As I mentioned last week, I recently returned home from Kansas City for the Go Blog Social conference. It had been a very long time since attending a blogging conference (I'm talking a solid 3 years) and it reminded me how good it felt to be surrounded by people who get this whole crazy online lifestyle. Whether you want to admit it or not, it's a weird gig what we have going on. We sleep with strangers, we take pictures of literally everything, we let the world know every time we start our period (maybe that's just me), and we sacrifice a relaxing Sunday evening on the couch for a blog post that HAS to be published first thing Monday morning. Oh and we also assume everybody cares that much about whether or not we have a post published by 7 am on Monday (hint: they don't).
Before getting into the reasons why I think all bloggers should go to a blogging conference, I should formally introduce you to my two travel mates.
That would be Alissa and Summer. They are both entirely way too serious and uber boring so that was a drag ;) Note: if you are ever traveling with others to a blog conference, make sure to travel with cool people that you kinda want to be like.
Now, on to why you need to hit up a blog conference asap.
1. You learn a lot of really awesome things.
Alissa was the first speaker of the conference and she rocked it out by sharing her story and how you can really have it all.
I love hearing other people's stories, I love learning what has worked and what hasn't worked for somebody else, I am an inspirational nerd. At a blogging conference you get to hear all of this and so much more. A few of my favorite takeaways from this conference were "if it's not a strong yes, than it's a strong no", "flirt with your followers", and "dare to be different". All things I personally needed to be reminded of.
2. You meet a lot of really awesome people.
Unfortunately I couldn't find Rapunzel's blog URL however yes, I met her and yes, it was magical
This is probably the best part of attending any blog conferences - you actually meet these people you have been typing to over the computer for months and years and you see their real face and hug their real bodies and hear their real voices and AHHHH it's just so real. You learn so much more about a person when you are sitting across the table having lunch together than looking at their IG feed. The funny thing is, often you find yourself talking about anything but blogging with these people because you soon realize there is a lot more to all of us than a page on the internet.
3. You connect with a lot of really awesome brands and businesses.
This conference I actually attended on behalf of Pollinate Media as I am a project manager for them (best job ever) with the goal of just getting to meet people. Brands want to connect with bloggers at conferences and bloggers, you should want to connect with brands. There is so much opportunity out there waiting for you if you seek it. I have always viewed working with brands and businesses as a win/win for myself and my blog so being able to connect with potential partnerships face to face is super exciting to me. My favorite connection made out of this conference? Lily and Jade. Their bags are out of this world and the husband and wife behind the business are greater yet. Check them out if you haven't already.
4. You eat a lot of really awesome food.
hotel bar: AC Westport by Marriott
I think this post did a good enough job walking you through the amazing eats of what a conference can bring to you so I'll leave it at that. My goal for the week: work out and not eat crap. Easy enough right?
Overall, by the end of a conference you typically walk away feeling inspired, refreshed, motivated, and of course -- full and tired. Taking a little time of out of your life to focus up and concentrate on what you really want out of whatever it is you are pouring yourself into is so necessary. I can't wait for future blog conferences -- next stop, Mom 2.0 Summit at the end of this month. Who's coming with?