“After we get back from dinner, a bunch of us are going
to get our laptops and hang out by the hot tubs.”

I mean, that’s not normal, right? To travel to the beautiful mountains of Breckenridge, Colorado, and spend the entire weekend inside with our heads in our computers?

Yet, that’s what we did, all 70 or so of the bloggers who attended last weekend’s Savvy Blogging Summit. And it was great.

I’ve gone to blogging conferences before, but this one was different. Though I met some great women and had a lot of fun, the Savvy Blogging Summit’s focus was clearly on education.

The schedule was jam packed, the speakers were outstanding, the content was relevant and challenging, and the food was delicious.

Oh, conference food doesn’t have anything to do with learning? Right. Well, if you’d enjoyed the red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting like I did, you might think differently!

I’ve planned many events throughout my career, so I know how hard it is to think of – and take care of – all the details. Because I am picky and critical have discerning taste, I often find myself disappointed by events, especially – if I’m being honest – when I’ve paid a good amount of money to attend them.

But in this case? I was truly impressed.

The speakers were experts in their fields and made complicated subjects understandable and interesting. Even after a miserable night’s sleep of three hours, I could focus on and enjoy the presentations on topics I expected to be boring: business law, accounting and SEO.

Not surprisingly, I loved the session on photography and wanted more. Since my career has given me the opportunity to work with the media, I wish I could have traded the media sessions for two more hours of photography!

In addition to the 12 – count ‘em, TWELVE – sessions, we also had seven meals. Which, as it turns out, were about much more than the cake. No minute was wasted during the weekend, and that included the meals.

Over warm rolls with real butter, fajitas and cheesy pizza, I had the opportunity to meet great folks from several of the sponsoring companies, including BlogFrog, Escalate Media, VigLink, FeedBlitz, Lijit, Mission Foods and Shop at Home. (Okay, so yeah, I’m still thinking about the food. Just a little bit. It was good!)

Before I went to Savvy Blogging Summit, I had some pretty strong doubts. After seeing the list of attendees, I realized I was in the small minority – one of the few lifestyle bloggers among dozens of frugal and deals bloggers.

But that didn’t really matter. We were all there to learn. Plus, I met some great bloggers: Janna from Mommy’s Piggy Tales, Stephanie from Keeper of the Home, Kimberly from Making Our Own Adventure, Connie from Smockity Frocks, Lauren from Mama’s Laundry Talk, Angie from Many Little Blessings, Amy from The Finer Things in Life, Amy from Raising Arrows, Tiffany from Eat at Home, Tara at Feels Like Home, Nony from A Slob Comes Clean, Karen at Saving the Family Money, Shannon at Living Life at Home – and probably more that I’m forgetting!

And I learned SO much, and I’m thankful and thrilled that I had – and took – the opportunity to go.

Thanks to Erin Chase, Andrea Deckard, Crystal Collins, Toni Anderson and Crystal Paine for planning an excellent conference!


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