My Amazing Trip to the Digital Family Summit

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I’m in the car from Philadelphia and writing this post. For 3 days I participated in the Digital Family Summit.  It was my first and probably best conference I’ve ever been to. I will tell you why this conference was so thrilling for me!

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There were workshops and I went to two of them. One of them was called ‘digital photography workshop’. I really liked this workshop because I like photography a lot and I wanted to learn about taking better photos with my iPod Touch. That inspired me because I always thought that I take bad photos and I actually take good photos. There was an activity and we had to do it in partners, we had to take pictures of our partners, we had to take a picture of something digital, something family, and a summit. I was really proud when I saw my photos and my friends photos on the slideshow at the end of the conference!  Special thanks to the photography teacher Cynthia Lawson Jaramillo and my partner Clarrisa and I loved meeting my new friend Robin.

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I was really looking forward to having a blog and at the WordPress workshop I got m chance! I set up a blog at this amazing workshop led by Tracy Levesque. They had computers for us to use and everything and right now I’m posting on that blog. It turned out magnificent! Don’t you think? Special thanks to Tracy the workshop leader and somebody helped me a lot! Thanks to Tori and her mom for helping me!  Tori even wrote a blog post on her blog, My Utoria, about me!

There was one session with teen entrepreneurs who shared their successful stories and they inspired me so much. There I met Tori! Tori’s story inspired me because Tori’s mom helped and supported Tori a lot with her business, MyUtoria. Tori is 15 years old and has Cerebral Palsy which means that her muscles don’t work properly and it’s hard for her to be a ‘regular’ teenager. She helps young women to become entrepreneurs and start their own business.  Tori also founded She Can Make A Change – an organization to help young women make positive changes in their own lives and their environment. I am so proud to call Tori my new friend.

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On Saturday night there was special guest was Dave Carroll came to tell his story about United Breaks Guitars and the power of social media, the story of Dave’s story started like this,  Dave was on a airplane and when he landed he found that his guitar got damaged badly. He contacted the airlines, United, and he asked if they can fix it and they said they would not. Dave wasn’t going to give up. Dave said that he’s going to film three videos about how United broke his guitar and nobody did anything about it and he was going to get one million hits and he did exactly that and more. Not only did the one million, he got 150 million hits and he was interviewed on many TV shows and newspapers. The best part for him is when he was invited to the Taylor Guitars factory, his favourite guitar manufacturer, and he got to go to a tour there.  After Dave went on the tour a man that worked at taylor guitars told him that he could get 2 guitars for all his trouble from United Breaks Guitars. The story really inspired me. Dave’s website is www.davecarrollmusic.com.  You can also watch the videos that he made on YouTube.

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There were two parties and one of them was sponsored by Ubisoft  – it was a dance party and it had just dance 3 and  4! My favourite part of that party was dancing to the song Party Rock Anthem!  There was a photo booth (those photos to come later) and hair crimping, I did both! The 2nd party was called pink carpet party and was sponsored by Gillette Venus! That party was rocking! They had a pink carpet when you could take your picture! I did it 3 times! The first time was when I was normal the 2ond time was when I got makeup and the 3rd time was when I got my hair curled!

I danced my heart out that night! I also saw the liberty bell, there’s a picture of the bell at the bottom. There was also beautiful fireworks!

Special thanks to the Digital Family Summit organizers Stephanie  Schwab, Jennie Baird and Adam Gertsacov. I also loved hanging out with my friends Julie Cole and her kids Posy and Mack.

Thank you so much to my mom and dad because they’ve been to a lot of conferences and this time they brang me! My mom’s website is www.nameyourtune.com and my dad’s is thatericalper.com.

I had a great time, I made new friends and I learned and I got my first blog!

If you have any questions or comments please leave one in my blog and I’ll be happy to reply! At the conference there were a lot of kids so bring them next year! I really recommend for you to come next year! For more information and to sign up for this just go to www.digitalfamilysummit.com!

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Hi, I’m Hannah, welcome to my blog! I’m 9 years old and just finished grade 3! I launched this blog at the Digital Family Summit in July 2012. I live in Toronto and I have a shi tzu dog, her name is Indigo. She’s so cute! I take karate and I’m a purple belt, which is the 7th belt. I am passionate about the environment and I was in a eco club in school. I also have interests in dogs, technology, I’m a big baseball fan! My favourite kind of music is pop. I have been to a lot of concerts! My mom is Candace Alper and her website is www.nameyourtune.com and my dad is Eric Alper and his website is www.ThatEricAlper.com. My parents are supporting me a lot with my blog! Feel free to leave a comment and I’d love to read them. Pop by and say “Hi” anytime! Share what your interests are!

