If you follow me on Instagram (@unpredictableandchic) then you already know that I had the amazing opportunity to attend the Build Your Blog Conference 2014 hosted by the Six Sisters in Downtown Salt Lake City. The conference was absolutely amazing and I loved that it took place literally across the street from my apartment. I had such a great weekend and came home with lots of inspiration and ideas. If you're a blogger, you NEED to attend a blog conference.. and here's my reasoning why.
1. Networking & Friendships
When I started my blog almost a year ago, I never knew it was something that would introduce me to such wonderful women. Being married and working a lot, it's hard to keep up friendships with people as you become an adult. I felt like I really lacked good girlfriends in my life, people I could vent to, relax with, or just go grab a bite to eat with and catch up. I was blessed a few months ago to be introduced to some other amazing Utah bloggers and we have been connected ever since. I was able to attend the conference with Jalynn Shroader, Lily Cano, Kristin Davis, Jody Beth , Rachel Sayumi and Jessi LaRue. These girls are now some of my best friends and I love spending time with them. The conference was such a great place to be introduced to bloggers of all different niches and to companies that really are looking for the influence that us bloggers have in the community. I felt like I came away having made many new friends.
Lets be honest, as much as you try to chat with your husband or family about blogging, there are some thing that ONLY other bloggers get! It was so relieving to be in a huge room with 400+ women who "get it". They understand the frustration of blog layouts, countless hour spent editing posts and photos, working to increase your bounce rate, etc. etc! While many of the other bloggers in attendance don't blog about things I do, I know that deep down we each have the same concerns, goals, and passions for our blog.
Their was such a wide variety of classes offered, making it difficult to decide which ones to take! Classes ranged from open discussion, object photography, to Google + and monetizing your ads. I came away from every class having learned something new to apply to my blog. The conference offered panels of bloggers who shared their success stories and it was truly inspirational to think that my blog could really go somewhere one day if I keep at it! Don't forget to take good notes, I literally wrote down everything I heard and can't wait to put all the tips I got into action!
4. It Bursts Your Comfort Zone
I won't hesitate to admit that I was really nervous for this conference. I had no idea what to expect and was afraid of having to talk to sponsors and other women I had never met before. As a blogger, you post about your passions online ALL THE TIME, but getting out there and actually pitching your blog to sponsors and other bloggers face-to-face is something completely different. There are a lot of my friends and family that don't know that I am a blogger; it's something I pretty much keep to myself and haven't really told a lot of people about, Having to talk one on one with others about my blog was something very challenging and refreshing for me. And P.S. If you wouldn't told me a year ago that I've have my own blog business cards, I wouldn't thought you were crazy. I LOVE how they turned out though!!
Sorry, couldn't resist, but really....You Only Live Once! I can't say I'll be a blogger for the rest of my life but right now I'm young, I love sharing my passions on the internet, and I'm a blogger. Like many of you, you may not plan on being a blogger for forever, but it's satisfying to know you embraced your love for blogging and did everything you could to succeed in the moment. I'm happy I went to this conference because you really never know what could come of it. Risks are necessary to grow and it's important to step away from the nitty-gritty of your blog and really enjoy being physically being a part of such an great community!
If you're a blogger, I really encourage you to try to attend a blog conference. While I know many of them can be expensive, I really feel that it's worth every penny. I learned so much and had many great experiences during this 2-day conference and am now working hard to attend as many more as I can! Have you ever attended a blog conference? If so, which one? Any recommendations on which one is the best? I'd love your input!!
Thanks for reading and happy happy Monday!