What I Learned at the Haven Blogging Conference

by Dagmar Bleasdale on July 22, 2015

Haven conference, DagmarBleasdale.comI’m back from the Haven blogging conference and had an amazing time, like last year. I learned so much more about blogging and social media, and how to grow Dagmar’s Home.


I flew from Westchester directly to Atlanta last Thursday.

Buckhead Marta Station, Atlanta

After I check into the Hyatt, I met my roommate — sweet Jennifer Dawn who writes The Life of Jennifer Dawn.

We had found each other through the Haven Mavens Facebook group, where I posted that I was looking for a roommate. Haven is more fun with a roommate.

I freshened up, and I went to the reception.

Haven conference, DagmarBleasdale.comI chatted with a few bloggers while we were in line waiting to get drinks…

Haven conference, DagmarBleasdale.com…and then ran into Rhoda and the rest of the Haven team, and Jon Acuff.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThey asked me to take a picture of them. Of course! Here it is on Rhoda’s Instagram.

What I Learned at the Haven Blogging Conference 2015

The next morning, we all had to get up early. I grabbed a coffee to catch Jon Acuff’s keynote speech. He is hilarious, such a great speaker, and he inspired us all to pursue our passion because he’s also a blogger.

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Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comAfter the speech, I checked out some of the vendors.

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Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThis was the first session I decided to attend, about newsletters. After moving to Feedblitz, also using Mail Chimp for newsletters in now on my to-do list. Kristen had a ton of great tips for all of us.

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Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.com

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.com

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comI looked into this session briefly, about tips to build better.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThis session about increasing your ad revenue was amazing! It was presented by Kyle Ivins from The Blogger Network and Camille Beckstrand, the oldest sister and co-founder of the blog SixSistersStuff.com.

I had just signed up with The Blogger Network before Haven and can’t wait to have them take over and handle all of my ads.

I later ran into Kyle and we started talking, and wouldn’t you believe it: he lived in Bremen, in my hometown, for two years! We had lunch together and talked about Beck’s beer, the Schnoor, and all the good German food we miss.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThe next session was about branding, and KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms was one of the speakers! We have chatted before on the phone, and meeting her in person was one of the highlights of Haven for me.

She is warm and funny and so giddy and infection, and a great speaker. I get inspired by her blog and her emails all the time.

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Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThis was another session full of great information by all of these three blogging pros.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comAfter being in sessions all day, I enjoyed this drink and food at the Smile & Sparkle Soiree, before I headed to dinner with a small group of bloggers.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThe next day, my first session was about How to Make Facebook Work For You. I’m pretty big on Twitter and Pinterest, but Facebook isn’t my friend. I have the hardest time to grow my following there.

090aAmy from The Idea Room, another beautiful blog I have been following for years, taught us the secret: she posts 15+ times a day to Facebook! She preschedules the posts so they run automatically. I’m not sure I’ll find the time to do that — we’ll see.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThe next session I went to was about building and carpentry with Ana White and Home Depot. It was too technical for me — I don’t see myself building a bed or table from scratch any time soon, drawing plans…. Don is the carpentry pro in our house; I’d rather work on my blogging skills.

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Ana White, Haven, 2015

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.com

It was nice to see several babies attending Haven — made me miss Landon.

This quote came from a session about site design and coding by Lesley Clavijo. She’s a sweetheart and I remember meeting her and her mom last year at Haven.

quote, entrepreneurThe last session I attended was about Instagram tips and tricks, and these two ladies — Liz Marie Galvan and Jennifer Robison — had amazing tips.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comI had to miss the closing session and the fun party afterward to catch my plane, but I left with so much information and inspiration that I didn’t mind.

Haven conference 2015, DagmarBleasdale.comThank you, Haven team, for an even better Haven than last year, if that is possible!

The hotel was great, the food fresh and yummy, the sessions outstanding, and I met so many other amazing bloggers that make this journey such a pleasure.

Being a professional blogger is intense, there is so much to know and these sessions just scratched the surface — but conferences like this make our job easier. And the camaraderie is wonderful and a much-needed break from a mostly solitary profession.

Did you attend the Haven blogging conference this year?

{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Erin @ the-organized-life August 14, 2015 at 4:54 PM

Sounds like such a wonderful time! And so much to learn… Hoping to go next year!


