Posted by: stacystyle | February 18, 2011

9 Days Till L.A.—Design Bloggers Conference

I’m not a conference person. Group tours, cruise ships, carpooling, Groupon—none of these are for me. When I started my own company eight years ago it was because I wanted to call the shots. I’d worked the previous eight years for the largest media company in the world at the time (Time Inc. and AOL-Time Warner). To grow as a person and as an entrepreneur I simply had to go at it on my own.

That’s why my anticipation about the Design Blogger Conference in Los Angeles next week surprises me. Here’s an opportunity to interact with more people just like me than I have ever encountered. People who love design, people who have forged their own businesses, people who spread their creativity every day. If there’s a rock star event for design bloggers, this is it. I am so excited to be leading the discussion on “What New Media Can Learn From Old Media.” My panelists include Ann Maine, the editor of Traditional Home; Clint Smith, the editor of Atlanta Home & Lifestyle; Loren Rush, HGTV producer extraordinaire; and Anne Sage of Rue Magazine.

I style, write and produce design articles for national and regional magazines such as Traditional Home, Country Living, Better Homes & Gardens and New England Home, which brings me into contact with amazing people—homeowners, designers, manufacturers and artists. The best thing about my job is the personal interaction it affords. Twitter and blogging have taken this idea of personal interaction to a whole new, global level.

Don’t be surprised that when we meet at the conference next week my face lights up and I give you a hug. It’s because I know and follow your work or even if I don’t, I want to hear all about it. We have a precious few days to learn from one another, forge personal connections and help one another in our chosen fields. I will do all I can to help you gain recognition, get published, make connections for you, or just listen or serve as a sounding board. For three days next week I will be the ultimate conference person.

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Responses

  1. Love this post and so glad you are excited! I know you so I can say you will be one of the most supportive, encouraging people at the conference. We will all come home feeling even more creative and connected, I am looking forward to it!

  2. Stacy – I suspect your creative nature will thrive in the midst of so many talented peopleike yourself. Have a wonderful time and please do write about your experience for those of us who cannot attend this year. xo Cynthia

  3. Can’t wait to hear you speak! This will be my first event of this type and I am so looking forward to it all!

  4. Look forward to meeting you!

  5. Look forward to meeting you! This is going to be fun.

  6. I’m literally going to cry that I can’t go to this conference…and I’m with you about big group things-i laughed out loud about cruises (not for me). I just attended alt and would love to check this one out too-maybe next year! My dream is to have my old stone house shot by awesome photographers and made to shine with the touch of a stylist! Have an awesome time, Stacy! xo

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  8. Stacy… the conference sounds so great & I am sure you will have a blast! As a relatively new blogger I really wish that I could go as I am sure it will be very stimulating & informative. There is nothing better than gathering with others who share your passion, while also offering their own insights & perspective… & from what I have experienced, bloggers are a very gregarious, open & sharing bunch! Your panel discussion sounds fascinating… can’t wait to hear all about it.

  9. Have a great time, rock star event are always fabulous. Lots to learn and tweet to us all about.

  10. Hi Stacy!

    I just registered for the conference and I am BEYOND EXCITED!! I am a newbie blogger and cannot believe the timeliness of this conference. I love your enthusiasm and I cannot wait to meet you. Thank you for taking time out of your schedule – what a tremendous gift!

    Carrie

  11. I totally agree with you on the conference thing, but I was also excited when I saw how specific this one is and about the opportunities to learn and meet colleagues who are equally passionate about design.

    I can’t wait and very much look forward to your panel and perhaps that hug. 🙂

    Cheers,

    Claudia

  12. Hi Stacy! I’m so excited to for this event and am even more excited to meet you and all of the other talented and inspiring people attending. Can’t wait to hear you speak 🙂 See you in a week! xoxo – Julie

  13. Hi Stacy:
    I’m excited to meet you at Design Bloggers Conference. Love your blog and the beautiful pictures you have styled. I’m looking forward to your panel/topic at the meeting. Can’t wait to meet you.

  14. I wish I could be there — I always love being around your positive energy! Have a great time!! xo yvonne

  15. Thank you! I look forward to meeting you too!

  16. Hi Stacy!
    Thank you for stopping over at my blog and saying hello! I am super excited to meet you and hear you speak 🙂
    Also, thank you for reminding me of the pittie callendar, I actually did see it briefly at one point through one of our local dog rescue organizations and meant to purchase it,, I will look for it now. 🙂
    Have a wonderful week and I will see you next week!

    My Best!
    xo Edyta
    http://edytaandco.blogspot.com/

  17. Hi Stacey!
    I m flying all the way from İstanbul to take part of the conference. I m very much excited and looking forward to meet with you and new friends sharing the same interests! See u soon:) Tijen

    • Really? That’s amazing! Can’t wait to meet you! sk

  18. Hi Stacy,
    I am really looking forward to meeting you and hearing your thoughts. I too am so excited about this “Rock Star” event. In a room full of very influential design bloggers there will be tons of knowledge to soak in. See you next week.
    Jacqueline

  19. Stacy,
    I will be there too! I love your excitement and can’t wait to see you again. It’s is going to be a fabulous time! Unfortunately, I will only be able to attend Mondays events because I have to leave on Tuesday for an antiquing trip to Savannah.
    See you soon 🙂
    Amy

  20. Stacy, this is such a great post! Knowing you in person…that is exactly what one feels from you. Interest, connection, warmth!

    I so wish I could attend the conference, but since I can’t, I am counting on you and all the other plugged in bloggers to keep the tweets coming!

    xoxo Elizabeth

  21. I’m sure you will do a great job during the conference and it’s great that you seem to be truly excited 🙂 I’m kind of excited today as well, but for smaller reasons. I’ve just received a door sign that I’ve been waiting for a few weeks from Ramsign (http://www.ramsign.com) and it was just as great as I hoped it would be 🙂


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