This was a topic I was super interested in—I use a calendar for my WeddingLovely Blog posts and it makes life so much easier. That said, my calendar (seen below) is just short-term stuff and I’m always looking for ways to improve—thus attending this session!
Other topics included advisory boards, passive income, representation, and pitching. Panelists were Helen Jane, Amy Anderson, Susan Petersen, and Whitney Johnson.
I was majorly interested in this session at Alt Summit, mainly due to the few events (big and small) that I’ve run through WeddingLovely! I always feel a bit like I don’t know what I’m doing, so it was great to get some advice from the big-wigs, who were Laura Mayes, Stacey Ferguson, Megan Gilger, and Danielle Krysa!
Want to blog for Minted? HGTV? Martha Stewart? This panel was all about finding and working with the big-wigs. Landing a contributor position can be killer for your personal business, landing you more clients or readers for your blog — but you need to do some legwork and have some skills beforehand. Panelists were Melanie Blodgett, Victoria Hudgins, Chelsea Andrews, and Capree Kimball!
This panel covered two things I’m definitely interested in learning about: DIYs and doing DIY posts (which I would love to run more!) and Pinterest (I don’t use it quite often enough — gasp!) Panel headed by Melissa Esplin, Chelsea Costa, Jill Nystul, Jenny Batt, and Chris Gardner.
The unfortunately thing about blogging is that it doesn’t pay the bills unless you go out of your way to make money — and then it’s dangerous because you don’t want to antagonize your loyal readers or drive anyone away. The WeddingLovely Blog makes a little pocket change from ads (seen on the sidebar), and I was definitely interested in this session since I wanted to know more ways that I could pay the bills and keep doing what I love! Session headed by Nicole Balch, Mariah Bruehl, Jessica Turner, and Liz Stanley.
Photo on Instagram by yours truly.
The first session I attended at Alt Summit on Thursday was “Collaborating with Sponsors” — basically, how bloggers can partner with big name brands to expand their readership, get valuable press, and sometimes most importantly, earn some revenue. Here are some of the best tips I learned from this session:
Hello Salt Lake City and Altitude Summit!
I have to say, as a Californian — it is &^#&#$ cold here. I can handle snow, but getting off the plane late Tuesday night into single digit temperatures combined that with the fact I’m staying at an Airbnb place three miles away from the conference center means I’m essentially a Tracy icicle. That said, this blogging conference is fabulous and totally worth it. I’ll be blogging each of the Alt Summit sessions today, so stay tuned for the posts tomorrow!
Last night was the Alt Summit Wednesday dinners — small gatherings of bloggers at restaurants around Salt Lake City, hosted by brands. I attended the Dash & Albert dinner at the Wild Grape Bistro (dark photo seen above) — surrounded by wonderful food and company, including Melanie of You Are My Fav, Arianne of Aeolidia, Melissa of Melissa Esplin, Vitaliy and Candace of Pictilio, and of course, Annie of Annie Selke Brands which owns Dash & Albert. I know I’m missing a ton of bloggers who were there — there were 15 in all — so give me a shout-out if I missed you.
Stay tuned for conference coverage over the next few days!
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