One thing I've always fancied but never got around to actually doing is planning a blogging event. Somewhere where people could meet up, get to know other bloggers and perhaps sit and swap information on this wonderful industry. However, it isn't something I've 100% put my time behind and as such, it never got that much further than the initial planning phases so when people say Sarah have you thought about planning a blogging event I say well yes, but..
So I thought it would be an interesting time to put together some ideas, which have crossed my mind in relation to setting up your own blogging event.
Planning a Blogging Event.
Who is the Event For?
The first thing you want to do is come up with who the event is for and why. When it comes to blogging there are a number of reasons you might want to set up an event, it could be a conference to help people learn more, a day to network with brands and peers, or just some time spent with other bloggers, who know what the stresses and strains of the life are like. People who perhaps you turn to via an online forum for help and would love to meet face to face.
Where to Hold the Event?
I guess this is perhaps the hurdle I have always fallen at, where can you hold such an event and how much would it cost? I have to admit I have any idea that there are a whole host of conference venues in the UK out there for hire. Though of course it now makes complete sense, after all, business have been holding conferences for so many years, so of course, there are going to be rooms and buildings made for these specific events.
Day, Night or Weekend?
How long are you going to want to hold the event for? Is it going to be during the day, after normal 9-5 work hours (as of course some people also work day jobs as well as blogging). Or perhaps could you look to book a weekend away for you all. If you fancy a blogging weekend away partyhouses.co.uk offer a range of places across the country who offer room for up to 40 people.
What Activities will Go On?
Even with the most casual of events you are going to want to plan something. Food, a fun way to get to know each other, topics of conversation, ideas to keep people occupied are all things you need to think through. Whereas more structured events may call for the hiring of speakers, setting up areas for people to display items and more.
Setting up an event will, of course, cost money and you need to work out how you are going to pay for it upfront and then hopefully recoup the cost from the people who attend. However, no one is going to want to spend big bucks if you have nothing to offer. Activities are going to be a big part of drawing people in, along with the location.
Of course, there are so much more to event planning that I have even touched upon in this post, so many more things that whizz through my head when someone asks me if I have thought about it. However, I thought I would put down just a few of the main ideas that cross my mind when someone brings up a blogging event.
What do you see as a main step in planning an event for the blogging world?