Wow, am I late with this (smallish) recap, or what? The Type-A Parent Conference was held in Asheville last month and I still haven’t posted about it. I was able to make it to the Business portion of the three-day conference, but unfortunately had to miss the general sessions this year due to a schedule conflict (my cousin’s wedding, which was fun on a totally different level!)
Last year was my first time attending the conference – or any blog conference, for that matter – and I absolutely loved it. I was really upset when I learned that it was being held the same weekend that I was going out of town, but pretty fortunate that I could attend at least one day. I even purchased my ticket last November!
This year, I was able to (briefly) reconnect with friends I made at last year’s conference, and I made several new friends who I am now able to keep in touch with via Twitter and their blogs.
The sessions I attended this year included:
Transitioning from Blogger to Social Media Consultant
Engaging with Email Newsletters
Blogger Outreach that Works
Traffic Building Boot camp (half of this one)
Collaboration that Pays
Getting Freelance Writing Gigs
The only one I felt I didn’t get much out of was the traffic building boot camp. It was two hours long, and I stayed for the first hour before moving onto the collaboration session. It just wasn’t doing anything for me (and maybe if I had stayed, I would have enjoyed it more. Guess I’ll never know!) You can get a rundown of all of the sessions, and their descriptions, on the Type-A Parent Conference site. I won’t bore you with the details at this moment. I am anxious to possibly collaborate with some great businesses when the baby is born.
The networking expo was really fun. It was organized differently this year – instead of having bloggers and businesses move from table to table, bloggers were able to go to the different vendors booths to learn more about the businesses. (And there was time on Friday and Saturday to stop in and learn more about the different businesses and sponsors.) Last year it was a little more chaotic, so I’m hoping that next year will be even better.
Next year’s conference has already been scheduled for June 22-24. I haven’t purchased my tickets yet because I’m waiting to plan our trip north. As soon as that’s set (and hopefully it won’t be that weekend in June), I’m definitely making my blog conference plans again! I’d encourage any blogger – with a big or small blog – to attend a conference. Even if it isn’t this particular conference, find one close to you and get out there and meet fellow bloggers. You won’t regret it. 🙂