So you are sitting on your couch in your PJs. You just purchased your ticket to an upcoming blog conference that will help you skyrocket your blog traffic and increase your blog income. You are so ready to do this.
You're ready to meet new bloggers in your niche; learn some amazing things about blogging, SEO, affiliates, and making your own products.
The days start counting down and you are getting so close to the conference and then you realize that you have to start getting things around! You have to dig around in your closet for presentable clothes, get nails done and even your hair. Make sure your kids are taken care of and your sweet husband. That long list of to-dos helps you feel ready to meet other awesome bloggers, like yourself.
So now you've got it all together. The meals are all done for the family while you are gone; the kids have someone to watch them the whole time; your hair looks fabulous, as do your nails.
Now you need to figure out what exactly it is you need to bring to a blog conference! It can't be that hard, right?
What to Pack to a Blog Conference
Let me tell you, it really isn't. But for many first-time conference attendees, it can start to feel a little overwhelming. After attending many conferences I have learned some of the basics…
Comfortable Shoes/Clothes – If I have learned one thing after attending conferences it is this…dress comfortably. Comfortable shoes, especially, because you will be standing on your feet mingling with other attendees and walking to and fro from workshops, meals, to your room, and where ever you decide to go. At Focused, we want you to be comfortable so business casual is a good style to dress in!
Business Cards – One thing that you want to make sure you pack for a conference is some business cards. The age old question for newbie conference attendees is “what should go on a business card?”
I have several different business cards and have come to the conclusion that there needs to be at least 5 key elements on a card, which should include…
- An updated photo of yourself or logo
- Blog Name
- Name (only if you choose to disclose this)
- Blog URL, and
- Top 3 social media platforms (I found out if you have too many, it makes it too busy and hard to read)
Sponsor Stuff – I am hoping each and every one of you will have your own personal sponsor when you arrive at Focused, so in faith that you all will let’s talk about what to bring for your personal sponsors to a conference.
Book of Questions – The one advantage of going to a blog conference is that you can often get answers to questions that you have had for a long time. So before coming to Focused (or any other conference in the future) make some time to write down any and all questions you have about your blog, how to make something work, or any general question and bring it with you to the conference, because there will be mentors (speakers) at the conference that will be more than willing to help you and answer any question they possibly can.
Snacks & Water Bottle – Another blogger essential when coming to a blog conference is snacks. You know how it is…You have an early breakfast and you need something to help you last until lunch, so you eat a quick snack. I have come to learn that snacks in my bag are essential at a conference. My personal favorites are granola bars and beef jerky. Small servings, but they have what it takes to hold you over until that next meal.
Business Card Holder – It is nice to have something that you can put your business cards in that you can always carry around. (I have used my jean pockets, a bag, and my lanyard before). Make sure that it is easy to get to and quick to pull out, because it can be a little embarrassing (especially if you are an introvert like me…) to struggle to pull a card out or even to search everywhere and realize you left your cards all up in your hotel room.