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Cocktails and Hor 'Dourves
5:30 - 7:30 PM

Join us for the kickoff of The Southern Bloggers Conference at a cocktail party with hor 'dourves. 
This will be great time to mingle with other Bloggers, meet the SBC Committee Members and Speakers and network with others by sharing your business card.

Be sure to bring your hole punch!  We will supply a large O-ring and some ribbon for collecting the cards on a ribbon necklace.

Voting for the Fall Decor Contest will take place during the cocktail party.
(see the Fall Decor Contest tab for more info) 

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Why I Love Blogging
presented by Rhoda of Quad Payments
8:30 - 9:15 AM

Rhoda will encourage and inspire you to follow your passion as she shares her blogging journey.  You'll learn how she got started, grew her blog and ultimately turned it into a full time career.

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Five Proven Ways to Grow Your Blog
presented by KariAnne of Thistlewood Farm
10:15-11:00 AM

Looking to grow your blog, gain more followers and increase your presence in the world of social media?   KariAnne from Thistlewood Farm demonstrates five proven steps to grow your blog.

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Five Biggest Blogging Mistakes and How to Correct Them
presented by Kelly of Eclectically Vintage
11:00 - 11:45 AM

Are you making some of the most common blogging mistakes?  Find out and learn how to overcome them.

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Techniques with Chalk Paint
presented by Annie Omar, founder of 
1:00 - 1:45 PM

Chalk paint is so versatile and can be used in a variety of ways.  Annie is here to share several techniques with you.

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Furniture Facelifts with Milk Paint
presented by Kristen of Sophia's Decor
1:45 - 2:15 PM

Have you been dying to try the new rage in furniture painting? Furniture painter, Kristen of Sophia’s D├ęcor will help you explore the nuances of milk paint with this hands-on session using Miss Mustard Seed’s Milk Paint and coordinating products including crackle medium, bonding agent, hemp oil wood finish, and furniture and antiquing wax. 

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Secrets to Successful Sponsorship
presented by Heather of At The Picket Fence
2:15 - 3:00 PM

Are you new to blogging and wonder when is the "right" time to think about sponsors and advertisers? Are you a seasoned blogger ready to make the jump into monetizing your blog? Have you been told you are "too small" to think about making a little extra income from your blog? If so then hold on tight, because Heather is going to show you how you can "fake it, till you make it big."  Even the smallest blog can work with sponsors and advertisers and she'll tell you how.  Do you already have advertisers but you wonder how you can work with them in a way that is mutually beneficial for you both? Heather will share tips and trick on how to use your blog and other social media platforms to showcase your sponsors with your readers in a creative and effective way. 

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Secrets to Budget Decorating
presented by Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl
3:30 - 4:15 PM

Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl, a self professed power tool diva, will be sharing her secrets for decorating on a budget!  Upcycling thrifty finds and curbside rescues are only a few of the transformations she'll be sharing.  Come let her empower you as she shares how she became handy and why she thinks everyone has the ability to complete their own DIY project.

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Lunch and Shopping
 with Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl 

Now that you're in Raleigh, NC we'd love to show you all the hidden thrifting spots known only to the locals! Hang out with local blogger and upcycling guru Brittany aka Pretty Handy Girl as she guides you through North Carolina's capital city for antiques, salvage, thrift stores and more. Stick around for lunch at a local restaurant and if you still have your pocket book full of cash we'll hit some more stores after lunch.

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See our Speakers page to learn more about our presenters.