Once you’ve been blogging for a little while, and especially once you’ve met some other bloggers online, you may get interested in meeting some of these other bloggers in person. Who are these other people who spend hours behind their computer screens, creating content, and sharing it with the masses? Maybe you want to learn more about your craft, and ask others questions in real-life, and in real time. Perhaps you’re interested in interacting with brands. All of these are great reasons to attend a blogging conference… but don’t answer the real question… which conference should you go to?
There are lots of things to consider when picking a conference to go to – location, cost, timing, and who else is planning on attending are all factors that I consider. Here are some basic details and links to some upcoming conferences (in calendar order). Feel free to add additional conferences and notes in the comments below.
Blissdom -Bloggers, writers, photographers and more get together to find their inspiration and connect with others.
Nashville, TN – February 23-25 – $199.00 (SOLD OUT)
Lisa from Condo Blues says, “Blissdom has a lot of home,DIY, and craft bloggers who attend. I’m one of the Community Leaders this year.”
Craftication Indie Business and DIY Conference – Take a vacation, get crafty, learn about the business aspect of crafting and choose from over 50 workshops, lectures and events with others who are as passionate about crafting as you are.
Ventura, CA – March 22-25, 2012 – ($275 Early Bird Price through Feb 15th) $300
SNAP! Creativity at Your Fingertips – – A conference for creative bloggers – those that are constantly dreaming, sharing, and building things up. Targeting the best bloggers representing modern handmade, contemporary craft, mind-blowing events and DIY
Thanksgiving Point, UT – April 19-21, 2012 – $250 (Through March 15)
Amy from Mod Podge Rocks says, “I’m a speaker and am looking forward to connecting with bloggers that I have known virtually for years but never met in real life!”
Kendra from Me and My Insanity says. “I think this is the place for all the crafty bloggers to be this year. It will be a blend of hands-on crafty (make and take) workshops, plus blogging/technical classes/info. Plus a handmade market. I love that it has tracks that encompass all of my interests: Parties/events, DIY home, contemporary crafts, and handmade businesses.
Bloggy Boot Camps
Bloggy Boot Camp – an extension of The SITS Girls community, Bloggy Bootcamp is designed to help women bloggers connect, and increase their understanding of blogging and social media. Bloggy Boot Camp 2012 dates include:
St Louis – April 21, 2012 – $99
Philadelphia – May 19, 2012 – $99
Dallas – September 15, 2012 – $99
Las Vegas – October 13, 2012 – $99
Mom 2.0 Summit – A conference for influential mom bloggers and female entrepreneurs who create online content. Designed to facilitate conversation between marketers and mom bloggers.
Key Biscayne, FL – May 3-5, 2012 – $415.00 until Feb 29, then $449.00
Type-A Parent Conference – Designed to help social media and blogging parents and the companies who want to connect with them. Topics include power networking, branding, blogging, finding your voice, and turning your passion for blogging into a real paycheck.
Charlotte, NC – June 22-24, 2012 – -$197.00 (Early Bird price)
Haven – A conference for DIY lovers to gather. Hands-on sessions by some of the top DIY bloggers. Sessions include topics ranging from furniture painting to social media and how to monetize your blog.
Atlanta, GA – June 21-22, 2012 – $199.00
Angie from The Country Chic Cottage says, “Haven is new so I don’t know what it will be like, but John and Sherry from YHL are speakers!”
Evo – Bloggers, businesses, and social media junkies of all levels participate in hands-on tutorials and workshops, thoughtful discussions, and keynote panels. The conference is designed to blend workshops, networking, parties, and the wind-in-your-hair relaxation that can only be found by spending summertime in the mountains.
Park City, UT – July 12-14, 2012 – $299 (Early Bird price through March 1st)
Katie from Sweet Roses Studio says “I would love to go to Evo Conference this year!”
Kendra from Me and My Insanity says, “Evo was great! It really isn’t a crafty conference, though there was a good group of us there last year. It’s really good for networking with brands (of the general mom-type variety), and offers hands-on photography and cooking workshops. Great for blogging, but not specifically for the creatives.”
BlogHer – One of the largest blog conferences. Targeted towards female bloggers of all niches, with break-out sessions for different kinds of bloggers. A large expo hall where brands and bloggers can connect.
New York City – August 2-4, 2012 – $198 (Early Bird price through Feb 28)
Savvy Blogging Summit
Savvy Blogging Summit – A three-day blog to business event with topics like leadership, ebooks, marketing, SEO, monetization, affiliate marketing, networking, and social media.
Atlanta, GA – October 4-6, 2012 – $275
Regardless of the conference you choose, I think Vivienne from V-Spot has the right attitude, ” I am very excited and looking forward to learning a little something, but mostly looking forward to actually meeting the women I feel like I already kind of know and love.”