Sunday, May 27, 2012

BlogPodium2 - Recap

Can you believe the weekend is over already?? Sad, but it went by quickly for good reason - The second installment of Blog Podium took place this weekend and it was fantastic. As I mentioned in my Friday post, I was prettttyyyy excited for this little event. Well, not so little actually - there were about 200 very well-heeled, friendly, and inspirational bloggers there!

The keynote speaker, Nicole Balch from Making It Lovely was excellent. Do you read her blog? She was here as a keynote for good reason - her blog is pretty kick ass. Hearing her speak about how she turned her blog into a business, and be so open about her thoughts on advertising, sponsored posts, and in-kind sponsorships was excellent.
Photo via BlogPodium
Following Nicole's keynote we had a super-star panel, a mix of industry reps and bloggers. It was great to get insight from the industry reps regarding what they seek from blogger partnerships, and fantastic to hear the candid lessons learned and advice from bloggers Lindsay (Little House Blog) and Christine (Bijou and Boheme).
Photo via: Mango Studios
Here are a few photos of the gorgeous event space, the recently renovated Arcadian Loft in downtown Toronto:
photo via BlogPodium
centrepieces by We Create Hoopla; photo via BlogPodium
And of course, after all that "learning" we got to have some fun - mingling with the sponsors and of course the bloggers. 
Photo via BlogPodium
West Elm table, photo via BlogPodium
Indigo Table; photo via MangoStudios
GlucksteinHome table, via MangoStudios
Photo via MangoStudios: Barbara from HodgePodge, Lindsay from Little House Blog (and BlogPodium co-chair), Jen from Rambling Renovators (and BlogPodium co-chair) and Nancy from Marcus Design.

Barbara and Nancy won an AYA Kitchen contest and were flown here from Vancouver to attend Blog Podium! I can't wait to hear their take on the whirlwind trip to Toronto. They were both absolutely lovely, and their blogs are some of my regular reads. It was fantastic meeting them face to face and spending some time with them after the event!

I enjoyes meeting so many people this time around - impossible to name them all, but some that stand out are Emily-Jane from Not a House but a Home, who knows my neighbourhood like the back of her hand, and my fridge-twin Jeanette from This Dusty House - we learned we live only a few blocks away from each other! The things you learn when you meet people in person... Catching up with some of my favourite bloggers and some new-to-me bloggers was definitely a huge part of the fun. To top it all off, we got a BlogPodium book with mini bio's of all the attendees, so I have a number of new blogs to check out!

HomeSense sponsored a funny photo booth - this is one of my faves:
 via MangoStudios (click here for more hilarity) - this is Lindsey from Recreated, me, and Meaghan from Row House Nest

After mild what-to-wear stress, I put together an outfit from things I already owned (gasp! I know...)
A huge thank you to all of the people who put work into BlogPodium, the sponsors, and for all of the attendees I got to meet!

13 comments:

Tiffany Leigh {thedesignerlifestyle} said...

So fun! I wish I would have gone but by the time I heard about it, the event was sold out! Maybe next year.
xo
Tiffany
tiffanyleighinteriordesign.blogspot.com

Tina said...

Excellent recap of a fabulous day! It was so nice to see you again to BlogPodium! Happy blogging!

Adding the finishing touch said...

Great re-cap & lovely meeting you!

the236.net said...

Heather, first I just want to say......I LOVED your outfit! Especially that it was already from your closet. Amazing!

Secondly, it was lovely to see you again. Sorry we didn't have more time to chat. Next time!

Michelle

Amy said...

Hottie alert!
Wish I could have gone -- but it sold out before I could buy a ticket! Maybe next time. Glad you had a riot! :)

Tiffany @ {Living Savvy} said...

Looks like so much fun! I am jealous of you for meeting all these fabulous people! Love Barbara and Nancy!

Brittany {Gallery No. Eight} said...

Great recap!! Loved your outfit! Blue & yellow is one of my fave combos :) Hope you're having a great week!! xo

Lindsey Gerrish said...

Great recap! Love that pic of you, Meagan and I! So funny....

Tamra {ever swoon} said...

So awesome!! What a great opportunity!

Tess said...

What a fantastic weekend. You looked amazing and everything about BlogPodium seemed so well done. Wow!

Designwali said...

You looked great Heather! It was fun getting together again!

barbara@hodge:podge said...

It was so awesome to finally meet you! And can you believe it? I am reading our next book for the Blogger Book Club!

You looked smashing in your outfit. I wish there had been more time to chat as well!

Hugs.

Tim said...

love your recap Heather!! You put together a killer outfit! love it! the blue top and yellow little something something .. . my favourite color palette at the moment!

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