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 knowing 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 badly 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 details, but there were recurring themes.
Have you ever attended a blogging conference?