tips for blog events.

a lot goes into maintaining a blog.

from the beginning, it’s deciding what you want to share with others + how you want your little corner of the internet to look. there’s the endless brainstorming + never-ending possibilities. the styling + photography. the writing + the inevitable writer’s block. the unavoidable technology questions + issues. and of course, a lot of social media.

most blogs are a one-man show. they run the business, brainstorm + create the content, manage the social media channels, work with brands, and a lot of times ..all while simultaneously working a full-time job. it’s hard work, there is no doubt about it. and for those times when it becomes a bit exhausting, your inspiration needs inspiring, you need a fresh pair of eyes, or you just want to be surrounded by people that understand ..you go to a blog conference. and this weekend, I am so excited to be attending the GBS workshop in kansas city, MO.

[semi-side note: I recommend this for professionals in any field. it’s easy to get stuck in a routine. it’s really beneficial to see + hear how others around you are operating. we can all learn a lot from each other].

packing for a blog conference

packing for a blog conference

packing for a blog conference

packing for a blog conference

whenever I’m attending a professional event, you can dump out my tote + see these items ..

a notebook: while the rest of the world has moved on to taking notes on tablets, you can find me in the dark ages ..writing on paper. how you take notes is not important, just write them somewhere.

a writing utensil: even for you tablet users. there have been stranger places you’ve been asked if you have a pen. these are my favorites.

business cards: the trick is remembering to actually give them out. keep a few in hand. they’re not doing you any favors at the very bottom of your tote, all the way across the room, under your chair. we’ve all been there

• water: I keep a water bottle with me at all times, but for conferences ..I also throw into my bag a coconut water. this chocolate flavor is top notch.

phone + charger: the key is to finding a free plug-in when your battery starts to die, mid-tweet. if you can, a portable charger may really come in handy.

breath mints: no explanation necessary.

packing for a blog conference

• if you’re a kansas city guru, where should we eat + drink? the husband is traveling with me + we have an entire day to fill with fun.

• if you’re wanting to attend a blog conference, there are many out there. in fact, go blog social is hosting a two-day conference in april. I will be in attendance. you should too. [details here].

please let the weekend be here now. very soon.

life lately.

life has been a constant buzz lately. and it only makes sense to take a moment + share what’s been going on.

if I can give one piece of advice for soon-to-be brides, it is that your wedding will consume your thoughts; day & night. I am 8 months from “the big day,” and have wedding dreams nightly. it’s not bad, but it is more than I expected. [J] & I are putting the finishing touches on our wedding invitations, and will be sending them out soon. I am shifting my focus to our Iowa wedding reception, and will be sharing details on the blog.

[J] & I are moving to a new apartment. in two short weeks. it’s only 5 miles from our current apartment, but is much more spacious. I can’t believe I have to box up our lives & need to stop procrastinating.

february is proving to be an exciting month; I have many events & blogger collaborations in the works.

after working on a project for jess at stamp in my passport, I have decided to regularly spotlight the wonderful city I live in, Des Moines. and all that it has to offer. so look for that feature coming soon.

yesterday my computer & camera banned together and decided to take a day off. turns out, they’re still on strike today. so while frustrating, I’m thankful for tablets & camera phones.

it has been snowing since 5AM and refuses to end until tomorrow. which means I’ll be drinking more than my share of coffee to keep warm, and staying inside.

ideas grow here // LLinaBC.com

a notebook & groom-turned-stress-ball are the ideal companions on a snowy afternoon.

happy tuesday!