On Friday September 20th Katelyn and I left TÉLIO’s Montreal head office, and made our way to Toronto for a weekend filled with blogging workshops and networking.
BlogPodium is the perfect resource for bloggers. It connects people through a series of conferences, panels and small workshops. Not only do bloggers attend this event, but brands and professionals in the industry are there as well. It was the perfect opportunity for us to brush up on our blogging skills, learn some new things, connect with great brands and meet some tremendous people.
First up was the keynote speaker, Sarah Richardson; what an inspirational woman! Sarah spoke with such passion and authenticity that I think everyone in the room felt like they had known her their entire lives (at least we felt that way!). Sarah has been known to pop into our Toronto Interior Furnishing showroom from time to time to purchase some of our fabulous fabrics. If you follow her shows, I am sure you have seen some TÉLIO fabrics showcased at least once! Sarah’s speech was so sincere. It was all about finding your passion and pushing your business through that passion, or finding your passion and working for a business that succeeds in fulfilling it! Having grown up with creative parents, Sarah constantly draws her creativity from different art forms. One word of advice that stuck with me was when she talked about going with her gut and taking chances by trying and experimenting in new things. I think everyone needs a reminder that life is short and taking chances is very important, esspecially when it’s for something you love.
Our day started at 8am at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. We were greeted with a warm welcome and a small gift; a gorgeous notebook made just for the event. We had back-to-back workshops, conferences, keynote speakers and an industry panel. The workshops included an array of interesting topics from monetizing your blog, an instagram and photography lesson, how to collaborate with other blogs/ businesses and how to make your blog look professional! In between all the learning, there were plenty of opportunities to meet fellow bloggers, sponsors, participate in competitions and enjoy delicious food. The Home Depot, Indigo, Urban Barn, Sarah Richardson’s fabric line with Kravet, and Poppin’ were just some of the sponsors attending the event! Check out the full list here. Minted(which is now on my radar) create beautiful paper products especially for this event, including the adorable notebook gift, the super cute menu and table setting (just to name a few).
While our day at BlogPodium was all about enriching our blogging skills, we made sure to have fun! Cheers!