One of the perks of my job is connecting with bloggers an picking their brains! So you can imagine my excitement when Caitlin (editor of AllFreeKnitting) and I headed to the Type-A Parent Conference. This conference, formally known as the Type-A Mom Conference, took place from June 23-26 at the Renaissance Hotel in the heart of downtown Asheville, North Carolina. For three days, Caitlin and I attended interesting sessions about all things blog-related. We also met some amazingly Internet-savvy women (and men).
Our experience taught us so much about engaging bloggers and working with brands. Here’s a peek behind the scenes:
When we arrived at the conference, we were given a “swag bag” filled with products from the events’ sponsors. We received a box of Who Nu? cookies (delicious, by the way), a book from the Boy Scouts of America and discounted tickets to the historic Biltmore house.
My badge on the first day. It was time to get the conference started!
Caitlin and I attended a session called “Blogger Outreach That Works.” This is a picture of the Blogger Bill of Rights, which was created by session leaders, Cecily Kellog (@cecilyk), Jessi Langsen (@tokissthecook), Ana Roco-Castro (@anarc) and Jenn Fowler (@jennfowler). We learned so much about pitching to bloggers, reaching out to brands and the importance of communicating.
The keynote address on Saturday morning was given by Patti Digh (@pattidigh). Patti’s talk was called “Blog as a Verb” and it was all about finding your voice and owning what you have to say. The point that I found most important was giving up the need to be right all of the time – this will distort your message and lead to self-doubt. Caitlin and I loved Patti’s message so much, we each bought her book Four Word Self Help for our moms as a souvenir.
Here are some crafty bloggers we had the pleasure of meeting. Be sure to check them out!
- Catherine at Evolving Mommy
- Kim at Crafty Mama of 4
- Tonya at Create-Celebrate-Explore
- Sarah at Real Life Blog
- Alicia at Making Time for Mommy
How do you connect with other crafters?