Inspired by Type-A

After popping my cherry on the biggest conference of the year in 2011, I knew I wanted to attend a conference this year. I asked fellow bloggers which conference I should attend if I can only afford *one* conference. 

The overwhelming response was 

Type-A Parent Conference. 

Everyone claimed it to be the best all-around. The community, the speakers, the content… Type-A is
the conference you should attend if you want to get the most bang for your buck. 

@AlissaEnders & I on the Charlotte PhotoWalk

I was skeptical, would I really connect with people like me? Would I really gain relevant knowledge from the sessions? I mean, I made some connections at that big conference last year, but it was such a large event that was overwhelming & felt a bit cliquey at times. I didn’t want to attend another high school reunion. My fellow bloggers continuously assured me that Type-A was different.

They were right.

Even though my anxiety grabbed me by the balls and didn’t let go for the first few hours… something happened to change that. 

I heard a familiar voice standing in line to check-in behind me.
Alissa from Clever Compass & I attended high school together. She drove in with Jen from Hey Y’all… and I was immediately granted two hugs. One from a familiar face, another from someone I had only known virtually. The hugs continued throughout the weekend… from old friends, friends I had only known from their words & avatars as well as new friends. 

This community… is amazing. 

I felt so lucky to be surrounded by people who get me. No one tilted their head to the side to say “Oh, you’re a blogger? Cute.” and proceeded to change the subject. 


On the flip side of that coin, no one judged me for only having a certain number of followers either. We were all different and unique in our own way, but we shared a common bond. We were all attending Type-A to connect and learn from one another.

I could go on & on about it all: the sessions, the parties (like the 80s party where my Just Dance Team Run B.L.O.G. took home the winning title!!) individuals who knocked my socks off. Instead, I’m going to share pictures & a few quotes from the notes I jotted down over the 4 inspirational days.

“Do something that scares you. It’s how we grow. If you’re not growing, you’re actually shrinking.” 
Chris Garrett, Opening Keynote. 

“When you’re looking at the competition, clearly articulate why you’re different. Go beyond what the competition covers.” 
@TimeDog & I bond over a beer

Ellen Gerstein & Amy Fandrei, Crafting a Book Proposal Session.

“Choose discomfort over resentment; know your worth & ask for it!”
~ Jessica Rosenberg & Grace Duffy, Pitch & Pitch Back: Powerful Tactics for Landing Gigs.  

“Tag companies you want to work with by pinning their products & images.” 
Kelby Carr, Pinterest: From Inspiration to Driving Traffic. 

“Think of tags, labels & categories as recipes, like chicken, fish, etc. Fewer categories = more authority online.” 

“Everyone has big problems, is the little bites of life that matter.” 
Tanis MillerWe Still Blog Keynote

“Page-views are less important than community when it comes to influence.” 
Cecily Kellogg, We Still Blog Keynote

“Motherhood is not math, it’s music. There’s no one way of doing it right.” 
Katherine Stone, We Still Blog Keynote

“There is no room in your life for people who make you feel bad! NONE! If you get to a place where you want to give up — give ’em hell & live to fight another day! Know what’s important and let the rest go.”
Rene Syler, Closing Keynote: Harnessing Your Superpower!

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  1. Posted June 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    Would love to o Type-A someday. Looks like you had a fabulous time!!

  2. Posted June 28, 2012 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    My only complaint about Type A is that it’s not about two weeks long. That would give me enough time, I think. Three days was not NEARLY enough!

    • Posted June 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

      I couldn’t agree more, Jen!! Wish we had a little more time together too. We’ll just have to meet up here in GR soon! We can make our own drink tickets. 😉

  3. Posted June 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Permalink

    Thank you for such kind words about Type-A! I am so glad you enjoyed the conference.

  4. Posted June 28, 2012 at 12:58 pm | Permalink

    We had SO much fun, didn’t we? I am so, so happy to have finally met you, and now it feels like we’ve been friends forever. Thanks for being awesome. Next year: Defending Just Dance Champs! xoxoxoxoxo

    • Posted June 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      It *does* feel like we’ve been friends for years! I adore effortless friendships like that!! Looking forward to connecting again, whether virtually or in person, over beer & wine-cubes. ;D CHEERS!

  5. Posted June 28, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    You guys won the dance competition?! Excellent!! That conference does look like a blast. I’ve heard so many good things about it, maybe someday I’ll actually check it out in person.

    • Posted June 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Thanks!! Crazy thing about winning? We heard about other teams practicing the week before… and… we didn’t. In face, I had never played Just Dance… ever! I have some weird beginner’s luck — and, well… I suppose I get more than a little competitive when it comes to shit like this. Must… win…

      *Virtually-grabs-face* You MUST make plans to join us at Type-A next year! You would fit right in. That “other” conference is great and all, but so overwhelming I felt like just another face in a crowd that swallowed me whole at times. Type-A is THE conference that was just the perfect size for me… and the sessions filled my brain as if I had attended a semester of writing classes in 3 days. I’m still abuzz over it… in case you didn’t notice. 😉

  6. Posted June 28, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Permalink

    So cool! Love that you won the dance competition…love the name too! Great quotes…I think I’m putting Type-A on my radar for next year.

  7. Posted June 30, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad to see you had such a great time. I went to BH when it was in Chicago & although there were some fun moments, it was definitely way too big and cliquey!

    • Posted July 2, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

      Crazy thing is, BH keeps growing!! It’s insane. It’s one of those conferences I would kind of like to do again, but even the thought overwhelms me. Maybe next year, but we’ll see. You would fit right in at Type-A, Starr. I know it’s called the Type-A “parent” conference, but not everyone was a parent. In fact, most of us left our “parent” hats at the door. 😉

  8. Posted July 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm | Permalink

    Hmmm… that’s good to know! I’ve been looking for a smaller conference to attend (not so cliquey/more focused on fun blogger stuff). Maybe I’ll check out Type-A next year! 🙂

  9. Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Permalink

    Love this post, mine is finally going up tomorrow. All the pictures take me right back there.

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