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Are Blogging Conferences Worth the Expense?

We know many of you here are brand-new to relatively new bloggers and the option of attending a blogging conference may not be on your radar just yet. However, you may begin to want to start planning to attend a local or national blogging conference next year or perhaps the year after that.

So, are conferences worth the expense? The quick answer is it all depends.

Some bloggers strategically attend conferences that are only close to them. There are so many conferences these days that you really can pick and choose the ones you want to attend. Attending local conferences definitely cuts down on travel expenses. If you decide to attend conferences that require a long road trip or flight you will definitely need to consider that cost when deciding to attend a conference.

Additionally, don’t forget the cost of a conference ticket. They can be pricey as well. Think about how much it will cost for accommodations. Some moms split hotel costs and have roommates. Others prefer having their own room which means the cost will be higher. Oftentimes, if you are asked to speak at a conference they will provide your accommodations for free, but that’s not always the case.

And, don’t forgot about food and remember drinks can add up! And, finally, you want to look good and make a great impression so likely you will want to buy a few great outfits.

Considering all of that when you do the math it might be worth it to attend a conference and then again it just may not.

However, many bloggers love networking with brands that turn into potential clients. And, meeting bloggers you admire or are friends with online is a great incentive.

Blogging conferences oftentimes puts newer bloggers on the map simply because they are present. The old adage is true: Out of sight, out of mind. If you show up and have a plan then all of the money you spend may be well worth it?

What do you think?

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Comment by sarah kato on September 7, 2015 at 5:29pm

If you are new to blogging and don't have many followers - does it matter?  Why wouldn't you go if you could and network!?  I am curious - I would definitely be interested to attend!  Tiffany - you are an experienced blogger if you are blogging for three years!  I am three months! LOL - but why not??  You would certainly gain more followers I bet! xoxo

Comment by Manjusha Pandey on September 5, 2015 at 2:09am
Hi Tiffany! If it's happening in your city, you must go ahead and attend I feel cause it helps in networking with other bloggers and therefore the followers too. You might end up meeting many who are even less experienced than you are.
I am gonna attend one in my city and its gonna be my first. I am looking forward to experience it:) happy weekend!
Comment by Jazelle on September 3, 2015 at 9:49pm

This poses a great question, Tiffany... Are there a certain amount of followers you should have before attending the conferences? I'm interested, too. :)

Comment by Tiffany Benyacko on September 2, 2015 at 8:20pm

Just found out that there is one in my city next month! I would love to attend but I have only been blogging for 3 years and I don't that many followers. 

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