Girl, I’m sure you’ve heard time and time again that networking is the key to surviving as a blogger and/or business owner.  The thing is if you’re like me, and you conduct most of your biz online,  it’s easy to sit behind the computer tapping away at the keyboard.

However, if you want to thrive as a blogger or in biz, you’ll have to get out and actually talk face to face with those savvy girl-bosses you interact with online.

When you are starting your journey to self-employment or even if you just want to have a side hustle while still working your 9-5, having the support of a community is important. Your community is who you’ll lean on when you need an ear to vent, who you’ll be able to bounce ideas off of, and those who you’ll be able to collaborate with on projects/events.

But how do you build your community and find the support you need? One way is networking through blogger and small business conferences.  

Inspired Bloggers University lists some good ways to network at a conference:

  1. Showing up early for the conference that way you have the opportunity to meet and chat with other early birds without the distraction of events and the crowd that will undoubtedly show up later.
  2. Approach that blogger/biz owner you admire and start a convo. I’m an introvert and this would be hard for me but remember 2017 is all about getting out of your comfort zone.
  3. Accept invitations offered to you and do your best to sit or eat with new people. You can’t grow your network if you only hang out with your girls.
  4. Follow up with your contacts after the conference. After spending time with them, you would have learned some of what they have planned for their blogs and businesses. This is a good opportunity for future collaboration. A twitter chat or few guest posts, maybe?

So if attending a blog or business conference is on your goal list this year, here are 11 blogger conferences to consider.

General/Lifestyle Conferences

Thrive Conference is a weekend conference to be held from February 24th to 26th,  2017. The venue is The Woodlands Texas.  Some guest speakers include Emma Chapman of A Beautiful Mess and personal finance coach Dominique Broadway.

Blogging While Brown takes place in Austin, Texas on March 11th, 2017. The day-long event features speakers like Stacey Ferguson, founder of Blogalicious and a digital brand strategist and Lamar & Ronnie Tyler of Black and Married with Kids. The conference schedule has discussions on Generating Revenue with Social Media Swag & Reaching the Next Level With Your Online Business, to name a few.

WomeneurCon 2017 is an event for early-stage and emerging female entrepreneurs.  This is Womaneur’s first annual conference and it’s taking place in Downtown Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, April 29, 2017. Details are still being release about this event but be sure to check Womeneur’s Instagram page  to stay in the loop and certainly save the date!

SNAP Conference is a conference for creative entrepreneurs and lifestyle influencers. From April 20th to 22nd, 2017, the conference will take place in Salt Lake City, Utah.   It’s meant to be a yearly conference where makers and dreamers can come together and learn from each other.

Blogtacular is a conference held in London. So if you’re ‘across the pond’ on Saturday 10th June this year, then maybe you can check it out.  The developers of this conference consider it to be “the place for people whose hearts beat with creativity to come together to meet, share and inspire”. There’s even a podcast and shop to go along with it.

BlogHer takes place in Orlando, Florida from June 22nd to 24th 2017. Featuring Luvvie Ajayi as a keynote speaker, this is one conference I would love to attend.  As you know, Luvvie blew up last year after publishing her book I’m Judging You The Do Better Manual.  BlogHer17 has discussions on Live Broadcasting and Storytelling Platforms, Strategies to Unleash the Power of Your Personal Brand and Productivity and Planning, to name a few. The 3-day event looks to be full of opportunities to network and find your tribe.

Blogger Bash is an east coast event held in NYC on July 12th and 13th, 2017. Blogger Bash is an invite only event. You can check out the requirements to snag an invite here.

Be Blogalicious is happening in Miami, Florida on October 5th to 8th 2017.  The conference’s mission is to “grow a supportive and vibrant community of influencers that celebrates digital diversity”.  Some of the workshops include Blogging Big: Proven Tactics for Gaining Traction for Your Small to Medium Sized Blog and Why Content is Queen when it Comes to Monetizing.

Declare is a conference that aims to empower Christian bloggers, writers, and other creatives.  The 2017 conference will be on October 2nd to 4th at The Laurel in Texas.

Travel

Women in Travel Summit is a conference for women in the travel industry. If you are a travel blogger or digital nomad this might just be the conference for you. Organized by Wanderful, this summit is held in Milwaukee on April 21st to 23rd, 2017 and is in its 4th year. Some workshops include Blogger 101: Make Your Audience Fall In Love with You and Creating an Editorial Calendar: How to Develop Your Content Strategy and Build Early Engagement.

Food

Everything Food Conference is founded by Kami Kilgore and will be taking place in Salt Lake City on May 4th to 6th, 2017.  Everything Food is aimed at helping bloggers grow and feel empowered to reach your goals.  Some speakers include New York Times Best Selling Author, Andie Mitchell and the author of Grandbaby Cakes, Jocelyn Delk Adams.

While connecting  online is awesome, nothing beats one on one interaction AND blogger conferences are definitely a great way to meet like-minded people and build your network.

Have you attended any conferences in the past? Are you planning to this year? Let me know in the comments. Oh and don’t forget to share this post with your blogger/girl-boss friends 🙂

Author: Renee Desuza

Renee DeSuza is the freelance writer and virtual assistant behind DeSuza & Co. She works with savvy bloggers and boss ladies who need help with their businesses. Outside of her business, Renee spends time with her son or catching up on the latest episode of Game of Thrones.

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