After 5 years of blogging and attending conferences for my job as a consultant, I have been on the fence for years about the value of attending a blogging conference. Now I’m at my second one in a matter of months and have plans to be at more! Turns out a blogging conference is a million times different than one for business and for the cost of the ticket, it’s a great time.
First everyone wants to be there, which seriously changes the atmosphere. Second you’re surrounded by like minded people which means the creativity starts flowing almost immediately. For me the most exciting thing at both HLS and Fitbloggin is all the inspiration to take your blog in to the real world!
Whether that means freelance writing, a full time job or simply interacting more with your community. Here is why I think these conferences are a must for newbies or long time bloggers:
Friendship: After we leave school it becomes harder to find true friends, but these conferences are filled with people who share the same interests! It makes connecting easy and definitely adds a new dimension to reading their stories.
Networking: Even if you aren’t trying to grow your blog in to a mega site, meeting great people and brands will help you enjoy the process more! When folks ask me how I work with such amazing brands, this is it. I took the time to get to know them and them me, thus we could decide if it really was a great fit.
Inspiration: I have a litst of stories a mile long that I’m waiting to write for RTTF, but inspiration comes in many more forms than just a story. It’s about how you connect with readers, how you can make a difference with your blog, how you can use your blog to get the job of your dreams (besides blogging), how you can be more efficient and spend less time getting out a great story, how you can get more people to read a great story…see inspiration!
Affirmation: I think every blogger has had a moment or two of “aw chuck it, why am I doing this”. A weekend with some many fantastic ladies reminds you that no matter how big or small your corner of the world may be blogging opens you up to some amazing opportunities!
One tool that I love for conferences is Evernote as integrated on my Droid Incredible…uh why? Well because you can record the speaker and make notes at the same time. It will then time mark where you made the notes so you can go back and correlate what they said with what you wrote. Because don’t you always have that moment later where you look at a note and think WTH was I trying to say?!
We know now I’m the queen of free and previously told you about my love of Songza, so it’s no surprise that umm Evernote is totally free!! What works for me is that I can take these notes on my phone during the conference, then when I get home pull them up on my computer to place in a post!
Even better when I’m on the plane I can use it without an Internet connection and when I’m connected again it will sync up…HOLY COW. Seriously talk about making your life easier!
I am grateful for technology that means I don’t have to retype notes or read my super fast writing scribbles.