Conferences are the perfect opportunity to learn from other people who really know what they're doing. It is also a great way to "geek out" as I call it and talk to other people who love whatever you love, and also love talking about it as much as you do. There is a plethora of inspiration at these events, and I believe if you want to learn how to blog professionally and have help finding your voice, these are a great place to start! While they can get a bit expensive at times, the conference registration fee and your travel expenses may be able to be used for tax deductions if you are self-employed.
I recently found out about an incredibly awesome Social Media Conference called Create and Cultivate. I am beyond saddened that I cannot join my friend at this event in August, but I do hope there is another one soon. I have also been reaching out to the event coordinators in order to see if I can find more conferences of a similar nature.
CREATE AND CULTIVATE - Wow! This is the conference of all conferences. It looks like they treat their attendees like movie stars! Their past events happened in Los Angeles and Brooklyn, and the upcoming Conference is in Chicago, August 14-15, 2015. Just check out this video if you want to learn more!! Connect with them on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook. I think this video (above) will have you swooning for sure.
ALT SUMMIT - This list wouldn't be complete without including Alt Summit. They hold two events per year, one in Summer (June 2015), and one in Winter (Jan 2016), in Salt Lake city, UT. This seems like it's been on my bucket list for some time now, and I do hope to attend the one in January 2016. This conference seems to have paved the way for talented snd inspiring people to get together and share what they know and love about blogging and social media in general. I believe this would be an unforgettable experience and would be so fun to network with lots of other bloggers and creatives.
GO BLOG SOCIAL - This conference was recently hosted in Kansas City, MO in early April of 2015. It looks like a really great group of people who want to share their stories and knowledge with you. Find them on Facebook. To learn more, you can also read this awesome Blog Post by Think Creative which really details each and every part of the event. Or, you can read another Blog Post by Mari Chuy on her experience at the event. Her photos are lovely, too! See a photo from the event below.
BLOGCADEMY- This event, held in San Francisco September 12-13, and also in New York City on the next weekend, September 19-20, 2015, looks incredible! They seem to try and create a more intimate atmosphere with this event, giving the attendees lots of one on one attention with the hosts.
"The Blogcademy is a wildly fun, fiercely smart, two-day workshop tailored to women who want to elevate their online presence and business up a level - or fifteen. Taught by three of the world's most high-profile bloggers, Gala Darling (Gala Darling), Kat Williams (Rock n Roll Bride) and Shauna Haider (Nubby Twiglet) will take your hand and give you a backstage pass to the blogosphere.
Everything you ever wanted to know about blogging strategy, branding, monetization, personality and so much more is covered in this workshop, taking place in the coolest cities around the world!"
Just watch the video (above) to learn more and become inspired by this fun event!
THE MAKER'S SUMMIT - This conference, which will be held in Greenville, SC on March 4-5, 2016 looks like a great event.
"A CREATIVE SMALL BUSINESS CONFERENCE designed for entrepreneurs who want to grow successful businesses. Together, we’ll confront both big picture and day-to-day challenges facing independent creatives.
Learn collaboratively through panel discussions, hands-on workshops, one-on-one sessions, and keynote speeches from industry experts."
BUILD YOUR BLOG CONFERENCE 2016 - This event is scheduled for February 19-20, 2016. It will be held in Salt Lake City, UT, and looks like a great event! They say there will be 700 Bloggers and will be the best one yet! "We set out to create the best conference for blogs to actually learn and get inspired. After years of going to conferences where the networking was great but the actual content was lacking, we decided to start our own conference where the speakers, classes and even the interaction with brand was all solely devoted to building your blog."
MIDWEST BLOGGERS - This is a network of bloggers whose blogs range from fashion, to food, to DIY and more. "...a place to connect, network & explore the blogs of other creative people across the Midwest! We welcome all types of bloggers and feature blogging resources, find out about local events, and feature the talented bloggers that make up our network!"
HEART HOME CONFERENCE - This is the first year of this fun conference, and it will be held October 1-3, 2015 in Boston! I can imagine how inspiring this event will be for those who love home design, interior design, and all things social media surrounding the love of making a house a home.
The event welcomes bloggers, designers, and overall lifestyle entrepreneurs to the event. This would make for a fun weekend with friends or that event that Mom and other family would love to join you at! Check out the Inspired By Charm's post about Heart Home Conference to learn from one of their ambassadors.
STAY TUNED AS I ADD MORE EVENTS TO THIS LIST! If you are attending a social media or blogging event, or know of some that are not on this list, please feel free to share the names below. I would love to see what you guys are up to!