Thursday, September 15, 2011

The IFB Conference, Milk Studios

Independent Fashion Bloggers: Lee Oliveira, Anika (Anika By Anika) and Katy Rose of Modly Chic
Blogger Advice: Honest, insightful and sound advice was shared by the bloggers featured on each of the panels.
I am SOOOO glad I went. First off, the experience of mingling with hundreds of other bloggers from across the country and seeing such a large diverse collection of style expression was incredible. I came away from the conference as much inspired by the friendly faces and awesome fashions on the attendees as I was from the fantastic advice that was shared on the 3 blogger panels. 

Jill (Everything Just So) and I waiting outside Milk Studios (Photo Credit: Jill Burgess)


Sparkling Personality: Who can resist the shine of Elyssa of Dress With Courage?
So now I must confess: I misplaced my notes and conference information and all the cards I collected that day from the bloggers I met. I know they will turn up, but to keep this post semi-timely, I'm just going to have to share with you my vague impressions of the event. Which is: IT ROCKED. 

It was incredible to see such a variety of awesome style worn by the IFB attendees. It was well put-together event that was fun, filled with great swag, and educational as well. To listen to the advice the bloggers on the panels shared was such an opportunity to learn from those who have been successful and blogging. Each and every panelist offered up great information, and there were some whose honesty and forthrightness about the challenges of blogging were the panacea for taking a blog to the next level. And yes I am referring to Ari Goldberg of stylecaster.com who was smart, witty and spared no punches to the blogging crowd.
This stylish guy has a blog. I wish I could remember the name of it.
Style on the Go & In the Know: Jamillah of Made To Travel
I came away from the conference with a lot to think about, and I feel so lucky to have attended it. I know it has helped give me better focus on what I want from my blog, and what I need to do for it. I know I've been a bit scattered, getting involved in all sorts of projects, and one realization I had at the conference was to focus more intently on the blog itself and work on making it clean, easy to navigate and more engaging for my readers. So I've got my work cut out ahead of me. Thank you all for being part of this experience!       -Bella Q

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19 comments:

sacramento said...

I hope to be with you next time, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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A BRIT GREEK said...

Loved this, I bet you had a great time,perhaps another time - unless anyone wants to meet at the London one???
x.o.x.o

The Daily Fashionista said...

I'm glad you had a great time!! I couldn't be there but I wanted to be there so badly!!! I need to figure out how to take my blog to the next level. It'll happen one day I suppose:)

Pam @ over50feeling40 said...

I hope you find your notes, Bella, but its the pictures I most like to see! Thanks for sharing.

GRIT AND GLAMOUR said...

You got some great shots, Bella. And it did ROCK!

frontrowspectator.com said...

great photos.. glad you had such a great time.. I will be there, sitting right next to you, next time!

Serene said...

Bella, thanks for posting this! It sounds like it was a great time but even MORE. I'm hoping to learn some of what you learned vicariously through you. I tend to scatter myself also, rather than POURING myself into one thing. Working now on giving my blog a set direction and staying focused. Big hugs to you and I love your big smile!!! ~Serene

Susan Tiner said...

I look forward to hearing more about what you plan to do differently with the blog.

mary van note said...

I'm so glad you had a great time! Looks awesome!

made-to-travel.com said...

Oh I love that image of Lee, Anika and Katy Rose. It's sooooo in the moment. I'm happy you had a great experience and can't wait to see you next time, beautiful Bella.

Oh and thanks for including me...but I swear that picture looked so much better on your iphone!

bucklebuttonzip.com said...

It's wonderful to see the gorgeous faces of IFBCon. I'm so glad you got to go this year and share it with us. Looking forward to hearing more.
xLaura

The Foolish Aesthete said...

Great pictures and information. I really wish I were there with you to hear that panel. xxx

The Closet Shopper said...

I'm living vicariously through you. This sounds amazing.

xo,
Tracy

Terri said...

Sigh. No doubt I'll have to retire before I can go...

Anusha said...

What a wonderful experience! I'm hoping one day I'll get to do something like this too. I have a lot of learning to do to make my blog better, so I'm determined to do that this year. I'm a total beginner so it's daunting. But reading about your experiences gives me so much inspiration! :o)

Fashion Tales.... said...

I love fashion people! Thst shot of Lee, Anika is the best, they look so chicly focused! You guys make me jealous, but I'm overjoyed that you had a most wonderful time dear! xx :)

Polka Princess said...

Crazily waiting for the day when I'll be able to join you lovely guys over there!! Sigh!

jill815 said...

I love that first picture of Lee, Anika and Katy! I really feel like I got a bonus IFB conference just riding the train with you but you brought up good points that were discussed at the conference about taking your blog to the next level. You have so much good advice to share yourself I expect to see you on a future IFB conference panel. And I will be there cheering you on my dear! XO, Jill

Heather Fonseca said...

It sounds like it was amazing fun. I hope you'll post some more in-depth articles about it and what you learned.

Heather

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