Thursday, May 2, 2013

Blog Better Boston with Lulu's: Conference Recap

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One thing I've learned, after attending a few blog conferences over the years, is that the effects typically don't sink in for a few days. At least for me. I won't think much of it until I'm home, and then boom, I get super excited to blog again. It's nice to feel refreshed, connected, and inspired again, and that's exactly how I feel after attending- and participating in- Blog Better Boston.

Tieka and I arrived at the hotel on Friday night with Stephanie from Lulu's, and woke up early Saturday to head over to the Boston Globe offices to help set up and get ready. There were representatives on hand from MiniLuxe, Roster, City Sports- among others- and I was finally able to get my hands on a Red Sox tee (why it took me until now to acquire one, I don't know, I really don't). There was mixing and mingling and coffee and bagels, and then it was time for the panels!

My panel (third images from the bottom) was focused on managing your work, blog, and life, and how utilizing a content calendar can make your life so much easier. I was nervous, mostly because I hadn't used Power Point since my days as an admissions counselor (!), but really there was nothing to be worried about. Each panel went perfectly, and along with discussing the in's and out's of a busy schedule, each talk devolved into a conversation of blogging as a whole. It was wonderful! I loved hearing about everyone's separate experiences and what worked for them. I'll be sharing my presentation on this blog with you next week, after some tweaking of that Power Point, so if you've ever had questions about managing a job/blog/and life, let me know and I'll address them in the post! My only wish is that I got to hear the other speakers, but I did get to completely nerd-out over Katie of Paper Fashion and listen to her talk about building a successful DIY/How-to post. 

Between panels, attendees were encouraged to participate in a Lulu's style scavenger hunt. They were given a card with trends listed on it, and were instructed to mix and mingle and find other attendees that were wearing the trend. When they completed the scavenger hunt card, not only had they made conversation with a bunch of new people, but they were able to spin the Lulu's prize wheel and choose an item to take home! A pretty genius way of networking, right?

Thank you to Amy and Alana of Blog Better Boston for inviting me to speak and to Lulu's for choosing me as a representative of their brand.


Katie said...

You're so sweet! Thanks for coming, so nice to meet you! :)

Kallie, Happy Honey and Lark said...

I can't wait to see that presentation. Oy. Vey. I have no balance right now haha. You wrote me the nicest email like 2 years ago and I didn't respond because life got super crazy but I REALLY appreciated it and it was so thoughtful about job changes and work and life balance. So, thank you.

Also, I saw this and thought of you because it seems like a really cool place in Pittsburgh

Christina Marie said...

Sounds great!


fancyalterego said...

I can't wait to see how the presentation turned out! I use PowerPoint all the time (we teachers pretty much have to...haha), and I like seeing what others do with it. Also, I'm starting to get eyeballs-deep into this blogging thing, and trying to juggle this with a job and life can be tricky, I'm quickly learning!

thehumblefoodie said...

I am always excited to read favorite bloggers' takes on balancing work, life, and a blog. I'm struggling with that right now and would love to hear how you manage! I'm particularly interested in how you balance working on your own blog, social media, etc. with reading other blogs, networking, and generally building community. Looking forward to your presentation!


Jennifer said...

I am very excited to see your powerpoint!

xo Jennifer

veronika girlandcloset said...

Julie. Firstly you look gorgeous, and I swear, you always have the most perfect top knot, ever! ;) And I can't wait to hear your presentation. I was sad to miss out... being in Canada, boo. But I'm thrilled you'll be doing a re-cap on your blog. xo

Amy Allen said...

Julie, Thank you so much for flying up here to be part of the day! You were the perfect addition. Loved seeing you too :)

The Littlest Smitten said...

Looks and sounds like a great trip! So fun!

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