lessons // 13 tips for blog conferences.

13 lessons I learned from GBS2014 // LLinaBC.com

1. going alone is encouraged. you’ll be forced to step out of your comfort zone + you’ll realize just how rewarding that is.
2. find the fine line between living in the moment + hiding behind your camera lens. be present, but document as you see fit. returning home wishing you had snapped more photos is a rotten feeling.
3. collect business cards like candy. it’s impossible to remember everyone you had the pleasure of meeting, plus they serve as a pretty souvenir.
4. stay hydrated. coffee, champagne, & water are all viable options.
5. be a sponge. how often do you have the opportunity to learn from, be inspired by, and socialize with your peers fellow bloggers? pick everyone’s brain. you’ll be amazed what you can learn.
6. introduce yourself by your name + blog title. [c/o cedar and rush‘s presentation]. be your own biggest advocate.
7. take entirely too many notes.
8. create a plan of action, from said notes. and most importantly, follow through.
9. have a brainstorming session. you’re riding on a wave of motivation. take full advantage & write down every idea that your head can possibly produce.
10. make sure everyone you had the pleasure of meeting knows it was a true pleasure.
11. blogging is a community. support each other.
12. wear flats. the comfiest of heels are no match for an entire day, regardless of the stand-up to sit down ratio.
13. be genuine. make your blog a true reflection of yourself.

and last but not least, attend as many as you possibly can. they are truly beneficial.

[in my opinion, these tips can be slightly modified to fit any professional development event].

happy tuesday!

travels // go blog social.

I had my heart set on attending go blog social this year. I also had my heart set on starting a new job. with training, and lack of vacation days because I’m saving almost all of them for my wedding ..I didn’t know if I could make it work. long story short ..

I will be at half of go blog social.

I am taking off to kansas city on friday (after work). to meet some of my favorite bloggers. and learn how to make this blog just a wee bit better.

here are a handful items I will absolutely be taking with me ..

go blog social // LLinaBC.com

1 // fun notebook; a lot of great info will be shared. 2 // colorful pens; just because I can. 3 // business cards; essential for networking with other bloggers.

4 // maxi dress; comfortable + chic for a long day. 5 // large tote; because you only have two hands. 6 // bright nail color; why not?

7 // sandals; you’re going to be on your feet all day. 8 // pocket file; to organize all the business cards you’ll be receiving. 9 // breath mints; no explanation necessary.

if you’re also attending, I want to know! and for those of you who are not, you can count on me to take good notes & photographs.

let this week begin ..

happy monday!

dropping the ball.

so at the beginning of each month, I loosely plan out what will appear on the blog. an editorial calendar, if you will. and truthfully, it helps. I always usually know what the next day will bring. but regardless, this is a “lifestyle blog” and sometimes life happens to step in & change the plans around a bit.

take today for example ..

should be posting the review on the August {blogger book club} read, “he’s gone”.

instead I’m showing you reasons why I’m not.

I got off work at 9PM. and I had every intention of going home to finish the last 40 pages of the book & write my review. but .. as much as I hate to place blame on [J] & my dad, I must! [my dad is in town for work]. they said “one beer”.

dropping the ball // LLinaBC.com

dropping the ball // LLinaBC.com

how could I resist that face? or the chance to beat both of them in big buck hunter? [which I did].

dropping the ball // LLinaBC.com

dropping the ball // LLinaBC.com

dropping the ball // LLinaBC.com

the bottom line ..I’m a sucker for peer pressure.

so while I’m finishing the book ..

go read megan of {The Thread Affect}’s review.

and come back .. I’ll be posting mine tomorrow!

happy thursday.