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
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!