I attended Blogging Concentrated this past weekend in Asheville. It was a one-day, 8-hour intensive workshop on blogging. And really being your own boss. Think of yourself as being the CEO of your blog.
It was awesome.
Things this conference is not: Fluff. How to set up your WordPress site. How to move your site away from Blogger. How to set up a blog.
Things this conference will help you with: Inspiration. How to really monetize your site. (Oh, hey, Google Adsense. You’re actually working for me now.) New ideas, strategies, planning and tools.
Dan and Rachel (president and vice president of Blogging Concentrated) talked about making the most of your time. They had good points. Every minute I’m spending on my computer/doing projects/taking photos/all the things blogging entails is a minute (or 60) away from my family and real life. I need to make sure every second counts.
I learned of new tools I could use in the blog world. And I kind of want to write an e-book one day. I don’t know what my topic would be and a year ago I had no desire to write an e-book, but now? I want to do it.
Kelby Carr (a real-life friend of mine, not just a pocket friend) spoke about getting Type-A Parent off the ground, and reigning things in. I always enjoy listening to her and I’m excited for how far she has taken the Type-A Conference (I’m going again in September. Yay!)
I met several other bloggers from the southeast and it was exciting to be around people who “get it.” We didn’t blog about the same topics, but we all respect what the others do. I may have been surrounded by people who get FAR more traffic on their sites daily than I see in a month, but they didn’t make me feel less than adequate. They were all Rocket Pilots, while I’m still firmly stuck on the ground rubbing two sticks together, but I’ll get there. And more importantly I want to get there now.
Since I finished Saturday, I’ve been inspired to do more in a strategic sense. I still want this to be my space, but I have to think smarter. In that thinking smarter, I want to continue learning, so I signed up for BC Prime, which will hopefully keep me thinking and learning every month of the year. (BC Prime also allows you to receive discounts on things like their SEO Challenge, plugins and more.)
I highly encourage you to check out their events. If there is one in a city near you (and they are constantly traveling!) invest the money and the time. It’s well worth you’re time.
Have you ever attended a blogging conference? If so, which one have you attended? And what do you like most about your favorite conference? (I love Type-A. The people are wonderful and the sessions are out of this world.)
This is not a sponsored post, but the above links are affiliate links. I hope you’ll take a moment to check out the mentioned conferences – join me in September at Type-A in Atlanta! – and possibly sign up for one or both of them!