It’s hard to find the right words to recap the workshop yesterday. In fact, Jordan and I grabbed a bite to eat afterwards to debrief about it and we found ourselves staring blankly at each other, shoveling guacamole into our mouths, still processing the whole day in our heads.
We were so pleased with the attendees. It was a great, great group of people. There was a mix of newbie bloggers, to bloggers who have been at it for years. People asked excellent questions, and even some attendee’s chimed in with helpful tips along the way.
The time allotted for the workshop absolutely flew by. I have hosted events like these before, but I did not anticipate needing an extra hour to two for this one! One of my favorite parts of blog gatherings like these is chatting with everyone at the end, but that time was just too short.
My vision for what I wanted Type & Click to be came to life exactly how I imagined it. Better actually. It all stemmed from a desire to help bloggers with the basics, and give them advice about things I’ve learned the hard way over the years. And the icing in the cake was having a professional photographer there to cover all things photography since that is so not my realm. I found myself on page 9 of my Word document as I was planning and thought, “Whoa. I’ve got a lot to cover.”
Blogging is so multi-faceted. It can feel really lonely sometimes, and other times you can feel like you have tons of friends and connections. Going to a workshop or blog conference is such a great way to connect with other people doing the same thing you are doing. A natural friendship seems to be formed instantly with fellow bloggers because you can connect on that level immediately.
If you are a blogger, and have never been to a workshop or conference or meet-up, I can’t say enough great things about how valuable it can be. And don’t hear this as a plug for T&C, we aren’t even sure if there will be a round 2. Just get connected to other bloggers, even if that means you host a little meet up in your area.
Other than the meeting the attendees, Jordan and I were really excited to give out the swag bags. We reached out to dream companies of who we’d like to include thinking,”There’s no way they’ll say yes. . .” and got yes’s from everyone. So the goal of an awesome swag bag was accomplished.
Emily Ley and Rifle Paper Co. sent notepads. There was a fun variety sent my Emily Ley, and everyone got a beautiful Rifle Paper Co. to do list. Jeweliq sent mini scallop midi rings and Amanda Catherine Designs provided motivating pencils in pretty colors. HazelBerry Paper send a beautiful print that coincided with the name of the store in which Type & Click was held, so that was perfect. PrintStich&Paste sent the prettiest journals, and CoconutRobot made everyone custom wood tags with their names on them. It’s perfect to attach to your luggage when traveling. I bought some elastic online and made little hair ties for the bags as well. I miss working with my hands, so it was therapeutic to create these simple little hair ties.
We also had the pleasure of choosing one attendee to win a beautiful camera strap from Fotostrap. I have one on my camera and love it. It is seriously high quality, and I love that they give back with each purchase of a strap. If you have a DSLR, or need a gift for someone that has a DSLR, I’d highly recommend looking into Fotostrap. They’ve been fantastic to work with, and I truly can’t say enough great things about their company and product.
We hosted Type & Click at Gather, in Cary, NC. It was simply the perfect setting for this workshop. Jordan and I maxed out the space, that is for sure, but it fostered a really intimate setting. Gather is not only a coffee shop filled with beautiful products to buy from local artisans, but it’s also a co-working space. Additionally, Gather hosts a variety of classes every month, and those a worth looking into.
I know this isn’t what you are used to reading on a Monday, but I wanted to share about the workshop! I do wish there was a way to do something similar to this online (still thinking about what that could look like), so I hate that those of you that don’t live nearby weren’t able to attend.
If you came yesterday, thank you! You guys made it the best. Check out the hashtag ” #typeandclickworkshop ” for more photos of the event!