Have you ever heard of Snap Conference? It’s a fabulous creative blogging conference that takes place in Utah, and I’ve desperately been wanting to attend for several years now. And this year I finally made it! YAY!
Snap 2015 was held April 23-25 in Salt Lake City. Honestly, there were so many amazing experiences crammed into those few days that I hardly know where to begin! So we’ll start with this fun little video from the folks at FaveCrafts.
Recognize anyone in the video? (I’ll admit, I was super excited that I got interviewed for this!)
I was also super excited about something else – something bigger. I also had the honor of being a speaker at the conference! My friend Vivienne and I presented a roundtable about taking the things you learn as a blogger and turning them into a marketing business. (When I’m not blogging, I work for Houndstooth Media Group!)
Here we are making our roundtable presentation! It was a small but very receptive group and everyone seemed to take a lot out of it. It was a really great experience, and I’m really hoping to come back and speak again next year! But that was the last day of the conference, which means I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s backtrack a wee bit!
The conference was held at the Little America Hotel, which was an absolutely breathtaking venue. I’ve stayed at some really nice hotels in my time, and this one just might be the nicest!
The first night we arrived, I went out with a big group of friends for dinner. (You may recognize some of your other favorite bloggers in this photo!) We started out the night with a shot of tequila. Par-TAY!
The conference itself started the next day, and from that point on the rest of my time in SLC was a blur of crafting, chatting with awesome sponsors, taking classes, and enjoying delicious meals while listening to amazing keynote speakers.
One of my favorite things about the conference – of which there were many – was the opportunity to connect with sponsors. I spent time talking to a lot of great people representing some of my favorite companies. Some of the sponsors even had make-and-take craft projects. At the Jo-Ann sponsor booth, I got to carve my own rubber stamp. FUN!
This was another common scene all around the conference – bloggers gonna blog, right? Anticipating our needs, there were plenty of areas set up (such as the Ikea lounge, seen here) where we could access power cords for our phones and laptops, and free wifi was provided by one of the sponsors, DCWV.
One of the classes I took was a photo styling class. I plan to use what I learned in that class to improve the photos I take to post here on the blog! It was really helpful to hear lots of tips and tricks. I also took classes about Google Analytics and about email newsletters that were full of useful information.
I didn’t get a chance to take any of the hands-on classes, but there were lots of those as well. No matter your interests and skill level, there were TONS of great classes on the Snap schedule. There was definitely something for everyone.
I really don’t think that I can even truly do justice to what an amazing time the whole conference was. For real, you guys, everything about the entire experience was AWESOME!
The sponsors were also extremely generous. I highly recommend that if you attend Snap Conference, you bring an extra bag with you – I went home with 40 pounds more luggage than I had on the way there, and that was almost entirely craft supplies and tools that were gifts or prizes from various sponsors. That’s a LOT of stuff!
Oh gosh, you guys… Almost 700 words later I still don’t feel like I have even begun to properly and thoroughly explain what am amazing time I had at Snap Conference. I could probably write a couple thousand more words and STILL not feel like I’d done it justice!
And did I mention how pretty Salt Lake City is? Because, DUDE. It’s freaking gorgeous!
I really, really, really want to go back next year. If you’ve been considering attending, I say YES, you totally should! I promise you will have the time of your life, you will meet a ton of amazing people, and you will learn SO much!