May 1, 2012

AZ Bloggers Conference

Image via Brenda Eden.
The Phoenix Style CollectiveImage via Brenda Eden.
Image via Brenda Eden.
Meeting new friends/fabulous AZ bloggers.  Image via Brenda Eden.
Chelsea and I preparing to speak.
Giving my speech to a room full of people.  Slight nerves.



Some of the attendees.  Image via Brenda Eden.
Whew!  What a weekend!!  Saturday, I had the opportunity to speak at the Arizona Blogger Conference, put on by The Phoenix Style Collective.  The event was held at the uber fab hotel, The Saguaro.  It was the perfect setting for a blogger event.  Bright colors.  Playful.  Patterned.  The event sold out, so it was a packed house.  Bloggers and entrepreneurs across AZ came together to connect, network, and learn.  I spoke along with some pretty fabulous ladies.  Chelsea from Team Talk and Sarah from Arrow and Apple, who happened to photograph Elsie's (A Beautiful Mess) wedding were a couple of the other speakers on the panel!  I spoke on creating and establishing a niche for your blog, and then translating it into partnerships with brands.  I'm looking forward to more events hosted by The Phoenix Style Collective.  It's great to surround yourself with like minded individuals who are passionate about the same things as you.  

Here's the end of my speech:
Creating a blog niche that you are passionate about can lead you to success.  Keep a sharp focus, create and build interesting content, market yourself to companies, brands and other bloggers, and stay true to your voice, and your readers.  And most importantly, enjoy the ride.  It's a fun one.

33 comments:

ilene @ muchloveilly said...

looks like a fantastic event! i'm sure you nailed that speech - if anything, you look great as always. ;)

MissMorgan said...

The first 6 months of a blog are the hardest! Getting into a niche and finding your voice are not easy things to accomplish. Can't wait til I get there!
Morgan
toughlaces.blogspot.com

Mandi Runs said...

Love it! Wish I could have been there, I live 5 minutes from the beautiful Saguaro!

simplicityisultimatesophistication said...

oh so fun!! I so wish I could have heard your whole talk on that topic!! Sounds so interesting & you've done such a great job on your blog.

Ro said...

Looks like a great time! I'm so bummed I couldn't make it!!! The place looks fantasic and I'm sure you did great. One of these days I would love to link up/network with more Arizona based blogger :)

Robin

mums and poppies said...

Wish I could have heard you speak! Looks like an awesome time.

mumsandpoppies.blogspot.com

WearAbouts said...

I would have loved to have heard the whole speech ! The end is very eloquent. You're a great writer and I'm sure a great speaker! Love the striped blazer :)
Rory
www.WearAboutsBlog.com
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LEANNE DEE said...

Wow! Good for you!!! Looks like it was a fabulous event!

KeepOnStylin.blogspot.com

Katherine said...

Thank you again for being one of our fabulous speakers, you did a great job--totally inspiring!

-Katherine

Steffys Pros and Cons said...

what an amazing experience katie! wish i could have heard your speech!

xo,
steffy
http://steffysprosandcons.blogspot.com

It's A Love Story said...

I would be sooo nervous too! I hate puble speaking!

~Elizabeth
XOXO
http://theelegantlifeofe.blogspot.com/

Amy K said...

Love your blog and congratulations on giving the speech. We should follow each other - http://amyklundt.blogspot.com/.

Courtney*Cakes said...

You were absolutely amazing!!! You inspired me so much that my brain hasn't stopped turning since Saturday night and I have come up with the perfect niche for me!!! :)

Thank you... Thank you... a million times...

PS. I should have come over and said hi... I was just a little too shy.

Courtney*Cakes said...

You were absolutely amazing!!! You inspired me so much that my brain hasn't stopped turning since Saturday night and I have come up with the perfect niche for me!!! :)

Thank you... Thank you... a million times...

PS. I should have come over and said hi... I was just a little too shy.

Tiana said...

what an amazing opportunity! i agree, when you surround yourself with like-minded individuals its just .. good. I'm so glad you had an amazing time.

id love to hear the rest of your speech sometime. you definitely have a way with words!

xoxo,
tiana of l'esthetique

.aubrey c. said...

Great advice, your success is awesome!

http://gandacummings.blogspot.com

Kelly said...

Looks like you had a great time! I wish I could have been there to hear your speech. Sounds like a good one!

Tori said...

Looks like a blast!! You got some great photos too :)

www.mythriftychic.com

Stephanie McCall said...

looks like a great time!!

impatientlyinspired said...

First off, I love the upbeat and positive outlook you always show on your blog. It's the highlight of my day every day!

Second, your advice in this post is fantastic!

impatientlyinspired said...

First off, I love the upbeat and positive outlook you always show on your blog. It's the highlight of my day every day!

Second, your advice in this post is fantastic!

Camille @ NeverNaked said...

I wish I was there! I would love to hear you speak! Now that i am graduating I am going to be focused on growing my blog, I need tips!

kirstyb said...

oooh looks fab x

Ashley said...

saw all these pics through insta....what an awesome experience! made me instantly google " blogger conferences in Atlanta." Know you nailed your speech - and your weekends fashions :)

Kathleen Lisson said...

This is great advice. I'm glad you did so well!

Jenna said...

I would love to hear the entire speech! What a great opportunity. I will have to look for similar conferences in Seattle!

www.obsessionsofashopaholic-jenna.blogspot.com

xoxo,
Jenna

Rachel Lynne said...

Just found your blog! :) New follower! Super cute style!!!!


xoxo,
Rachel
www.rachelslookbook.com

Adrian said...

I wish I could have been there! I had another event that I had to photograph for or else I would have been there! :/ Dang! Maybe next year?

xx Adrian
http://adrianlovesowls.blogspot.com/

PS I LOVE your style!! :)

Kimberly said...

Aww, congrats - sounds like this was a great time and I'm sure your speech was amazing! :)

http://www.pennypincherfashion.com

Morgan Brooks said...

Looks like you had a beautiful time love! I am so happy for you and you looked fabulous, as always!
If you get a sec, It would mean the world to me if you could check out my latest post!
XOXO
Morgan
http://thesocialboutique.blogspot.com/

MiniMeStyle said...

I just found your blog via Pinterest and am so glad I did! You have amazing style. I'm a new personal style blogger and resident of AZ, and I had no idea that the Phoenix Style Collective or such a large group of AZ bloggers existed! Will definitely be checking this out. :)

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