Whew, this month has been going full speed! It started off with a HUGE bang, when I attended the Go Blog Social 2015 blog conference earlier this month. That was just the motivation I needed to start my month off right! Disclaimer: I was invited as a Go Blog Social Brand Ambassador. I received tickets to the event, in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts and opinions with you all! I hope you find them useful! Having never attended a blog conference before, I had no clue what it would be like.
Would it be boring?
Would I learn anything I could actually use?
Would anyone actually be interested in networking with or getting to know little old me?
I am pleased to say that it greatly exceeded my expectations!
This conference was a two day event. Each day was led off with a coffee and network time, which was extremely easy to navigate. I’m a bit of an extrovert and tend to get a little shy when it comes to introducing myself in these types of settings, yet the atmosphere made it completely comfortable!
We even had a flash networking session at the beginning of the second day, where we go the chance to exchange business cards and do a brief introduction with several people! That was pretty neat.
I found a few bloggers I knew there, and met some awesome ones that will be sure to be long lasting relationships. I was also smart enough to snag a seat right by the convenient charging station (thanks Pollinate Media!) so that my devices were kept juiced up throughout the event.
One thing that really caught my eye about the event (aside from the AWESOME decor, thanks to Trapp & Co. of course) was the variety of speakers. While blogging was the main topic, many of speakers were entrepreneurs and business owners. They spoke about everything from how to work with brands (including what brands look for in follow-up) to how to engage your social media followers.
The amazing Alea Lovely even spoke about her experience with getting her very first viral blog post, and tips for achieving that milestone.
Overall, I must say that I was thoroughly impress with the conference as a whole, and left with a much better understanding of what I need to do to take my blog to the next level (and the motivation I needed to do it). I also learned a very important lesson. Blog Conferences are much less about the actual conference, and more about the relationships you build that continue on long past the event!
Oh! And you get awesome goodie bags!
I look forward to keeping in touch with the awesome bloggers and individuals I met, and can’t wait for the next Go Blog Social event!