So one day while scrolling through an endless string of emails, I clicked on an email from one of my networks that was highlighting 2013 Blog Conferences. Curious, I followed the link thinking surely there would not be one nearby.
My eyes lit up when I found "Build Your Blog Conference" right here in Salt Lake City AND it was coming up the following month. Oh lucky day!! I clicked the link so fast I thought my Mac would smoke and catch fire.
Build Your Blog Conference is the brainchild of Six Sisters Stuff, a well known popular blog with recipes, crafts and all sorts of fun things. I went to the BYB13 site and bought my ticket, eager to attend and learn as much as I can to build my food blog empire.
But, I've never attended a conference? What do I do??!!??
Preparing for a blog conferenceAs part of my prep process, I was all over the BYB13 site, other blogs, Facebook and Pinterest finding tips and advice on what I should expect when I got there... and also ideas on what to wear! I did Google searches, went to the Blogher site and searched images online. What do I bring to a blog conference? Business Card? Media Kits? My brain went on overload trying to think of all the things I needed to do. I printed new cards, found a cute outfit and packed my shoulder bag with what I thought I needed to make this experience amazing:
- 250 Business Cards
- 20 copies of a 1-page media kit (which I never even used by the way)
- A notebook and three pens (you never know when you'll run out of ink)
- My camera
- My Smart Phone - After all, I needed to Tweet the events to all my followers
- A bottle of water
- Snacks - very important to hold you over between meals
Since it was a one day event, unlike the weekend long events of BlogHer and Blissdom, I left the laptop at home. I had my pen, paper and eagerness to learn so no need to lug around my laptop and have that distraction. But the most important thing to bring? ME!
What I found when I got thereWhat I found was a room full of women (and a few men too!) who were smiling, laughing and oh so friendly. The moment I walked through the door, I felt at home with my fellow bloggers. There I met so many wonderful bloggers and influencers from not only Utah, but from around the nation. Some flew in from Texas, Virginia, Florida you name it. We were all here for the same reasons; to learn, to network and to meet other bloggers face to face that we only knew from the internet. All the nervousness and anticipation fell away almost immediately and I was my usual social butterfly self.
|With new friends Sara, Julie, Holly and Me|
|Brook Walker - inspiring speaker|
|The Food Blog Panel|
|My business cards on the business card swap table. Be sure to bring lots!!|
And by the way, Build Your Blog Conference 2014 is already scheduled for February 8, 2014. You know where I'll be that day. How about you?