Have you booked for the Problogger Training Event, or have you ever thought about attending a bloggie conference or get together and not known what to expect? I know lots of people look at me quizzicaly and ask: “What’s a blogging conference? What is it – What goes on?” as if they think it’s like buying tickets to fly to meet aliens on the moon.
Blogging conferences and Training Events
Forget any ideas you might have of a boring corporate business conference. A blog conference is much more fun and informal but it’s all about learning and networking, especially All About Blogging - from how to set up a blog and how to create a profitable online publishing business … here’s a fun look at Blogging Gems and Diamonds
It’s about having fun too – at Problogger there will be networking breakfasts and an evening get together allowing us to meet and mingle with other people of like minds.
If you can’t attend, read on about how to buy a Virtual Ticket for ‘live access’ to all the sessions so that you don’t miss out.
What will I learn?
A blogging conference or training event is likely to include sessions that teach you about the nuts and bolts of blogging and creating online content, everything from:- writing great content, to creating EBooks, marketing yourself and your blog, how best to engage with social media, and tips about new and interesting industry news and views.Top names and forward thinkers are engaged to deliver (approximately) 45 minute sessions of presentations, and successful or up and coming bloggers are invited to chat and answer questions on Discussion Panels.
I often learn more about useful stuff like … Things I Wished I’d known from The Beginning!
The Problogger 2012 Training Event promises to be the best yet for ideas and help on how to build profitable blogs. If you’re unable to attend then The Virtual Participants Portal is your next best bet.
What to Wear to a live Blogging Conference
For those of us lucky enough to attend the live conference, the question of what to wear is often a dilemma. This year there has been talk of people attending the event wearing their pyjamas, because let’s face it, that’s what a lot of bloggers go to work in, chained as we often are to our home computers or laptops! I can often be found (cough) in my pink fluffy dressing gown and neon slippers tapping away at the computer and having grown-up conversations or conducting interviews on the phone. Those are the days I don’t use Skype video!
But informal is the key. Pyjamas or jeans may be the order of the day for some people, fashion bloggers may decide to dress up in glad rags and show off their style, bloggers representing brands may choose to go for a smart casual or even suited look, and there will be everything and anything in between as well. So wear what you feel comfortable in, something that’s easy to spend time sitting down in (note to self – no over tight waistbands) and something that you can perhaps dress up for the evening event if a dash back to your hotel is not an option.
Ladies – a note on shoes. I wore tarts trotters last year and although they looked lovely I regretted it! Most of the time they were tucked under the table and nobody saw them, and then when I had to make a quick dash to the evening event, I regretted not being able to walk fast to get to the wine!
A blogging conference gets bloggers together. We are a disparate bunch of people not only spread around Australia, but spread around the world. While the Aussie conferences may not attract such a large international audience as BlogHer and other American or European conferences, Problogger 2012 has just over 300 registered attendees and a waiting list to boot.
The hardest thing, I find, is making the most of my time. I love chatting to other bloggers and finding out how they do things, what their bloggie problems are, what successes they’ve had and so on because for a big part of my working day I’m alone and only communicating via social media, Facebook or Twitter for instance. It’s great to meet people in real life and I just know that this year I’ll be wanting to meet all 300 of the other attendees, but know that I can’t.
So the problem is how to work my way around a number of people, without appearing rude. How do you do that? Personally, I tend to get so involved in a conversation that I don’t know how to extricate myself, even if out of the corner of my eye I can see someone else that I’d really like to connect with. That’s the hardest part for me.
Other people are really shy and introverted. That’s why a lot of us are so good at blogging! I’m also quite shy about starting a new conversation and energising a friendship from scratch, but I think the key thing is to remember to ask questions. Ask about the other person’s blog, what they write about, what difficulties they face, and soon you’ll be chatting away as if you’ve known each other all your lives.
What gadgets and gizmos to take
Conferences vary in the provision of tables, wifi and charging points at the event, and audio recordings or PDF’s of the sessions afterwards. Try not to wear yourself down with a big heavy bag, becuase you will be carting it from room to room. Bearing that in mind, here’s a list of some of the things you may like to consider:-
Paper and Pen
Camera or phone with camera
For Problogger 2012 Darren has this to say: “Some may prefer just to sit and listen without the distraction of any technology and rely upon the audio recordings and PDFs of the powerponits that we give all attendees. We’ll have free wifi at the event for you to Tweet/blog the event (we might even have a few prizes for best Tweets/Live Blogs etc) – all we ask is you don’t download/upload anything too big to slow the network down (a few photos is cool – but no massive videos please).”
Make New Friends
You’ll find that everyone is really friendly at a blogging conference. Even the A-Grade bloggers. We’re all in this fairly new media arena together, and we’re all still learning. I think that even well known bloggers and someone as successful as Darren Rowse would admit to that.
So do chat to the person you find sitting next to you. Most people will be on their own, and many people will barely know a soul. Don’t be alarmed if you see cliques of people who all seem to know each other, they have probably been blogging for a few years, because soon you’ll find your own friendship groups of like-minded bloggers who you’ll meet up with over and over again. The trick is to make the first move, and get to know someone. Find someone who also looks a little lost to begin with, and the ball will start rolling.
By the end of the conference you will probably have collected a whole heap of business cards and it really will be up to you to follow up on those friendships and keep them alive virtually until you meet up at another conference next year. I attended the fabulous Nuffnang Blogopolis in June and made some firm friends who I’m so looking forward to meeting up with again at Problogger 2012 in Melbourne.
The Problogger Event Virtual Ticket will give pass holders an Access All Areas pass to the Virtual Participants Portal, on probloggerevents.com and enable you to participate – virtually – in the event from anywhere in the world!
It will provide ‘almost live’ access to:
- Over 21 hours of teaching. You’ll get audio recordings of all 21 sessions of training at the event. You’ll hear from bloggers like Darren Rowse, Chris Guillebeau, Sarah Wilson and many more on how to build profitable blogs (see full schedule here).
- View all slides from each of the sessions at the event – yours to keep as PDFs.
- Participate in an exclusive live webinar with Darren Rowse on October 17th for a post-event Q&A session – this will also be recorded for you to listen to again later.
- Membership to our private FB group to connect with other virtual attendees, live attendees in Melbourne, event organisers and speakers
Let’s get to know each other
- I hope I get to meet you, if you’re reading this Why not let me know in the comments section who you are, and let’s make a plan to get to know each other.
- If you’re not going to the conference, then do consider booking The Virtual Ticket. I am an affiliate and stand to gain commission if you book through this link – so of course it would make me very happy if you did Here’s the link:- VIRTUAL TICKET
- If you’ve written a post about Blogging recently, why not link to it in the comments section, and please add any helpful tips you can offer for other bloggers who might be new to blog conferences and training events.