So you guys. I’m about to drop an honesty bomb here, and I’m a little trepidatious about it. You all know I was at Alt Summit recently, and usually when I return from Alt I have lots of stories and tidbits to share. I usually come back pumped and inspired and feeling full. But this year, I mostly just feel… tired.
It’s not that there weren’t wonderful, creative, inspiring things happening. There were. It just lacked something for me this year, and it could be for a million reasons. What’s interesting, though, is that while I was finding myself wanting something a little different from the actual conference, I found myself entirely enchanted and heartened by some of my fellow attendees.
There are some people out there who are doing things so right. And I had the opportunity to meet them, chat with them, watch them work, and see what they’re up to. While so many online folks get caught up in blog politics, or numbers games, or popularity contests, there are still bunches of beautiful creatives out there who are just quietly doing good things. I was so grateful to come across these folks at Alt, because they remind me of the good, the kindness, and the creativity that really does exist in the blog world. Some of them had amazing business cards. Some of them were full of inspiring ideas. Some have super-smart business plans and schemes. Some were just plain kind, or fun, or honest. But I found myself grateful for each of them in different ways, and I think that they deserve to be shared. So over this week, I’ll be doing that.
Laura from A Girl Who Makes wasn’t at Alt, but we met earlier in the week at another event. She had taken the time to hand-embroider something special for a few friends. So thoughtful.
Melissa of Lulu The Baker handed out these cool, simple little vials of sea salt instead of business cards. The design was beautiful and still had all of her information on the back. Brilliant.
I met Heather of Get Married on the first night, and I was so struck by her happiness! She was truly enjoying her experience, and it was refreshing to be in the presence of such positivity.
Lauren, Sharon, Alexandra, and Jenny hosted one of the mini-parties as well, and their party design was just so cool. Lauren’s calligraphy always inspires me, and her Stay Wild card was beautifully done.
Jenny from Hank + Hunt is an old pal, but I’m always impressed by her creativity. She has a knack for taking something very simple and putting a twist on it that you never would have imagined. Her disco ball business card is on my desk.
A Thousand Threads blogger Laicie’s letterpress business card was so lovely, and she was too.
I’ve long been a fan of Michelle Edgemont, and I was pumped to spend a bit of time with her over the few days. Her honesty and clarity about the blog & design biz was just as inspiring as her work.
Ashley from Sugar & Cloth was a co-host of our mini party, and it was awesome to watch her work. Her commitment to quality and eye for design was indispensable. (The same goes for our third host, Brittni, but in all of the chaos I never managed to get one of her business cards!)
So. There you have it. People who made an impact on me in one way or another. And some of the folks who made the whole event worthwhile. I’ll be sharing more, so please come back later in the week to check these incredible people out. And if you were at Alt, how was your experience? Who did you meet that just made your day? I would truly love to know! xoxo