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It’s been a week and I’m finally getting around to getting this all down on paper. (er…screen?) But here’s the gist of it: SNAP was absolutely amazing! I’m still basking in the glow of all the fun I had, the things I learned, and the people I met!
I was a total conference newbie, this was my first one ever, and it was TOTALLY worth it! I wish I could share everything I got out of that conference with you: the friendships, the knowledge, the experiences, and the fun. I doubt it’s possible, but I’m definitely going to do my best!
The first and most important thing I have to say is, if you are thinking about going to SNAP, JUST DO IT!!! SNAP was everything I wanted, everything I needed, and even a few things I didn’t know I needed, but am so glad I got anyway! I know it can be hard to find the time or money to go, but this conference is so worth it. If you can make it happen, do it!
Conferences are a great place to network, meet other bloggers, and talk with brands, but SNAP was so much more than that! The grounds were gorgeous, there was a tulip festival going on, I got to stop in at a glass studio and see some glass blowing…I even got to see a llama and a pony walk right past me, less than a foot away, while I was hanging out outside the cafe!
You won’t see me in any pictures because I managed to stay pretty camera shy for the entire conference, but I promise I made a bunch of new friends! It was wonderful to spend a weekend with people who really understand me and the things I like.
I think my new favorite people are Jacque and Matt from The DIY Village. Their blog is awesome and they are super nice and genuine, love them both! If you don’t already follow them, go do it now! I’ll wait… And they are like the cutest couple ever! Makes me a bit jealous that JM only wants to help with about half of my projects. 🙂
They brought me a chai latte both mornings (that’s love, folks!) and we hung out a bit in between classes, eating ice cream and chatting. So perfect!
I learned soooo much from all of the classes! And not only did I learn a bunch of new things, but they were totally inspirational too! Every once in a while I get in a bit of a funk with the blog, but this conference SNAPped me right out of my most recent one! (See what I did there?!)
I learned a TON about Pinterest in a session hosted by Jamielyn from I Heart Naptime and Heather from WhipperBerry! I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with Pinterest: love it because it’s a great place to find inspiration, share ideas, etc. but hate it because it’s a huge time suck and I
waste happily spend all my time browsing around. But the class gave me a lot of good pointers on how to get the most out of Pinterest for myself, and how to use it effectively so I can really share great stuff with anyone who follows me. So if you don’t already, stop by and start following me, because I promise I’m going to be a better pinner from now on!
Another of my favorite sessions was the power tools workshop with Ana White. She is such a fun lady, and she really knows her stuff! My dad taught me a lot about power tools when I was growing up, but there’s so much I still don’t know! Ana gave us a ton of info about which tools we need for which projects, how to use them, and more. Loved it!
About a month before I left, JM bought me a wireless keyboard for my iPad so I could travel without lugging the giant laptop around everywhere. And let me just say, BEST PRESENT EVER! I set up in every single class with my iPad and keyboard on my lap and typed away furiously so I wouldn’t forget everything I learned as soon as I got home. 🙂
And, as if all that wasn’t enough to take away from this conference, it was also A TON OF FUN! We chatted at meals, went on coffee runs, ate delicious ice cream, stayed up late talking… We even had a crafting party in our pajamas one night and enjoyed plenty of milk, cookies, and candy!
Seriously, the whole experience was just amazing! It was the perfect conference for a newbie, the perfect conference for someone who needed a bit of motivation, the perfect conference in general! I was so sorry to have to leave at the end of the weekend, and I am already counting down the days until next year because I am definitely going back!
Are any of you thinking of going to SNAP next year? Because you definitely should!!! Tauni and the SNAP team did such an amazing job with this conference, I’m pretty sure all other conferences have been ruined for me!
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