Gather, Teach and Inspire

Whether you’re a seasoned blogger looking to take your business to the next level, or a newbie just trying to figure out how to get started, this retreat is for you. Our team of blogging experts will share their knowledge and help you find your voice so that you can confidently move forward with your blog. And because we know that blogging can be a lot of work, we’ve made sure to include plenty of fun and relaxation in the schedule too. So come join us for a few days of learning, collaboration, and inspiration. We guarantee you’ll walk away feeling motivated and ready to take on the world of blogging!

Karianne Wood

KariAnne Wood

Thistlewood Farms

Karianne Wood

Creator of Thistlewood Farms blog

KariAnne Wood is the author of four best-selling books including, So Close To Amazing, The DIY (Decorate It Yourself) Planner and The DIY Style Finder. She writes the decorating and lifestyle blog Thistlewood Farms from her project-filled historic home in the busy Dallas Metroplex where she lives with her husband and four children.

If you wander down the tree-lined streets of KariAnne’s beloved hometown, McKinney, you might find her painting mismatched chairs, listening to Christmas carols no matter the season, transforming trash to treasure, or walking had in hand with her knight-in-shining-armor husband to a Friday night football game. She loves sweet tea with lime, thunderstorms, good books, milk glass, and yard sales where everything is a quarter.

Thistlewood Farms is full of stories of family and faith and features hundreds of the home decor projects KariAnne creates every week for readers. The blog was awarded the Country Living Decorating Blog of the Year, was named one of the top 10 Decorating Blogs by Better Homes and Gardens and was voted one of the best DIY blogs of 2015. KariAnne has been featured in Better Homes and Gardens Christmas Ideas, Country Living, Flea Market Decor, Country Woman, HGTV Magazine, the Cottage Journal, the Chicago Tribune, Reloved, and This Old House magazine, and on popular websites including the Today Show, Better Homes and Gardens, Country Living, Apartment Therapy, Good Housekeeping, Mediakix, Bob Villa and BuzzFeed. KariAnne has made appearances on numerous television programs including Nashville Channel 5’s Talk of the Town and Channel 8 in Dallas.

Renae Frey

Creator of Peacock Ridge Farm Blog

Devoted, blessed and creative are three words that capture the essence of Renae Frey. She is guided by her faith, counts her family first among her many blessings, and is creative to the core. An interior designer by trade, Renae is a Francophile when it comes to design, and Vintage – French – Farmhouse are the three words that encapsulate her aesthetic.

Reimagining her family’s ten-acre farm in the foothills of the Cascade Mountain range, over the past decade and counting, inspired Renae to share both the journey and the how-to. She believes that beautiful living doesn’t have to come with an outrageous price tag. Whether its home and garden projects, exquisite tablescapes, unique ideas for entertaining, delectable recipes, or incredible finds (and where to find them) she specializes in making it easy to achieve an elegant country lifestyle. Just pick your platform and Renae is there to guide you step-by-step.

Renae’s endeavors showcase her knack for building community. Along with her blog Peacock Ridge Farm, she offers personal one-on-one blog consulting and the Bloggers Inspiring Bloggers Retreats were created to help bloggers to gather, teach and inspire. 

Renae was host of 48 Hour Flip by Hometalk, Hometalk TV and is the author of the cookbook Clean Eating at Peacock Ridge Farm as well as a collection of six children’s books. She is married to Ron, her high school sweetheart, and they lovingly share two children and four grandchildren.

Renae is excited about what each new day will bring and invites you to steep a cup of tea and join her.

Lynn Vogeler

Lynn Vogeler

Living Large in a Small House

Lynn Vogeler

Creator of Living Large in A Small House Blog & Living Large Podcast

After blogging for 10 years, I took the leap of faith and made it my full-time job two years ago. I haven’t looked back. You can believe I’ve made all the mistakes, starting off with blogger,, and paying way too much money for a site design that I didn’t even like when I started blogging seriously. Bought all the courses, some that I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never even used. You can learn from my mistakes.

I’ve become a master at mastering blogging and I’m excited to share how you can master it too without spending a lot of money.

Having worked with Genesis and Kadence platforms and classic, block, and elementor editors on WordPress, I will teach you shortcuts and answer your questions about how to work on the back-end.

Cindy Rust

Creator of Reinvented Delaware Blog

Blogging seemed to be the natural step to take after running our vendor booth business for a couple of years. Many of our local customers, Instagram & Facebook followers wanted to know how we completed the up-cycled and repurposed home decor and furniture pieces we offered in our booth.

And just like that, was born! With my professional photography background, I am able to capture the step-by-step tutorials we share with thousands of our readers.

When you learn the skills needed to capture beautiful images with your DSLR camera, your blog will not only look more beautiful, your readers and subscribers will want to pin and share your posts with others!

Beautiful photography lends itself to showing and demonstrating the story you are trying to tell. Let me help you to tell your story through gorgeous photography!

Amanda Gerow

Amanda is the Senior Community Manager for Hometalk, Inc. She manages the Blogger Traffic Programs for Hometalk, Foodtalk, Upstyle, & Simplify and produces the Mastering Media podcast from Hometalk. She is the main point of contact for bloggers looking to grow & reach new audiences on the Hometalk family of sites.

In her free time, Amanda is pursuing her master’s degree in Digital Marketing. She is an avid DIYer and loves the inspiration she finds through the tutorials shared on Hometalk!

Program can help bloggers increase subscribers and traffic on their personal blog & also how to sign up and get started. 

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