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My Experience at the SNAP! Conference

This past weekend I was in Salt Lake City, Utah attending the SNAP! conference. SNAP! is a blogging conference primarily targeted towards creative bloggers, however the classes can work no matter what your niche is. Being surrounded by all those creative bloggers also fills you with a bit of excitement and renewed passion for your blogging endeavors.

My Experience at SNAP! Blogging Conference 2014 StuffedSuitcase.com

ROOMMATES

Let’s be honest, conferences are expensive. One of the best ways to lower the cost is to share a room with others. Only problem, what if you don’t know anyone else attending?! Thankfully the SNAP! facebook group gave me the opportunity to find roommates, and I linked my weekend to three complete strangers. How’d it turn out? Great! Three of us really hit it off and since we didn’t really know anyone else, we had some guaranteed company during the events. I would honestly say I walked away with two new friends, so thanks Melissa from A Prudent Life and Amy from MomAdvice for helping make sure I wasn’t ever dancing or drinking alone. :)

Selfie at SNAP! with Roommates MomAdvice and A Prudent Life | StuffedSuitcase.com

SOCIAL AWKWARDNESS

I’m going to be honest again. While I wouldn’t call SNAP! a popularity contest, it’s definitely got a bit of the cliquey group feel going on. I don’t think that’s the fault or plan of any of the members of any of those groups, it just naturally occurs. When you’re at an event for days straight you’re naturally drawn to hang out with people you know. If you’re not one of those people, you kind of feel like the oddball trying to move in on a group of friends. And while some people seemed a little withdrawn and not social to those of us “non-superstars” (although in my world, I’m a superstar! :) ), the majority of people even strangers are so outgoing and friendly. If you have enough gumption to walk up to a table of strangers and sit down to start talking, you’ll be great. As long as that group of strangers are the part of the 99.9% friendlies.

SNAP! Duck Tape 80s Dance Party StuffedSuitcase.com

Cricut PJ Party at SNAP! Conference 2014 StuffedSuitcase.com

PARTIES

SNAP! gets some amazing sponsors and those sponsors really go all out to show you fun. Cricut threw an awesome 80s PJ Party that really took me back to my school days. We even got to make a fun chalkboards and sing a little karaoke. Duck Tape sponsored an 80s Dance Party with some of the best songs from the 80s. I had decided to go all out and make a duck tape dress for the evening. Love showing a little sponsor love and crafting my own dress for the night!

Dinner Meals at SNAP! Conference StuffedSuitcase.com

Alex Boye at SNAP! Conference StuffedSuitcase.com

FOOD & SPEAKERS

Seeing as most of us are moms, not having to fix dinner for three whole nights was such a perk! The meals were also sponsored by some great companies like Home Depot, Jo-Ann, Homes.com, and Darice. Each evening the SNAP! planners organized some great speakers to help encourage us in our blogging adventures. I really LOVED Alex Boye. He shared that because of five bloggers, yes FIVE, his Frozen video went viral and allowed him to work in music, a dream he had given up on. Such a great story of how as bloggers we really can share great stories and information with our readers. I’m still blown away when I think about it. What an awesome gift those five bloggers gave to Alex. He says bloggers saved his life, and I honestly think he believes that to his soul.

SNAP! Swag Bag Sponsor Gifts StuffedSuitcase.com

SWAG

I heard the reports, I read the recommendations, and boy were they true! The SNAP! sponsors are very generous! I flew Southwest, based on a tip from another Seattle blogger, just for the option of having free checked bags. I’m so thankful as I had two suitcases to check on my return trip! Here’s a tip, fly Southwest and have two small/medium suitcases instead of one large. Some bloggers had to pay overweight fees because their large suitcase went over 50 lbs.

SNAP! Business Cards StuffedSuitcase.com

BUSINESS CARDS

It seems that a lot of people like to add special additions to their business cards, and there was a contest, so I created business cards that had a mini hand sanitizer attached. The good news, people loved the idea and I think it helped me stand out a bit. The bad news, all that liquid made me thankful I had free checked bags, and they were cumbersome to carry around. I would probably come up with a flat small business card swag next time. But, attend a conference of creative bloggers, and you’re bound to be blown away by the creativity they come up with for their cards.

