One of my favorite things is when you click with someone the instant you meet. That’s basically what happened while waiting for a delayed flight to Salt Lake City last month when I met Indiana Adams. She’s a fellow blogger and the brainchild behind the Texas Style Council conference.
I’d heard about TxSC in the past, but sort of assumed – due to the name – that it was for the fashion crowd. Turns out it’s actually for female lifestyle bloggers, as well as business owners and independent designers in women-centric industries who use new media to connect with readers and customers. If that’s not right up my alley I’m not exactly sure what is.
Long story short, I’m now on board to be a part of 2015‘s TxSC next month! This year’s conference is going back to basics and being held at Camp Texlake, a Girl Scout camp about 45 minutes outside of Austin in one of my favorite places on earth – Texas hill country. We’ll be staying in dormitories and doing awesome things like sitting around bonfires and watching midnight movies in between all of the creating, connecting, and conquering that will fill our days.
Photo Elly Yap
Ever wanted to attend Alt, but couldn’t get yourself to Salt Lake City? NO PROBLEM. I’m happy to share that I’ll be teaching at next month’s Alt for Everyone once again. All of the knowledge and tips that are dropped at Alt brought to you in the comfort and convenience of your laptop screen! Wear your PJs, lounge in bed, whatever because no one can see you. I’ll be sharing a case study on Design Crush and how I made it the site you read today, I’ll also be sharing advice on how to grow your own blog. (You can check out the full working schedule here.)
For the registration price you’ll get to attend:
– 7 online classes of your choice
– 1 online keynote session
– 1 virtual social meet-up
Don’t forget, a box full of goodies will show up in your mailbox as well! And for the fourth Alt for Everyone you will have the option of adding more classes for an additional price. Take up to 13(!) amazing classes. Read more about Alt for Everyone and register here. Hope to see you Saturday, September 27th in my class!
I’m three shades of excited to share something that’s been in the works for months – Design Crush The Marketplace has opened! I’ve teamed up with the newly launched GREAT.LY to bring you some of my favorite handmade goods from all sorts of talented makers. The shop is set up much like Design Crush the site, full of fantastic art and design that you can decorate your home and yourself with. I’ll be keeping it stocked with fresh and exciting things that get updated frequently, so I hope you’ll pop over and take a look for yourself. In the meantime, here are a few of my favorites from each category!
Image: Pencil Shavings
I’m looking forward to teaching a brand new class at next month’s Alt for Everyone – Drafting a Killer Media Kit. I’ll be talking about what to include, what to avoid, and how to get noticed by the brands you want to work with. The online conference is taking place May 8th through 10th, with all of the good stuff that goes along with the Salt Lake City version brought right to your laptop. (Even a gift box delivered to your doorstep!) You can check out the full schedule right here.
• 7 online classes of your choice
• 1 online keynote session
• 1 virtual social meet-up
And just to include more of you, we’re giving away seven tickets!
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I’ve been playing the middle man between creators and my readers here on Design Crush for almost seven years. SEVEN YEARS! And oh my gosh do I love it. I could write the longest post in the world on how lucky I feel to do what I do every day and still not convey just how happy my work makes me.
It’s one thing to share all of this incredible work but it’s another to be a part of it, which is why I’m so thrilled to let you know that beginning in mid-May I’ll be one of 50 tastemakers opening a boutique on GREAT.LY!
So what is GREAT.LY, you ask? Good question. GREAT.LY is an invitation-only marketplace for makers and tastemakers. The tastemakers have the shops and do the selling, so that the makers only need worry about what they do best – making! I already spend my days finding fantastic things to share with you all, so it’s a natural fit. Here’s the breakdown of how GREAT.LY shakes out…
GREAT.LY is also looking for talented makers to set up their studios – nearly every creation is welcome! If you’d like to become a part of what is sure to be amazing you can fill out this form. I’m so looking forward to sharing my shop with you all once it opens next month!
PHOTO: Brooke Dennis
In January I had a conversation about blogging as a profession, and it went something like this. “If you’re only having fun, you’re not really a blogger.” Because really, blogging its work. It’s a job. And if I’m being honest I don’t like all aspects of it – invoicing, analytics, weird hours.
But here’s the thing. I wouldn’t trade my job for any other profession, because I love it that much. If you feel the same as I do and want to take the next step, join me and a slew of other pros who know what they’re talking about. The Business of Blogging is Alt Channel’s day-long schedule of online classes Thursday, March 20th full of ten hours of knowledge dropping. I’ll be talking about growing your readership, and you can check out the schedule in its entirety right here. Hope to see you in my class on the 20th!
I’m excited to share that I’m teaming up with one of my favorite Oklahoma City shops! Come to Chirps & Cheers Saturday, March 8th at 2pm as we kick off their REAL PEOPLE series. The premise behind it all is that in today’s internet-addled world it’s easy to know people without really knowing them. I’ll be talking about how Design Crush got started, sharing some secrets, and answering your questions. It’s free to attend and no doubt the socializing will be top-notch. So if you’re in the OKC area please stop by, I’d love to meet you!
Four days at the beach learning and creating with industry professionals – sounds good, right? And it’s not just me daydreaming, it actually exists in the form of Craftcation! This year the conference is being held April 3-6 in Ventura, CA and I’ll be in attendance speaking on two different panels – Advanced Social Media and Keeping Track. The goal of it all being to ignite your entrepreneurial spirit, strengthen your skills, and build relationships within the handmade community – all things I wholeheartedly support. If this all sounds tailor-made for you, sign up for Craftcation registration right here (if you do so before February 15th you can take advantage of the Early Bird Special). Hope to see you in Ventura this April!
Heeeyyy, Oklahoma City! Saturday, October 26th I’ll be speaking at Confluence, a conference celebrating OKC’s bloggers and digital influencers. Because you know what? We’ve got a lot of them. Confluence was created by David Christopher (an Oklahoman by way of Britain, funnily enough) as a way to bring us all together to meet, mingle, and learn from one another. Such a simple yet brilliant premise that I can’t wait to be a part of. I’ll be talking about growing your online community, but you can check out the whole Confluence lineup of speakers right here. If you’re in the OKC area and want to attend you can register here, use the code earlybird when doing so before October 12th for $10 off. Can’t wait to see you all at the end of the month.