The Savvy Blogging Summit starts this week, BlogHer is a few weeks away and numerous other blog conferences and events are scheduled throughout the year. Going to a blog conference can cost anywhere from 200 to over 1000 dollars when you add up registration fees, hotel, meals, and travel costs. It is important that you get your money’s worth when you attend a blog event.
Here are some tips to make the most of your next blog event.
Behind the computer screen you can be whoever you want, but when you show up “in real life” to these events remember to just be you. People come to these events excited to meet their online friends and when they meet you they want you to be you!
Introduce yourself to the person next to you, across the table and across the hall. Since bloggers spend a lot of time behind the screen, stepping out and being social can be difficult. Don’t think any blogger is “too big” to want to meet you. You attend blog events to connect with other bloggers.
Come Ready to Learn
Does the event have a business focus, a networking focus, or a social media focus? Come prepared to learn. Research the speakers and sessions before you arrive. Figure out what sessions you would like to attend (if there are options). Don’t go to a blog event and spend the whole time working on your blog! You can do that at home for free. Schedule guest posts or write ahead of time so you can spend your time at the event actually learning and networking.
Come Ready to Connect
Make a list of questions to ask other attendees, partners and instructors! Bloggers like to share information with each other, so be ready with questions for your fellow bloggers. It’s also a great time to connect with partners and sponsors. If you are interested in working with certain brands or learning more about affiliate programs, blog events are a great way to connect face to face with your favorite companies.
Did you love a session, connect with a sponsor or meet a new blogger? Give them some love on Twitter or Facebook. People who aren’t there can learn from you and it also helps promote the event you are attending.
Create an Action Plan
What takeaways did you get from each class? Create a list of the items you need to work on and prioritize them into buckets for one month, three months, six months, and one year post event.
What are your tips for making the most out of a blogging event?