It’s been a month since the 2014 Haven Conference.
I have delayed my recap rendition until I began to put into practice some of the things I learned. For starters, I realized that if you weren’t from Alabama, you didn’t really “get” yellowhammer vintage. So, I have spent the last month rebranding to
to allow a greater emphasis on home, family and DIY.
With that said, let me say how much this first time attendee
Being a newbie, I had no idea what to expect. I had studied the program and had a very hard time deciding what sessions to attend, because I wanted to go to all of them. But one I knew I couldn’t miss was the one with the Shanty2Chic sisters, Whitney and Ashley. I have followed them and received their newsletter for the last year or so. Each week, I waited patiently on a new project inspiration. I made about 20 of the frames we made in class for Christmas presents last year!
And Whitney and Ashley were great! They did a great class, had great personalities (just like I had imagined) and stayed patient as all of us just had to get a picture with them!
Another highlight was the opening session with Chip Wade from HGTVs Elbow Room. He was an inspiration in so many ways! He has such a unique blend of design and engineering that he brings to life in ways never dreamed. He encouraged “out of the box” creativity that solves problems. When it is all said and done, people pay us to solve their problems!
Another huge take home message learned:
“Don’t compare my beginning to someone else’s middle.”
That quote alone has helped me from being overwhelmed this month as I have basically started over. I just kept blogging, working on good content.
Next, I went to Dusty Rogers from All Things G & D’s , Erin Spain from DIY on the Cheap, Jen Schmidt of Balancing Beauty and Bedlam, and Laura Putman of Finding Home’s session on blogging trade secrets.
Highlights from blogging trade secrets gave this newbie lots of good advice:
- Media kits- make one
- Branding- I rebranded
- Ads/affliates- adsense so far
- Sponsored posts- working on it
- Increasing blog traffic- it never ends……..
After a great lunch, I went to Painting with Modern Masters.
I was absolutely amazed at how the copper patina paint really made wood look like copper!
They had great tips on making your blog look good with better photos and good content…
Dan Morris from Letters from Dan had great information on blogging from a larger business view. He was informative and entertaining . Dan is MR. BLOG in my humble opinion. I just want to soak up all the stuff he knows about blogging!
The Haven Mixer that night was a great place to meet fellow bloggers…..don’t go without lots of business cards!
The next day found me getting Creative with Concrete.
Jeremy French of Buddy Rhodes concrete talked (and entertained and informed) while his hunky helper made a chair from concrete. Did you know that concrete is the second largest commodity in the world?
At some point I attended the Business of Blogging with Allison Griffith of Refunk my Junk. Who can explain this better than someone who left corporate banking to blog and paint full-time……my dream job!
My last session was with Christina Wedge. She is a professional photographer with clients such as Better Homes and Garden. She had great tips on photos fro blogging…..lighting is my next investment.
Wow….it was over. So much to take in, so fun, so many people to meet that were like me! I can’t wait til next year!
Oh! and one more thing!
THANKS TO ALL THE SPONSORS!