I took the opportunity to attend a new conference this past weekend - the Story @ Home conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was amazing!!! I've been to some blogging conferences, some business conferences, etc but not a conference for telling stories - the art of it, the importance of it, the impact it can have....
As bloggers we tell stories all the time. I walked away from this conference inspired, uplifted and sooo glad I went!
And it found that the wide range of speakers and classes catered to people of all ages and interests. Although the focus may not have been a typical conference for me attend, I walked away with so many ideas and a fresh perspective for my business and blog.
Rustin the CEO of Blog Frog was one of the speakers. He shared his business story the 10 reasons to write your story. I was furiously scribbling notes the entire time! I took the chance to introduce myself after wards and I can say he is genuinely a good guy. I was very impressed.
C. Jane and her husband put on a quite a show and their topic of how blogging has changed their lives. She is a wonderful writer and I loved the way she talked too. We even got the sing Happy Birthday to her!
This lady had everyone rollin' in the aisles and crying because we were laughing so hard!!! If you get a chance to hear her Penny Candy story and song - it will be well worth it.
Day 1 was rounded out by Rachael Herrscher of Todays Mama. I loved her perspective on Changing your "lens" as you go through life.
I can't give you all the juicey tidbits I scribbled and the gems of wisdom they shared but I did share a few this weekend on twitter and my FB page. (lucky you if you follow me!)
There was time to write and story prompts to get us thinking, chatting and jogging our memories.
And then of course it's not only the things you learn, hear and feel inspired to do but it's the people you meet! I got to meet Lori of Inspired by Pinterest Web Show and Wendy of the Books & Crafts Web Show. Plus these ladies do so many other things - they are sooo talented! We lunched together and I can't wait to meet up with them again!
I know conferences take time and money and sometimes (or most of the time) travel too! but hopefully it will be worth it for you! I recommend everyone - blogger or not - to take advantage of the different types of conferences in your area or in on a topic that you are interested in. Like I said - it's not always easy to get away - but hopefully it will be worth it!