6 Awesome Things I Learned at AltSummit

DSC_2257ALTSummit is an amazing event for creative bloggers to chat, brainstorm, create, network, and party.

 Lots of partying.

My personal take-aways:

1. Know who you are and why you do what you do.

This was my first year going and I’m so glad I went!  I almost went last year and I’m kinda glad I didn’t.  If I had gone last year I would have been really out-of-place.  Blogging is a serious business in that it requires a lot of time, organization, and planning.   I knew that this was a blogging conference but I expected to meet people on all levels of blogging seriousness.  Not really the case in my experience at ALT, although maybe it’s different every year.  Almost everyone there was looking to expand and grow as a writer, photographer, or brand in a serious way.  Let me just say, it would still be super fun to go to, but there is so much time spent talking about your blog that I would have felt silly being there for my” family blog with occasional project/recipe” of long ago.

2. Be an original.

This might be cliché, but since there is so much out there in the internet world to find and be inspired by, you might as well stick to who you are and what you do best.  You will only be unhappy being a copy. People should love you for you.  Originals are more valuable, anyway. ;)

3. Enjoy the process.

After hearing several days full of numbers, stats, do this, and do that.  I’m coming home with a great motivation to just make the things I love to make and enjoy the process I’m in right NOW.Yes, it’s always good to have a plan, but not one that will suck the life from your creative soul.

4. Make time for fun.

Amidst all of the daytime talk of blogging “stuff”, the nights were filled with awesome parties sponsored by great companies.  In life, it’s important to not miss out on the fun!  Date nights are super important for the soul, just like creative nights.  Go out!

5. Go with your gut.

Work with and hangout with people you truly enjoy and don’t fall into the trap of  following people purely based on popularity (maybe your friends will be both, which is awesome).  Some people are actually NOT popular for a reason.  Funny, right?  I found that some of my favorite big bloggers were not super-friendly, while others who looked more unfriendly turned out to be so much fun!  Note to self: Don’t judge by a profile photo…you just never know.

6.FABULOUS people are out there!

The best thing about this event for me was the people I got to meet.

 I handed out about 175 cards.  Craziness!

Favorites: to name a few…

Stacy Teet of Kids Stuff World.  So awesome to hug her in person…finally.

Rachel of Handmade Charlotte (who is now one of my favorites of all time after an awesome personal connection.  *hi, friend!*)

Dana Willard of Dana Made It.  Also, one of my favorites, but she always has been. ;) Great sewing tutorials!

Mara & Danny Kofoed of A Blog About Love.  Sweet couple who are going to great things in the world, one love letter at a time!

Merrilee of Mer Mag.  Fabulous projects for kids and the cutest illustrations.

Chelsea of The Paper Mama.  So sweet. She has awesome projects using her own printables.

Kristin Guy of The Cuisinerd.  You are super fun, lady, and you love food like me.  Double bonus.

Chris from Man Made DIY.  Awesome man centered projects that a woman could do too.

Moorea Seal of Moorea Seal jewelry.  You need to check her work out here.  She totally gave me the cutest feather earrings!

Jenny Solar of The Happy Family Movement.  Thanks for shutting down the Clue party with me. ;)

Deborah from My Life at Playtime.  Great to finally meet in person!  Love your vintage style!

Alix Adams of A Ruffled Life. Cute Pom Pom cards, lady!

Jessica Abbott from Me Sew Crazy.  Check her out for some great sewing projects!

Meredith Nguyen of Not Merely Living.  She taught me what “The Golden Year” was.  Turning 30 this year just got better.

Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth.  So adorable and taught me how to make a super-cute geometric necklace.

Enjoy some fun pictures below!  The lighting inside was HORRIBLE so I don’t have many.  I got tired of adjusting my camera.

Sorry, friends!

See more pictures on my Instagram.  I’m @agoldenafternoon!





















14 comments to 6 Awesome Things I Learned at AltSummit

  • Mere

    Bonnie!! Thanks so much for including me in your recap! It was so lovely to meet you, and I really love your blog. I’m also so glad you featured so many other awesome folks too! I don’t know how I didn’t meet some of them, but I’m so glad to find their rad blogs. XO!

  • Jen

    So happy you had a great experience! I’m glad I got to meet you in person finally. And your list of people is so fabulous! Jenny, Stacy and Deborah are the best, aren’t they? :D

  • Emily @ Peck Life

    This is such a great recap and BEAUTIFUL pictures! I’m bummed we didn’t run into eachother even though it looks like our circles crossed with everyone else on the list! You have a beautiful blog!

  • handmade charlotte

    Hi Bonnie,

    I was thrilled to meet you and just adored your style and sweetness. I’m having a ball going through your site and getting to know your incredible talent.

    Sugar To You!


  • Jessica at Me Sew Crazy

    Bonnie – this is the best recap ever, thank you so much for including me! I agree with you 100% about knowing yourself, its one of my biggest takeaways – to get to know myself even better.

    And can I just tell you – you have totally inspired me. You see, I have this incredible camera…and have completely kept it on Auto all of this time. Because of you and watching you play around to get your settings just right – it gave me the nudge I needed to just LEARN IT ALREADY!!!

    Thank you so much for that, and I cannot wait to follow along on your incredible journey!

  • Deborah

    It was so awesome to meet you. I totally agree with what you mentioned about some popular bloggers not being very friendly, some of the blogs I follow portray themselves to be so easy and approachable! But I loved meeting you and your friends. It was such a great time!


  • stacy

    My favorite part of Alt …. was you! Fate handed me a super cool gift, a weekend away, some amazing parties and fun encounters but at the end of the day when I think back on Alt it will be you and Ana that make me smile. Love you lady, and thanks so much for mentioning me in this post, it means the world to me!

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