Two weeks ago, I attended Blended Conference at the beautiful Windmill Winery. If you are a blogger, I highly recommend attending a blog conference at some point in your career. It is a great way to network, learn new information, and create lasting friendships.
Disclosure: I was an ambassador for Blended and received my ticket at a discounted rate.
The venue was beautiful. One of my favorite parts of the conference was doing a photography walk with Kate from Songs Kate Sang. She is a wonderful photographer and blogger. We have known each other online for quite some time, so it was nice to finally give her a hug in person!
I thought it would be fun to share some of the pictures I took on our walk. It was great to get in person tips on how to improve my photography. I have always loved to take pictures, but when I started blogging in 2012 I didn’t realize how important it would be to take wonderful pictures. It is a crucial part of blogging that you have to master if you don’t want to hire it out.
There were gorgeous flowers all throughout the winery.
Blogging is a unique profession. It is wonderful to go to a place where everyone “gets” you. Even though I have been in Arizona since I started blogging, since I live about two hours north of Phoenix, I don’t know a lot of other Arizona bloggers other than online. It was great to finally meet these women in person – like Liz, Kate, Wendy, and Laura (although we have met before). Next time I will need to be better about getting photos with them all!
Even though I knew a few bloggers from online it is always a little scary for me to step outside my comfort zone and meet all new people. Most of the women I knew ahead of time were busy with conference preparations, so I was on my own when I got there. Luckily, I sat at a table with the nicest women!
Sometimes you meet other women that you instantly connect with. It was great to meet like-minded women that I felt like I have known for years. We hung out after the conference back at the hotel on the first night and it was like a fun slumber party!
During the conference, we got to do a fun make and take at the Cricut booth – a vinyl lettered coaster.
A big thank you to Wendy for making Blended so special. I learned a ton and the friendships will last a lifetime. If you are a blogger – what is your favorite blog conference?
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