One thing that I try to do as a blogger is stay informed and relevant. The blogosphere is ever-changing and you need to keep up with blog trends to stay on top of it all. That's why I try to attend blogger conferences.
For my six or seventh year, I woke up early on a bright, Saturday morning and headed to Concordia University for the Minnesota Blogger Conference. I noticed so many new faces but didn't see many old ones. It honestly could have been because the conference is growing and maybe we didn't cross paths. But it made me wonder.
The problem is when you've been blogging for a while, you begin to feel like you've heard it all before. But, even seasoned bloggers can learn something worthwhile at a blog conference. Here's what I took away from the MN Blogger Conference.
5 Things I Learned as A Veteran Blogger at the MN Blogger Conference
1. You can always learn something new. Maybe there's a new social media or blogging tool out there. Often, it's a new perspective that a workshop leader will share that could benefit you tremendously.
2. The chance to network. This cannot be underestimated. Not only can you meet and connect with other bloggers, but brands are often in the house. What a great opportunity to collaborate and form new partnerships!
3. Sometimes, it's not about you. Have you learned a few blogging tips that have helped you along the way? This is a chance to offer advice and encouragement to others. Give back what others have so generously given you.
4. Support your fellow bloggers that are teaching a class. That's exactly what I did when I heard that Jasmine of Carpe Diem with Jasmine would be presenting. I don't know about you, but I would be nervous if I were on stage. If I looked into the audience and saw familiar faces, it might put me at ease. Besides, bloggers need other bloggers support!
5. Which brings me to this final point. Don't be afraid to teach a class yourself. A blog buddy in another state wrote me saying that I should apply to speak at this conference. While I knew I wasn't ready for this year, I wouldn't have even considered it prior to her suggestion. Next year, I'll be more open to giving it a try.
Bottom line? Don't stay home because you've seen it all or heard it all. Get up and go. You never know what may become of it!
Do you like to attend blogger conferences?