I’ve attended about 8 blog conferences in the last 3 years.
People ask me why I keep attending conferences, because they are a huge investment of time, money and require you to be away from your family and job.
And the reason I do is this:
You don’t know what you don’t know.
You can think you know a lot about blogging, or social media, or working with brands, or even how to network. I feel like I do.
But a conference can turn a bright light on an area of your life, your blog, or your career that you might not have even considered or thought about.
It can help you realize that instead of trying to push through the wall, you need to find a way around it. Go over it or under it or around the end.
It can uncover questions you never thought to ask, and solutions you didn’t think were possible.
It can give you a phrase, a buzzword, a quote, that helps you redefine your direction.
It can give you one strategy that makes you work smarter, not harder.
It can show you how to take your passion and make it your career.
It can show you how to tap into your creativity, how to be easy on yourself, how to regain the power within you.
It can provide you with a personal connection you never imagined and a professional connection that leads to new opportunity.
It can take you from being an amateur to a pro.
It can give you an a-ha moment when you didn’t even realize you needed one.
And that’s kind of what happened to me this weekend at Bloggy Boot Camp Phoenix: Business Edition.
I was there to speak.
When I’m speaking at a conference, my mindset is generally this: I am there to give of myself: to share knowledge, make myself available to other bloggers, and to help them be more successful.
I am not there to take.
But there were several presenters that gave me a-ha moments that I didn’t even realize I needed. People whose words helped me gain so much more clarity on what I should be doing, how I should be doing it, and most importantly, what I SHOULDN’T be doing: thanks to Meagan Francis, Danielle Smith, and the incomparable Tiffany Romero who were those people this time.
So that’s why I keep going to blog conferences: because there’s always something more to learn, always another way to grow. And even if you only take one thing away from a conference, it can be worth far more than the cost of attending.
If you’re interested, I’ve shared my presentation from this past weekend on Slideshare. Some of the slides won’t make a lot of sense if you weren’t at the conference, but here they are nonetheless.
I highly recommend attending Bloggy Boot Camp: Business Edition for those of you looking to monetize your blog, or kickstart a career or business. The education truly is unparalleled.
And for all of you who attended Bloggy Boot Camp and listened to my presentation, I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your time and attention!