I flew from Westchester directly to Atlanta last Thursday.
After I check into the Hyatt, I met my roommate — sweet Jennifer Dawn who writes The Life of Jennifer Dawn.
I freshened up, and I went to the reception.
…and then ran into Rhoda and the rest of the Haven team, and Jon Acuff.
They 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.
This 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.
This 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.
The 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.
Amy 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.
The 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.
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.
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?