Today I have a guest post from Anca of ancaslifestyle, she has put together a post on why going to a blog conference is a great idea and how it could help take your blog to the next step! Enjoy.
My name is Anca and I'm a lifestyle blogger from Liverpool. I want to thank Sarah for allowing me to share my thoughts with you.
I've been blogging at ancaslifestyle for almost 6 years and it was an amazing journey so far. During this process, I discovered many things, including a few things about me.
Today I want to talk about blog conferences. I've been to many amazing blog events, but blogging conferences have their own charm. I've attended the BlogOn Conference in Manchester four times so far and is very likely I will continue to attend them in the future. I made a short list of 5 aspects to take into consideration if you want to see if a blog conference is for you.
- Learning new skills
All conferences have a seminar schedule with talks by bloggers, influencers and experts in their fields. I felt I’ve learned things from all the seminars I’ve been to. Sometimes I learned that a specific social media channel is not suitable for me at this time. Other times I learned how to up my game when it comes to taking photos. It really changed the way I’m taking pictures. Before I was relying a lot on backgrounds, but not so much on props. Now I know that both are just as important.
- Talking with like-minded people
Is refreshing to talk with people that understand what your hobby is about. If you plan to make it into a career, then is even more important to talk with like-minded people that understand you and that can also help you along the way.
For me, blogging is a fun hobby. Even so, I enjoy chatting about all the things that we care about, which most people outside the blogging world aren’t interested in. For example, we can talk about DA and props and follow-unfollow and PRs and other events.
- Getting the chance to talk directly to brands
At every blog conference, I’ve been to, brands had stands there. Getting to chat directly with them is lovely, you can have a look at their new products, talk about projects you’ve collaborated for in the past.
- For fun
We are having fun at every conference. We have cake and wine and funny keynote speeches. Last time the speaker made a funny presentation of the social media channels and the problems we bloggers face with. Last year the conference ended with a song by a few bloggers and it was lovely.
- Try new things from the Goodie Bags
You might get samples from the stand and in the goodie bag. At BlogOn, the goodie bags are huge, I always get a luggage with me. I was so happy with some of the things from the goodie bag that I ended up buying more. That is great, because maybe I wouldn’t have bought those items in the first place.
I hope I’ve inspired you to try to go to a blog conference, it really is a fantastic way to meet new people, try new things and have fun at the same time.