Blogging can be a really rewarding experience because of the relationships you cultivate through your experiences online, but they become even more so when you have the chance to attend a conference. This week’s Listable Life offered the topic, 5 Reasons You Should Attend a Blog Conference, and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time since in the last couple of months I have attended two. In May I attended Bloggy Bootcamp in Philadelphia and I just came back from Type A Parent Conference in Charlotte a couple of weeks ago. So with that in mind, I give you my 5 Reasons to Attend a Blog Conference.
Meeting your Blogging Besties in Real Life
Last year, when I attended Blogher, Amanda from Parenting by Dummies and I were roomies and she coined this term “Blogging Besties” and it stuck. When you spend so much time encouraging, helping and supporting the goals of the other through your computers, it’s fantastic when you can cement that relationship even more by meeting in person.
This year, I met one of my long time blogging friends, Sharon from Mom of 6 at Bloggy Bootcamp and then again at Type A, and from the time I got into her car in Philadelphia at BBC until that last goodbye at the top of the escalator in Charlotte as I was leaving Type A – it was like we had been friends forever and I honestly feel like I have another member to my “blogging tribe”.
I also got to reconnect and room with Amanda at Type A. I’m so glad that Sharon, Amanda and I had the chance to spend quality time together as a group because we had a lot of fun and genuinely enjoy each other’s company. I can easily see us staying friends (and being blog conference roomies) for years to come, and that alone made the conference worth it.
It Can Reinvigorate Your Blogging Mojo
Believe it or not, there is actually some learning happening at these conferences, even though it can be hard to tell by some posts recapping the events. Some conferences offer more than others, but you can choose to learn a ton or a little. The experience is completely up to you, and each conference has it’s own pros and cons in the way of sessions and experiences.
The teacher in me loves attending the sessions so I can soak up all of the new information, and I usually come home with some actionable advice that I can move forward with on my goals and that is a great feeling – especially if you’ve been in a blogging rut in recent weeks…which admittedly I have been.
An Opportunity to Reconnect with Your Professional Self
I love attending conferences because you have an opportunity not only to get in that quality social time, but you get in time to network and foster relationships with other members of the blogging community like brands, blogger platforms like BlogFrog and PR professionals. All of these things can lead to additional ventures in blogging, writing and social media. As an extra bonus, you usually discover some fantastic friends within those other communities. I don’t know about you, but as a mother to three who enjoys her working life, it feels good to “talk shop” and feel like I’m more than diapers and chicken nuggets. I love that I have an opportunity to offer my expertise and my creative experiences to others and that many of those experiences go hand in hand with being a mom. It’s all very connected to my life as a mother and that’s gratifying.
Quality “You” Time
The beauty of most conferences is you come alone. Now, with Type A, you can bring your family and I love that they offer that as an option but if you want to make this something where you go it alone – it’s a great opportunity to have time where you get to be in your own head and focus on your own interests for an entire weekend. We all know that it’s rare when we have more than five minutes as busy moms to focus on our goals and personal interests, because our kids needs often trump that time – and that’s ok – but even more reason to devote a couple weekends a year to something you love so you can still reach those goals while being the best parent you can be.
You May Discover New Passions
Last year at Blogher I went to a cause marketing workshop with Jimmy Dean and Share Our Strength – a charity based out of DC that provides food for families in need. This is a cause close to my heart and it really meant a lot to hear more about how cause marketing works and how I can get involved. This year, I attended the Shot at Life Blogging for Good workshop at Type A and again felt inspired and pulled towards cause marketing. It is something that I have started to dip my toes in and I know I will be involved in for years to come and the conferences that I have attended have opened that door where I have the potential to use my voice for good. Stay tuned.
Have you attended blog conferences? What do you love about them?
Listable Life is a weekly meme shared by myself and Sharon over at Mom of 6 . Each week we all write lists posts – you can choose one of two prompts or write up a list post of your choice and then link it up! We then hop around, read and comment on one another’s blogs in an effort to find new faces and places to read in the blogosphere.
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