Craft of Blogging Workshop

This weekend I attended my very first blogging workshop, well my very first blogging anything really. When I began this blog about a year and a half ago, I didn't really realize what it was that I was getting myself into, or where it would lead me. But, thanks to some amazing ladies I met this weekend, I think I have more of an idea as to what it is I am doing! 
I started this blog as a way to journal and showcase some of the "things" that I make for my kids, like their Halloween costumes and their parties that I go crazy with. Things slowly started evolving once I found Pinterest, I started pinning away and had so many new ideas! Then I  thought, I should start pinning my items back onto Pinterest, and before you know it, my traffic started increasing. Slowly, but surely. And up until recently I was at a stand still. What do I do with my blog? Where do I want to go? I found a lot of these answers at The Craft of Blogging workshop. 

The workshop was put to life by three amazing mom's who blog. Xenia of Raised by CultureRuby of Growing Up Blackxican (writer for Babble) and Denise of Pear Mama (writer for Baby Center). I heard about this workshop about a month ago, and was reluctant to join because I didn't really know what I wanted from blogging. Thankfully I got the push and support from my husband to go and see what it was all about. I am so glad I did. First of all, the place that hosted the workshop is called The Makery in Anaheim and it was such a cute place where crafters can go and be surrounded by fellow crafters, or rent the space and host a crafting shindig of your own. 
After arriving and enjoying a light lunch of delicious sandwiches, salad and Jarrito's soda, we got down to business and started talking about blogging. This workshop was also for beginning bloggers, so there was a lot of information on how to start a blog and the terminology that goes along with that. Although I have had my blog for over a year, I didn't know a lot of the terminology, so I was so glad for that type of review. 
I really wanted to share with you, my readers, what I took most from the workshop. From the blogging basics portion, I learned that I need to find my inspiration and my voice and figure out what I want to do with it. I learned what should be included in a Media Kit, which is something I have been going crazy trying to figure out how to do. And lastly, I learned how to connect with brands and how to pitch yourself to them, which is something I will be working on soon! 
We had refreshments supplied by Jarritos soda, and I have to say, it really took me back to my childhood. When I was little, my mom would take me to the carniceria and our treat would be an orange Jarritos soda. 


The swag bag was amazing and filled with so many goodies and coupons by such awesome companies. Thank you to McDonalds, Crav on Fries, Neutrogena, Crafty Chica, SkinnedKnees.net and Pampers, just to name a few!
My head has been spinning since I left the Craft of Blogging workshop, I have so much information and advice that I have been trying to figure out how to implement. So, a big thank you to the women who have inspired me and to my readers, wish me luck! I will try my best to entertain, inspire or at least make you smile, even a little.