5 Reasons to Attend Blog Conferences and Online BlogCon

We get asked all the time: what is so great about attending a blog conference? Is it really worth the time and money? A lot of these conferences are super expensive and last for a couple of days!
We have now attended a couple of conferences and at first we were very skeptical of paying that much money and arranging babysitters for our kids, but I promise you that the benefits of attending a conference far outweigh everything else!

Here are my 5 Reasons to Attend a Blog Conference:

1. Networking with other Bloggers
This is hands-down the best reason to attend a blog conference. We learned so much more from talking to other bloggers than we ever could have learned from any class or workshop. We have also made some great friends at the different conferences that we have attended. At these conferences, we have formed some Pinterest, Facebook, and Skype groups so that we can stay in touch, bounce ideas off each other, help each other grow, and help promote each others blogs. This reason alone is enough to attend as many conferences as you can!

2. You get to meet IN REAL LIFE!
A lot of times you will know names and maybe even recognize pictures from the blogging world, but it is so fun to actually meet in real life! Let's be honest- we all have that blog that we love to stalk and follow along faithfully. Meeting that blogger in person and talking face-to-face is such an incredible experience! Making those connections with people that you admire and look up to are priceless.

3. Get the word out about your blog
There is seriously no better way to connect with other bloggers and businesses than at a blog conference. Some of our largest sponsors and investors were people that we met at a blog conference; even our book publisher was someone that we just happened to sit by at dinner at a blog conference and we started telling them about our blog! Next thing we knew, we scored a sweet book deal. You just never know who you will meet and how they will help grow, promote, or add to your blog. It's absolutely amazing.

4. You are surrounded by people who understand "blogging"
During my first year of blogging, my husband thought that I was absolutely insane! He couldn't understand why I would spend so much time doing "link parties" or connecting with other blogs on Facebook. During dinner, he would ask me to please stop telling him about the new blog that I found that day or my latest find on Pinterest. However, at a blog conference, everyone there loves to talk blog! They all share your same passion and understand all that blogging "lingo".

5. They are FUN!
Spending time with people who love the same things that you do, eating delicious food, collecting amazing swag, and learning about how to be a better blogger make conferences so much fun! Bloggers are some of the funnest people I have ever met. I always come away from a conference with sore ab muscles from laughing so hard and exhaustion from getting little to no sleep. It is always a good time!

Looking for a great conference to attend?
We will be speaking at NMX in Las Vegas in January, plus hosting our own Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City in February.

We also are part of Online BlogCon, which starts next week!

What is Online BlogCon?
Let me introduce you to one of the coolest blog conferences out there- one you can attend from the comfort of your own home!

Blog conferences are awesome. Have you ever been to one? There's tons of fun people, networking, workshops, swag, and all-around blogger fun.

There's also a huge price tag and time commitment, two things that many of us can't manage. And that's where Online BlogCon comes in.

Online BlogCon 2012 is going to be a 3 day online blog conference taking place from October 22-24, 2012. Yes, we said online. No airfare needed!

Online BlogCon has gathered some of your favorite bloggers to be "speakers" at the conference. They've written blog posts for you, exclusive to Online BlogCon, about a range of topics from photography, working with sponsors, networking, blog/life balance, and more. Check out our Speakers page for more information on the bloggers you'll find at Online BlogCon 2012.

Registration for Online BlogCon is now open! Your $15 registration fee includes access to the conference site and all that Onlince BlogCon has to offer: speakers, giveaways, and networking. For all the details, please check the info page, and registration is now open!!

We are so excited to bring you Online BlogCon 2012. We hope that you are excited as us!