I’m super stoked to be attending a few amazing blog conferences over the next few months. First up is one I’ve attended once before: Texas Style Council, followed by iRetreat here in New Orleans in June, where I’ll be a speaker!
Texas Style Council 2015
I attended the most recent Texas Style Council in August 2013. The upcoming event, which takes place March 20-22, 2015, will be the last one EVER. (This seriously makes my heart a little sad, but I know how much work it takes to organize events, so I can’t blame the organizers for wanting to go out with a bang and call it quits after this one.)
The theme for this year’s event is CAMP, aka “Create A Meaningful Presence.” And how are we gonna do that, exactly? Well, for one thing what makes this event extra special is that it will be held outside of Austin, TX at a Girl Scout CAMP! That’s right – see what they did there with the play on words??
Next, the lineup of speakers and “camp counselors” is pretty freakin’ epic. The keynote speakers include Jenny Lawson (The Bloggess), Erin Loechner (Design for Mankind), and Sophia Rivka Rossi (Hello Giggles founder). There are so many amazing people involved this year, I couldn’t possibly begin to name them all (you could just visit the speakers and staff pages of their website if you want to check them all out…), but I will say I am SO excited to see everyone!
I have great memories of jamming out on the dance floor last time with Liz (Delightfully Tacky) and Julie (Orchid Grey). Hilary (Our Style Stories) and Tieka (Selective Potential) both gave great presentations last time. I’m super pumped that Cyndie Spiegel will be there this year too. Oh, not to mention getting to see Becky (The Pink Samurai) in person again! Plus the staff are all such sweethearts. Indiana has done a great job assembling an amazing team, including Linda, Nicole, Toyosi and so many more!
I’m looking forward to the non-traditional format, and smaller sessions that will hopefully encourage meaningful discussions about what it means to be a part of this increasingly digital world that can sometimes seem so fake. (But we’ll keep it real.)
I’ve been trying to reach out and connect with people ahead of time that are planning to go, via Instagram and elsewhere. If you’re going, please let me know, and please say “hi” at CAMP! (I’m actually pretty shy / introverted in person, especially when I first meet people, but I have a chatty / excited / loud side too. Ask me nerdy questions about WordPress or SEO or being a creative entrepreneur. It will get me started talking, I promise!)
Registration for CAMP TxSC March 20-22, 2015 closes this Monday, March 2 at midnight! Register now and join me there! I’d love to see your pretty face in person!
iRetreat Blogger Conference 2015
Next up, I will be SPEAKING at iRetreat Conference here in New Orleans this June, along with two of my amazing co-workers from FSC Interactive. We’ll be talking about what it takes to grow your brand or business on Instagram.
(Timely too… I’ve been experimenting with this on my own Instagram over the last two months. I started January 2015 with 750 followers and a goal to see how fast I could hit 1,000. I’m proud to say I tipped that goal today!! A big THANK YOU to everyone who follows me there!)
Now, it’s not all about numbers. (Seriously, never pay for Instagram followers or anything like that. Yuck.) I seriously do want to find MY PEOPLE. I’ll be joined at iRetreat by Elizabeth Piper and Margaux Maizlish from FSC Interactive. Elizabeth currently manages the day-to-day operations of the @VisitNewOrleans Instagram account, which is one of the largest tourism Instagrams in the WORLD! Margaux is FSC’s Social Media Accounts Manager, which means she oversees a LOT of different brands who are on Instagram, including @Zatarain’s.
All of this is to say… You should probably join us at iRetreat. They’ve been slowly releasing the names of all of the 2015 speakers, and it’s already looking like a killer lineup.
Save $50 by registering for iRetreat now, ’cause the discounted early-bird price of $249 ends on March 25, when the price goes up to $299.
Are you planning to attend a blog conference this year?
Which one(s)? Let me know in the comments. And DEFINITELY let me know if you’re coming to one of the blogger conferences I’ll be at! I’d love to connect!