I attended my very first blogging conference, #CFLBLOGCON12, this weekend. I have been blogging for over a year but have never been able to make it to a conference. In my opinion, I have been doing a lot of things right but coming out #CFLBLOGCON12, I now realize there is so much more that I could be doing. Anyone out there who is wavering about whether or not to go to a Blog Conference, if the quality is anything like what I experienced at #CFLBLOGCON12, I say do it! Aside from the awesome perks like yoga, food and steel pan music from Bahamas Breeze, massages, a fancy Ford lounge and delicious strawberry cookies from Parkesdale Farms, I managed to learn a couple of things.
Thank you to Macbeth Photography for the images seen here.
Investment in my career
The fact that I was willing to sacrifice time away from my family for an entire Saturday solidified how important my blogging career has become to me. It proved to me that if I am willing to spend the time and money on this passion, I owe it to myself to put my all into it. Jocelyn Ramos Campbell said it best, “If you were in any other industry, you would be expected to attend seminars and conferences to learn and grow, treat your blogging career with the same level of seriousness.”
Learned Many New Things
Honestly my mind is still spinning. Between the new apps, and websites and techniques out there, I have developed some great resources to work as smart and efficiently as possible. It is amazing how many ways there are to make my blogs more fun and engaging for my readers and simple and easy for me. Technology changes so quickly, a conference like this one keeps you up-to-date on the latest of everything.
Spent Time With Like Minded People
There is just something so inspiring about spending time with people who are into the same things you are. The CFLBLOGCON12 attendees ranged from people who just started to those who had been at it forever. I was able to learn for the pros and even provide some encouragement to a few people just starting out. While our interests were incredibly diverse, the passion for blogging was universal.
Developed “Real” Relationships
One of the thrills of the conference was finally getting to meet people in real life. I had so much fun trying to figure out if the person sitting next to me was someone I interacted with regularly in social media. My friends on twitter proved to be just as genuine in real life. Shout out to the @TampaBayLadyBloggers and the @CentralFloridaLatinas for making me feel so welcome.