An Exciting Announcement

Some of you may have noticed this pretty pink sign on my sidebar.  Yes, it’s true.  I’m going to Allume Social!!!  I’m so grateful for the opportunity that I have been given in this, and it comes at the generosity of Christin Slade from Joyful Living Media.

I have wanted to attend a conference for a while now, but with our tight budget, I knew it wouldn’t be a possibility unless God stepped in, and in a big way.  I knew that we could contribute very little, so even a sponsored ticket wouldn’t have gotten me there.

Christin, earlier this summer offered a series of posts on her business blog, giving tips about approaching companies with sponsorship requests.  She ended that series with an announcement that she was offering a generous sponsorship for Allume Social—including not only ticket to Allume, but also money towards travel expenses!

I took a deep breath, said a prayer for God’s will to be done, and sent off my application/request to Christin.

Now, I’m making plans to attend the sold out Allume Social Conference!

For this introverted homebody, it’s going to be a huge step, but I know that God is all about pushing us out of our comfort zones sometimes, and I’m excited for it.

I’ve reserved my plane ticket, found a roommate, and have been chatting up other Allume goers via twitter (which I am also brand new to, by the way!).

Another aspect of Christin’s sponsorship was a mentorship through Joyful Living Media.  If you are a blogger looking to grow your blog, or if you feel like you’re hitting a wall and aren’t sure what it is, Christin is the perfect person to help.  She offers affordable blog consultations and critiques to help beginner to intermediate bloggers get over some of the hurdles we might encounter.  Christin has her own successful blog at Joyful Mothering, and she works with some of the biggest names in blogging, such as with Sarah Mae and Allume Social.  So, she knows how this blogging stuff works, and is in a position to help others figure it out as well.  She just announced some exciting changes coming up on her business page, including some great helps for bloggers, even if you don’t get a consultation, so be sure to check it out.

And I will be sure to share every detail from the Allume Conference :)

Have you ever attended a blogging conference?  If so, what are your tips for a newbie like myself?


  1. says

    Awesome! I love how God provides. I’m going to Allume, too. I’d love to meet you there. And your blog is beautifully designed:) So warm and inviting!

    • Crystal says

      Mandy, I’d love to meet you as well :) Thanks for your kind comments. I’m actually using a free wordpress theme right now :)

  2. Theresa Novak Bond says

    Yippadeedoda tip padre-at! That was my thought when I saw the title of your post. I am going to! I can't wait to meet you!

  3. Theresa Novak Bond says

    Yippadeedoda tip padre-at! That was my thought when I saw the title of your post. I am going to! I can't wait to meet you!

  4. Michelle Axton Kelly says

    I am so excited for you! I just went to She Speaks this summer and it was an incredible experience! My tip? Take plenty of business cards with your picture on them so people can remember making a connection with you. Vista Print has them super cheap!

    • Crystal says

      Thanks for the tip, Michelle! I had heard different things about the business cards (some people said they printed them but then didn’t end up giving them out). I’ve had good experiences with Vista Print before, so I’ll probably go ahead and get some. Thanks!

  5. says

    It’s my first conference too :) Do say hi to the not-so-cool, feels-pretty-much-awkward fellow conference freshman! Ha!!
    Glad you asked for tips… I am scanning your comments! Score!
    Congrats on the sponsorship!
    xo Amanda

    • Crystal says

      Amanda, same to you! lol…Comforting to know that there will be another not-so-cool awkward conference newbie! lol…pretty much sums me up perfectly!

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