I’m Going to Alt (any conference-going wisdom?)

01.09.13

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I am headed to ALT summit this year.

And am beyond excited.

It will be my first time at ALT. And my first blogger conference ever.

Though not my first conference ever. Back in my pre-mommy years, when I was in the textbook publishing biz, I was sent to conferences with all the other assistant editors. We’d be ushered to after-dinner parties with a list of higher-ups we were instructed to
say hello to.

It was a great exercise for a girl like me, because as you know,

I am a hopeless introvert. It was just the prodding I needed to make the most of things, ready or not!

Have you been to a conference before? to ALT? What are you glad you knew? What do you wish you knew?

I have one more piece of news to share with you, of a more personal nature. I am thinking it is going to make putting together a wardrobe for ALT a little more interesting.

(p.s. fashion advice welcomed! fashion is so not my strong suit. punn kind of intended. And I did listen in on an ALT fashion class by this lovely and stylin lady yesterday and it was hugely helpful!)

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Nikki January 9, 2013 at 8:09 am

Last year, I went to Alt for the first time, and it was my first conference ever. I was totally overwhelmed-called my husband and told him I wanted to come home half way through the first day. (which would have been easy because I liked in Salt Lake.)

What I was lacking was the confidence to be there. Who was I among all these professional artists, bloggers, etc? Once I decided to let that go and have fun, things got better.

Last year, I wished they had classes/panels for newbies to Alt. This year I noticed they have different tracks-new and returning. So, I would look into that. I wish I had known how important what your wearing was. I saw people post about it before hand, but I’m not a fashionista and didn’t think much of it. The Alt fashion class is really insightful and spot on as far as what to expect. Business cards are a big deal! There will be all sorts of blog round ups afterwards of favorites. Come prepared. Oh, and networking. This is the place to make those connections with other creatives.

I’d say you are already one up on where I was last year because you’ve experienced a conference before. Relax, take notes, and have fun.

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AmberLee January 9, 2013 at 9:29 am

Nikki,
You are so wonderful to share this! Thank you!! So helpful. Okay I am going to try to fit in a little more time shopping/thrifting and am going to try to be brave!

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moana January 9, 2013 at 12:49 pm

Congratulations on needing a new wardrobe. Fun.

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AmberLee January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

thanks, Moana!! ; )

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Alicia DiRago January 16, 2013 at 2:20 pm

Hi! I’ll be at Alt for the first time this year. My business Whimseybox is a sponsor. Come by our booth in the Venezia lounge on Thursday, I’d love to meet you!

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