Monday, December 19, 2016

Four Tips For Attending A Blog Conference or Media Event

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Even though I'm no expert, here are some dos and dont's for when you attend your next blog event:

1.  Know where you are going - If you're driving somewhere you're not familiar with, do all the research you can to map possible routes.  Don't rely solely on a GPS to take you to your destination.  After all, even technology fails.

2.  Bring business cards - People want to know who you are, what you do, and how to contact you.  They are not going to retain it from memory.  Create business cards that reflect your blog and hand them out at every possible chance.  I gained one blog follower while taking a flight to Florida.  After chatting her up, she asked why I was on the flight and conversation ensued about the media event.  I handed her a business card and she became a blog follower.  And that was just from someone sitting next to me on an airplane!

3.  Don't be the wall flower - I don't care how insecure or shy you are, don't show it.  I made that mistake the first time and didn't branch out like I should have.  It's much better to be remembered for having a great personality than being remembered as the one who stuck to the wall like glue.  You could make wonderful friends or PR connections by breaking out of your shell and faking the confidence.

4.  Don't compare yourself - The blog world is extremely diverse in personalities.  It doesn't matter how big your blog is or how well known you are.  What matters is being yourself.  Don't worry about whether the person sitting next to you will like you or not.  Make the most of it and have fun!

Do you have any tips or advice for what you should or should not do at blog conferences or media events?

18 comments:

Peggy said...

Those are great suggestions. I don't go to conferences. I try to sell some things on Etsy and those are just good ideas for me as I go about my daily routine in town. Thank you.

alissa apel said...

I like the, "Don't compare yourself" one. I tend to do that. I need to realize that I'm good at somethings and not at others. The technical side I'm not always the best at. Although I did manage to design my own site. I swear no matter how much I tried I can not figure out how to determine what, "Unique Readers" mean, and how many I have. I tried looking it up, and I just got more confused.

Katy said...

Yup, you can't really compare yourself. That's how I feel like a failure! There's room for all of us, in all our many formats and money-making (or not money-making like me!) glory.

Nicole Ackerman said...

Great tips - thanks so much for sharing :)

Theresa Mahoney said...

Great tips. I love the friendships I have formed at blogger conventions, more so than the business connections side of it.

Marcus Mar said...

These are very good tips to know before attending any media or blog conference.

Marcus Mar said...

These are very good tips to know before attending any media or blog conference.

Milton Milt said...

I really like your tips list; it is very helpful to know these things.

Milton Milt said...

I really like your tips list; it is very helpful to know these things.

Rob said...

This is great information to have when going to a media event, too.

Rob said...

This is great information to have when going to a media event, too.

Paulet said...

This would be a whole new world for me, and I can use whatever help I can get.

Paulet said...

This would be a whole new world for me, and I can use whatever help I can get.

Malv said...

Thanks for the tips list, which is very useful for me to know when I attend a blog event, too.

Malv said...

Thanks for the tips list, which is very useful for me to know when I attend a blog event, too.

Aaron said...

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Aaron said...

I have this little model making side business, and I would like to get more information on this subject; so, this gives me some idea about attending a media event.

Jerry Marquardt said...

Thanks for the nice tips. I am trying to start out this yea, so this will become most helpful.