This past weekend, Ben and I headed to Philly for Bloggy BootCamp and GLO’s cocktail party. I had SUCH an awesome time! (Even if we had a rocky start and a broken bolt on the wheelchair lift.)
There are a lot of great recaps, so if you’re looking for an overview on the info learned, I suggest checking out these posts:
10 Things I Learned at Bloggy Boot Camp Philly – A Grande Life
10 Takeaways from Bloggy Boot Camp Philadelphia #BBCPhilly – Look Who Found the Marbles
Bloggy BootCamp Philadelphia – The Preppy Girl in Pink
Tips from Bloggy Boot Camp Philadelphia #BBCPhilly – Girls Lunch Out
Home From Bloggy Boot Camp – Backwards Life
If you’re a blogger who’s been contemplating on putting the money into a conference, I have one thing to say to you: DO IT.
If you need more convincing, here’s my list of the top 5 reasons you should attend a conference:
1.) These people are your friends. They want to hang out with you.
One of the best parts about conferences is the camaraderie. And don’t think that no one knows who you are, because you’ll be surprised to find out just how many people will know you from Twitter or Facebook (or from your obvious wheelchair, in my case). Bloggy BootCamp in particular is fantastic because assigned seating forces you to get out of your comfort zone and talk to new people.
2.) Much Needed Vacation
If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone talk about how much they needed this weekend, or how great they slept in the peace and quiet of their hotel room, I would have the funds to cover another conference ticket. Even Ben, who came with me for mobility reasons, enjoyed the stress-free time lounging in the hotel room.
And if a weekend of uninterrupted Xbox play, the free samples from @KingsHawaiian were enough to keep him content.
3.) Face Time with Brands
An overarching theme of #BBCPhilly was acknowledging that emails aren’t always enough. If you really want to land an opportunity with a company, you need to get in front of them, either in person or on the phone.
4.) Cocktail Parties Rock
3.) Educating Yourself is Worth every Penny
in the long run, the biggest reason to buy a conference ticket is because you will learn SO much that your head will be spinning. They remind you to look at your (blogging) world from a different perspective: looking at the whole picture, looking forward, and looking inward.
Are you going to any conferences this year?