I’m so excited about Blogalicious weekend, coming September 10th through September 12th in Baltimore Maryland. This huge conference is dedicated to connecting and educating digital influencers, bloggers, and content creators from everywhere. This will be my first time attending, only because I was forced to cultivate the courage to apply. I always followed Blogalicious online and often promised myself that one day I would be good enough to attend, but later realized there was no such thing as “good enough” when the main purpose of this conference is to educate members and demonstrate more creative and impactful way to make better content and improve your digital influence.
The Blogalicious mission is…
“To grow a supportive and vibrant community of influencers that celebrates digital diversity.”
For as long as I’ve been blogging and working in the digital space, most of the people who I connected to were only online. Where I am, I know there are some amazing bloggers, speakers, digital professionals out there with websites, brands, and insight on digital marketing and influence, but most of the events and meetups for bloggers like me, were either too far away or too expensive of an investment for me at the time.
Other times, when I connected with a blogger, the vibe wasn’t right. I truly enjoy what I do, although my consistency can be an issue. However, my passion is there in a different way than many others. I always come into contact with content creators that obsess over the numbers, the analytics, & the profits, but gloss over the true purpose of why they started in the first place. It’s easy to get wrapped up into that mode, the desire to be the best and outdo any and every one to be on top. I often struggled with finding that group that lies happy in the middle of hustling and happiness.
So from afar, I was networking, connecting, admiring, and learning from awesome individuals who took what they loved and truly made something incredible and profitable for themselves and their families.
When I follow Blogalicious, I see a huge family of people who truly love what they do. I see professionals that understand the potential of what they have, how profitable it can be as a business, but how enjoyable it is to keep striving to improve. They love their content, they are aggressive in ensuring that it reaches the masses, but they also consistently reach out to help others take steps towards that same greatness.
As I prepare to attend my first conference ever. I look forward to…
Making new friends IRL:
Blogging, freelance writing, and content creation can be a very lonely thing, if you’re like me. No one does what you do within 20 miles of you, nor do they fully understand it. So as excited as you may be to upload that video, finally finish that post, or create the perfect sponsored campaign, sharing in that experience with your non-blogger friends and family, will often leave people with their eyes rolling and looking lost. So I’m excited to meet some friendly passionate bloggers that I can connect, collaborate, and keep in contact with at the conference and after I leave.
Learn Until My Head Explodes:
I want to soak up as much knowledge as I possibly can. I’m not joking. Don’t be surprised if you see my recording video, audio, taking notes, and studying during lunch. It’s not every day that you can pick the brains of experienced and knowledgeable people who you have admired for years, so it’s not the time to be cute and arrogant. I will humbly get my “learn on” with no shame or hesitation. That’s what conference are for, right? Let’s not waste money here.
Giving Back & Sowing Seeds:
I volunteered to work with the Social Squad for Blogalicious, which is a group of new and veteran bloggers who donated a portion of their time to ensure that the conference went smoothly. I’m excited to help out in any way that I can, because it’s another learning opportunity. You can meet more people while assisting in the efforts of the event that you are also attending. I look forward to meeting the individuals that do so much by putting gatherings like this together for people who truly love the business and art of blogging and digital media. There will be some creative people there and with that type of energy, I can’t wait to be a service and use my skills to make it awesome for everyone right along some great bloggers who are equally passionate.
Coming Back Better Than Before:
I can’t imagine going to this conference and not coming back better than when I left. Every time I watch a Periscope, listen to a webinar or most recently check out a Blab, I’m enlightened. These veterans really know their stuff, and they share so much information that I sign up for webinars just to hear them speak passionately about making others bloggers better at what they love. I want to become a better blogger, but more importantly I want to stay motivated. That’s exactly what I expect while attending Blogalicious. Motivation from some of the most profound influencers in the online space, which will propel me from where I am into someone who can truly build her own empire. I look forward to using everything I learn to take me from isolated blogger, to someone building an engaged and interactive community of like-minded individuals. I honestly feel like this is my chance to leap into the next level of what I love so much, so I’m definitely going to be a whole different person when I come back. Watch out!
So overall, if you haven’t realized it yet, I am so hype. I have some packing to do for this trip, because I want to be cute but comfortable. I also checked out Divas and Dorks article: The Best Apps & Gadgets to Pack for Your Next Conference Trip, which was extremely helpful in letting me know what I should not forget. Now my only issue is, I definitely might over pack. The first day of school is that same week, so it’ll be interesting to still be in back-to school shopping mode, PTA mode, all while getting prepared for this conference. Nevertheless, I can’t wait to meet some new faces and learn some new things that I should be doing and some old things I probably should stop. Watching the contributors of Blogalicious and connecting with attendees in our Facebook group has made it easier, so I’m cool.
Look forward to more updates as the conference approaches. If you can, please join me at this year’s Blogalicious conference by registering here. It will be great to connect with other bloggers while learning new ways to improve your business and brand. Hope to see you there!
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