I spent last weekend at the Philly Bloggy Boot Camp. I walked a mile in heels on a cobblestone street. I have a purse filled with business cards of blogs I plan to visit this weekend. I’ve been inspired to re-design my blog. And I now know why they call Philly the city of brotherly love.
I’ll be honest with you, blog conferences are expensive and you should never feel obligated to go just because other people are going. You are spending money to learn more about blogging and if that isn’t something that interests you than don’t go.
The socializing aspect is just icing on the cake. Unless you don’t like socializing, in which case it’s not icing, but probably more like a giant spoon full of anxiety. Don’t let that stop you from going though. People are kind.
Other reasons why you should go:
- Finally get a chance to meet up with internet friends.
Some of my favorite people live halfway across the nation. It’s not fair. I truly feel like we were meant to be neighbors and yet Jesus has played this horrible trick on me by teasing me with their long distance existence. Blog conferences give us a chance to meet up midway and in an environment we are equally nerdy about.
- Force people to read your blog.
There’s something about meeting people face to face that forces them to check out your blog. I fought the whole “business card” for my blog thing for a long time, but it’s definitely a must. People hand out their cards all day and it’s a great way to get your blog some attention.
Meet brands and ask them for money.
Usually there are companies sponsoring these events. It’s good to introduce yourself because once they see how amazing you are they will literally just start throwing cash at you. In the lobby. In front of everyone.
Okay so that’s a lie. But someday the personal connections you make with brands will come in handy. Ask for names, get their business cards, tweet about them, thank them for being there…oh! and act interested in their products. They like that.
- Learn something. Now there’s a concept.
Blog conferences are supposed to inspire you. They are filled with information about how to take your blog to the next level. Blog design, SEO, networking, writing, privacy issues, monetizing, business advice…every subject is touched on and you should walk away feeling revitalized and ready to improve your blog.
- Eat good food. And by “eat good food” I mean “get drunk”.
The social aspects of the blog conference will bring the crazy out of people and believe me, it’s not something you want to miss.
- Sleep alone.
A weekend away from kids and husbands (I have two) and responsibilities? Do I even need to describe why this is wonderful?
- Make new friends.
You will definitely meet someone that you either didn’t know about, or that you didn’t know were so dang cool. We call those people “sneak attacks”, and by “we” I mean “me” because I just made that up. But it’s true. They are the people you didn’t go to the conference expecting to fall in love with.
And then go home and take three days off to recuperate from all that extra-vertednesss