At the beginning of June, Stephanie and I traveled to Chicago to participate in BlogHouse Chicago. This is the fourth BlogHouse Navigate Media Group has put on, and the third one I’ve been able to participate in.
BlogHouse is an intensive 4 day workshop where 6 more experienced bloggers work one-on-one and in groups with 12-14 new bloggers. We talk about everything from design principles to SEO, social media management to making money. It’s a lot of information and I always come away with a few new pieces of knowledge as well.
The event is always particularly busy for me, since I am the resident tech guy. I spent most of my weekend running back and forth, helping bloggers to optimize their websites, change their domains, install new themes and other various tasks. It’s hard work, but it’s well worth it to see the final products.
We didn’t spend all of our time sitting around the house though. In between bouts of very hard work we took some outings around the wonderful city of Chicago, including an industry night cocktail hour at Vertigo SkyLounge and an amazing boat ride down the Chicago River with the Chicago Electric Boat Company. Thankfully the weather was decent!
Part of what made this year’s event such a success was our terrific sponsors. Flipkey again helped us obtain an amazing mansion for the weekend- the Villa D’Citta which was beautiful. Goose Island provided us with cases of amazing beer (we particularly liked the Sophie). GoGo inflight internet and Megabus were also major contributors.
Our participants were great this year! You can check out their blogs below:
- Francesca Mazurkiewicz – TheWorkingMomsTravels.com
- Anne Lowrey – PartTimeTraveler.com
- Ryan Zieman – RyanZieman.com
- Brad Bernard – MyWanderlist.com
- Susan Schwartz – BestBitsWorldwide.com
- Mindi & Daryl Hirsch – 2foodtrippers.com
- Jenny Marshall – AThingForWords.com
- Nick Huggins – NicksTravelBug.com
- Lindsay Buckley – FrugalFrolicker.com
- Beth Williams – BesudesuAbroad.com
- Amber Hoffman – WithHusbandInTow.com
- Chanel Brown – CulturalXplorer.com
- Kristin Francis – SouvenirFinder.com
If you are interested in participating in a future BlogHouse events, you can sign up here for more information.