A few weekends ago, I was lucky enough to attend a virtual blogging conference online called Haven. It was supposed to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, but of course due to COVID, plans had to change. This was the very first time they had a virtual conference so I figured I would share a complete Haven conference recap with you all and why you should attend a blogging conference sometime, whether it be virtual or in person!
What is the Haven Conference?
I figured the first thing I would do is share a little background information about Haven conference and what it is exactly. Haven is all about celebrating your DIY spirit and teaching you how you can use your skills and build your own business!
They have picked the best entrepreneurs, influencers, and bloggers to teach and mentor you during the whole conference so that you can learn from the best of the best!
Haven also really focus on building your community and finding your tribe. They allow you to have time to ask questions and interact and form lifelong connections. Which is so beneficial and helpful when you are first starting out at blogging, like myself.
So Much Information
I think the best part of the conference obviously was learning so much new information about blogging and social media. I am a very new blogger and I do not know too much about it all. So I was very grateful and appreciative to all of the speakers sharing their wealth of knowledge with us!
For the Haven Conference, all the speakers hosted live webinars on various blogging and social media courses. There were several offered at the same time, but the cool thing about it being virtual is that they were all recorded!
So now, we can all go back and watch the classes we missed, which we would not have gotten the chance to do so had it been in person. So I guess there is a silver lining to the in person event being cancelled after all.
So Much Fun
The Haven team really went above and beyond to make sure that this conference was still incredible, even though it had to be virtual.
They sent us all a swag bag full of goodies before the conference which included super cute gifts from all the sponsors as well. We were also able to sign up for a few live DIY classes, which hopefully I will be able to share more in detail about those soon too!
I took a painting class with Behr and they provided us all with a wooden tray and jewelry box as well as paint. And we were all able to do a fun painting project while watching the class too. It was such a great way to try out some new paint and learn from the best.
They even did a virtual disco themed goodbye party at the end of the event as well so I was very impressed with all of the thought that went behind everything to make it an incredible experience for us.
Meeting New Friends
I was able to connect with so many new friends and “see” some of my older friends I have met throughout the past years of being an influencer/blogger too. I just wish for this part it was an actual live event because it is always so nice to hang out and catch up!
We were also all divided into different groups with different mentors, that way we could have more time to talk and chat within our particular group. We were able to do a few live Zoom calls during the conference which was really fun and informative too.
I was also able to join several other newbie blogging groups where we are starting to keep up with our goals and dreams more so and holding each other accountable to achieve them! It was so nice to collaborate and chat with so many like minded people and gain from their knowledge and perspective.
Meeting Brands To Collaborate With
Another huge perk to this Haven conference was “meeting” brands to collaborate with. Haven has a huge list of brands who sponsor them, so that means you are able to meet them too and chat about a few of your upcoming projects and ideas.
They even had a thing called the “Haven Hustle” where you would sign up to pitch an idea to a particular brand you wanted to work with.
Due to my work schedule, I had to pitch to one brand via a Zoom call before the conference and I was SO NERVOUS. Especially since I hadn’t taken any of the course yet and this was my very first time ever pitching to a brand “in person”.
But, I am happy to report that I think it went very well and you may just see a project on the blog here soon in a few months from it!
Here is a list of just some of the brands that have partnered with Haven this year:
- The Home Depot
- Behr Paint
- Engaged Media LLC
I learned so much from this Haven conference and it has really lit my fire to get my blog up and running more like a business.
I still have so much more to learn, but I feel way more confident after attending this and I still have more webinars to watch too! So if there is ever a blogging conference like this near you, you should definitely consider attending it!
“Treat your blog as a hobby and it will reward you as just a hobby, but if you treat your blog as a business, it will reward you as a business!”Haven Conference 2020
It did cost some money, but honestly the cost was not bad at all seeing as how it was virtual and we did not have to buy a hotel room for the weekend.
This was the first big investment I have made towards my blog and I am so excited and pumped to start seeing some results from it later this year!
And, if you’re attending your first ever blogging conference in person, be sure to check out my post, what to bring to a blogging conference. I’ve given you all the expert tips and tricks there!
Thanks for reading all about my Haven Conference Recap and I would love to know if you all have ever been to a conference like this before?? And if so, what were some of your key takeaways from it?? Let me know below!