Jane and I just attended the Haven 2012 Blogging Conference in Atlanta. First and foremost, congratulations to all the ladies that organized this super event.
I’ll admit that I was a little reluctant to attend the conference. I didn’t know what to expect. The following is my male perspective of the conference, and I wasn’t even sure that I qualified to be a maven. You know, being a man and all. I have to admit I had to look up the word “maven.” Guess what? I am one.
Upon arrival Wednesday evening, Jane and I registered and were warmly greeted by Rhoda of the blog Southern Hospitality. We were handed 2 swag bags stuffed with goodies from the sponsors.
All of a sudden there I was standing right in the middle of about 260 good looking, highly intelligent, and very creative women. I didn’t see another man in sight. There were a few others there, but I didn’t see them until later. I felt like I was the only man in the audience at a male strip show. Maybe it was just a fantasy. Jane had to give me a sharp nudge to bring me back to reality. If all the husbands who didn’t come to the conference could stand where I was standing, they’d be there next year, too. One lady walked by and said, “You’re a brave man to be here!” I replied, “No, I’m a lucky man!”
Rhoda introduced the featured speakers, John and Sherry from Young House Love.
I didn’t know that these people are rock stars in the blogging world. I do now!
After they spoke, I was fired up and ready to get to the sessions to find out what it would take to make me and Jane blogging rock stars.
All the sessions Jane and I attended were informative and entertaining, but my favorite part of the conference was meeting and socializing with the other bloggers. My overall impression was what a nice group of people.
Here’s Jane with Vanessa and Heather from At the Picket Fence. Two sisters, one in Oregon and one in Kentucky, working as a team. Now that’s cool. I was surprised at how many of the bloggers Jane recognized and knew, and I was especially surprised at how many of the bloggers knew Jane and the Cottage at the Crossroads.
I wish I had room to mention everyone that I met. But you know who you are, and I need to wrap this thing up.
So I’ll leave you with my male Haven maven top 5 things that I learned at the conference.
- I need to turn off the TV ( Swamp People, NASCAR, golf…. well, maybe I’ll keep golf!) and be a more active partner.
- We have got to have a new camera! We’ve worn out and outgrown our little point and shoot. Kevin and Layla’s (from The Lettered Cottage) session on photography and staging was my personal favorite.
- The power, influence, and reach of bloggers.
- I now recognize that even with my years of experience in old-school radio and advertising, there’s a whole new world of opportunities. It’s exciting and I love it.
- Being a man in the female dominated DIY/home blogging world is a lot of fun. (Psst-don’t tell the other guys!)
Want to read more recaps of the Haven conference? Click HERE.
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