Why You Should Attend Blog Conferences

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Blog Conferences - Are they worth it?

Blogging is an uphill battle.

You’re responsible for formatting posts, creating Pinnable images, search engine optimization, and so much more. You’re constantly fighting as things change and evolve.

How do you do it? Why should you do it?

What if you don’t know how to do it?

What happens when you have a DNS attack on your site? What do you do when someone is using your posts without your permission? How did that blogger with the amazing layout get her images inside those little neat boxes?

Every blogger has questions and when they find the answers, even more questions pop up.  It doesn’t have to be that way!

This is why bloggers flock to blog conferences every year.  Come together with bloggers from all over with one thing in common- learn blogging to do it better, faster, have nicer sites or more profits.

Here’s why you need to attend blog conferences:

1. Latest information you need to know

Things constantly change. Pinterest changes its user agreement, Facebook isn’t showing anyone’s posts, Google buried the panda and adopted the hummingbird.  Things never stop changing and chances are that you’ve missed some of it during the year.

Missing a change such as Pinterest changing it’s acceptable terms of use to state that you can no longer be compensated for pins means that you might possible lose your account if they find you accepting money to pin items. Something such as losing a social media account because of a minor announcement you missed could do severe damage to your blog.

So how do you keep up with the changes? You come together with other blogging professionals. It’s simple. To find out the changes from the year, you need to spend time with those in person that do the same thing you do and develop relationships.

2. Education is important

You know where you want to go with your blog. You have a finish line in site but the path in the middle is murky. How can you get there if you can’t see the path?

Finding the path is easy. You simply have to learn and educate yourself on how to reach the end. Do you need your blog to be found in search engines for better traffic within your niche? Take time at a conference to sit in a session on SEO, search engine optimization.  What are your pictures missing that really make them pop? A photography session could show you how to take your pictures to the next level.

You only have time to truly devote yourself to two social media platforms but which ones should you be using? Not only could a blog conference help you figure out what platforms work best for you, it could also help you find programs or workflows that would help you to do more platforms within the same amount of time.

Education and learning is the key to success when you work for yourself.  A blog conference is going to show you the path you need to take.

3. Motivation can’t be beat

It’s so easy to get sidetracked and get a little lazy sometimes. Maybe you’re out of ideas or you are just too tired at night to make the few changes to your blog that you know need to be done. The good news is that when you leave a blog conference you’ll have a lists of things to do and the knowledge to know how to do them. You’ll spend the weekend talking with other bloggers that will inspire you to go home and get to work!

Being in a room full of bloggers who are also struggling with the same things and hashing out solutions together, in person, will be the difference between getting back on track and continuing to be happy with mediocrity.

4. It’s real life

One thing that’s different in blogging from other professions is that some of the people you look up to the most, make you laugh the hardest and confide in are people that you’ve never met in person.  A blog conference can change that instantly.  It’s time to spend in person with other bloggers who get you and what you do.

There is nothing that is more valuable than the time you spend face to face with other bloggers. Maybe it will be spent laughing and making corny jokes all night long. Possibly you’ll get someone to help you figure out what plugin is making your site slow. You might even be able to motivate a new blogger to take a leap of faith.

5. Networking at it’s finest

Seeing someone’s profile picture on LinkedIn is great. Actually meeting in person and touching as you shake hands? Priceless.  Your personal relationship with a brand or other blogger is what will make you stand out when they are looking for someone to hire.

If you are serious about blogging, you need to meet and learn with other bloggers, up close and personal.  Learn new ways to do things, learn best practices, make new best friends.

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Bobbie Byrd

Bobbie is a clumsy yet faithful wife and mother. When she's not burning dinner or cleaning up paint spill she runs Blog Elevated Conference and Community.