Type A Conference Class Recaps


I really hope you enjoyed the recap posts yesterday covering all the fun and memories of Type A Conference! Today’s post will cover recaps from specific classes or keynote speakers! You will definitely want to bookmark (or pin!) these posts for great references!


Mil Spouse Bloggers – Taking Over the World with Google+

Harnessing Your Power

Honesty And Truly – Harnessing Your Power

Why We Still Blog

Honest and Truly – Why We Still Blog

Good Girl Gone Redneck – Why We Blog Reflections

Hey Y’all – Why Blog?

GoodenessGracious – Authenticity Matters

Blog Design & Coding

Honest and Truly – Blog Design: You Can Make It Beautiful

Honest and Truly – Blog Coding

Blog Design: You Can Make It Beautiful – Conference Presentation


Honest and Truly – Vlogging for Blogger: From Keyboard to Camcorder

Facebook Pages

Butterscotch Sundae – Notes from Making the Most of Your Facebook Page

I hope you have found these posts beneficial! I know I have! Type A 2013 or bust!


An Introvert’s Guide To Blog Conferences

I am finally getting around to posting about my conference experience! I’m only about 2 weeks late! I will blame the fact that my body has decided to hate me the last couple weeks but hopefully after this week’s appointment and some changes in treatment, I will finally get to a higher functioning level.

Anyways, as you know I attended Bloggy Bootcamp in Atlanta on October 22nd. It was an AMAZING experience. Seriously, it was one of the best decision I’ve ever made and so glad I took a chance and went. You see, I’m pretty introverted. My husband prefers the terms “backwards” and “hermit” but I think those are a bit of an exaggeration but I digress.

So the fact that I headed 3 hours from home by myself to a conference where I didn’t know a soul was a pretty big risk for me to take. I knew some faces and names from Twitter and the blog world but that was about it so when I loaded up my car on Friday to head south I felt as though I needed a Valium to calm the nerves (crazy Atlanta traffic did nothing to help either – I am so not a city girl). But I made it and lived to tell about it!

So as I was trying to process everything, I started to think that I am probably not the only shy kid in the blogosphere who is considering attending a blog conference so I thought I would share some tips that I picked up from my weekend at my first blog conference.

1 – Start Small. If you are an introvert, do not set yourself up for overload by attending BlogHer for your first conference. It may not end pretty so I advise to start small. Bloggy Bootcamp was the perfect place to start for me. Its a small conference (around 100 attendees) and for the first half of the day they assign seating to help you get to know each other which was one of my favorite things about BBC. When I went downstairs Saturday morning, I didn’t to have to wander around the room looking for a seat or sit alone at a table wondering if anyone would sit with me. We moved tables with each session which gave you a chance to pretty much meet everyone. It definitely made me feel so much more comfortable!

2 – Meet up with a small group before hand (like dinner the night before). The Friday night before the actual conference, some of us ladies who had already checked in the hotel met up for dinner which was great. It allowed me to meet some of the ladies in a more intimate setting so by Saturday morning I at least knew a few familiar faces. So I highly recommend if you are arriving at a conference a day early to see if anyone else has done to the same and try to meet up a meal or coffee. Meeting in a small group setting may help you “warm up” to the big conference day.

3 – Consider rooming your rooming situation. For this conference I had the best of both worlds, I had a roommate the first night but had the room to myself my second (by the way, my roomie was awesome and you should totally check out her blog). It was great having someone to talk to and hang out with so that’s a positive of having a roommate. However, sometimes as introverts we tend to go into social overload easily, so having a room to yourself as a way to decompress after the conference or social events is also something to consider.

4 – Don’t feel like you have to attend everything. Bloggy Bootcamp is a one day event, but if you are attending a multi-day conference (such as Type A Conference that I will be attending in June!) and you feel like you need a break, take one. Missing a session to decompress is a better idea in the long run than going into overload and melting down by the end of the day. Don’t feel bad for taking time to be alone as mostly likely it will help you stay refreshed and allow you to take in more from the sessions you do attend.

5 – Take a chance. Of course I have to end with the “big one” and the one that is probably the most difficult for us introverts but in the end it will be worth it. Signing up for Bloggy Bootcamp was seen a huge risk in my mind but by taking a chance, I have met so many wonderful ladies, many of which I can know call friends. So was it scary? Yes. Did I consider backing out? Of course. Am I glad that I took the risk? Absolutely.

So if you are shy like me and wondering whether or not you should sign up for that conference you’ve been eye-balling, I hope this post helps!


Summer Blog Social: Blogging Goals


When I was trying to come up with this post, my thoughts were all over place! I decided to pick a prompt from the 3rd category of the Summer Blog Social Prompts which is “Waxing Philosophical & Other Stuff” and decided to go with “What are your overriding goals for your blog and social media presence? How have those goals evolved over time?”


Something that has changed over time is that I actually have goals for my blog! When I started blogging 4 years ago, I really had no idea what I was getting into. I started a blog as it seems a lot of the ladies in my infertility group were blogging so I thought it would be a great outlet and share some of my struggles with infertility and later chronic illness. I thought other ladies from the IF group would read as its often how we traded treatment info and progress but I never EVER would have thought A New Kind of Normal would still be around 4 years later or that I would actually have people reading it or that I would have not one but TWO blog conferences on my schedule! It has been an amazing journey (but I really don’t recommend venturing back to posts from the first year or so – its pretty scary back there!) and I look forward to hopefully many years to come!

So when I think about goals that I have for ANKON and my social media presence, I would love to have more time to dedicate just to blogging but unless a miracle happens and I can quit my day job, I’ll keep my goals realistic!

I definitely want to increase my presence on my Facebook page as I mentioned in my post yesterday and hopefully with some of the tips I picked up throughout the Summer Blog Social, my page will become more of a community instead of just a page.

I also definitely want to venture out a little more with advertising and maybe find a couple sponsors. Not only do I want to feature companies and blogs that I respect and love, but I want to get ANKON out there as well. Its not about the money as much as it is the networking. Hopefully with the conferences coming up, I will be able to network more with brands and gather some more information on how to be effective in marketing/advertising. My degrees are in Music Ed & Pastoral Counseling so marketing is completely out of my comfort area!

I also want to take more time to focus on my writing as after all, isn’t that the heart of blogging? I think I’m a pretty decent writer. I always earned good grades in school and college and I always enjoy it. Unfortunately most of my writing has always been in the area of research so I want to focus on learning to write more creatively such as story telling. I’ve met bloggers who can tell a story and it feels like you are actually in the room with them as the story is unfolding. I love that! The perk of working for a university is that I am hoping that maybe in the spring I can audit a course on creative writing (keeping my fingers crossed). I’m also interested in reading books on writing if any of you have any recommendations!


I would love to tackle some of the more technical details with blogging such as HTML and SEO but I’m going to have to take those ones slow which is why these blogging resources are so awesome and help me understand the basics in a way that is easy to understand!


Wow! It feels so good to have all of this written down! What advice do you have for me as I embark on these goals? What are some of your goals for the future?