So last week I went to Alt Summit in New York, and up until now, you haven’t heard much about it from me. Well, let me tell you- it was awesome. It was basically everything that I thought it would be and then some. I didn’t anticipate how freaking awesome it would be to just be in Martha Stewart Omnimedia. It was kind of like a dream come true.
I just don’t even know where to start! Everything was styled immaculately, as you can see, and the food was incredible. And I could do an entire post on just the business cards! But I won’t, you’ll just have to peek around the web for those!
The panels were phenomenal. Imagine sitting in class for most of the day learning about the things that you most want to learn about. That’s what this was like. Tina of Swiss Miss gave a wonderful talk on her rules for living a creative life (which Sarah kindly compiled into an infographic for everyone to enjoy!) But honestly? Might favorite thing about Tina was watching her apply Tattlys to anyone who wanted one. People would stand in line and then she would literally hold a wet paper towel to their arm and chat with them while their tatoo stuck- it was so cute! I totally regret not getting one.
The panel from Martha Stewart Living was awesome. The thing that stuck with me the most about their talk was that your point of view should always shine through everything you do. That’s what makes us unique, and that’s why people will want to stick with you. I just hadn’t thought about it that way before.
I also loved the panel on growing your community, featuring Katie Armour, Jenny Komenda, and Natalie Holbrook. I loved listening to them talk about how they got into blogging, and just share their experiences in general. Also, I’m going to get on making an editorial calendar. Jenny talked about that and how making one two-weeks out really works for her, and it’s something that I’ve really been meaning to do. I wrote in my notebook “Editorial Calendar! For realz,” so I should probably get on that. This group was also really funny when Martha walked in- it was a tough act to follow but they kept going gracefully.
Everyone there was really friendly. I was feeling off my a-game a little bit after not sleeping well for two days in a row (more on our New York trip tomorrow!) and I was definitely feeling like a little (starstruck) blogger walking around with all these big bloggers that I really admire. But everyone was super nice, and in retrospect I wish that I’d really pushed myself to meet more of the attendees. At the time, it felt like I was meeting tons of people, but then I looked at the pictures and the recaps and realized that I barely scratched the surface! And if you haven’t seen them, you’ve gotta check out the photos.
Mostly, AltNYC just made me really wish that I was going to SLC! Have you ever been to a blogger conference or meet-up? Spill!