It was about five years ago that I attended my first blogging conference. It was in Orlando, FL and I found it advertised online while I was on vacation with my family. We were visiting the Sanibel beaches so it was a drive to Orlando, but somehow I convinced my mom to go with me. I had been blogging for a couple of years at the time, but really hadn’t taken it very seriously. I knew there were people making money off their blog, doing TV segments and getting some great exposure, but I had NO idea how they were doing it. Going to this blog conference, completely changed it.
After our two hour or so drive, we had arrived in Orlando. I was not prepared and my mom was simply there because I didn’t want to go alone. I actually did a write up of some of the tips I took away. You can check it out over here.
Attending that conference completely changed my look out on blogging. Yes, I still loved being able to share my ideas and stories with my followers, but I realized that I could work with some of my favorite brands. I even learned that I could actually get paid for blogging. I heard from speakers who were full time bloggers and their stories were simply inspiring. If I never would have attended this conference, I never would have been as motivated about blogging as I am today. I left that conference with so many ideas going on in my head. Some of them I have achieved and some are still lingering to happen.
Since my first blog conference, I have attended several other ones and am currently approaching year three of The Go Blog Social blog conference that I have co-founded.
Whether you choose to attend Go Blog Social (which I hope you do 🙂 ) or another conference, I want to express to you the importance of attending a blog conference if you are a blogger. Yes, I love my mom and am so thankful I had her to attend my first conference with, but she doesn’t understand my blogging life. The kinds of relationship you make at blog conferences are irreplaceable.
The experience I had at my first conference and the ones following are what lead me to co-create Go Blog Social. We created it with the idea of the blogger in mind. We asked ourselves what would we want to learn and leave with. I want to encourage each and everyone of you to try your best to attend one of our events. Trust me, you won’t regret it.
The pop-up conference we hosted in Chicago was year was more than we could have asked for. The intimate environment, inspiring speakers, like-minded brand partners and good vibes from our attendees made the experience. We knew that we had to get back to this incredible city! So, we are.
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 31. To help you attend a blog conference I am running a short giveaway for 2 Go Blog Social Chicago tickets. ($300 value).
Hey, maybe you’ll win and bring your mom, too. 😉 Enter the form below for your chance to win.
Not feeling lucky? No worries, I’m still thankful you read this post so here is a deal for you! Use code “FRIENDS” to score $50 off your ticket purchase. Head here to get your ticket. I can’t wait to spend Halloween day with you!
*Prize must be used for Chicago conference, October 31, 2015. Entries must be received by October 14, 2015.