Last week, I attended my 6th Alt Summit conference. I kept thinking it was my 7th, but I must have been counting one of those years where I feverishly followed the happenings on Instagram instead of showing up. Did you feverishly follow the happenings via #altsummit this year? They were pretty great.
I’m up there with the Alt veterans thanks to my repeat appearances, which means that these conferences are full of people I only get to see once or twice a year and in the space of 72 hours we hug, laugh, brainstorm, support, and help each other grow. I used to come to Alt because I wanted to solidly invest in my business, but now I come just for the joy of being in that bubble of amazing creative energy.
Don’t get me wrong – the classes are amazing. I remember when I was signing up to attend my 2nd Alt Summit and I told Kyle that I wasn’t sure I was going to get anything out of it because (having attended one Alt already) I already knew all the things. Ha!
If there’s anything I’ve learned from Alt over the years, it’s that nobody can ever know all the things. And how sad would that be? I would hate to feel like I had gotten so smart that no benefit could come from a lineup of speakers who are killing it on the Internet. One of my favorite sensations is having my mind blown by someone who was a perfect stranger not 5 minutes before.
Dallas Clayton. Am I right???
This was a strange Alt conference for me, because I’m feeling flexible about what I want to do with my blogs and I’ve had a lot of ideas lately that should really change the tone of my sites. It’s an exciting, scary, hopeful, and experimental time for me so I wasn’t giving out as many business cards or rushing to the sessions about making money this time. Mostly, I was just soaking it up, finding my footing, hugging my friends, and letting as many experiences come as possible.
That’s the thing about Alt. You can’t know what you’re going to get. You can think that you’re coming to the conference to network or get sponsors or sharpen your blogging skills, but you might leave with no sponsor partnerships, a realization that you need to do crazy work on your social media accounts, and a handful of glittery plastic objects and it will STILL be the greatest thing you could have ever done for your blog. Or your life. Or that part of your brain that likes the shiny pretties.
My gratitude for this conference knows no bounds. Now please excuse me…my post-Alt high has me working on some pretty awesome stuff…
PS – Thank you so much to the Alt team for letting me lead a Saturday tour! And thank you to the women who got up to shop with me even though we all partied too late at the mini parties AND to my sister who got up to drive us around town in her minivan.