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  1. Great post, Hannah! I found your focus and motivation inspirational. I told my 5 year old daughter about you when I got home and she said “I would like to learn more about WordPress.” :-)

  2. Hi Hannah-it was so great to meet you and your family. You are so smart and independent and I know you will be successful in whatever you do. You’re off to a great start with this blog and I will be a follower for sure!

  3. I really enjoyed your blog post, Hannah. It sounds like this was a great conference. I think your post is well written and expressive — it conveys a sense of your own voice. You do a great job building in links and driving traffic to other sites, and I’m sure those authors will be happy to return the favour. I also think your photos are very good and effectively illustrate your observations and ideas. Keep up the great writing – I look forward to reading more in the future!

    • Thank you so so much Josh! You really gave me your honest opinion about my post. Maybe one day I’ll be in student council like you and my mom Candace were. I bet it was fun! Your comment was really really nice.

  4. Hi Hannah! This is Dez. You may remember me from a couple of visits to see your pretty face, and that of your mom and dad’s, and your awesome dog Indigo at your home! I just wanted to say we are all so proud of you taking this big step to break into the blogging world. You’re well on your way to discovering lots of new things about yourself, your friends, and the things that are interesting to YOU! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with the world. We love hearing from you.

    I hope to see you again before the end of this summer. Maybe we can have our own dance party to Party Rock Anthem?

    Hugs to you, pretty girl!

    • Of course i would remember you Dez, How could i forget you! Thank you, i hope that i might do more awesome posts in the future! You really made my day Dez! Yes yes yes i would love to have a dance party! Tell the kids i said hi and i hope they have blogs soon.

  5. What an awesome entry, and thank you for the shout out (and the awesome photo.)! Keep us posted as you continue to take photographs. You are right to say you “actually take good photos.”

  6. Great post, Hannah! I found your blog through a link your mom posted on Facebook. Sounds like it was a great conference. You made friends, learned a thing or two and walked away with great inspiration! FAB! Have fun blogging!

  7. Hi, Hannah! It was such a pleasure getting to know your mom this weekend at the Summit, and now I feel like I’ve gotten to know you! That is what blogging is all about – connecting with other people and making them feel like you are their friend. What a stupendous job you’ve done! Best of luck – I know we’ll continue to see great things from you!

  8. Dear Ms Amazing, you’re already a better blogger than me, your mom and your dad combined! Love it. Never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Unless it’s your parents. You should probably listen to them. Mostly.

  9. As one of the organizers of the Digital Family Summit, having attendees like you be able to create a terrific looking blog (and write terrific posts) is perhaps one of the most gratifying things that could happen. Keep on writing and photographing and blogging and expressing yourself creatively. It makes the hard work of putting on a conference worth it.

    • Thank you Adam so much. It really was a great weekend. You organized it really well. It was a pleasure to meet you, stephanie and i loved meeting Aaron! He’s a such a nice and adorable little boy. Please show Aaron and Stephiane the photo of me and Aaron on my post. If you didin’t organize this conference i would never have so much views. Thanks!

    • Adam- I read Hanna’s post to my two son’s (age 10 & 8) and now they both want to go to the Digital Family Summit too. They already started their own blogs but haven’t written as much as Hannah has! Well done – clearly the conference was fantastic!

  10. Hannah, I go to some of the same conferences as your mom & dad and I LOVED reading this post by you! Your post made me want to bring my kids to the Digital Family Summit :). You did a great job describing your time at the conference. You should be very proud of yourself!

      • my boys are both just starting blogs but haven’t started writing anything yet- they are just learning :) And I sure hope we can meet someday!

  11. Hi Hannah, that conference looks like it was amazing! I have a 12 & 13 yr old who love blogging, instagraming, facebooking and tweeting. Based on your experience, I think I’ll look into this for us next year. Thanks for telling me about it. :)

    • Thank you Shannon! The conference was amazing! What do your kids blog about? I would like to know. It would be amazing if you sighned up for the conference. This year there was a lot of people and maybe next year there will be more. Who knows?

      • My oldest is 13 now, he started a blog many years ago, I think he was around 8. He hasn’t been very consistent with it these days. He usually writes about his outdoor adventures, his love of hockey and winter. Yes… he loves a snowy winter! If you’re on Instagram, my 12 yr old daughter is emshajoy :) she’d love to connect!!

