Some of the best inspiration I found was at a blogging conference. The same goes for some of the most memorable moments, best resources, and greatest encouragement I have ever received.
In my opinion, attending a blogging conference is something every blogger should do. There are so many benefits. And to get the most out of your experience, here are a few do’s and don’ts.
Do bring business cards. This is the absolute must do! Everyone is meeting new people. A business card will help other bloggers remember you and your blog. Plus, they’ll be more likely to visit your blog and follow you on social media sites. You’ll also want your card to give out to potential sponsors. I made the mistake of not having business cards at my first blog conference. I spent a good amount of time writing down my info and explaining why I didn’t have a card.
Do ask for others’ business cards. You’ll be meeting a ton of people and business reps. Having their business card will help you remember them later.
Do go to the networking events. If you are an introvert, it may be tempting to skip the happy hour or networking event, but these are some of the best times to meet new people in a less stuffy environment.
Do bring a friend. If you have a blogger buddy, invite them along. It’s always easier to be social with a second person. Plus, you can split up educational sessions, compare notes after, and learn twice as much!
Don’t be cliquey. Part of going to a blog conference is networking. If you stay in your comfort zone with the people you know, you’ll miss that important piece. Plus, you’ll kinda seem bitchy (there’s no nice way to put it).
Don’t forget to follow up. If you met someone awesome at the conference, or there was someone you wanted more information from, follow up with them after. Shoot them an email or contact them through social media.
Don’t skip the educational sessions. Even if you think you don’t need to go to a session or keynote because you already know enough on that topic, still go. Even if there is no new information discussed, you still may be inspired or get an idea just by the conversation that goes on.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Those people presenting at each session, they were asked to run it for a reason – they are knowledgeable and successful on that specific topic. Get all the info you can! Don’t be afraid to ask questions. You have no clue who else was wondering the same thing. If you think it pertains only to you, stick around after the session to talk to the presenter personally.
Don’t forget your business cards! Did I mention already how important they are?!
What tips do you have for attending blog conferences?