I’m back from Salt Lake City, exhausted, but full of excitement and ideas! Alt Summit was amazing — I’ve never met so many people at one time that I just instantly clicked with, and it’s impossible not to be inspired and excited when you’re surrounded by that amount of creativity. And Salt Lake City looked pretty magical with all of the snow and mountains, despite the fact that I busted my ass on ice trying to get that picture of the courtyard at the Grand America (let’s be honest, if you know me well, this was inevitable — coordination isn’t exactly one of my strengths).
Today I want to share some of the bigger lessons and reoccurring themes from the panels and keynotes. Check back in the next few days for full detailed recaps!
Focus on creating amazing content.
It’s easy to get caught up in stats and what everyone else is doing, but your content comes first. Follow your passion, and create content you love — the rest will follow. Brands and readers want to see that you have a strong point of view, and like-minded people will naturally be attracted to you. Spend your time creating your own things rather than watching others do it.
Your story is unique. Share it.
Readers choose bloggers, not the blog — the things you have gone through, your strengths, your weaknesses, your likes, your dislikes, are all part of your story and completely unique to you. Share your story in a way that adds to other peoples’ lives, and you will develop a community that is loyal and trusts you implicitly.
It’s up to you to make things happen.
People are not just going to come knocking on your door — if you want something, you have to make it happen. Know exactly what you want, do your research, build relationships, make it hard for people to say no, and be flexible. Figure out how you can make your goals beneficial to others so they will want to work with you.
You have to figure out what will work best for you.
Always ask why — don’t just accept the advice you are given without figuring out how it will work for you. Whether it’s getting organized, finding balance, or measuring success — question everything, and always ask yourself what you really want the most. There is no formula for success, and you don’t have to do everything people tell you to do.
Update! Here are the full recaps:
- Collaborations with Sponsors
- Four Ways to Earn Revenue from Your Blog
- Personal Branding (spoiler alert: this one’s my favorite)
- Work Life Balance
- Organizing Your Online Life
- Social Media 101
- Advanced Blogging Skills
P.S. Thank you to everyone who showed support for my live tweeting! I wanted to thank each of you, but between the replies, trying to connect with other attendees, and keeping up with my notes during the panels, things got a bit crazy. Please know that I read each one and really appreciate it!