    • I’m not exactly famous but i’m famous. Get Reese and Ty a blog. I’m sure they would love that! :) Thank you Joanne for the nice comment. Please show the kids my post.

  12. Hi Hannah, I found your blog through a link that your Mom posted too. It sounds like you had a great time at the conference and learned so much! I will be going to my first blogging conference soon and I hope that it is as much fun as the one you went to. :) Your excitement is contagious! Thanks for sharing it with us.

    • Thank you Brandee! I did have a great time at the conference. I hope you have a good time at the conference. :) Maybe we’ll see eachother in the future. Maybe at the digital family summit.

  13. Hi Hannah, One of my highlights of the conference was meeting you. I’m glad you enjoyed the Summit so much. Thank you for giving such great shout-outs to the sponsors. They did so much to make the conference great and it is really nice of you to show appreciation. I hope I get to see you again someday. XXOOXXO, Janelle

    • Thank you so much Janelle! It was a pleasure meeting you. I couldn’t fit all the sponsers so i’ll mention them now. I would like to thank scolastic http://www.scolastic.com and kidzvuz http://www.kidsvuz.com. It was awesome hanging out with you and Nathan. You guys were so nice to me. I’m also glad you enjoyed the summit. I hope you loved as much when you planned this awesome conference. Without you and Nathan i would not have my famous blog right now. Thanks guys! XXOOXXO

  14. Wow Hannah – it looks like you really had a great time at the conference and learned so much. My other friend Scotty Reiss also had her daugthers Estee and Cameron there too and they told me how much fun they had and how much they learned. Blogging is such a great way to express yourself and share your experiences. I know your mom and dad too and you’re one lucky little girl to be able to have cool parents who support you and help you with all of this. Who knows, maybe you’ll teach them a thing or two pretty soon as well. All my best to you and your blog!! – @BarbaraJones

    • Thank you so much Barbara! My mom told me she knows you really well. I do have cool parents! I never knew that blogging is a good way to express yourself. Now i realize that. In the future we can maybe meet eachother. I will try to write more posts and tell you. That comment is really inspiring
      in my perspective. You truly did make my day. Thank you so much for caring about me.Please Let me know how Estee and Cameron are doing once in a while.

  15. Hey Hannah! We are so proud of you! I know that you wanted to start a blog for a while and I’ve been waiting to read it! Thanks so much for sharing your memories- it sounds like the conference was incredible! I hope you can talk to Ty and inspire him to start a blog too! Can’t wait for the next post! Congrats!!! (ps. playdate soon please!)

    • Thank you so much Heather. Maybe Ty can read my post and he will want to start a blog. Next year maybe you guys can come to the digital family summit.I still can’t believe that i have a blog, i have about 30 comments! I’m so excited! I would love to have a playdate soon! Thanks for asking. You,Ty,Jaden and Paul are #1!

  16. Hi Hannah!
    It was an absolute treat to spend time with you (and your parents as well). It is amazing to see how much you took away from just a few short days — I hope you will keep focused and enthusiastic. And good luck too – you have set some great goals for yourself! I can’t wait to see what comes next for you. And I will look forward to seeing you and your wonderful parents in the not too distant future! Sending Hugs from DC!

    • Thank you Julia. My parents and me really liked spending time with you. I am still very focused and enthusiastic! I hope to see you and you daughter at the conference next year! You’re the best Julia! Thank you again for caring about me! It means so much to me to feel special. Hugs from Toronto!

  17. Hey there! Well done neighbour!!! I think there will be a day when I’ll be able to tell my friends “I knew that Hannah Alper before she was really famous!” and they’ll be SO impressed! Great job!

    • Thank you Heather! You’re the best! I’m not really famous but my blog is popular. Soon i’ll be famous. I glad you you liked my post! I tried so HARD on it!Thanks for your support! Say hi to Buster and Barry for me. Thanks. See you around neighbour!

  18. Hannah, I am not quite recovered from the conference, but I just wanted to tell you how impressed I am with your new blog and how happy I am that you were part of the Digital Family Summit. You took away so much to bring back home with you – skills, friendships and passion. Adam, Stephanie, Christina and I worked SO HARD in the months leading up to the event, and your enthusiasm for the experience makes feel that all the effort we put in was really worth it.
    xo

    • You don’t have to be recovered! Stick the memory in your head! I hope that my post might make more people come next year. I bet the conference turned out as well as you dreamed it could be! To me it was! Thank you so much for caring about me Jennie. See you next year1 You’re #1

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