I’ve been dying to go to a blogging event (a conference, workshop, seminar, whatever) for months now. I actually purchased my ticket to BlogHer 14′ back in January (at that point I’d only been blogging for about 4 months). That however is not until the end of July so I’ve been on the lookout for other opportunities a little closer to home. I’m the type of person who wants to learn everything they can about whatever it is they’re doing…in this case, blogging. Well, the opportunity finally came up and I was able to attend an evening workshop in Seattle that was hosted by SITS Girls and Invisalign. Of course I packed up the family and headed over to the West Side of the mountains for the weekend.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t know what to expect because I’d never been to any sort of blogging event. I was super nervous going in and apparently a little too ambitious since I was literally the first one to show up. Weird!! On the bright side though, I got to choose my seat so I found a super comfortable spot near the front of the room so I could absorb every tidbit of information that was uttered in my direction. Finally people started filtering in and a couple pretty awesome ladies sat at the table I was at. It was pretty cool finally meeting other bloggers that I had actually been following for months! (You are awesome Erin from Parenting Healthy and Ruthy from Discovery Street! Thank you for making me feel like I wasn’t such a “newbie”!)
What Did I Learn?
In only four short hours (okay four and a half), I walked away with so much information on blogging, social media, and goals that I’m already implementing. You know what’s even crazier? I’ve already seen a difference in my follower engagement (detailed posts on what I learned to come soon so keep an eye out for that!) which is mind blowing. Am I the best blogger in the world now? Well, probably not…I still have lots to learn, but I can totally tell I’m on my way to super stardom…okay, well that may be pushing it a bit too, but I am very optimistic and more than happy with the knowledge I took home.
Swanky Hotels? Yes Please!
While we were out of town we decided to stay at the Hyatt Regency in Bellevue and let me tell you, it was uh-may-zing! I did give them a call when I found out we would be traveling and they were nice enough to give me a media rate on pretty short notice, but I certainly didn’t expect everything we received! The concierge actually outdid themselves by leaving some lovely wine and desserts and even a baby swag bag for my toddler! As you can see, she was super impressed with the service!
The room was super nice – it was considered one of the Executive Suites so there was plenty of room for hubby and I as well as the two kiddos. The beds were super comfy which is usually the downfall of every hotel I go to so that alone made me a happy camper. The hotel itself is actually connected to several shops and restaurants in downtown Bellevue, so would be the perfect place to stay if you were in town for some retail therapy! There are also some amazing attractions nearby including the Bellevue Botanical Gardens and the Bellevue Art Museum. While I was there I also learned that in 2013, the hotel was recognized by TripAdvisor as a ‘GreenLeader’ Platinum Level, the highest level awarded, and by Seattle Business as one of the Top 50 Green Leaders in Washington state which I thought was pretty cool. I would definitely stay there again even if the discount wasn’t available. If you’re ever in the area, you should definitely check them out.
Have you ever been to a blogging event? What’s your best piece of advice for someone who may have never been to one, or not very many? What’s the main thing you look for regarding hotel accommodations? What would make you decide not to go back to a hotel? Let me know in the comments below and thanks for reading!