Something happened here in my home town this past week which is a big deal in the blogging community. This years ProBlogger Conference was held here on the Gold Coast where hundreds of bloggers from around the country and the world converged on my figurative backyard. I’m yet to attend my first “big” blogging conference, I’ve attended small blogging workshops before and have been active in online and offline blogging communities and gatherings. But as for these big conferences; life, finances, pregnancies and newborns have prevented me from attending my first big conference yet.
If there was a conference I would have liked to attend more than any other in that last few years, it would have been the ProBlogger Conference this past week. I’m in a time and place with the development and emergence of my business, and to it’s extension this blog, where I feel I could have really benefited due to the momentum we’ve started to have. Attending this years conference was not to be, with a three week old baby in tow. It seems for various reasons there were quite a number of us in the blogging community who were unable to attend for various reasons. I know at least for us Queensland Bloggers we’ve had a baby boom in the last month or so, and there are other Queenslanders and counterparts over the country who are in waiting expecting new additions to their families at anytime. Whatever the reasons were for many of us not attending, it appears that many took to social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to wallow in there non-attendance at conference.
But seriously for those of us who didn’t attend there may be questions you’re asking yourself like, what was covered at conference and who were the various keynote speakers? Which of my blogging buddies attended? Who did I miss seeing or having a chance of meeting? How can I get in on the information that was shared? Questions may range through to gossipy things like what did they serve for lunch? Who had too much of a good time on party night?
So if you didn’t attend, you might want to know how to make the most of everyone else who did. There are two approaches you can take to the conference, the information and moments that were shared. Firstly if you’re still not coping and need to vent about your non-attendance, you could take to Twitter and Instagram #notatpbevent and check out the posts. The I’m #notjealous #notatpbevent comments and posts are rife and hilarious, and even a little scary, there is even a threat to eat a cat. I’m serious go check it out. If you need it, this is the place to vent your anguish and not feel so alone in your non-attendance…but just remember your hashtags!
However if you’re looking to benefit from others who did attend conference and garner some insight and wisdom, the approach is somewhat the same. Head for social media first with enthusiasm to make the most of your situation and check out #pbevent on both Twitter and Instagram. From the snippets and insights shared on these platforms pay attention to anyone that was tagged as a speaker make yourself a research list, this is what I’ve done. I’ve taken quite a few notes and I’ve got some really poignant tid bits of insight that I’ll be researching further in coming days and seeing how I can covert that information into practice on my blog or business.
If that still isn’t enough for you, hang tight over the next week there is sure to be numerous ProBlogger blog posts being shared over the interwebs from your favourite bloggers who did attend. Check in with them and go through their blog posts with a fine tooth comb, see what pearls of wisdom they have to impart. Still needing information? There is also the option of luring your favourite blogging buddy who attended conference, to a coffee catch up (that’s what I did, thanks Suger) with the rouse to suck them dry of any information they are willing to impart. Be careful they could be tired, wired and suffering post conference blues, you’ll need to handle them delicately.
Finally in closing if you didn’t attend, it’s not the end of the world. You’re just now presented with the challenge of collecting and collating information from various online and social media sources. You’ll have to put he hard yards in with plenty of reading and reaching out for clarification, but it’s the only way. Well not the only way, you could of course start saving now for next year, but in the meantime don’t let yourself suffer from lack of knowledge and instead chase it down now and make the most of the situation.
Oh and if all else has failed and you still feel you don’t have nough information you could always purchase yourself a virtual pass, they’re still available with no immediate plans for them becoming unavailable.