Continued learning and being open to new experiences are just a couple of take-a-ways that I had from attending the Type-A Conference held in Charlotte, NC last week. But that is not all….
This was the first time attending Type A conference, hosted by Kelby Carr. In fact, I gave this conference a lot of thought. I mean A LOT of thought. I struggled with the questions of “what can this conference offer me?” “Will I be able to learn something new?” “What type of bloggers go to this conference?” “Will it be worth my time and most importantly, money?”
Can I tell you? It was worth every. single. penny.
And here is why…
My Top 5 Favorite things about Type-A:
1. Rooming with friends:
I roomed with two bloggers that I met at BlogHer last year. We have kept in touch via text, email, skype and our blogs…and I can honestly say they are honest to goodness true friends. I’m at an age that I choose to surround myself with good people. I don’t have time to waste in pettiness or “out for me” type folks…I had enough of that from the corporate world. These roomies? Well, my kind of peeps and wish to the moon that they lived on either side of my house.
2. Reconnecting with Old Friends:
Some of the folks I met last year at BlogHer were at Type-A. What I loved about seeing them again was the fact that I could really connect here at Type-A. BlogHer was my first BIG conference and I felt a little lost and missed out on time to talk with others. But here, I found that short conversations could turn into long while gathered around a breakfast, lunch or dinner table or were better than I ever imagined tucked into a corner over a cup of coffee.
3. Meeting new friends:
I will share a little secret here: I can be extremely shy when it comes to meeting new people. Sometimes I feel like a complete dork and will opt to become a wallflower to save myself the fear that I will have nothing to say or will say something stupid. So, when arriving at Type A, I gave myself a little pep-talk to say hello to as many as I could and hope that conversation would grow from there. I was completely thrilled to meet a writer that I have been following for some time now..and we have more in common than I thought…enough that we decided to start our own “teen-driven content” to balance out the talk of diapers and sippy cups.
3. The Sessions Rocked!
I had a hard time choosing which sessions to attend. They were all really good and I am so thankful that a friend of mine live-blogged the whole thing so I can go back and learn what I missed. There was a little something for everyone: Facebook, Pinterest, coding, web design….and my favorite: Food Bloggers Round Table! My second Favorite? How to write a Book Proposal. Every session was very hands-on and the speakers really knew their topics and engaged the audience. One session I attended because it happened to be presented by my friend Holly Hamann from TapInfluence . It gave me much to think about as to how I want to go forward with respect to this blog and relationships with brands.
4. The Sponsors and Expo:
I actually liked that the Expo was woven through the session rooms. This gave me the opportunity to visit a few tables at different points of the conference and really connect with brands that meant something to me. It was great to see the About One folks, and talk with Shot at Life, Blog World, Wiley Press, Zone Perfect, DeWaflebakkers and Sweet Potatoes. There were many others as well and I thank them for being there! I just did not have a chance to make it to their tables.
5. The FOOD!
Charlotte offered a lot of delicious fare within walking distance! I had the most amazing snacks & lunch at The Blackfinn, Over the top dinner at Mimosa Grill and two nights at the Mez restaurant tells you something! Lunch at Fujos Sushi was also so good that I went there twice and dinner at Vida Cantina gave me a first time taste of plantains! Many afternoons also found me at the bar-not only for the delicious calamari and sangria, but for the centralized hub for conversations with the fabulous Rene Styler, Danyelle Little (my fellow team leader for Ubisoft Dance Party) and the fellas from Time Dog.
The thing I love about blogging is the fact that you can always learn something new and make connections that can impact your life. I am so glad I decided to attend Type-A! It was everything I hoped it would be and so much more.
I cannot wait to go back next year!
At Type-A, I decided to pass out business cards and talk about my new venture. I was a bit nervous to hear feedback, but pleasantly surprised and energized by the positive responses encountered. Everyone I talked to about Eat Picks was excited about the idea and reaffirmed my idea that the site will be utilized and shared!
What is Eat Picks? It is a site that will offer food photography & writing for all appetites. Those looking for a photo to go with a post, advertising or editorial needs, will be able to search a gallery for an image to use (for a nominal fee), saving time looking through major stock photo sites. Have a need for a custom photo to go with a certain recipe? Eat Picks will help you with that too. We also love to find great food during travel and will highlight places and dishes that you may enjoy.
We plan to roll out the new site in late July!! Hope you will join us!