While it might only be the beginning of October, it’s never too early to start planning for 2015, especially when it comes to budgeting for all the great conferences there are out there. If the idea of going to a blogging conference makes you nervous, then be sure to check out this post. I promise it’ll give you some tips you need to feel confident and comfortable at your first conference. Over the last couple of years, I’ve had the honor of attending and speaking at some incredible conferences and I thought I’d share some of my favorites below. While I’ve been to most of the ones I’m going to share, there’s one I’m including that’s on my bucket list. See, you’re not the only one who has a wish list of conferences they’d love to attend.
Alt Summit: aka Altitude Summit takes place in Salt Lake City, UT each year. With a design and style focus in mind, Alt attendees are wowed by the attention to detail from the moment you arrive. They have fabulous parties, great sponsors to connect with, very informative speakers on each panel with applicable take aways and I, personally, have built some wonderful friendships over the years I’ve attended. Alt Summit offers a Winter conference in January, a Summer conference in June and Alt Everyday, which is an opportunity to get all the benefits of great speakers, sessions and sponsor connections through an online weekend conference. This conference is the most expensive one I’ve attended (tickets are $625) BUT it’s one of my favorites!
Mom 2.0: Mom 2 takes place a different luxurious hotel each year. Part of the excitement of going is finding out what amazing city it will take you to next. 2015 will be my 3rd year attending the conference and again it’s one I highly recommend attending. Don’t let the “Mom” in the title fool you, this conference is for bloggers who are looking to take their brand seriously and pursue a career in blogging. Attending this conference will bring you in contact with great friendship connections, sponsors and the speakers are great too! And I’m not saying that because I spoke this past year. If you haven’t had a chance to check this conference out, add it to your bucket list.
Elevate Blog Conference: I love this conference. Not just because it happens in my home town, but because the girls who put the conference on each year are truly focused on helping bloggers connect and build relationships with each other. They’re about networking, collaborating and building life long friendships. Their speakers share more than just tips for how to succeed in the blogging world/business, but they share stories of how they came to be bloggers. It’s inspiring and many have been known to both laugh and cry together before the day has ended. This is a one day conference that is limited to 75-85 people, so keep an eye out because you don’t want to miss snagging your ticket!
BlogHer: While I know some people have mixed feelings about BlogHer due to how many bloggers attend, I think it’s a great conference and if you can gather a few friends to go with you, it’s one you should consider attending. The sessions are good, but the opportunity to connect with sponsors and brands and attend parties where you can hear all the latest and greatest about what’s happening at brands headquarters makes this conference fun. Oh and the BlogHer team partners with McDonald’s to throw one mean “CheeseburgHer” party! I’ve been to 2 BlogHer conferences, the second one I took Kyle to and we had a blast.
Hope Spoken: While I love attending blogger focused conferences each year to fill my creative cup being around others who inspire and spark new ideas and focuses for posts, being surrounded by Godly women and filling my heart cup is also a big way for me to stay creative on the blog. Hope Spoken is a new conference (2015 will be their second year), started by three beautiful, Godly women, focused on women sharing their stories and learning how to share Jesus with others though that story. We often forget that God has given us this talent and voice and He wants to help us use it to glorify Him. While I didn’t attend the conference in 2014, it’s on my bucket list of conferences I’d love to attend.
SNAP! Conference: A conference for creatives and those with a deep love for DIY, photography, sewing and cooking. I’ve been to this conference every year since it began and some of my best blogging friends I met my first year there. Every year we attend together and room together. The sponsors are great, but what I really love is how many of their sessions offer a hands on approach to learning a new DIY skill. This conference takes place in Salt Lake City, UT, as well.
This is not a complete list of conferences, but just a few that I would recommend checking out and adding to your list of possibilities in 2015. Have you have any favorite conferences you’ve attended?