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I’m Speaking At Alt!

by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

So, I’m thrilled to announce that I am speaking at my very first blog conference ever, Altitude Design Summit. Whee! Alt is a design (and lifestyle) blogging conference that happens in Salt Lake City in January. While I’m clearly on the more (and lifestyle) side of things, hello, we talk about pretty stuff on APW too. Where pretty stuff meets sanity, most particularly.

I’ve been waiting to tell you guys about this speaking gig till I found out what panel I was speaking on, and last week they emailed me to say that I was speaking on the “Building Your Community” panel. Yeah, I’m not even joking. Aprops? And, uh, I have a lot to say on the subject.

This is a big deal for me, because for the last six years or so, I’ve carried around a list of things I’d like to do in my dream job , and “public speaking” has always topped that list. What? I was an award winning parliamentary debater in High School, and then majored in professional theatre. So, of course I want to speak in public. It’s better than chocolate for me, and I’m not even joking. And now I get to do that, starting with Alt!

Two things. One! If you’re coming to Alt, pretty please let me know (and come to the panel). Two! Do we have enough readers in Salt Lake for a brunch meetup? Because, you know, I’m bringing Lauren and Alyssa too… so the whole team will be there, which could be… fun. So if you’re in or near Salt Lake and want to come, leave a comment and we’ll see what we’ve got.

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in Oakland, CA with her husband and son. For more than you ever wanted to know about Meg, you can visit

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  • Lauren

    Yay, Meg! And holy crap, what an awesome list of amazing women that was- what a great experience! Trying to brainstorm how to get to Salt Lake City in January…

    • meg

      Oh my god come. I’m paying for parts of two different hotel rooms (ok, all of one, half of another) so we could find you a place to stay for sure (even if you have to bring your sleeping bag). There is a posse of us going to um… hang out with cool ladies. So come and HANG OUT ALREADY.

      • Alyssa

        This is going to be enlightening and informative during the day….and then one giant slumber party at night.

  • Maria

    Congrats! What a perfect topic, you’re going to rock their world! I’m in SLC, I heart you guys, I’d love to do a meet-up!

  • Annie

    Congratulations! That’s really exciting–and how awesome is it that you like public speaking? I get terrified at the very thought, so I can only imagine that you’re a total rock star.

  • Meghan

    I’m in SLC and would love to get together. Happy to host at my house or recommend a meeting location. YAY!

    • meg

      Oh my god, I din’t know you were in Salt Lake. Also, what happend to your gravitar? Anyway, you’re in charge. How about Saturday brunch? The conference is over by then, so we’ll be totally free. Want to brainstorm, email me, and then start a Facebook discussion to plan?

      • Meghan

        YAY! I am happy to be in charge. I never had a gravitar so maybe you are confusing me with someone else. No matter.

        • meg

          No, well, you did on blogger and I think you should migrate it over. It’s less confusing that way. CHOP CHOP.

          Bossy :)

          • Meghan

            Super bossy:) That’s why I like you.

  • Milla

    Congrats on speaking, that’s an amazing lineup! I am more of a lurker than anything else, but I’d love to meet up in my home city!

  • Sharon

    Whoohoo, go Meg! I’m (obviously) not in SLC, but would love to take you out for a celebratory coffee or meal when you get back! :)

    • meg

      You’re on.

  • Allison

    Party in SLC!! Have fun ladies and congrats to you Meg!

  • Kristy

    Woohooooo! Congrats, lady! And so very appropriate. Will there be video of any of this (after the fact) to share with those of us who can’t make it to SLC?

  • Ms. Bunny

    Congratulations Meg! That is the perfect panel for you.

  • irisira

    I’ve been told I’m good at public speaking, but I haaaate it. Of course, I take advantage of opportunities to do so whenever I get the chance, because it’s an important skill. I wish I could be like the people who adore it, because I really want to love it!

    PS – good luck! :) (Not that you’ll need it.)

  • kahlia

    yay, good for you! That’s pretty much the perfect panel for you. Well done, you’ve earned it!

  • ka

    What a veritable who’s who of AWESOMENESS. Can’t wait to hear all about it! :-D

  • craftosaurus

    That’s awesome! I could only be happier for you if you were speaking at an event in New England. ;)

    • meg

      All in due time.

  • FM

    Yay, congratulations!

  • jolynn

    Yayayayay! I’m with DDay trying to come up with ways that I can con into using vacay money to do it, but it’s not in the cards. Another time!

    • Meghan

      Jo! You must come!

      • jolynn

        Awww…I think I’m buying a house instead! So I’ll save up and come to the next one, K?

        • ddayporter

          bahahah “I think I’m buying a house instead!” for some reason that made me laugh out loud.

        • meg

          Just wait till I come to YOU. I will, in due time.

          • Caitlin

            Meg, you’re being so mysterious with all this ‘in due time’ stuff… come to Cincinnati in due time, too, mmkay?

            ps. a million congrats! we’ll all be cheering you on even if we aren’t in SLC!

  • Victoria

    Yes, I will be there- different panel but I can’t wait to hear what you have to say and I love the idea of brunch even if I’m not a SLC local:)

    • meg

      Yay! Come to brunch! We all win. Plus Meghan is hosting and she’s the best.

  • Ms. Loaf

    I am in SLC and would absolutely love a meet-up brunch!

    • meg

      YES! I had no idea. How exciting is that? Ok, more details will be forthcoming.

      • Meghan

        Yay. I will brainstorm a bit on planning and email Meg and then we’ll get info onto Facebook…

        • Ms. Loaf

          I am very excited about this.

  • Cate Subrosa

    Congratulations, Meg, that is excellent news. And you’ll be fantastic.

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