Major Alt FOMO


FOMO. Fear of missing out. Which is what I’ve currently self-diagnosed myself with, because the Altitude Summit kicks off today in Salt Lake City, and I’m not there. Actually, this condition is less FOMO and more a sense of longing because I KNOW that all the bloggers attending are going to have so. much. fun. Alt is basically like blog summer camp: four days of going to dinners, coffees, lunches, and cocktail parties with people who are a part of this amazing industry and have the same interests as you. Sounds like it’d be just awful, right?

Last year I put together a whole Mini-Alt series to run while I was at the conference, and in hindsight, it really was the next best thing if you couldn’t go. I was looking back at those posts earlier this week and thinking about a) how much changes in a year and b) how much stays the same. Because really, SO MUCH of the advice dispensed by the bloggers that participated in this series was spot on, and will be true in this industry always. So, to comfort myself and so that I can pretend like I’m at Alt, learning stuff, I thought I’d reshare some of those posts below, since I know a lot of you guys might not have seen these! Hopefully they’re helpful to you and are a quick cure-all to anyone else who experiences major Alt FOMO this week. A tip: ignore any tweets with the hashtag #altsummit. It’s been proven to worsen symptoms.

Growing Your Blog Community

Photography Tips

Curating Great Content

Designing Posts
(oh my, how much I’ve learned about Photoshop in the year since I wrote this!)

Collaboration, Sponsorships, and Giveaways

The Miscellaneous Stuff

2012 Alt Recap

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  1. Ailee wrote:

    Love the photography tips – thanks for sharing!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  2. Kirby wrote:

    Alexa & I have always missed the boat on Alt. It sells out so quickly! I enjoyed this tips last year and can’t wait to re-read them for inspiration!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  3. casie wrote:

    call me a hypochondriac but I think I have FOMO, too! Definitely fun to look back on these posts, though!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  4. Thanks for posting this! I’m going to bookmark this post!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  5. I have FOMO too! Maybe I’ll be able to go ALT next time!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  6. Alyssa wrote:

    I wish I could have gone too! I loved reading your recap posts last year, and I’m hoping to keep up with others on Twitter this year!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  7. Danielle wrote:

    Ugh, me too! It was bad when I was in Sydney but at least then I had the excuse it was far too far away… now I’m living in San Francisco its even worse because its I actually *could* theoretically go to it!

    I just signed up for a couple of the free Alt Channel classes to at least virtually be there. Perhaps we could form a mini Alt SF, find a cafe somewhere and tune in to the talks together?

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
    • Meg wrote:

      I’m in San Francisco! Let’s do a mini alt sf!

      23 Jan 2013 · Reply
      • Danielle wrote:

        Hooray! :D I’ve signed up for the ‘Please Like Me: How to Use
        Social Media to Grow Your Blog’ at 3pm and ‘Minted Presents:
        How to Pitch to Brands (The Brand’s Perspective)’ at 6pm, both
        on this Friday 25th. Keen on either of those? Know somewhere
        good to tune in? (sorry to hijack Victoria!)

        23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  8. Meg wrote:

    I know what you mean! I wish I was there.

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  9. Maddy wrote:

    thank you! this is a super helpful post!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  10. Kenzie Lee wrote:

    So excited to dig through these reposts! Thanks Victoria!

    X Kenzie

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  11. cait & val wrote:

    OH loving the posts you picked to re-share! really like your self diagnosis of FOMO . . . pretty sure we get that every now and again too!

    xo. c & v
    cake & valley

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  12. Tara wrote:

    Not being able to go to ALT is torture, but I am so glad that the online classes are available. I’ve attended a few in the past and they’re valuable & interesting!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  13. Alex wrote:

    Whyyyyyyyy arent we there?????

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  14. Bookmarked! Thanks for the post, good read :)

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  15. Emily wrote:

    I have FOMO at all of those– ALT Summit, Lucky FABB, IFB Conference. Every year I feel like I’m missing out on so much by not attending these. But I remember reading our Mini Alt Series last year and it was SO helpful! I was just envious reading everyone else’s recap posts, but yours taught me so much and were such a huge help. So thank you for reposting! :)

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  16. Lauren wrote:

    This post is great for me! I am in my 3rd month of blogging and it was so great to read you re-caps from last year’s ALT!! Thank you for all of the inspiration!

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  17. I totally have FOMO too! I was so shocked it sold out so quickly. I loved your Alt series and am excited to look back at all your tips.

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  18. To this day, those are my favourite “how to” posts for blogging. and they really helped last year when my blog was just a wee little baby (now I consider it a moody toddler, for the record)

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  19. ALT sounds like a great conference, will have to remember for next year. (Hopefully)


    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  20. Jillian wrote:

    Thanks for re-posting, all super informative! Currently using the free editing software, Gimp, but considering trying out Photoshop Elements.

    23 Jan 2013 · Reply
  21. made my DAY!!! these posts are like gold… thanks Victoria!!

    24 Jan 2013 · Reply
  22. I’m definitely suffering from FOMO, thanks Victoria from sharing this again!

    24 Jan 2013 · Reply
  23. Meghan wrote:

    Love the post, since I found your blog I’ve been reading all your blogging advice , thank you for being so informative and your blog is amazing.

    24 Jan 2013 · Reply
  24. Caroline wrote:

    I love this! I have recently discovered and become obsessed with all of your blogging tips. I can’t believe it took me this long to find you!

    26 Jan 2013 · Reply
  25. Katie wrote:

    I read your Alt Summit guide last year when I was thinking of starting a blog. Now, a year later, re-reading it as a blogger (even if it’s only been a few posts) is really helpful. Thanks!

    28 Jan 2013 · Reply
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