Remember when I promised to have my Alt Design Summit post by the day before yesterday? C’mon, you didn’t think I was serious, did you? I’m officially running on Carly time these days, which means everything is about a week late. It’s one of the perks of being my own boss.
I do have lots of loveliness to share…probably more than I should even put into a post. So, to make things pretty and easy, I’m just going to do a quick run down of the awesome people I rubbed elbows with and the top ten things I learned during the conference.
Awesome People Who Were There (not a complete list at all, but these come to mind):
- Heather Armstrong of Dooce
- Jean Aw of NotCot
- Grace Bonney of Design*Sponge
- Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy
- Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant
- Jaime Derringer of Design Milk
- Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink
- Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!
- Stephanie Brubaker of Stephmodo
- Sheila Bernus Dowd of Lookiloos
- Chelsea Fuss of Frolic
- Vané Broussard of Brookyln Bride
- Rachel Jones of Black Eiffel
- Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely
- Emily Goligoski of The SanFranista
- Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink
- Victoria Smith of SFGirlbyBay
- Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl
- Kelly Beall of Design Crush
- Sarah Jane Wright of Sarah Jane Designs
- Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind
- Megan Reardon of Not Martha
- Joslyn Taylor of Simple Lovely
- Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl
Isn’t she too cute?
Photo from alt design summit on Flickr
Top Ten Things I Learned
- Blogs are the most successful when you use them as a marketing tool for what you want to do.
- Readers don’t want you to be perfect, they want you to be real.
- Most of the blogs I follow started because one person randomly wrote about their passion just to pass the time.
- The brands you advertise should fit the brand of your blog.
- Everyone gets stuff by asking for it. Nobody is ever going to hand you anything. (Thanks, Maggie!)
- Keep communication up with readers. The advantage blogs have over magazines is an intimate relationship with the person enjoying your content.
- Blogrolls = bad idea.
- If you don’t want people to give you feedback on something, don’t share it. – Heather Armstrong
- Do what you love in a way that doesn’t cut into time with the people you love.
- If you aren’t persuing your passion, you’ll lose to the person who is.
P.S. As if all this awesomeness wasn’t enough, I’m enjoying the stuff from my swag bag AND I’m loving the promo cd I got from DJ Earworm AND I won an awesome giveaway from Lifestyle Crafts and came home with this letterpress combo kit. Thanks, Lifestyle Crafts and Altitude Design Summit!