In less than a week, I’ll be at my very first #BlogHer conference — and I’m totally terrified! I have been blogging for two years and a journalist since, well, high school, but this is the first time I’ll be attending a blogging conference, and I don’t know how qualified I feel going in to the event. It’s a little nerve-racking thinking I’ll be surrounded by bloggers who blog with consistency and have loads of traffic. Not to mention those who have made an entire career out of blogging. Ya, it’s kind of intimidating.
So, to keep myself from totally freaking out and turning into a shrinking violet at BlogHer, I’ve made a list of realistic goals I hope to accomplish at the blogging conference. Here’s what I think I can get done at #BlogHer16.
4 Things I Hope To Accomplish At My First Blogging Conference
1. Make new friends
There will be so many bloggers at this conference that I know I can totally find at least one or two to connect with over our areas of expertise — young adult life. I just need to put myself out there and be ready to have a few awkward conversations before finding my squad.
2. Connect with brands
I have been looking for different ways to expand That’s So Grown-Up in to more of a business than a hobby, and connecting with the brands who will be present on the blogging conference expo floor is a great chance to do just that. I hope that I can find a good match who would be interested in partnering up with me on some posts.
3. Attend as many workshops as possible
One of my main goals for the conference is to leave with a notebook PACKED with tips and tricks for improving my blog. The workshops offered by BlogHer range from teaching SEO (Search Engine Optimization) best practices to how to monetize your blog to how to turn your blog into a book. Uh, ya, I want to learn all of those things!
4. Get ideas for new posts and ways to connect with my readers
Part of allowing myself to invest in a ticket for the conference back in March was making a promise that I would become more active on the blog and start to crank out posts. And… that didn’t really happen. So I have been working hard the past few weeks trying to get back on track. And, hopefully, the conference will inspire me to write even more regularly, and give me some great ideas based on my experiences, and what I learned from the keynote speakers, workshops and the amazing women I meet there.