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. PS: I’m already signed up for Blissdom in November and I’m considering Snap! in April. Come hang out with me!
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 24-29, 2019 (yes, it’s 6 days this year!)
WHERE: Palm Springs, California
For theme park influencers.
WHEN: March 14 – 16, 2019
WHERE: Disneyland and other California locations.
“Join us for the 4th annual IDEA World Fitness BlogFest with Sweat Pink, BlogFest brings together health and fitness bloggers for 4 action-packed days of in-depth blogging sessions, unforgettable celebrity workouts & exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the largest fitness conference in the world.”
No dates for 2019 yet. San Diego, CA last year.
This year it’s a health centered conference.
WHEN: January 24-25, 2019
WHERE: Los Angeles
CookieCon and Sweets Show
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 2-3, 2019
WHERE: Anaheim, California Convention Center
Little Dove Blogger Retreat
First year, seems lifestyle focused. Small event with 20 or fewer participants.
WHEN: August 1-3, 2019
WHERE: Auburn, California
We All Grow Summit
“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
WHERE: Long Beach, California
Design Bloggers Conference
“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: February 24-26, 2019
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
Design, DIY and lifestyle conference.
WHEN: July 18-20, 2019
WHERE: Atlanta, Georgia
Women in Travel Summit
The premier event for women travel influencers, creators, and brands. Brought to you by Wanderful.
WHEN: May 3-5, 2019
WHERE: Portland, Maine
The world’s largest gathering of travel bloggers, writers, new media content creators and social media savvy travel industry professionals.
WHEN: September 11-13, 2019
WHERE: Billings, Montana
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
WHERE: Nashville, Tennessee
Dad 2.0 Summit
“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 20-23, 2019
WHERE: San Antonio, Texas
A faith-centered blogging conference that says they are, “Equipping women to be Jesus online.”
WHEN: No 2019 dates announced yet
WHERE: Dallas, Texas
Mom 2.0 Summit
“An open conversation between Moms + Marketers + Media”
WHEN: April 24-26, 2019
WHERE: Austin, Texas
Everything Food Conference
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: May 2-4, 2019
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!
WHEN: Thursday, April 11, 2019 to Saturday, April 13, 2019
WHERE: Salt Lake City, Utah
Sign up for Snap conference.
The largest Financial Content Expo, “helping hundreds reach millions with a positive money message.”
WHEN: Sept. 4-7
WHERE: Washington DC
Type A Parent
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)
1-day events on a variety of topics. Happens at different cities around the country, including at Disneyland. See site for dates and places.
Focused Blogging Conference
This is now an online conference where you can listen on demand based on your level of experience.
“Hispanicize 2016 Week is the iconic, largest annual event for Latino trendsetters and newsmakers in digital content creation, journalism, marketing, entertainment and tech entrepreneurship.” (April, Florida)
No dates released for 2019 yet.
Huge 1-day conference for food bloggers and industry. Launched in March 2010 by BakeSpace.com, the day-long conference is a must-attend event for anyone serious about culinary content (e.g., food bloggers, recipe writers, traditional content developers, cookbook authors, PR/marketing reps) and brands that want to work with culinary content creators.
No dates announced for 2019 yet.
Share A Sale Think Tank
No dates announced for 2019 yet.
One more time – you’ll want to check out my BEST posts on blog conferences
What to Pack for a Blog Conference
What to do BEFORE, DURING and AFTER a Blog Conference