Finally! I get to share my highlights of my first ever Southern Blog Society Conference in Charleston South Carolina! I read an article this week that Charleston is considered the second best city to live in and boy were they right! It's a city that has southern charm written all over it. I couldn't think of a better place to host such an amazing event. Cathy, Jessica...you nailed it!
This was my third blog conference I've attended and I must say it's my favorite thus far! Why is that you may ask? The attention to detail and the heart felt welcome from our amazing founder and co-founder was genuine and special. These ladies went above and beyond to ensure this event fulfilled our expectations as bloggers.
1. First, Swoozies party as our first day of meet up...brilliant! Typically, cocktail parties (from the conferences I've attended) are held the last day of the conference. I think this is a big no-no. Why? For someone who flew all the way from San Diego to Charleston not knowing anyone can be a bit intimidating. So, how can we make it less awkward? How about getting some fashionistas together, add some delicious cocktails, and let the blogging chat commence...voila! You have yourself a cocktail party. You will leave the night making friends and connections. I guarantee it.
2. The speaking panelists of our day two conference were exceptional. One of the SWBS primary goals is to "supply the resources necessary for blogging success." One of the speakers who stood out the most was Amy Northard, CPA. I've never seen an accountant speaker at a blog conference. She provided specifics and informative details on what a blogger should or should not do when tax season comes around. Did you know that every gift you accept as a blogger (even ones you don't want) is considered income?!! I had no clue!! Bloggers...take note...hire a good accountant!
3. Networking! Networking! Sure, you can have all the goodie bags you want but how about a one-on-one with brands? (we got double the fun - goodie bag and networking!) Yea, this is the first time I've experienced such a thing. Months in advance, we were given reminder emails on what to expect these three days and to have our media kits ready to go! Again, the attention to detail and preparation was on point.
With that being said, I will be attending 2016's SBSCon...no doubt about that!
I didn't get a chance to take outfit pics, but thank you Kim Graham Photography for this outfit photo! Good looking out!
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from left to right (Co-Founder): Jessica from My Style Vita | Cathy (Founder) from Poor Little It Girl
Goodie bags from Vera Bradley
Photos by: Kim Graham Photography