I have been blown away with the BlogOn UK Conference this time around, more so than last time even. I’ve been thinking about why that is and want to talk about it with you.
I reckon it’s safe to say almost everyone following us across the various social media platforms will know we had an absolute blast at BlogOnToys this weekend. I think what Laura and the BlogOn team have cracked, is mixing having an absolutely awesome time with great information and pure motivation. Our YouTube video shows you much of the fun that there is to be had and some great moments, however it’s far from the full story.
The party the night before isn’t just about getting pissed and letting your hair down for a night away from the kids, it’s about putting a group of likeminded people together, many of which are on their own, to break in slowly in a relaxed environment. OK, for many it’s definitely about getting mullered and making the most of a much needed night away, but even those people will see the bigger picture.
Blogging can be and is a lonely job at times. Not everyone quite gets what blogging is and if you’re still in the early stages of your blogging journey with nothing much in monetary/product terms to show as of yet, people that don’t get it will wonder what the point is. No-one in our close family and friend circle really understand blogging, more of them are now on board as they’ve seen us build firstly dadvworld.com and now this blog. So when you get the chance to meet up with a load of other likeminded people that really do get it, you have to jump at the chance.
I know traveling somewhere to meet a load of people you’ve never met before on your own is SCARY AF! This is where the party really proves its worth. A couple of drinks and friendly welcoming faces later you’re much more relaxed about the steps you’ve taken out of your comfort zone. Even if you can’t make the party though every person I’ve ever looked at or spoken to at either BlogOn event I’ve been to have been friendly and welcoming making it all much easier.
The first BlogON event I attended, I only went for the conference on the Sunday, I didn’t get to the party the night before. So that’s part of why this time felt much better. I can talk to anyone about anything and luckily don’t really get anxious or nervous when meeting new people so given the fact the whole environment is built around being positive and welcoming I’m right at home from the off. Also, at the last conference I had only been blogging for about a year and maybe wasn’t quite as serious about blogging as I am now. I had read about 500 how-to blogs as I do like to do things properly, but I think the business side and the realisation of just what blogging can bring to the table hadn’t processed at that point. I attended the sessions and took a few points on board and enjoyed it.
This time however, I’m much more serious, switched on and motivated to build my career in blogging and all that comes with it. I think my mindset meant that the sessions were much more interesting for me and I learnt a lot more this time around which seems a little strange 18 months after the first event. I think the main reason is that this time I wasn’t only listening to a piece of information, I was processing information immediately into useful practical methods that I knew would suit me and my blog. It made a huge difference to my feelings about the sessions.
Yes, the sessions! In our video you’ve seen all the laughs, dancing and pratting around, but on the Sunday at the conference there’s so much valuable information on offer you’d be mad not to switch on and listen to as much as possible. You will hear a lot of people telling you the social side of BlogOn is what they go for mainly, I get that completely. I’m there for it all equally, I want to meet people and chat and generally have a great time, although I’m also hungry for knowledge. I genuinely love receiving information and knowledge, I want it ALL!
As I mentioned earlier about how Laura and the team have managed to mix it all together, it’s absolutely genius. It’s an all-in-one conference that really does offer everything. I had genuine belly laughs, great conversations, met awesome people and learned so much that will directly benefit me, my blog and my wallet!
If you’re reading this and you’ve been to BlogOn you’re nodding along in agreement to this entire post so far aren’t you. If you’re reading this as a new or even an experienced blogger that’s never been, I’m certain I’ve got you curious as to when the next one is AND I’ve not even mentioned the work opportunities on offer yet!
Brands upon brands waiting to hand you their details and accept your business cards! Brands that have been specifically chosen due to their interest in working with bloggers, bloggers like me and YOU! You can have a look at their products, chat with them and begin to build relationships, what an opportunity it is. A well written email is great, decent social numbers are awesome but you can’t beat face to face conversation, being able to make a lasting impression.
In summary, I’m a massively social person, I thrive on people and conversation, knowledge, information and learning, I just love it. Add to this business opportunities and a chance to build relationships with people to work with, BlogOn covers the lot.
If you’re not already scrolling around for THIS LINK TO BUY TICKETS for BlogOn May 2019 then I’ll just drop in the fact there’s cake, lots of cake!
See you in May!
PS. All of this was just an addition to the fact I got to experience all of this with my wife too, that was alright. HA!
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