+ as well. I know, it’s just one more social media platform to keep up with, but it will be worth it.

Number Three: Collaborate. Although my interior design business is my main focus and blogging adds personality and a voice behind my business, there are so many companies out there like UmbaFurbish StudioWayfair and Sherwin Williams (just to name a few) who want people like me buzzing about their brand and their product, and in turn, want to hear my ideas and how we can both grow as businesses together.

Number Four: I hope to grow my business in the coming year and stress out about hiring someone who is on board and completely supports my brand. I learned how to hire people in a smart way, but the best advice I took away is to hire people who embrace change. Those are the people who are going to be the most positive people to work with.

One of the great things about attending Alt is networking and swapping business cards. There were some incredible cards and I couldn’t believe the thought and creativity that was put into the designs of these cards. It was so nice being around like minded people, who appreciated the small details, like me. To sum things up, I met some amazing people. I had done my research early and started to follow the attendees on Instagram and read their blogs. It was fun recognizing faces in the crowd from pictures you’ve only seen online. Meeting these people in person brought more of a reality to their blog and personality with their online identity.

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