Six Reasons NOT To Go To a Blog Conference


I recently got back from BlogWorld L.A. and have been trying to work out how to do the seemingly obligatory ‘wrap-up’ post without just copying what everyone else is saying.

I say ‘obligatory’ because all the cool kids do them, so all the rest of us just ‘have’ to do them to try and join their gang!

Ok… so, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but the truth is that blog conferences are awesome and it’s hard NOT to want to (over)share about them.

My genius solution was to sit down and list the reasons why you wouldn’t want to go to a blog conference and leave all the positive stuff up to your imagination (although you need a VERY active imagination to conjure up the awesomeness of an event like BlogWorld).

So… here are just six reasons NOT to go to a blog conference:

  1. You’re happy where you are and don’t want to improve your blogging skills – because, seriously, even just being around that much bloggy talent can elevate your bloggery skills immensely.
  2. You use social media not to be social but to say your piece without any interaction – If you’re not interested in actually connecting with people, don’t go to a conference. However, if you go, you’ll make great new friends and have a wonderfully social time!
  3. You know it all already and don’t want to share – one of the great things about blog conferences is that the sessions are designed to help you learn from people who know. What’s even greater is that the people who know freely give of their time to go there to share what they know with you… if you’ll just listen!
  4. You’re shy and introverted and will just hide in a corner the whole time. I know how you feel. That’s me. I do that at conferences but the great thing I’ve found is that there is always someone who is ready and willing to negotiate you past your shyness and help you connect, network, learn and have fun. THANK YOU so much to the wonderful people at BlogWorld who ignored the fact that I was quaking in fear in a corner and introduced me to people and made the whole experience a lot better for me. You know who you are… and you’re all Type-A peeps!
  5. You can’t afford it. This is a big one, and it’s one of the reasons I had never gone to one before this year, but there ARE ways around it. For example, if you have something you’re knowledgeable in, you might be able to speak there in your own session – and speakers get in to the WHOLE conference free. Alternatively, you can probably find a company who would be willing to sponsor your trip in whole or in part! The whole return on your investment though is probably WAY bigger than you think it could be, so I fully recommend that you take the leap, make an investment in your blogging future and get yourself to a conference next year. Don’t forget, booking early gets you BIG discounts on tickets!
  6. You HATE Free stuff. Food, drinks, parties, electronics, car show tickets, books, hats, t-shirts and magazines are just a few of the things I got for free from BlogWorld this year… it’s incredible. But hey, who wants free stuff?
In case you hadn’t guessed, I’ve become a big fan of blog conferences. I really think they could help just about every blogger I know.
You should go to one next year…
OH, and if you missed BlogWorld but would like to be able to experience all of the sessions and keynotes, it’s still possible to buy a Virtual Ticket, which will give you unlimited access to the recordings of every session!
The Virtual Tickets are just $347 at the moment, but they go up by $100 on November 17 2011 – so make your mind up quick buy one here!
I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

4 thoughts on “Six Reasons NOT To Go To a Blog Conference”

  1. The neat thing about blog conferences is there are LOTS of introverts. It’s not the same as going to a party where everyone seems to be extroverted and loud and overwhelming. At these things there’s always people on the edge of the crowd who aren’t nearly as intimidating to approach.

    1. Someone suggested to me that a good way to get people to talk to me was to stand there looking awkward, as if I wanted to talk but didn’t know what to say.

      I tried that but I think I got the look wrong and ended up looking more creepy than awkward… on the plus side, I attracted the attention of lots security guards….

  2. Peter, I used to go to conferences back when I worked for IBM, and it was always an awesome experience.
    Now that I am dedicating more time to blogging, the idea of going to a blogging conference does sound great.
    Unfortunately, it is more expensive for me because it demands an international trip, but I liked the suggestions you gave, I’ll consider working to be able to go next year.
    BTW, when I read the previous post you wrote about BlogWorld, I got so interested that I purchased the virtual ticket. It’s not the same as attending the conference, but I expect to learn a lot from the sessions.

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