I have been refraining from posting about this wonderful event until I knew I could actually go [by purchasing a ticket]. Last night, Relevant tickets went on sale at midnight. Fifty of them had an "early bird" rate, and let me tell you, they were gone in about 60 seconds time! I was blessed to be able to snag one of those.
For those of you unfamiliar with what Relevant is, it is a Christian women blogging conference---yet it is so much more than that. It is more like a retreat for bloggers. From the Relevant About page:
Relevant is the proverbial comfy chair in which we meet, tell, listen, and love deeply for a weekend as our souls are refreshed and our mission renewed.
Our goal at Relevant is to minister to the woman, the blogger, the story teller. We want to love you well, encourage you, and spur you on; we desire to see your soul refreshed among kindred spirits.
The Relevant Mission:
The Relevant conference exists to offer a gathering place for kindred spirits to connect, learn, grow, and be refreshed so they can persevere in being a people who bring hope to the world through the social media medium. Our goal is to go beyond the surface into intentional blogging and real life living, all to the glory of God. Relevant is a one-of-a-kind conference that seeks to engage women by teaching blogging techniques and social media skill while also urging and encouraging women to live fully integrated lives with their faith and family.
God showed up in a serious way last year and did unexpected things in just about everyone who attended. You can read their stories here. A-mazing.
It was a complete miracle that I even went. And God moved. I was more nervous about being away from home then I was meeting people I'd never met face to face! And the women...oh beautiful, embracing women. It felt like home among friends. (In)courage was there making a cozy place for us to talk late into the night; where the coffee never ran out -- Starbucks, I might add!
Why attend Relevant? Well, because it's not just about blogging. Yea, you'll learn some great techniques and hear constantly (because we need to hear) to keep our priorities in line. But mostly - the fellowship is amazing and God's presence overwhelming. And let me tell you, at the end, we all worshipped God in community. It was such a precious time!
If you are worried about finances, you can always try for a sponsorship. Seriously, you'd be surprised at the opportunities to partner with a company you love and promote them. It's easy [because you love the company] and fun [because you love the company]. ;)
Here are some posts to get you started with that:
- How to Get a Blog Conference Sponsorship
- How to Get a Blogger Conference Sponsorship
- How to Do Conference Sponsorships the Right Way
- Getting Sponsored
I hope to see YOU there. And if not, do not fret! Attendees will post and tweet throughout and you will glean some priceless information. So stay tuned and be sure to follow on Twitter using the hashtag: #Relevant11. It's buzzin' crazy!