Type & Click Workshop Recap

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JORDO

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.

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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.

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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!

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Comments (37)

  1. Mandy says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    I LOVE your dress, Kate!

  2. melanie says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    I was certainly honored to be a part of the workshop yesterday and as a newbie blogger of only three months this was an amazing opportunity for me and the timing could not be better. To be able to learn from the two of you lovely ladies and take back the knowledge to continue to grow my blog is so exciting. And to be able to connect with other bloggers was so fun. Now when is the next one 🙂

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      Thanks for coming! Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

  3. Rachael says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    Your workshop sounded great, wish I could have attended. I think it’s great you are reaching out to other bloggers. Love your dress!

    http://aglossylife.wordpress.com

  4. Posted June 30, 2014

    This makes me even more sad that it was full when I went to register! I so hope you do another one! Glad it went well! 🙂

  5. Posted June 30, 2014

    I second the comment about loving your dress! So glad to hear that it went well, definitely makes me want to get to a blogging conference soon. I will be keeping an eye out if you decide to do a second round of Type & Click. I’ve loved the posts you’ve had in the past about blogging, so I’m sure what you had to say this weekend was great!

  6. Posted June 30, 2014

    It was a true pleasure to attend the workshop yesterday! You and Jordan were so kind and generous with your time and attention. Thank you for the opportunity to learn from you! It was a lot of fun! 🙂

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      Pleasure meeting you as well! Thanks for coming!

  7. Jennifer V. says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    Thank you both again for hosting this workshop. It was extremely informative! I left with all kinds of ideas swirling around in my head and I cant wait to get to work!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      We love to hear this–thanks for coming!

  8. Mike says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    A huge thanks to both of you for putting on the event. I took a lot away from the workshop and my brain is still unfolding all the information that was packed in there yesterday! It was especially nice to chat with other blogger and realize that we’re all in the same community. Even as the only guy, I was able to relate to each of the other ladies I had the privilege of meeting! I had a great time!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for coming!

  9. Hildy says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    I was so glad I woke up early all those weeks ago to snag a ticket for the workshop! Kate, you were such an inspiration to us and it was a safe, fun environment to ask newbie questions that I’ve always wondered but didn’t know who to ask! I will probably never have a “big” blog, but I learned so much about how to make my little corner of the internet more meaningful and helpful to whatever readers may come by. Jordan, your recap of photography basics was a great refresher, and your photography is breathtaking. Oh yeah, and those swag bags? A.ma.zing! I’ve always wanted a nametag by Kacia-that may be my favorite!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      So great to meet you, thanks for coming! Glad to hear it was helpful!

  10. suzanne says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    Kate, I’ve been reading you blog for a while now but since you’ve redesigned it, it doesn’t come up on my phone nicely and is very very hard to read. 🙁 not sure if I need to do anything on my end, and suspect it’s more that your blog is not optimized for mobile. Worth checking out!

    • Kate says
      Posted June 30, 2014

      You’re right, it’s not optimized–but I’m working on something that should help with mobile reading. Sorry it’s a hassle!

  11. Jenna says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    I love getting together with fellow bloggers for ideas, inspiration, and encouragement! Sounds like you all had a fabulous time!! Also, that ‘Fotostrap’ is officially on my wish list Kate. Thanks for sharing <3

  12. Posted June 30, 2014

    What a wonderful event! I’m that “newbie blogger” and can see the benefits of attending a conference. Thanks for the inspiration!

    From your whole food-y!
    Janie Lynn

  13. Stephanie says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    Great post! Love your dress! Pretty!

  14. Misty says
    Posted June 30, 2014

    Love both dresses! Do you mind sharing where yours is from Kate? You look cute and confident in anything you put on!

    • Kate says
      Posted July 1, 2014

      Mine is from Gap and hers is from Madewell 🙂

  15. Posted June 30, 2014

    How awesome! Love that you gave us some insight to the event, and it sounds amazing!!

  16. Posted June 30, 2014

    Wow! I wish I had known about this! I am located in Raleigh and have started working on kicking my blogging up a notch. I hope there are more of these types of events (or at least blogger meet ups!) in the future near us 🙂

  17. Posted June 30, 2014

    Regrets. I should have gone! So glad for those who did. Dang budget constraints.

  18. Samara says
    Posted July 1, 2014

    So glad the workshop was a success!! Yes, please to an online version:)

  19. dori says
    Posted July 1, 2014

    Hi

    I am not a US citizen so I couldnt attend. But do offer help how to start a blog anywhere pls, I am interested. Any help is appreciated. Thanks and well done for your blog. I have a website but it drained my energy and its just failing.

  20. Posted July 1, 2014

    This looks so much fun! Guess you had a great time. Wish there were such good workshops in stinky old germany 😀

  21. Sara w says
    Posted July 1, 2014

    I read your blog pretty exclusively on my iPhone and haven’t had any issues. The workshop sounds great! So glad you all had fun.

  22. JayLynn S. says
    Posted July 1, 2014

    Hi Kate, this is unrelated to your blog post but I know you are located in Raleigh and my husband and I are looking in to relocating it the Raleigh area with our two little girls… So I’m curious to hear if you like it there? Do you feel like it’s kid friendly? Are the summers really that horrible? We are coming from Boston so I’m already used to some humidity. Thank you for any insight you have to offer on the area!

  23. Kristin says
    Posted July 3, 2014

    I wish I lived closer so I could have attended! Sounds like a great workshop!

    http://www.thehedgehoglife.blogspot.com

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  25. dori says
    Posted July 7, 2014

    can anyone suggest how to start….(i have a website but not going anywhere sadly) I got fed up and tired of it……is there some tips or a recording of this Type & Click workshop pls? Any help is appreciated

  26. karen says
    Posted July 9, 2014

    I am not getting your blog. It is not updating 🙁