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One of the absolute truths about blogging, exhilarating sometimes and frustrating other times, is that there is always something new to learn. From tips for refining blog posts to intel on the latest social media developments, everywhere you turn there is information to absorb.
Luckily, the blogging community as a whole is made up of the most helpful, look out for others, individuals I have ever meet. Because interacting and learning from other bloggers online is so great, I know that meeting up with fellow blog devotees in person at a conference is sure to be even better.
Check out what I have discovered about the blog conference options available to help us continue to grow our presence in cyberspace.
Having spent hours looking over the agendas/schedules of many different blogging conferences, I have found that there are 3 main components to many of these gatherings. First are the keynote and breakout sessions where the meat of the education takes place. Then, comes the sponsor pitch opportunities where you get face-to-face time with companies looking to work with bloggers. Finally, but tremendously important, is the opportunity to mix and mingle with other people who love this crazy world of blogging too.
When it comes to blog conferences, many more niche conferences exist than ones that are aimed for the overall blogging community. Makes sense in that information can be tailored and company participants narrowed to match the unique interests of each niche.
Here is a rundown of a number of the main U.S. conference offerings so you can look through and select the best options for you.
Allume-This conference offers Christian writers and bloggers the opportunity to learn and network with one another.
Altitude Summit-Creative types, this one is for you. Many of the speakers are big name and the innovation is everywhere.
BAM Conference-Focused on women bloggers at midlife.
Bash Conference–If you love mixers, networking, and special events, this conference will appeal to you. The conference is focused on those in the party and entertainment industries.
Blog Elevated–This conference covers a variety of aspects of growing your blog for bloggers of all niches.
BlogPaws Conference-Another good blog conference opportunity for bloggers who love to write about their four-legged friends.
Blogalicious–This conference is focused on multicultural social media influencers and elevating the voices of diversity in blogging.
BlogHer-The organizers bill this as the world’s largest conference of women content creators. Multiple well-known keynote speakers are featured here, as well as, many breakout sessions on blogging topics.
BlogHer Food–Similar format to the BlogHer main conference, but focused on food content creators specifically.
Build Your Blog Conference-This conference focuses heavily on blog building educational sessions.
Dad 2.0 Summit-This gathering is an opportunity for dad bloggers, parenting writers, and others to gather for education and interaction.
Design Bloggers Conference-The place to be if you are an interior design blogger. Powerhouse speakers and great opportunities for networking.
FinCon-The conference tag line is where the money and media meet. Lots of top financial bloggers, financial planners, and freelance finance writers attend this conference.
FitBloggin’-Are you a health and/or fitness blogger? This conference may be right up your alley.
Garden Bloggers Conference–As the name suggests, this conference is a hot spot for garden bloggers.
Haven-A conference to call “home” for DIY and decorating professionals.
International Food Bloggers Conference-Organized by Foodista.com and Zephyr Adventures, the conference title definitely sums up the audience for this conference. As one would expect, lots of opportunities to sample food and wine and meet with culinary product representatives are available.
Mom 2.0 Summit-Conference for influential mom bloggers and female entrepreneurs. Appears to be quite popular with a range of sponsors.
SITS Bloggy Boot Camp-A one day blog conference designed for novice to intermediate women bloggers of all niches.
SNAP! Conference-Are you the crafty, diy type? This blog conference is calling you name in a fabulously creative way.
SoFabU on The Road-Brought to you by the folks at Collective Bias, this one day conference offered at various locations around the country, provides an economical way to experience in person education and networking.
Travel Writers and Photographers Conference–A prime opportunity for travel bloggers to mix and mingle with a who’s who of other writers and publishers in the industry.
Type-A Parent Conferences-Click on the conference link on the main website to see both annual conference and summit offerings for mom and dad bloggers.
For a list of dates for many upcoming conferences, check out Mommy Blog Expert’s Master Blog Events Calendar.
I have tried my best to highlight many of the moderate size and above blogging conferences in the U.S. If you know of one that you think should be added to the list or you would like to tell us more about a blogging conference that you have attended, please leave a comment below.
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