Type-A Mom Conference Highlights

I was a newbie to the Type-A Mom Conference this year so for those of you who still are or those of you who attended, I want to share my highlights of this event with you. I thoroughly enjoyed myself and hope to inspire bloggers to attend next year. And I’ll even room with you!

Highlights of Type-A Mom

  • There’s more time to network because the conference is small compared to others I’ve attended. I had time to talk and really connect with friends I’ve only known online, bloggers I didn’t know about before, blogger friends I consider friends, brand representatives and PR people. Most of the time it was casual, but there was time to connect with brands and businesses on a professional level too.
  • The sessions are insightful. I learned just what I needed to bring my blog to the next level. Sounds trite, but it’s true.
  • The choices and amount of sessions are amazing. I sound like I have a school girl crush, but seeing the schedule online and then seeing it in my binder while planning out my days I was surprised at the choices I had to make. I wished I could clone myself so I could attend more than one at a time.
  • The setting was casual and intimate. I didn’t feel like I had to impress anyone. We were made to feel like equals. I’m not sure how that was done, but Kelby Carr has a secret recipe for getting this just right. When we heard a blogger speak at the Town Hall Meeting about being asked by a famous blogger at another conference, “Don’t you know who I am?” in a patronizing way,  I realized that wasn’t happening at Type-A Mom. That line also became pretty famous.
  • Brands and bloggers spent time together. It was a common sight to see brand reps sitting with bloggers at lunch. They weren’t hidden away backstage (that’s how I picture it) or at the Expo Hall all the time.
  • Speakers and bloggers spent time together. Many of the speakers took the time to talk with bloggers because they are bloggers and because they cared. They took time after their sessions to answer questions. A few speakers told me that it was fine to contact them after the conference if I needed further help.
  • Asheville is beautiful. I’m glad that I flew in a day earlier and home a day after so I could see some of Asheville. Next time, I’ll be sure to visit Biltmore and walk around the city more.

What’s The Down Side?

I wish that the sessions were longer so that there was time for the speakers to get into the material more or give us more time to ask questions. Because the sessions were held in the same rooms, there was little time to ready them for the next session so they were kept on a pretty strict schedule. When the momentum gets going it’s a shame to have to end it before questions can be asked or to have to stop it in order to get to questions. Sessions ended up being about 30 -35 minutes instead of the scheduled 45. That may not seem like a lot but when you want more of a topic it is.

Dinner was on our own. I spoke to Kelby about this at the conference and was told it was to keep costs down. At first I wasn’t pleased about this, but then I realized I got to see more of Asheville, try out some great restaurants and more importantly, spend more time with some fantastic people.

I plan on being at Type-A Mom next year for sure. I bet that I’ll have even more highlights to share with you then.

If you attended, what did you love? Anything you didn’t like?

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Living in the Tampa Bay area, I'm lucky enough to see beautiful sunsets almost every day. Although life can be difficult at times, focusing on the positive and being with my family is what gets me through.

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Comments

  1. How many people attend Type-A Mom? I saw a handful of Tweets, but not as many as I expected. Glad you walked away with lots of new info and goals!

  2. Connie Roberts
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    Corrin, I asked Kelby and there were 350 people who attended. That was just about the right amount of people in my opinion.

  3. Hey, Connie! It was great to meet you at the conference. I have a picture of you in a tiara, btw. If you don’t see it on flickr eventually, pester me for it, okay?

  4. Connie Roberts
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    Loved spending time with you too Monica. I’d love to see that photo! Will get with you if it’s not on Flickr 🙂

  5. So awesome to finally meet you! I couldn’t imagine I’d enjoy a large conference, as I wasn’t even able to spend as much time with people as I wanted to at Type-A!
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  6. I have never even heard of this before. Where do you go to get this?

  7. Thanks for the review! I’m hoping to go to Type-A Parent next year! Glad I found you!
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  8. Connie, I will be attending Type A for the first time this year. I hope to have a chance to meet you in person and just reading your post makes me even more excited for the conference. 😀
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