ALT Wrap up

OK. If you weren't there at ALT, you really need to go next year. Like, really.

It was that much fun. Packed full of info, meeting my favorite bloggers, networking and sharing experiences. I learned so much at this conference and it really helped to solidify in my mind the importance of this new wave of information sharing we have created: Blogging for design. Is my blog a "design" blog? No... well kinda, maybe. But all in attendance had a common bond: We love blogging. We love writing. We love sharing. We love visuals. And we can't stay away from design elements to communicate daily to others over the web.

It was a party. Everyone was so generous, open, warm and was like we had a big family reunion for all these people who only communicate over a keyboard and monitor. I made a lot of great new friends, and even had the chance to say "Thank You" to some of my hero bloggers.  We were in a super fancy-shmancy hotel, and the whole event was so put together. I just loved the fact that I got to leave home and have a day away to spend with people who were hungry for the same information. And I must say, having the chance to speak was incredible. It was a great opportunity to collect, in a small pocket of time, so many of the things I have learned over the past 2 years!

Here is an inconclusive list of Bloggers who came to speak, to give you an idea for what to expect for next year.

  • Nicole Balch of Making It Lovely
  • Allison Czarnecki of Petit Elefant
  • Jaime Derringer of Design Milk
  • Karey Mackin of Mackin Ink
  • Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan of Apartment Therapy
  • Heather Armstrong of Dooce
  • Grace Bonney of Design Sponge
  • Kelly Beall of Design Crush
  • Joy Deangdeelert Cho of Oh Joy!
  • Rachel Jones of Black Eiffel
  • Emily Goligoski of The SanFranista
  • Victoria Smith of SFGirlbyBay
  • Gayla Trail of You Grow Girl
  • Sarah Jane Wright of Sarah Jane Studios
  • Erin Loechner of Design for Mankind
  • Megan Reardon of NotMartha
  • Kathryn Storke of Snippet & Ink
  • Joslyn Taylor of Simple Lovely
  • Stephanie Brubaker of Stephmodo
  • Sheila Bernus Dowd of Lookiloos
  • Chelsea Fuss of Frolic
  • Maggie Mason of Mighty Girl
  • Justin Hackworth of Justin Hackworth Photography
  • {list compliments of Apartment Therapy}
    Really, if you are a blogger with a desire to learn more about branding, building an audience, photography for the web, advertising, designing for the web, and the applications of social media, I hope to see you next year! I will for sure be coming again. Thanks ALT Design Summit!