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oh my blog(ger conference) | part two

cannot wait to buy these frames from bonlook!

Welcome to part two of my TxSC recap! For part one, get over here!

/ sunday
Sunday started out with morning mingling and then a keynote speech from the world’s greatest blogging team, Emma and Elsie of A Beautiful Mess. They were unsurprisingly precious, though surprisingly nervous, and had some great tips for us like don’t drink and blog, teaching can be mostly about learning, and Internet strangers can be some of the kindest people you’ll meet. 
Here’s a run down of the sessions I attended on Sunday:
/ purchasing with purpose / Janette of Fashion Loves People and Merl of Clyde’s Rebirth spoke about eco-styling and ethical shopping. Highlights: Shop based on your own values, invest in quality pieces that could someday be vintage, and support local, independent brands.
/ do your dreams now / Jessica of Noonday Collection presented her journey of starting a business that aids impoverished communities in Africa. Highlights: 95% of people don’t give because they aren’t asked. If you know someone who can help, ask. If they say no, ask again later or in a different way. If people believe in you, they’ll stick with you as you become a success.
/ work + life + blog balance / Julie of Orchid Grey opened up about how she manages her job at ModCloth, spending enough time with her cat and her husband, and maintains a wildly successful blog all at the same time. Highlights: Julie is one of my favorite bloggers, so I loved hearing her real, expletive-filled answers about making it all “fit” instead of trying to force “balance.”
/ from blog to book / My girl Megan of Greetings from Texas and new-to-me favorite Becky of Chipper Things shared their individual success stories of making their blogs into books. Megan has twice overcome ovarian cancer, all while adopting her beautiful little baby Macy, who is obvi named after Jay Z. Becky is a killer illustrator who strives to validate all her short sisters of the world. Highlights: Put the same energy you would put into training for a marathon into writing your book, know that you will embarrass yourself, so do it in front of the right people, and be protective of your dreams because apathy can crush an idea so precious as writing a book.

photo of me taken by blogging while brown
/ capstone convocation
After the workshops let out, we all rejoined for a big ole panel with all the weekend’s speakers on a stage together to answer our questions. The most disheartening thing for me the whole weekend was the focus of a lot of “smaller” bloggers on monetization. When it came time for the panel, some bloggers seemed to almost berate the “big” bloggers for not giving specifics about how much they charge and how much they make. I was so taken aback that this is why so many people came to the conference and that this is what they wanted to know. 
I don’t blog for money. I’ve personally decided to forgo sponsors and I’m only interested in working with brands I feel really passionate about and that fit into my current blog content. I appreciated that there were workshops on monetization for those who were interested in taking that route, but I thought it was totally inappropriate to ask a large group of successful women how much they are worth in front of another large group of women.
To counter this, I asked my own burning question. All of the bloggers I admire most have hit publish on a post that was difficult for them to share. From Tieka to Elsie, from Kendi to Julie, all of these women decided to share what was really going on in their life, even if it was dark and not perfectly curated. Because the majority of the panel was spent going back and forth about how to make money, there wasn’t enough time for a lot of the bloggers to speak on my question, but you could see several of them reaching for the mic with something to say. This, in itself, was validating for me.
On a similar note, I am extra excited about next year’s TxSC because it’s going to be focused on storytelling! From what founder Indiana of Adored Austin told us, it’ll be camp-themed and the workshops will revolve around helping us learn to tell our best stories. The programming is sure to be amazing and I know Indiana always has some killer ideas up her stylish sleeves, so I can’t wait!
 / blogger shout outs! /
Toyosi of Standard T is just my favorite person on this planet and everyone should go follow her as she finishes high school and becomes famous for being fab.
Kara of business and pleasure inspires me so much and I hope to be as driven, in love, and stylish as she is in years to come.
Laura of Hello, Clementine! is my new bestie and we’re going to go self care crazy all over this town.
Becky of The Pink Samurai stole my heart the night of the swap and hands down wins best Texas tattoo of all time.
Lauren of Make it a Double has got it all together, from her career to her blog to her relationship. Can’t wait to grab a drink with her!
Whitney of whit + wonder is an excellent graphic designer who I’m so excited to work with someday. St. Ed’s girls gotta stick together.
Katie of Sweetly (coming soon!) is my soon-to-be sister in crime blogging. She also scored the green skirt from my blog button at the swap! We’re meant to be.
Melissa of The Blushing Dreamer is even cuter in person than on her blog. We need to get a snow cone date on the books while the season is still hot.
Kelsey of she, in the making is sweet like sugar and a super talented photographer.
Mia of Mia Moore has a lovely vintage, feminine style and big dreams for her future. 
Linda of Little Tin Soldier is like all your favorite parts of kindergarten all built into a stunning, savvy, and stylish woman you want to have on your team.

Regina of Sisterly Blog is actually an acquaintance from high school with whom I was lucky enough to reconnect this weekend. She’s so well put together, owns a pair of Kate Spade pumps, and has that hot librarian thing going for her.

Rachel of Rue Rachel is the fiercest and most fun girl on the block, while still getting shit done.
Kirsten of Triple Max Tons makes getting dressed look easy. After I see her, I always wish I’d gone for a breezy button down and cool shorts instead of whatever I’ve got on.
April of Pieceology is a tiny ball of fire and sass and will beat anyone in a longest high heels wearing contest, I swear.
Kristen of The Mrs. and the Momma rocks a tutu like no prima ballerina could. She was seriously robbed at prom for best dressed.
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