Blended Conference – Scottsdale, AZ
Disclaimer: I’m a Blended Conference Ambassador. I was provided a discounted ticket for my promotion
I cannot wait to attend Blended Conference 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ! Are you going? Well let’s see if we can turn that Question Mark? Into an Exclamation Point! I would love to see you all there!
I am so excited to attend this years Blended Conference, and in my mind there are many benefits to attending a blogging conference. I want to talk about those first and then talk about what I like about this particular conference.
Knowledge – I tend to think that no matter what your profession is or what hobbies you have, you need to possess a mindset for continued learning. This is especially true with blogging, given that it is so technology centered. As technology advances, so must bloggers! If we don’t, we will be left in the dust! Every single time I meet with other bloggers, I learn something new. The great thing about being around passionate bloggers is that they love talking about it! Bloggers love sharing best practices and techniques, even in general conversation.
Community – I can’t express enough how much of a thrill it is for me, personally, to meet with and chat with other bloggers. I am above all, a huge fan of blogs. When I get to interact with bloggers and hear about their blogging journey, it’s always a pleasurable experience for me. It’s been awesome each year to meet fellow bloggers and make new friends. Sometimes blogging can be a lonely endeavor, but when you establish a support group you can always reach out to, or meet up with, it can be extra rewarding.
Fun – I have been to a LOT of conferences over the years in the corporate grind, and I can honestly say that I find blogging conferences to be significantly more fun. To be fair, maybe it’s because I enjoy bloggers more, or because, simply, I love what I am doing. I feel that it’s key to take time away from your routine and focus on the anatomy of this thing called blogging, and have fun while doing it. For me, it is also a great mental boost.
Location – I was born and raised in Arizona and love the state. Embassy Suites Phoenix – Scottsdale is right in the area where I grew up and it has a lot to offer. That location is loaded with great restaurants and entertainment. October is a beautiful time of year in Arizona with lots of outdoor activities both in the immediate surrounding area, and also within a short drive.
Agenda – I am really excited about the 2014 agenda! From breakout sessions to guest speakers, this should be a very informative and valuable event. You should for sure check out the Blended Agenda so you can see for yourself the awesome lineup. I am honestly excited to see them all, but based on where I am at in my blogging abilities, I am most excited to see Dan Morris and Maureen Fitzgerald. Maureen Fitzgerald from Wisconsin Mommy will be speaking Saturday presenting Creating a Media Kit which I have done, but I need some tips on how to make it look more professional. Dan Morris at Letters From Dan will be speaking twice, presenting SEO Simplified on Saturday and Blogging Concentrated on Sunday. I have to admit, I’m ecstatic about attending! I am excited that it will be here in Arizona AND with Blended! I already planned on attending so we’ll call it a DOUBLE SCORE!!
SWAG/Giveaways – This is almost reason alone to attend! I did pretty well last year in the Giveaway department, winning a nights stay at the Double Tree by Hilton! The giveaways were fun and exciting and the swag was useful and cool! My kids were digging trough it as soon as I got home and laying claim to the best items!
I hope I have piqued your interest in attending because I would love to meet you and hear about what brought YOU to Blended Conference. If you are thinking about blogging, a new blogger or an experienced blogger you will benefit from attending.
Feel free to look at my posts from my First time and Second time attending. It’s pretty evident how green I was the first time, and how I had improved the second time. You can expect my next post after this 2014 attendance to be spectacular!
If you are going please leave me a comment and let me know what you are looking forward to most!
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