This past Friday was the Blogger's one day summer camp hosted by Marlo and Andrea, the fantastic organizer's of School House Craft. I declared last Friday "my day" (if only in my own mind) and left the family to care for themselves and took off to hang out with some fun and interesting artists, crafters, and bloggers.
Imagine, a place you can walk around and say the word "blog" and everyone knows exactly what you're talking about. Like we're all in that blog zone.
The camp-themed decor was so fun, each of the tables had tissue paper "camp fires" and checkered tablecloths. I took a few pictures before everyone started arriving.
I was part of the first panel of speakers, our topic was "finding a blog/life balance". It's a huge topic and could easily take up the whole day, but Marlo, our moderator, did a great job of keeping everyone focused. My panel partners were Andie Powers of Assemble, Megan Reardon of Not Martha, and Arianne Foulks of Aeolidia. The audience was fantastic, kept the conversation going, laughed at our silly jokes, and made us all feel completely at ease.
The afternoon panel of bloggers explored the topic of monetizing your blog, and included Marie LeBaron, founder of Make and Takes, Moorea Seal, Melanie Biehle of Inward Facing Girl. Even though I don't have ads on my blog, I found this topic absolutely fascinating. There's definitely a "way" to do this effectively! Each of them came at this topic from different perspectives and I learned way more than I expected.
The 4th annual School House Craft Conference will be held on September 14 and 15th at the Sunset Hill Community Center In Seattle. (You can read my wrap up of last year's conference here.) We are so incredibly lucky to have a conference like this right here in Seattle. Every time I go to it, I come home with pages of notes, lots of new connections made, and new friendships forged. The irony of being artisans and crafters as we are is that a lot of what we do is solitary. We work alone, or with very few others, and possibly, like me, in a basement. While I love what I do and really enjoy alone time, it's so important to get out there and make connections with folks that are doing the same thing. It is so inspiring.