Last weekend I had the amazing, and blessed opportunity of attending Blogalicious 8 Content is life, in my new home town of Atlanta, Georgia and it was so much more than I could have ever imagined with so many bountiful blessings of abundance all at the same time!
Blogalicious is a conference that I claimed in my spirit to attend last Fall. I had it in my heart that I wanted to “invest in myself,” take my blog to the next level, and take a tremendous leap of faith by attending the wonderful Blogalicious 8. However, I never attended a blogging conference since I began my mind-blowing journey of blogging in 2013. In my mind, I thought to be a blogger meant that you had to constantly write and make your laptop your best friend. Ironically for the conference I made a intentional decision to leave my laptop at home.
I devoted all of my time to writing, creating, and publishing awesome content for my blog. I am a devoted wife and dedicated mother so when not blogging and writing my quality time is spent with my growing family. I knew that for me to take such a huge and calculated risk by being away from my family for an entire weekend would take a lot of consistent prayer, early planning, and realistic strategy, not to mention money which I did not have a clue where I would get the funds for this life changing event.
All I could do was to remain “intentional,” with everything that I wanted to accomplish from the conference. I have seen several blogging friends attend major conferences over the past year. I have watched epic footage on Periscope of Blogging Boo’s headed to We All Grow, Mom 2.0., BlogHer and Create & Cultivate, with other local conferences going on in between in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
I dreamed, and wished that one day I could come from behind my laptop, and attend a blogging conference too! I wanted to begin building real offline relationships, develop networking strategies, connect with brands, and put a face in front of my business. I felt that Blogalicious was the best fit for me because it is multicultural and focuses a great deal of its efforts on entrepreneurship.
I was basically sold on Blogalicious after the fun, and wealth of information that was shared last year in (Bloggers Like Me group). A wonderful Facebook group full of bloggers of African-American descent that rock the blogging world! I knew that in my heart of hearts that, I had to catch the wave and just ride!
Some of the major highlights of the conference were meeting the awesome co-founder of Blogalicious Stacey Ferguson (JusticeFergi) She had such a sweet and beautiful spirit. I loved spending time with the growth coaches. The ability to have one-on-one time with coaches that truly cared about the direction of my business, truly a gift. The Social Squad helped from day one of registration until the very end of the conference. When I saw a purple flower anywhere I knew that I could get the proper guidance and support throughout the conference weekend. I really enjoyed the Grand Hyatt Atlanta it was such a stunning and breath taking location for Beblogalicious! I have to admit that am a self-proclaimed “hotel maven,” and I simply adore spending time in a great hotel anywhere in the US.
But before I had the chance to experience all of these fantastic things I had to do some things before attending my first blogging conference.
10 incredibly helpful and awesome things to do before Blogalicious
1. Create a blogging conference plan.
2. What brands would I like to connect with at the conference?
3. What speakers and panelist would I like to form relationships with?
4. What collaborations would I like to work on with other bloggers?
5. What information can I bring home to my readers?
6. Write about what I am packing in my bag before the conference.
7. Check my e-mails regularly for conference updates.
8. Write about my conference journey.
9. Attend conference sessions, meet with sponsors, be open to meet new people.
10. Have an open-mind and have a blast!