August 13, 2011

For the Love of the Blog

When I started blogging, it was love at first site.

Then it turned into long days/nights and hours and hours of really hard work, and it kinda sorta, LOST ITS LUSTER for me.

I don't want to sound like I had some sort of spiritual awakening, or anything like that, but I decided that I was going to go back to where it was fun, and I was only going to do the things I wanted to do.... all for the love of the blog.

Oddly enough, this was exactly at the same time that Elisa, and Julie and I were discussing what to do about the Casual Blogger Conference. (We loved it! We hated it! We loved it! We would do X,Y, and Z differently! We would keep A, B, and C just the same!)

We had even organized a full event to take place on the east coast, when things just went CRAZY INSANE for all three of us, and we had to pull out and refund all of our ticket holders. (Hello Mr. Walk of Shame, how you doing?)

But through it all, we keep coming back to the same idea, the same core values, the same kind of experience that we want to give people.

We wanted to do a whole conference, that instead of focusing on all of the technical and financial aspects, focuses on the love of the blog.

So please be excited about this newest, hybrid conference, where we are highlighting all of the BEST parts of blogging.

The Story At Home Conference is going to Rock. Your. World.

If you have never been to a blogging conference, writing conference, genealogy conference, or storytelling convention, then this is exactly where you should start.

We have the best speakers, teachers, and storytellers from around the nation, coming together the weekend of March 8-10, 2012, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Where does your story start? At home.

And THAT is what we are going to celebrate.

As we’ve said over and over again, the #1 reason we love blogging so much is because we get to hear your stories. We love getting to know YOU, and what keeps us coming back to your sites again and again is your willingness to share your life with us.

The heart of blogging isn't how many followers you have. It isn't whether or not you make a full time income from your ads. The heart of blogging is the story. And sharing those stories, however you choose to do it, is what blogging is all about.

It doesn't matter how you tell your stories - through your family history, at your child’s bedside, on your blog, or from a stage - YOUR WORDS MATTER.

I guarantee you, that this event will change the way you blog.

And thanks to the support of our very generous sponsors, we are able to bring you this amazing event for just $79, OR you can purchase individual tickets for a specific day for $49.

Most of the announcements for this event will be happening via our Facebook page, so be sure to "like" us so you can follow along.

We only have 700 seats available and spots are going fast, so put it on your calendars, tell your blogging friends and family, and join us as we celebrate the love of the blog.

(Plus, me and Elisa are presenting together. It will be hilarious. And slightly educational. But mostly fun.)