OK~ Several of people in the world of blogging have expressed an interest in trying to understand the value of a blogging conference. For me, it is connecting with others that "get" me! By attending a blog conference I find other bloggers that inspire me, share their successes and failures, and I take it all in. Once I return home, I can take the knowledge I learned by networking with others to grow in my own business.
Now, I must be honest, this blogging train has turned into something that I never imagined. Due to the fact that bloggers need to embrace Social Media, yes, we do- 24/7; we become very knowledgeable with these Social Media Channels. Over the course of the past year I have found myself helping other bloggers get their blogs up and running, as well as guiding businesses both near and far with their Social Media Channels. This blog has been my online resumé and I never saw it that way until 4 1/2 years into this.
If you are content where you are with your blog, keep doing what you are doing. If you want to change things, get out and learn! Attend Social Media Conferences and find out what others are doing. Get a feel for where you can soar higher. Social Media opportunities are everywhere. I am not a crafty person, but you give me a challenge when it comes to Social Media, I can get very crafty! Oh yeah, and you will have to invest time and money. Good things come to those that make the effort and time to go a little further.
Tracy Beckerman, author of Lost in Suburbia, is just one of hundreds of amazing people I have met through blogging. A blogging conference with a little 80's fun is always a hit!
Please do not go online and complain that you cannot attend such and such a conference due to financial constraints. Turn your complaint into a positive, start looking for conference sponsorship six months before the conference. If you want to move your blog forward, you will find a way to attend a blog conference.
I love helping other businesses grow. I love the people I have met at blogging conferences, both brand reps and attendees. I also love the fact that it's all up to me as to where this blogging gig goes. As a blogger, I am in the driver's seat.
If you want to be a better blogger and be stronger in your Social Media Channels; you need to be attending Blog Conferences. Trust me, you will hear a speaker that will literally inspire you and change your life! You will meet fellow bloggers and writers that you can collaborate with on future projects. The experience is life changing. Pay attention to the conferences that will be traveling through your Twitter stream over the course of the next few months.
I am not going to suggest any one particular conference to any of you, as I have been to several and have walked away with a wealth of knowledge from every single one. If you want to soar, you will find the conference that fits your needs and one that will move you from Point A to Point B. Remember, your path may not be how you envision it, so be flexible. My path has a lot of zig zags and I'm comfortable with it, as I am going places!
Step out of your comfort zone and make it a priority to attend a blogging conference in 2014, you will be glad you did. After All, It's All In a Mom's Day, Right?