*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic.
They may already be starlets of the blogging world and pitching their own sizzle reel to cable networks, but the real-life Adamson sisters took time during their recent conference to chat and take pictures with the rest of us aspiring bloggers. Creators of the Six Sisters’ Stuff blog were hosting their second annual Build Your Blog Conference.
Bustling hallways and hard-to-find seats were an encouraging sign for organizers of the gathering in Salt Lake City, Utah. The brief weekend conference drew bloggers from several states in addition to being popular with bloggers and businesses in the Utah area. The conference drew an estimated 400+ people.
The city that hosted the 2002 Olympics offered a unique juxtaposition of high-tech and history, commerce and cuisine. It fit a conference with a family friendly feel.
Food and family were a definite focus of the conference hosted by the Six Sisters’ Stuff’s beloved Adamson family. I was greeted Friday night at the registration table by none other than mom and dad Cyd and Larry Adamson. Their six (nearly) grown daughters are the faces of their growing family enterprise which includes several others behind the scenes. Mom Cyd has inspired all of her daughters to cook, from the oldest who are married to the youngest still finishing high school. Their latest cookbooks, recipe sharing site My Recipe Magic and other efforts at gathering bloggers into networks seem to be inspiring other blogs primarily focused on cooking, crafting and home.
The Build Your Blog Conference offered classes emphasizing business tips and social media trends, focused primarily on helping new bloggers get started. “If we can do it as people who had no idea what blogging was three years ago, then anyone can do it,” encouraged Camille Beckstrand of Six Sisters Stuff during Saturday morning’s welcoming remarks.
Sponsored by Stonyfield Organic and with approval of the conference’s marketing manager, I enjoyed being able to share coupons for free USDA Organic, non-GMO yogurt with hundreds of other bloggers, many of them parents who enjoy blogging about food and home. I met some clever bloggers who already cook creative recipes with yogurt and others who appreciate the convenience of a new organic product like YoBaby yogurt pouches. Pictured left to right below with their adorable babies are Sarah Averett of HighHeels&Grills.com and Alex Haralson of AlexHaralson.com.
I enjoyed sharing Stonyfield coupons and lunch with an interesting mix of relationship, hairstyle, craft and cooking bloggers. At my lunch table I learned some relationship tips and we shared some of our mutual concerns about blogging and family life. Pictured at the table below left to right are Tammy Greene of Married-and-Naked.com, Rachel Raymond of TheWoodConnection.com, Amy Cowley of TheHappyScraps.com, Becky “The Mom” Porter of BabesinHairland.com and Traci Wennerholm of BurntApple.com.
I’m grateful to Stonyfield Organic for the opportunity to visit beautiful Salt Lake City and connect with so many other bloggers at this conference! It was a positive learning experience for sure. Connect here to learn more about the Build Your Blog Conference and Six Sisters’ Stuff!
Ahead Tuesday on FlourSackMama.com: Meet entrepreneurs from the Build Your Blog Conference!
Wednesday: I’ll recap some of what we learned at the Build Your Blog Conference sessions.
Thursday: A comparison of leading blog conferences.
Thursday in connection with CleanCouponing.com … #CleanCouponing Twitter party at 7 MT, 9 pm ET!
Next Monday: Our interview with conference keynote speaker Meg Johnson!
Later next week: What we learned from chatting with the co-founder of tech startup Rafflecopter.
(Disclosure: This blogger has been compensated by Stonyfield Organic. My opinions are always my own!)