If you’ve been around me for more than 5 minutes, you’ll know that I am a HUGE proponent of blog conferences. I genuinely believe that it is the BEST thing you can do to improve your blogging game.
Blog conferences are the best and least expensive source of training, networking, relationship-building and just plain FUN in the blogging world. I make a point of attending at LEAST one per year, two if I can manage it. And it’s interesting – I am still in touch with literally dozens of people I’ve met at conferences, some of them nearly a decade ago. It’s sort of a special bonding thing, I guess.
If you are thinking of attending a conference (and I really hope that you do), you’ll want to check out my post on what to pack for a blog conference (packed with amazing tips!) and also my post about business cards and headshots for bloggers – both of them are definitely on the list of things to do prior. Here’s another very helpful post on what to do BEFORE, DURING, and AFTER attending a blog conference.
Anywho, here is the list of blog conferences you might want to attend. This is in no way a complete or up-to-date list – Mama ain’t got that kind of time, but it’s a good resource to get you started.
Alt Summit is THE première conference for creative entrepreneurs and stylish social media influencers. It attracts high-end sponsors. You may need to plan a clothing budget as fashion is a focus at the parties and events.
WHEN: March 1-6, 2020
WHERE: Palm Springs, California
For theme park influencers.
WHEN: February 27-29, 2020
WHERE: Disneyland and other California locations.
WHEN: July 9-12, 2020
WHERE: Anaheim, CA
No 2020 date set yet
While not specifically for bloggers, many bloggers speak at and attend CookieCon. “Meet thousands of Californians who share your brand’s love for all things sweet, salty and savory in the world of baking and sweets.”
WHEN: Feb 2020 (exact dates not released yet)
WHERE: Anaheim, California Convention Center
“We All Grow Summit is a conference for Latinas in the digital space. The conversation, networking and learning experiences — all bilingual and in-culture — are crafted to create unique and long-lasting connections, as well as professional growth experiences.”
WHEN: May 30 – June 1, 2019 – not scheduled yet for 2020
WHERE: Long Beach, California
“The only conference specifically focused on the interests of interior design bloggers, interior design bloggers…Attendees are interior design bloggers, luxury interior designers, traditional design media, new design media innovators, and interior design industry leaders.”
WHEN: March 1-3, 2020
WHERE: San Francisco, CA
Design, DIY and lifestyle conference.
WHEN: July 16-18, 2020
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
Business Conference for Midlife Businesswomen
WHEN: Mar 25-29, 2020
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
Health and Wellness Conference
WHEN: Oct 3-5, 2019
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
A conference for makers and content creators
WHEN: Sept 20-22, 2020
WHERE: Atlanta, GA
The premier event for women travel influencers, creators, and brands. Brought to you by Wanderful.
WHEN: Apr 30 – May 3, 2020
WHERE: Kansas City, KS
The world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media savvy travel industry professionals.
WHEN: 2020 date not yet announced
WHERE: Catania, Italy
It’s back! Business-focused conference for “authors, speakers, TV show hosts, marketers, podcasters along with online entrepreneurs working off a laptop while in the back yard with the kids, and those just dipping their toes in the water of online business.”
WHEN: Nov 14-17, 2019
WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee
“The Dad 2.0 Summit is an open conversation about the commercial power of dads online, and an opportunity to learn the tools and tactics used by influential bloggers to create high-quality content, build personal brands, and develop business ideas.”
WHEN: February 27-29, 2020
WHERE: Washington, DC
“An open conversation between Moms + Marketers + Media”
WHEN: May 6-8, 2020
WHERE: Los Angeles, CA
With high quality presenters, dozens of strong sponsors, and career-boosting networking, Everything Food has quickly grown to be the largest conference for food bloggers, influencers, and online content creators. Focused on food, however topics and presentations are for all blogging niches.
WHEN: April 30 – May 2, 2020
WHERE: Layton, Utah
This is a conference of about 250 bloggers in the craft and sewing niche. There are typically excellent sponsors like JoAnn’s Crafts, tool companies and more. If you like to create then you’ll love this conference! Now owned and operated by the same folks who run the Everything Food conference
WHEN: Thursday, October 5th – 7th
WHERE: Davis Conference Center, Layton, UT
The largest Financial Content Expo, “helping hundreds reach millions with a positive money message.”
WHEN: Sept. 4-7, 2019 – 2020 date not yet announced
WHERE: Washington DC
Mom and dad blogger conference. Type-A Parent is the world’s top conference and network for moms and dads who blog. Our focus is the business of blogging. We do NOT blog or run conferences about parenting. Yes, please go back to that last sentence and reread it. No? Let us repeat. We do NOT write about parenting. We are a group of kick ass bloggers who happen to be parents.
Sept 26 – 28, 2019, Washington D.C. (actually Alexandria, VA) – 2020 dates not yet released
1-day events on a variety of topics. Happens at different cities around the country, including at Disneyland. See site for dates and places.
One more time – you’ll want to check out my BEST posts on blog conferences
Blogging resources I love and recommend:
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The Isabelle theme by Bluchic – is my favorite theme for WordPress websites. I’ve used it to build a bunch of different websites. It’s pretty, easy to customize, and really simple to use. It’s shown in a very pale pink, but I’ve done it in turquoise, emerald green, and navy/gold color schemes. For safety and security reasons, I will not ever use a free WordPress theme. This is the engine that powers and protects your website. Learn about the Isabelle theme HERE.
Legal Templates – You are required by law to have a certain package of legalese on your blog. You need to have copyright notices, privacy policies, and various other terms and conditions to protect yourself from being sued. The package I recommend is created by Amira Law – a lawyer who specializes in all aspects of blogging and internet business legalities. Learn more about these Legal Templates HERE.
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