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Aiming Low Blogger Non Conference - Evolved Mommy

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Later this week I’ll be traveling to Georgia for the Aiming Low Non Conference organized by the well-known blogger Anissa Mayhew. One of the greatest perks of my job is getting to go to all of these blogger conferences. This year I’ve been to Blissdom, BlogHer, WordCamp and Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged plus countless blogger meetups. Bloggers are kindred spirits to me. Each is unique and fabulous in her (or rarely, his) own way.

If you’re trying to pick just one conference to attend in the coming year let me tell you what I’ve learned so far.

In my opinion bigger is not better. I had fun at BlogHer and learned so much, but I had more fun and made stronger connections at the Arkansas Women Bloggers Unplugged conference where there were 70 attendees as opposed to the 4,000+ at BlogHer.

Smaller blog conferences:

– Stronger bonds

– Deeper conversation

Bigger blog conferences:

– Blissdom had amazing speakers (the CEO of BlogFrog, Jon Acuff and many more)

– BlogHer had meaty sessions from “affiliate marketing” to “vlogging”

What is a Non Conference?

Even better than being smaller is Anissa’s concept of a Non Conference.

From the Aiming Low NonCon website:

The Aiming Low Non-Conference is an event meant to get back to the core values of blogging. It will be a weekend full of question and answers and information-sharing. There will be NO PANELS, just a learning environment where you are welcomed to ask about the personal, technical, seeking and slightly embarrassing questions you might have and get honest, genuine answers from our noteworthy Roundtable Leaders as well as your peers.

If you’re in the Georgia area you should know this conference is free to attend. If you can’t get there follow along on Twitter using #NonCon

Oh, and worth mentioning… The Aiming Low NonCon is being held at Callaway Gardens, which I’m told is must-see resort.

PBS victory garden at callaway gardens in Georgia

Vegetable Garden at Callaway Gardens (where “Victory Garden” on PBS is filmed)

Who is Anissa Mayhew?

The name sounds familiar, right? Well Anissa is a veteran blogger who has appeared on Oprah and who later had several live-altering strokes.

Anissa Mayhew

Image of Anissa stolen shamelessly from her Facebook page

This post post from 2009 tells it better than I could.

Mommy Blogger Anissa Mayhew suffers stroke: Support shows power of social media

To see her Oprah appearance before her strokes go here:

Anissa on Oprah

Keynote Speaker: The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond

In the spirit of saving the best for last… the keynote speaker at this inaugural Aiming Low Non Conference will be the adorable and delightful Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman and she is sponsored by… CountryOutfitter.com! Yep, that’s right. That really awesome group of people I work with love The Pioneer Woman as much as I do. Cannot wait!

Ree Drummond and Amy James at BlogHer

Ree may not remember, but she’s already besties with Amy James. They met is a book-signing line at BlogHer and in those 15 seconds formed a lifelong bond (in Amy’s mind). Click this image to read all about it.

Fellow Arkansas bloggers Amy James of Our Everyday Dinners and Stephanie Buckley of The Park Wife be going to Aiming Low, too. These are some of my favorite bloggers in the world, and I can guarantee 13-year-old-girl style giggles and ridiculous misadventures to come.

Stephanie McCratic and Stephanie Buckley at Arkansas Women Bloggers Conference

IDK why I look so skeptical or why Stephanie B. looks so pensive, but I promise the goofiness was just seconds away from this moment at AWBU.

What I didn’t expect…

Sick for the blogger conference

I’m currently desperately medicating myself so that I can be well before the conference. I don’t know who exactly to blame for this Strep Throat, but I will win!

Don’t worry y’all. I’ve been on antibiotics for nearly 24 hours now, which means I’m not contagious. I promise I would not bring germs to the masses.

 

 

Comments

  1. I’m so looking forward to meeting you!!!!! and I want that button on your blog that says “certified boot lover”

    • Evolved Mommy

      The feeling is mutual. And I’ll email you that button code. ;)

  2. What do you mean “Ree may not remember”??? We had a moment, I tell you.

  3. I’m so excited for you and wish I were going! Get well and then have a blast.
    I love the idea of a non-con and look forward to hearing what y’all learn. Please tell the Pioneer Woman that I’m her #1 stalker.

  4. Sweet mercy, do not pass on those cooties to me. Um…seriously, we will get a picture of us this weekend to nullify the sadness of this atrocity you posted.

    • Evolved Mommy

      I know! I couldn’t find the one of me just about to leap up. It’s not in my iPhoto. Dadgum computers. This seriously was the best I could find. Zzzzzzzz

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