Wow. This weekend was a whirlwind, and I’m still on an adrenaline rush from it all. This “rush” is from attending the second annual Spark Sessions conference. I gave a bit of an overview about the conference here.
The conference was held at a really unique Toronto venue, called District 28. My first impression of the venue and conference was a positive one, but I still couldn’t help feeling nervous when I walked in! It’s very scary for anyone to enter a room full of strangers by themselves, but it helped to know that most of us were in the same boat. I quickly felt at ease once I sat down at a table and started chatting with the other bloggers. Everyone was so nice!
It was a bit of a culture shock to be in a room with so many like-minded individuals. Fashion and beauty bloggers are similar in certain ways, which I noticed when we were snapping outfit photos for each other. My friends and family hate taking my photos because I’m so picky. Apparently, other bloggers are just as picky as I am, which worked out well. No one had to feel bad about asking strangers to retake the photos a few times. Of course, in other ways, it was such a diverse group of people, and that’s one of the ways blogging is so special.
Over the course of the weekend, we had time to mingle with each other and the numerous guest speakers. I had the opportunity to meet some incredible people, ranging from bloggers to PR professionals. It was a very unique experience to meet some of my Internet friends (and idols) in “real life.” I just wish there had been more time to sit down in smaller groups to learn a bit more from each other.
In addition, we also received a ton of incredible swag. I have a lot of really awesome new products to try (and get hooked on). I’m sure you’re all curious about what we received, so I wanted to share that with you. It was essentially like Halloween when I got home!
Before we look through the goodies, I wanted to share a few of the main points that I took away. If you’re a blogger, you’re probably curious about that, too. I took pages and pages of notes that I need to sort through in greater detail, but there were recurring themes.
But first, are you in the process of creating a blog? A blog is an excellent way to share and create content that can build your online presence. In the digital age, we all search for things online and therefore if you want to reach a wider audience, it is vital that your website is optimized for search engines and looks professional and appealing. Consequently, if you are an aspiring blogger, or an online business wanting to expand your content output you could do some research into custom web design. You might then want to think about reaching out to a web design company for help and support designing your first website or for an existing website refresh.
So, what were my blogging tips and takeaways from the weekend?
Have you ever attended a blogging conference?