Oct 28

My First Blogging Conference Experience

I had an absolutely wonderful time at the Relevant Conference last weekend – a one-of-a kind Christian women’s blogging conference that was held in Harrisburg, PA. It had the feel of a ladies retreat, with part inspiration, encouragement and conviction as well as sessions on blogging techniques (which ranged from introductory to more advanced). I was impressed by how many eloquent writers/bloggers I met there who have such powerful stories to share and such great wisdom to impart into the blog-o-sphere. I was humbled as I sat back and listened to these ladies and how God is working in their lives and using their blogs for things far bigger than themselves.

Some of the main points I took away from the conference and immensely enjoyed were:

  1. The reminder that I need to constantly keep my priorities of life in check (even if I weren’t blogging, this would be true): God first, husband second, children third, and everything else after.
  2. The sweet fellowship among Christian women who all happen to have a blog!
  3. The encouragement from other bloggers and practical advice on balance.
  4. The inspiring and convicting messages given by the key note speakers: Crystal Paine, Sally Clarkson, Angie Smith and Ann Voskamp.
  5. The great breakout sessions that helped me learn more about some of the techniques and “behind-the-scenes” items involved with blogging.

I was so thankful for the opportunity to attend the Relevant Conference and really felt it was an added perk that I got to meet (in real life) so many other “frugal bloggers” such as Crystal from Money Saving Mom, Alyssa from Keeping the Kingdom First, Dana from Mrs. MoneySaver, Kelly from Faithful Provisions, Toni from The Happy Housewife, Stephanie from Coupon Clippin’ Mommy, Mandy from Pennies and Blessings, Debbie from Happy Clippings, and Liz from Frugally Blonde (whom I already had the pleasure of meeting prior and got to travel/room with on this trip).

In reflecting on my experience at my first blogging conference and what I learned, and contemplating the purpose of my blog: My hope is that my blog is a place where you feel welcome to visit and check out frugal deals and events for the Northern Virginia and Greater Washington DC metropolitan area – hopefully some little tidbits that can help bless you and your family.
In the upcoming months I hope to refine the mission of this blog and also implement some positive changes (did I mention I’m due to deliver a baby next month too… so please be patient with me if the changes take a little bit longer than anticipated!).

Finally, below are some pictures from the conference that I wanted to share. All of the folks I met were so sweet! (Photos courtesy of the Relevant Conference Flickr Group, Heather from Sprittibee, and Lacy from Catholic Icing)

The lovely hosts/planners of the Relevant Conference from L to R: Sarah Mae from LikeAWarmCupofCoffee.com, Jessie from MutheringHeights.com, Dana from MrsMoneySaver.com - Photo courtesy of Sprittibee.com and the Relevant Flickr group

From L to R: Todd Smith from the music group Selah, Sarah Mae from LikeAWarmCupofCoffee.com, Angie Smith from Bring The Rain AudreyCaroline.Blogspot.com - Photo courtesy of the Relevant Flickr group

Two of my favorite session leaders for some of the blogging basics/best practices: Sarah from RealLifeBlog.net and Alyssa from KingdomFirstMom.com - Photo courtesy of the Relevant Flickr group

Crystal from MoneySavingMom.com and I - Photo courtesy of Heather from Sprittibee.com and the Relevant Flickr group

Me chatting with Suzannah from www.SoMuchShoutingSoMuchLaughter.com - Photo courtesy of the Relevant Flickr group

My wonderful roommates! From L to R: Lacy from Catholic Icing, Me, and Liz from Frugally Blonde - Photo courtesy of Lacy from CatholicIcing.com

Relevant Conference 2010 Speakers - Courtney from Women Living Well, Kristin from We Are That Family, Kimba from A Soft Place to Land, Alyssa from Keeping the Kingdom First, Jess from Muthering Heights, Dana from Mrs. Moneysaver, Melissa from The Inspired Room, Angie from Bring the Rain, Crystal from Money Saving Mom, Sarah from Real Life Sarah, and Jen from Balancing Beauty and Bedlam - Photo courtesy of Lacy from Catholic Icing

Lovely Virginia Frugal Bloggers! From L to R: Liz from Frugally Blonde, Dana from Mrs. MoneySaver and I - Photo courtesy of Lacy from CatholicIcing.com

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Eleanor October 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

So glad your first conference was such a great one! :-)

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Holly October 28, 2010 at 10:04 am

Oh, I can’t wait to get together to hear all about it. I knew you were going to have a blast.

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Sarah G October 28, 2010 at 12:34 pm

I’m so glad you learned so much and enjoyed your time there! :)

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Amy November 2, 2010 at 5:24 am

That looked like a lot of fun. How do you find out about the conferences? I am out of the loop. :)

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Mandy November 2, 2010 at 3:43 pm

So glad to have met you! I enjoyed chatting with you during some of the sessions! I hope you are able to get some rest before your little one debuts! 😉 Sending prayers your way!

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