So many of us are descending upon New York City to attend Blogher and all the surrounding brand events.
Are we crazy? Does any of this matter? Have we spent our money in vain?
Conferences do matter and I’ll tell you why.
I have attended several different blog conferences over the past few years and they all hold immense value particularly in the area of face time with the people we know virtually. As we forge relationships online it is always nice to meet those same people in person. These are the experiences that really matter and are worth every penny of the costs of attending blogging conferences.
And, the amount of information you learn makes conferences matter even more. I’ve learned over time that it’s not always the information you learn during sessions that resonates the most. It’s what you learn when you sit down and talk to others that usually makes the biggest impact. It’s when you put your head together with someone and figure out answers to problems you share about blogging or ask those who have solved those problems how they did it. This is where blogging conferences really shine!
And above all else, blogging conferences matter because they infuse all of us with energy and enthusiasm and the drive to come up with imaginative ways to reach others online. Every conference I’ve ever attended has made me a better person after I’ve left. I’m grateful to have these types of experiences and want to share these experiences with as many people I can.
I am writing this post from my New York City hotel room and in the next few hours I will be meeting other women bloggers. Some of them I’ve known for years and others I will be meeting for the first time. I’m excited.
This is why blog conferences matter!
What do you think?
By the way: After Blogher this week I will also be attending Bloggy BootCamp in San Fransisco, Type-A Mom, and Blogalicious. Yes! I really believe blog conferences matter. Every blogger should attend at least one each year.