4 Reasons Why You Should Attend a Blog Conference

It’s an exciting time of year for blogging. We are headed into blog conference season! The SITS Girls are gearing up for our Bloggy Boot Camp blog conference with dates announced for Phoenix in April and Charlotte in May, with more to come!

Attending a blog conference can be fun and beneficial to you as a blogger, whether you are a new or seasoned blogger. But knowing there are costs and time away involved, you might be wondering exactly why you should attend.

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Why You Should Attend a Blog Conference

Blog Learnin’

Check out the list of speakers and topics for any blog conference and you’ll see that there’s so much to learn! Even if you see a topic that you already know a lot about, you will most likely hear bits of wisdom that can give you a new perspective. Never underestimate the wisdom of those seated near you in a session or at dinner- being around others who do what you do or who do what you want to be doing can provide you with new ideas to help your blog.

IRL Bloggy Friends

Blog friends are real, even if you only know each other through commenting on each others’ blogs and tweeting one another.  But when you get to actually meet those same bloggers in real life, it’s a whole different level of connecting. The best part is you already know so much about each other that it feels like seeing them again instead of for the first time.  In addition to the bloggers you already know from online, you’ll meet bloggers totally new to you as well and expand your tribe. Plus, there is nothing quite like being in a roomful of people who get it when it comes to this blogging gig.

Connect with Brands

Make sure to meet with the sponsors of the blog conferences you attend.  Online relationships can go a long way, but there is just something about that face-to-face meeting that can really help build that connection. Getting your face in front of them and having brands get to know you personally instead of just online can increase the chance of them choosing to work with you in the future. When they want to work with bloggers, they’ll think oh yeah, I remember meeting her! instead of simply going by a list of blogs they don’t have any other connection with.

Fun Weekend Away

A blog conference gives you the chance to get away for a few days.  As much as I sometimes dream about running away for a spa weekend or something equally as decadent, I can never quite justify it. A blog conference, on the other hand, is a working weekend. But one that is tons of fun!

Have you attended any blog conferences? Will we see you at Bloggy Bootcamp this year?

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Comments

  1. This conference needs to come to Seattle!!!!! If anyone knows of any similar conferences in the Greater Northwest, please let me know!!!!

  2. I have been contemplating a blogging conference. I just want to make sure that when I invest in the trip I pick the right one! I would love suggestions for food and party styling bloggers.

  3. i would love to attend! i’m waiting for a conference to visit boston, please :)

  4. I sure would attend one someday soon. I need to save for it and plan too! Sounds like a lot of learning fun!

  5. I would love to attend a conference but it’s just not in the budget. How about an article on how to get sponsored? I know there was one but I still need more. Anyone? :-)

  6. At the Vegas Bloggy Boot Camp I received the amazing opportunity to speak in a session (still on a high from that) and it gave me the confidence to apply to speak at BlogPaws.

    The connections I made were amazing and I appreciate the new blogging friends I met. I also landed a fun writing gig over at TV Goodness!

    Kimberly

  7. I attended my first blog conference last year and loved it. I’m looking forward to attend more this year. They are a great way to learn more insider tips and interact with bloggers you look up to.

  8. I would like to attend the Charlotte conference. I am waiting to see if there will be a closer conference to DC announced. I was hoping SITS would visit NY or PA.

    Blessings~
    Alethea

  9. I would love to go if they come to Chicago-the only city I can afford to go to!

  10. I am sad I missed the one in Philly last year. It just happened to fall on the same Sat as our son’s band trip to Hershey.

  11. Man, I would LOVE to be able to attend a conference. But I have neither the time nor the money to do so this year. Maybe next year things will be better and I can do it. Or, better yet, maybe a conference will come to my city!

  12. I’m with Shari. Need to save my pennies! I so wish I could go.

  13. Awwwww I wish this was closer! <3

  14. I wish there was one closer to Columbus… but I am still trying to decide how and where and when….for a blog conference. The price is also an issue. I know I really should go to one and I also know it would be the best decision I ever made regarding my blog…just need to gear up and jump. :)

  15. Already have our tickets for Charlotte, and we cannot wait! :) Y’all are practically coming to our backyard, so we are going to have a fabulous time! Blogging conferences rock!

  16. Yes, face-to-face meeting in real life really great. And this was a informative post!

  17. Oh how I would love to go to a blog conference!! Maybe someday!! I need to save my pennies!!

  18. These points are so true! It is such fun to meet people you have followed in real life.

  19. I am thinking of going to the one in Charlotte unless i hear of one that is coming closer to D.C this year. :)

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