Seriously, it was really good, I learned a ton and the best part was meeting wonderful friends, who were all as amazing in person as they are on their blogs.
But here’s a quick recap of what I learned:
1. How to write a post title. Yes, there is a wrong way and a right way to do this. Who knew I wasn’t even doing this very basic thing right?
I understand SEO (Search Engine Optimization) about as much as I understand the table above. (Although that’s not a really great example because I’m decent at Chemistry.) SEO definitely seems like a big black hole that once I jump into, I’ll never come back out of. I know it’s important and I know I should jump into the black hole, but that just never feels like a good idea.Source: Pinterest2. I don’t know anything about SEO (and I’m not 100% sure that I want to).
3. I actually understand ISO, aperture and shutter speed. Applying that knowledge is a completely different topic.
4. Mr. Goodwill Hunting is one of the funniest people that I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing speak.And he’s got mad thrifting skills (but we already knew that). I think a dream day would be spending a day thrifting with him. I think he should do a contest on his blog for that (can I get an Amen on that?)
5. I know there are things that I want my blog to be and things that I don’t want it to be. The problem is, I’m not sure what exactly yet. I should really figure that out.
6. I’m currently doing about 3% of what I should be for successful blogging.Seriously, on Saturday, the thought occurred to me that I should just never blog again. Kinda like sticking my head into the sand. Clearly, I decided against it.
7. There are people out there who are so much more talented, smart, and funny than me. I’m really ok with that.I don’t want to pretend to be something I’m not. I didn’t start this blog because I’m a designer or think I really know what I’m doing. I’m the first to admit that I don’t, which is why I share big and little mistakes with you. I think the biggest thing I learned is that being me is enough. In fact the most successful blogs are successful because their real. I don’t have to have all the answers about the blog today. I’m counting on God to lead me. In the meantime, it’s something I enjoy so I’ll keep doing it.
Overall, it was a great experience, mostly because of the people and I'm so glad I went. Can't wait to go back next year and get overwhelmed all over again!
Oh, and I need to send a big shout out to Kelly at View Along the Way for letting me stay with her! She was such a wonderful host and if you can believe it, her home is more beautiful in person. I promise, that’s not what you would think if you walked into my house.
For the other girls who were there, what did you learn?
Linking to: Southern Hospitality