So last week, I bid farewell to my family, and embarked on a journey and an experience where I was surrounded by hundreds of creative entrepreneurs and bloggers who I got to mingle with. My experience is called Alt Summit.
If you don’t know what Alt Summit is, it was created by the Gabrielle Blair from Design Mom as a way for bloggers and creators to gather together in a live event where they could discuss what is new, what is working, what is not and what is next in the blogging world.
I remember six years ago I had a handful of bloggers I loved visiting their site everyday. I kept on seeing this yellow Alt icon on all of their websites and grew curious as to what it meant. Year after year I would see all of these beautiful pictures of them on their blog attending this beautiful looking affair called Alt Summit. I remember telling myself, “One day, I’ll be there at Alt!” I felt like I was Cinderella wishing and wanting to go to the ball, haha.
I’ve been to a handful of blogging conference since I started blogging and I loved each of them for their unique way. It’s kind of like feeling different types of love for your children, pets, or friends
I made it a goal to attend Alt in 2014. There was one tiny problem about attending. It’s really expensive and I knew convincing my husband I needed to go to a $700 blogging conference wasn’t going to happen.
But I was determined, and when I’m determined, I don’t stop until I get what I want. Without being able to secure any sponsors I knew the chances of me going was not good.
About two months ago I got an email from Alt saying that they were going to hold their first Summer Alt and they were doing a giveaway for a ticket. To win a ticket you had to tweet why you wanted to go and they would randomly pick the winner. I knew I had to give it my all to try to win this ticket. So I came up with a strategy. I wrote down all of the reasons why I would want to go, which was like 350 reasons, and tweeted them over the course of a week. I felt so bad for my small amount of followers because I was the most annoying person on Twitter that week in April.
I remember I was driving in the car with my sister Melanie, when she was in Utah for a month for Caitlin’s wedding and I got the tweet that I was one of the winners for the Twitter contest!!
No joke, I screamed! My sister got so mad at me because I scared the crap out of her because she thought someone was going to run into her and I woke up Scarlett. This sounds so dumb but I got teary eyed because I wanted to go for so long and thought that it was totally out of the cards for me. I was so excited, I couldn’t sleep that night.
I was so excited but at the same time really scared. I’ve heard lots of good and bad things about Alt like how it was a high fashion affair (my Forever 21 and handy down clothing probably wouldn’t be up to par), women make three wardrobe changes in a day, that it was super clicky and felt a lot like high school (girls can be so mean), it’s super intense, and there’s a lot of people there like around 700.
I felt all of those insecurities I had in Jr. High surfacing. Will I make any friends? Will people like me and my blog? Will I fit in?
I didn’t really know what to expect because this was the first time they’ve had it in the summer. I’m really surprised by how I feel about it.
I absolutely loved it, had a blast, met some of the most beautiful (inside and outside) people, left inspired, more determined, and focused.
A lot of times I feel overwhelmed after blogging conferences because during and after I think of all the things I’m doing wrong, what I need to change so I get sad, feel discouraged, and then take a two month break from blogging. I didn’t feel that way with Alt, which is a good sign.
I left feeling like I met people who got me and I could relate with. Majority of the people attending we’re creative and lifestyle bloggers and entrepreneurs and I really felt at home. I never met so many people I wanted to collaborate with, be friends with, and made some really close relationships.
I talked to many people who have been to the winter conference and asked them if there was a big difference between winter and summer. Majority of the people felt that the summer conference was a lot more laid back, chill, smaller, and felt more intimate compared to the winter conference.
So if you’re debating about going, I highly recommend you going. Do whatever you can to go. Get a company to sponsor you, enter into their ticket giveaways, and save your money because it is worth every penny. I’m glad I was able to go to the summer conference first to get my feet wet and I would like to go to the winter conference to experience it for myself.
I feel very grateful I had this opportunity to go. I got lucky or maybe I was meant to go. I think it’s a little of both.
After the interview, I loved Martha. I was obsessed with her, and she made me a believer.
If you made it to the end of the post, I applaud you and thank you for taking time out of your busy day to read this. Hopefully you learned a thing or two and felt inspired to live those “silly” or “dumb” goals or dreams you have, you won’t regret you did.