Given my schedule for the last few days, there’s nothing else I could be writing about today BUT my time spent at the amazing Haven Conference in Atlanta, GA. (Unless you want a pretty detailed recap of either the Real Housewives of the OC or Hoarders… that’s what I watched yesterday afternoon during nap time once I got home to CT.)
As many of you know, this blogging hat is a new-ish one for me. (For the first time I claimed it as a ‘profession’ on some paperwork recently… although I suspect that’s still a bit of a stretch.) You mention blogger to most people and they envision a 20-something young man holed up in his parents’ basement writing about the latest version of World of Combat. Needless to say, it wasn’t something I lead with… until now: Hi! My name is Charlotte. I’m a blogging mom of three and I love myself a good flea market.
The wonder of spending two straight days with women who also blog is that the daily passion and routine I found when we moved to the burbs and Ciburbanity was born is no longer this individual and private endeavor- I have a tribe. A team. A consortium. Which is empowering and legitimizing.
As with any large event in which you get to network and share ideas with like minded peeps, I came away with many (MANY) action items and ideas. For a Type A gal like myself, this is completely exhilarating… I have a categorized spread sheet all rarin’ to go, y’all! Advertising…Layout…Content… Photography… Blogging Buddies… Social Media… SO many wonderful topics covered via speakers or just chatting with other veteran bloggers over breakfast lunch or dinner.
It was a good sort of tiring… every break between sessions was a chance to introduce myself and pick the brains of a whole room full of people speaking the same language. The bloggers in attendance ranged from those who read blogs and are just starting up their own… to others with book deals because of the success of their blog!
I have PILES of beautiful business cards from everyone who I met and chatted with. To come away from a ‘working weekend’ with a whole host of new blogging buddies is delicious icing on the Haven cake!
If you don’t know them already, definitely check out these cool chickitas and their inspired blogs:
Christina @ Homemade Ocean
Jessica @ Gourley Girl and Guy
Angie @ Angie’s Roost
Lisa @ Before Meets After
Melody @ My Passion For Decor
Jenna @ The Suburban Urbanist
Laura @ A Step in the Journey
Not to mention the “Pros” who led the sessions or generally caused our jaws to drop in reverence as they walked in our midst:
Sherry from Young House Love
Katie from Bower Power
Mandi from Vintage Revivals (who p.s. might as well retire and become a super model…)
Carrie from Making Lemonade (an early blogging mentor!)
Kelly from A View Along the Way (ever hysterical)
Sarah from The Ugly Duckling House (who has my ultimate favorite head shot of any blogger!)
KariAnne from Thistlewood Farms (she might be a legitimate cure for depression)
Tauni from SNAP
Kristen from Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke
Brooke from All Things Thrifty (who will forever get credit for any increase in my google search engine rankings)
Heather from At The Picket Fence
I could go on and on and on! The amazing team at Haven couldn’t have pulled off a more memorable weekend from the food to the sponsors to the SWAG to the ‘extras’ (hello, flash mob?!)… a chance to get away from the grind of everyday life is a treat to begin with, but to also come home feeling energized (if not slightly tired), motivated and connected… well that’s the bees knees.
Until next year, Haven!