If you recall, last month I attended The Blog Societies Conference in Chicago. I had such a great time and learned so much about the blogging world. If you are a blogger and are contemplating attending a blogging conference, I highly recommend just going for it and booking the ticket!
One of the main reasons why you should attend a blog conference aside from all of the information you’ll gain is definitely the connections! I made so many new friends and found some awesome new people to follow on social media and blogs.
The second reason you should attend a blogging conference is for sure all of the knowledge that you will takeaway from the sessions. We had sessions on Photoshop, Pinterest, Accounting, SEO, and several other very useful topics for a blogger. These are all things that I know I should get better at, but I just didn’t really know the why behind it and these sessions definitely helped me understand why simple things like keywords and going back to old posts to change titles are beneficial in the long run.
The third reason you should attend a blogging conference is definitely the brand connections and networking that you will encounter. There were several brands at this conference and one afternoon we specifically had a brand networking suite where we were able to go in and pitch ourselves to these brands. These are opportunities that you normally wouldn’t get just sending an email to a brand as you are able to really connect and explain your blog in full when you are meeting someone in person versus just over an email.
The next reason is just for the fun! We had so much fun going to different restaurants and sightseeing in Chicago. I love exploring new cities and what better reason to go to a conference than to get to explore a city and have fun.
Overall, if you are contemplating going to a blogging conference, or really, just any conference at all that has to do with your work or trade, just do it! Life is short and at the end of the day it’s all about the experiences you have, friendships you can make and memories you make.
All photographs are from Photographer Jules Kennedy