Blogging conferences are one of the best ways to get out there and actually meet people in the mom blogging community. It’s not always easy to get away, but it’s essential.
Blogging: Up close
The first blogging conference I attended as a mom blogger was BlogHer in Chicago in 2009. I remember being terrified to go. I only knew a handful of mom bloggers, and I wasn’t sure what to expect — at all. On top of that, I was sad — and feeling guilty — leaving my sons and my husband for four days. I kept thinking, “Will this really be worth the time away and the money spent?”
It was. Immensely.
I left the conference thinking to myself, “Yeah… this blogging is possible to do and possible to do for a living.” It changed my way of thinking and fueled me in a way I can’t quite describe. The conference did that to me — with the energy, the passion, the comaraderie.
Three years later, which in the blogging world is a really long time, blogging conferences are hotter than ever. The great thing about blogging and social media conferences now is there are so many incredible and beneficial events for bloggers to attend. Back in 2009, the four biggies for mom bloggers were: BlogHer, BlogWorld, SXSW and Blissdom. Now in 2012, there are conferences monthly that are pertinent for mom bloggers. The social media waters for the digital mom have catapulted, and bringing it offline at a conference is one of the best things to do.
Why is it important to attend blogging conferences?
There are dozens of reasons to attend conferences. I know they aren’t the easiest thing to be able to swing into your schedule and pay for, but I do think they are worth attending, at the very least, once a year.
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Here are three of my most important reasons:
Real life connections
For listings of 2012 blogging conferences, head here.