I’ve made a decision.
Next year, I am going to do my darndest to find my way to the Alt Design Summit.
Several of my favorite photographers went this year, and they came back with glowing reviews. Actually, it seems like pretty much everyone who goes comes back with glowing reviews, not to mention fresh ideas, new friends, and a completely rejuvenated sense of inspiration.
From the Alt website:
"If you’re obsessed with lifestyle, food and fashion blogs, fantastic images, smart ideas and great design inside and outside — all wrapped up with a social media bow — Altitude Design Summit is the place to be. Because we feed those obsessions. "
Doesn’t that just sound perfect? And not just as an excuse for a fun “bloggers summer camp,” as one reviewer put it. I truly believe Alt Design Summit would be a serious catalyst for my blog and business, from networking to brainstorming to the nuts and bolts to finding inspiration where you wouldn’t normally expect it to be hiding.
To get there, though, I’m going to have to kick it into a higher gear. Just like having a nice camera doesn’t immediately make you a photographer, attending Alt Design Summit isn’t going to morph me into a heavy hitting blogger overnight. You’ve got to fine-tune your skills with what you’ve got—you can’t wait for the shiniest equipment, the fastest laptop, the most expensive camera, the swankiest conference to make the hard work easy. Between now and next year’s conference, it’s my responsibility to get serious about my goals, my business, my website, my vision.
Figure out why I’m blogging at all.
Get better at it.
And THEN take my serious, writerly, “serious blogger” self to the Alt Design Summit, and know that I earned it.
Clock’s ticking. Let’s get to it.
What inspires you to be better at your job? What goals or benchmarks have you set for your business this year? Leave your answers in the comments and let’s keep each other in the game.