I went to Haven and all I got was Encouraged and Smarter

*title stolen from something I read at Angie in the Thick of it  ‘s blog. she wins the award for most creative business cards at Haven.

You should go to a blogging conference.  If you have a blog and are somewhat serious about it?  It is worth it that you spend the money and the time to be around like-minded people and learn about your craft.  I think at least 75% of what I’ve learned about blogging I’ve learned from other bloggers who I met at conferences.

I attended Haven last week in Atlanta and it was fantastic.  I regret not taking photos. I always regret that but it’s so fun just to talk to everyone it feels weird to stop and try to capture it with a camera.

My roomie and creative friend Angela from Button Bird Designs,  Ashley from Handmade Home (totally stole this photo from her) Moi, Joni from Lay Baby Lay, and Erin from Two Story Cottage.

cleverly inspired , nest, Imperfectly Polished again, stolen photo, thanks ladies!

Shaunna was supposed to speak at Haven but ended up getting horribly sick to the point of barely leaving her room.  It killed me not to meet her so I asked if I could quietly come in for a non disruptive, shy, gentle, quick, you-won’t-even-know-I’m-there visit.  She probably doesn’t even remember it I was so sneaky.  Thanks Ashley for creating this reminder of my non invasive visit!

This is the second year for The Becoming Conference a really informative conference on Becoming Creative, Purposeful and Frugal. (not a blogging conference although many of the speakers are bloggers) registration opens on July 10th, last year it sold out 600 tickets in a day.  Yes. That is right ONE DAY. Angela and I are both speaking again this year and we are so excited about the other session and new speakers, this is a really organized really applicable, large conference.  Jenny wrote a little more about it here.  Don’t forget to mark your calendar for July 10th so you can get a ticket.

Remember the Relevant Conference?  It changed it’s name to Allume.  I like to call it The Conference Formerly Known as Relevant CFKR for short.  Allume is featuring some of my favorite bloggers– my smart and funny friend, Tsh from Simple Mom, the ever gracious Ann from A Holy Experience and the most Professional blogger around, PROblogger, Darren Rowse.

I’m planning on bringing our whole family this year and I’m looking forward to my session.  We’ll talk about how to fiercely protect the true goal for your blog.  And the fact that Doing Less and being more isn’t just a nice cliché’ it’s a real choice and the secret to getting there will allow you to become laser focused on your passion, your art, your hobby, your business, your blog.   I still need a life changing title but you get the idea.


  1. Do people come from all over….let’s say, the Midwest??:) Or is it mostly for bloggers in your area?? I don’t think there is anything like that around here, I SOOO WISH THERE WAS! I got the bloggin bug and desperately want to learn more!!! ~Kim

  2. A true joy to meet you…you are so lovely ;) And as Angie in the thick of it would say…” you are totally polly in a pocket” blogger sized :) Adorable, kind hearted and humble. Hope our paths cross again soon!!

  3. woo hoo! I can’t wait to rock that Speaker name tag with you ;D

  4. You are just so cute! That looks like a lot of fun!

  5. I’m still laughing at the gif. I’m glad it worked! ;} It was so fun hanging out! Thank you again, a million times for everything. Such a blast!

  6. I was at the Haven Conference and am so sad :( I didn’t get an opportunity to meet you. I read subscribe to your blog and love you. I’m definitely going to the Becoming Conference and will seek you out! Love the animate, how did you do that? Maybe a post about the DIY of that…..

  7. If I go to Allume, which i AM now that I know you are speaking, can I room with you and your husband and 3 boys? Answer carefully. THANKS FOR THE LINKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. aaaaand that last comment was from my mild mannered alter ego. she won’t shut up. the end.

  9. I’m so happy that I got to say “hi” in person at the painting session at Haven, even if it was for a brief moment or two! It was incredibly exciting to meet the women behind all the blogs that I love so much! ~Kerri, A Pop of Pretty

  10. Oh, how I want to go to Allume! And I wasn’t aware of it until this post. I’ve never been to a blog converence before, but I’ve benefitted so much from Darren Rowse’s 31 Days to a Better Blog book and Sally Clarkson is one of my all-time favorite authors on motherhood. Oh I hope this works out because this looks like a blog conference that I designed just for ME!

  11. I shall be seeing you at Allume, baby.

  12. Nester! I cannot believe you were at Haven and I managed not to meet you. This.is.tragic. You’ve always been one of my favorite bloggers. I’m totally kicking myself! Thanks for the tips on the upcoming conferences to combat Haven withdrawls!

  13. I’m going to Allume and I cannot wait to hear you talk and meet you! :-)

  14. A friend of mine has either recently returned from a blog conference or is about to go to one. It’s on my list of things to do! You guys make it look so fun!

  15. Nester I was there and missed meeting you. Waaaaa Hope you come back again…I think they are planning on having it next year, too.

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