I’m going to be honest, I was a little bit of a bad blogger and took over a month to go through all of the photos from The Blog Societies conference. (If you’re a blogger, are you a member? I highly suggest applying!) You can find last year’s full recap here, but thought I’d do it a little different this year. I want to tell you a little about the conference, but I also want to go into detail why every blogger should try to attend a blogging conference. Keep reading you guys, it’s good stuff!
Make sure to tune in next week when I’ll roundup all of the conferences you can attend as a blogger. I’m thinking about attending a few more in 2017! (After reading this post I hope you want to, too!)
A little about #TBSCon:
I’ve been a part of The Southern Blog Society ever since I started blogging. (Remember when I attended their conference in Atlanta?) Just after last year’s conference they went national and are now called The Blog Societies. It has been an amazing community for myself and for my blog that I can’t recommend enough. The founders, Cathy and Jessica, have been nothing but amazing and even turned into friends over time. They’re total girl bosses and are such an inspiration to me!
#TBSCon was set up a lot like last year’s, except this year brought an additional day of workshops. I’m so glad that it did because this was my favorite part of the whole conference. My friends Molly and Beth taught a hit photography workshop, and there were others like accounting, and a Q&A with the founders. My personal favorite was learning all about SEO with White Oak Creative. Along with the workshops, we had breakfast with Kendra Scott, lunch with COSMEDIX, and were welcomed with a Vera Bradley cocktail party. I wore this outfit and overall had a great time. It was nice to escape the crazy that has been life lately to get down to Charleston. I just love that city! See the recap video below if you’re interested in learning more!
Why Should I Attend A Blogging Conference?
I know a lot of people texted me like, “What the hell do you do at a blogging conference?” Well, folks, it’s just like any other conference! It’s invaluable for networking and meeting new people in your industry. Especially when you’re industry is all online, it’s nice to finally put a face to an internet friend.
Conferences also do amazing things for your motivation. Between all of the information I absorbed, and being with your “clique,” I came home extremely energized to get shit done. I also relaunched the site while I was in Charleston for the conference, so when I came back I was all about exercising all of the new things I’d learned in order to reach new readers. My friend Aubrey had a great takeaway from the conference in her post, where she says she advises doing one thing each day to build your brand. This is something I’m striving towards everyday now. Even though there might not be a new post up everyday, I’m doing a lot more on the backend to make this blog the best it can be.
Lastly, by attending a blogging conference you let yourself reset. I found that although I was attending a conference about blogging, I was very unplugged during this time. It was actually refreshing. I was energized for the first time in a long time. So often this blog feels like work, it’s nice to take a step back and realize that what you’re doing is actually right; that your blog is getting noticed, that people are responding to the content that takes hours to create.