CLASSES & SPONSORS

The final little part to my experience is about the classes and sponsors. This has to be one of my favorite parts of attending SNAP!. I attended classes like Skyrocketing your Pageviews, Beyond the Blog, Real SEO, How to Make Money Blogging, and so many more! These classes are taught by bloggers who are succeeding in the field of blogging. You walk away with tips and ideas to help you grow in addition to often having direct contacts to those bloggers if you have further questions.

Lastly the sponsors, who you can get face to face with. No emailing a contact us form hoping someone will deem you important enough to respond. No, you actually get to talk about ideas and plans with the media people for the companies. Many times you walk away with direct names and emails for the companies, which comes in handy if you want to approach them with an idea. I personally felt that the majority of the sponsors were outgoing and would love to work with more bloggers. These companies go all out in providing you products to try and things to craft right there. It’s as much on them to impress you as it is on you to impress them. The more time I spend blogging the more I realize that my voice and time is valuable, and that not every company is a fit. I think it’s important to realize that and don’t just jump at partnering with any company that will say yes and give you free product.

So, there you have it. My experience at SNAP! 2014. Have you ever attended a blogging conference? What was your experience like?

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    • Kimberly says

      Thanks Melissa — I’m so glad to have roomed up with you! Was great having a new friend to experience SNAP! (and Red Iguana) with. :)

    • Kimberly says

      It’s still totally worth it and so informative! One tip is to connect via the facebook group that most conferences seem to set up for attenders. Also, finding roommates helps because you have someone to hang out with. I attended Build Your Blog earlier this year and it was a shorter conference and less overwhelming with the social scene. That would probably be a great one to start with since it’s shorter. And the Six Sisters Stuff girls are sweethearts!

  1. Trisha D. says

    I don’t think I could have said it better myself!

    Your duck tape dress totally rocked!! It was so nice to meet you and had a lot of fun with ya on the dance floor!!

    P.S. I spy my business card in that stack!!

    Much Love,
    Trisha D.
    Black and White Obsession

  2. aBdrian says

    I think I was a Build Your Blog Conference with you earlier this year. Would have liked to go to Snap!, but I didn’t feel like I was “crafty” enough. I used to be pretty crafty, but then I discovered the Internet and large chunks of my time seemed to fly out the window!

    I had to laugh to see Ashlee with her purple hair in your first photo – she was my room mate for Evo and a couple of other times too. Glad you guys had a great time at Snap! I’m already signed up for BYBC15 and I’m seriously thinking about their cruise. Maybe they have a 12 step program for blog conference junkies – I think that will be my tenth – sheesh! #SITSSharefest

    • Kimberly says

      Hi Adrian! I do remember you from BYBC! That was a great conference too! I wish I was more crafty but SNAP! had so many great classes that are designed for more than just craft bloggers. And sometimes seeing the sponsors can help you come up with new ideas. :)

  3. Dee says

    SO much information here! I’m scheduled for my first conference this weekend, and I really enjoyed your post! :)

  4. Megan says

    Thanks for the great recap! I’m attending my first blogging conference this fall, and I’m a little nervous about it and don’t exactly know what to expect. You have answered a few of my questions.

  5. Rachel G says

    I love how creative bloggers get with their business cards! I’ve only attended one blog conference, a very small one. I love reading about different people’s experiences at different conferences!

    • Kimberly says

      Thanks for commenting Rachel! I was amazed at the creativity on display with all the cards I collected!

  6. Maureen says

    Love the SWAG! I’m new to this whole blogger thing and appreciate your candor about this conference. I simply can’t decide which conference I want to attend. So happy #SITSSharefest sent me here.

    • Kimberly says

      So glad you stopped by Maureen! Conferences are so much fun. Just jump in a pick one! :) My first one was right before SNAP! and was called Build Your Blog. It was great and not as long as SNAP! so a good starting point to see if conferences are right for you!

    • Kimberly says

      Loved meeting you Steph! I’ll look forward to hanging out with you in Seattle sometime. Let’s figure out a way to partner on some stuff too!

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