Dagmar Bleasdale August 15, 2015 at 10:28 PM

Hi Erin, hope to see you at Haven next year!


Janice Wald August 10, 2015 at 3:33 AM

Sounds great. Made me want to go. Thanks for coming to Inspire Me Monday.


Bridget - The Recipe Wench August 8, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Looks like fun. One of these days, I’d love to attend a blogging conference. If they ever come to Italy . . . . Thanks for sharing your trip with us at the Inspire Me Mondays Link-Up!


Lori Schumaker August 6, 2015 at 10:31 PM

This has motivated me to want to attend a blogging conference! I have SO much to learn!!
Blessings and smiles,


Trisha August 6, 2015 at 9:34 PM

Thank you so much for sharing this! I’m hoping to come to Haven next year and your recap really makes me so excited about it!


Steph August 6, 2015 at 3:51 PM

It looks like you got so much out of your conference! I would love to attend one of these one day soon!


Jordan@the2seasons August 6, 2015 at 10:38 AM

It was great to meet you at Haven. I enjoyed reading this post from such a great conference. Now the fun part trying to implement some of the things I learned.


Dagmar Bleasdale August 6, 2015 at 1:49 PM

Hi Jordan, great to meet you! Yes, the hardest thing is to follow through and implement all of those things!


Meg @ Pinch of Nutmeg August 4, 2015 at 9:17 AM

Thanks for sharing your recap of Haven! There is so much to learn in the blogging world but it’s so exciting to be in the midst of it. I’m from Atlanta so I hope my city treated you well!


Dagmar Bleasdale August 4, 2015 at 2:34 PM

I love Atlanta – the little bit I’ve seen of it. People are so nice. Will you come to Haven next year, maybe?


Rhonda August 3, 2015 at 7:19 PM

Thanks for sharing your wonderful experience at Haven! I’ve never been, but you’ve inspired me to try it out next year! …coming from The Scoop! ~Rhonda


Dagmar Bleasdale August 4, 2015 at 2:36 PM

I hope to see you there next year :) Thanks for coming by!


Courtney Lovell August 2, 2015 at 6:17 PM

I love reading recaps from blog conferences. I just started blogging this year, but these conferences look like such fun and inspiring events where everyone learns so much. Hopefully I can go to one someday!


Dagmar Bleasdale August 3, 2015 at 6:10 PM

Thanks for coming by, Courtney! Blog conferences are a great step if you want to make money with your blog and make great contacts.


Diana July 23, 2015 at 4:14 PM

Sounds really fantastic Dagmar. I think I’m going to email you with a couple of questions :)


Ashley July 23, 2015 at 11:55 AM

This was a great Haven recap! This year was my first year attending. I had fun, but I definitely think I would have enjoyed it more if I came with a friend


michelle July 23, 2015 at 11:16 AM

do they place u with a roomie? I don’t know any bloggers that go and that would be the only way to attend for me wud be to split a room. I’m so nervous that I would be standing in a corner by myself with not knowing anyone. I pretty much quit blogging since I was basically writing for myself as the audience, so I know that I could gleam a lot of info from the sessions.


Dagmar Bleasdale July 23, 2015 at 11:39 AM

Hi Michelle, there’s always a Facebook page all the Haven mavens go on before the conference – that’s where you can find a roommate, get to know the other bloggers, ask questions. Everyone of the ladies are lovely, so no worry at all! If you decided to go, make sure to tell me and we’ll hang our, promise! :) Be on the lookout when the Haven tickets go on sale, they sometimes sell out in a few days.


michelle July 26, 2015 at 12:15 AM

Awe thanks I definitely will!


Rita C at Panoply July 22, 2015 at 2:38 PM

Dagmar, nice account of Haven – thanks for sharing. That personal encounter with the keynote speaker had to be a really cool thing for you. In my mind, Haven would be all about the relationships with like-minded friends. Glad you got to be a part of it.


Lauren English July 22, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Wow, this looks awesome and so helpful! I feel like I could learn so much from one of these. I’ll just have to get the courage to sign up and actually do it! Thanks for sharing some of the tips and things you learned!


Dagmar Bleasdale July 22, 2015 at 1:11 PM

Dear Lauren, see you at Haven next year ;) Not much courage needed — all of the bloggers and speaker are incredibly welcoming and helpful.


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