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Tips For Getting Ready For Your First Blog Conference

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Your first blog conference is on the horizon and you may be asking yourself, “What have I gotten myself into?” Relax. The fact that you have purchased your blog conference ticket and made the commitment to attend is hurdle #1. You are on your way to ramping up your blog.

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Business Cards

Business cards are important. They are often the avenue that a conversation begins with someone. You may be in a loud room when you meet someone and not be able to talk. By exchanging business cards, you can continue the conversation once the conference is over and you are in a quiet place to gather your thoughts. I will admit it, business cards can float around for a while, but they are important. I personally love it when I can ask someone for their Twitter handle and BOOM- we are connected!

Facebook Groups

Most conferences have a Facebook group where attendees can enroll. Here is where you can often make arrangements to share a cab or even find a room mate while attending the conference. Often times there are attendees that decide where to meet for dinner, as reservations are often needed. By interacting in the conference Facebook Group you will also know some of the attendees before you actually meet in real life.

Be Flexible

Most blog conferences have a schedule listed on their website. Look it over, but be prepared to be flexible. Often times you will find that a session you want to attend is just not what you were looking for. Be open to changing your schedule up and attending a session that you did not think would be a good fit. By stepping out of your comfort zone, you will more than likely walk away with more knowledge than you ever imagined.

Blog conferences are a great way to meet others with the same interests as you. They are also a way to learn how bloggers are monetizing their blogs and what types of businesses bloggers are working with. By going to a blog conference with an open mind, you will learn more and meet more people.

And you just never know— Rascal Flatts or some other awesome music group may show up! A note about this photo: I went to Blissdom and did not know these other conference attendees before this conference. I met Robyn, 2nd gal from left, through the Blissdom Facebook Group and we were room mates. I met the other ladies through the conference and we have stayed in touch, ever since.

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If there is one thing that I have learned in my 6 1/2 years of blogging that it is OK to change things up now and then. My path has not been A to Z. Heck, it’s been from C to S and from Z and back to P. Take a ride off the beaten path and your blog will thank you!

So… tell me. What was your first blog conference experience like? I’d love to hear about it!

 

5 thoughts on “Tips For Getting Ready For Your First Blog Conference

  1. Robin Russell September 28, 2015 at 2:56 pm

    My first conference was hosted by SoFabU at the Mall of America. I was super nervous especially because I don’t have a smart phone, tablet, the normal social media gadgets. I was put at ease right away! Everyone else was there to learn and there were so many different people on different blogging journeys. Your advice Sara is fantastic! Thank you for posting this!

    • admin September 28, 2015 at 3:36 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed your first blog conference. I personally love a pad of paper and pen, the gadgets are fine, but not necessary by any means.

  2. Katy F. September 28, 2015 at 4:13 pm

    I’ll let you know after this fall, but I’m super excited. I don’t have business cards yet, so I guess I need to work on that! And…have I ever mentioned that I LOVE Rascal Flatts? My most favorite band of all time! I even got to do the National Anthem at the fair before their concerts YEARS ago!

    • admin September 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

      Now the National Anthem with Rascal Flatts would rock- just sayin’! You will have a blast at the MN Bloggers Conference!

  3. Beth Ann Chiles September 29, 2015 at 7:05 am

    You have definitely had a great path in your personal and professional life and obviously A to Z is not the way to go ! Such great info here and you are right—you just have to make the effort and go with the flow.

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