The 10 Reasons You Need To Attend The Blog Societies Conference - Poor Little It Girl

We are officially two weeks past our 6th annual Blog Societies Conference. So crazy. Jessica and I work on this conference the entire year prior, and in a flash, it’s over! I’m still reliving all the fun of meeting our members, making floral crowns, enjoying champs and celebrating…let’s do it again, shall we?!

Well, lucky for you, we’re already in the motions of planning next years event. Yes, our 7th Annual #TBScon is on our radar and we’re, of course, in the works to make it bigger and better. Where should we go? What do you want to see? We want to know! But let’s be real, it’s going to be hard to top this year!

You can check out a full recap of our conference over on The Blog Societies today if you want more info on what we did. But for those not sure if a blogging conference is right for them, today I wanted to share with you The 10 Reasons You Need To Attend The Blog Societies Conference. If you’re a blogger (beginner or you’ve run your blog for years) we want you to come so make sure you JOIN TBS today! Oh! Make sure you scroll all the way down to the bottom of the post to see our full video recap! It’s amazing!

1. GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE.

I’ve been blogging for over eight years, and we’ve been hosting our TBS conference for 6 – you think that’d mean I was super comfortable chatting it up with bloggers and strangers. Wrong! I get so used to my private little life behind my computer screen that I find it hard to “get into the groove” of chatting it up with people I don’t know. Anyone else like me?

But the good thing about #TBScon is that it forces me to get out of my comfort zone. How is our industry supposed to grow if we all just stay at home typing away on our computers? By changing up your routine and putting yourself out there, that’s how your blog and brand will grow!

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2. YOU NEVER STOP LEARNING.

No matter how many years you’ve been blogging, you can never know too much. There’s always an opportunity to be better. At least, that’s how I feel. This industry is still so new, no one can possibly know it all. That’s kind of the fun of it all!

Whether you’re attending a workshop, listening to our speakers or just chatting with your blogging peers over cocktails, you’re taking in TONS of information! Learning from fellow bloggers is invaluable to your business. I can’t tell you how many notes I took and how many new things I’m implementing to my brand now just from 3 days of #TBScon this year!

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3. TURN INTERNET FRIENDS INTO REAL LIFE FRIENDS.

Y’all know the story of how Jessica and I met, right? I mean, how crazy that we were simply Twitter friends and then BAM! We’re best friends and business owners. It’s crazy how one simple blogger blind date leads to all this…it’s still so surreal.

But think about it, how many girls are you “friends” with on Instagram but have never spoken to them in real life? The beauty of #TBScon is that it takes those internet friends and turns them into real life friends! Exchanging cell numbers, chatting over dinner about not just blogging, but life. That’s one of the best things you can take away from the conference each year – new friends!

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4. TRAVEL TO A NEW PLACE.

Maybe because I’ve lived in Atlanta twice, and it’s such a big airport hub, I’ve assumed just about everyone had been to Atlanta before. Wrong! So many of our attendees have said they never visiting ATL before and were excited to check it out!

We were actually about 30 minutes north of the airport in an area outside of Atlanta called Avalon, but you still got the vibe of this great city. Lots of food, shopping, entertainment – it’s all here! Who doesn’t like to explore a new city? I know I do!

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5. WE FEED & HYDRATE YOU!

Ok, this may seem a little strange for those that have never attended a blogger conference or event but I promise, this is important! I can’t count how many I’ve been to that I’m left thirsty or starving. Especially as a pescatarian, I want FOOD!

Jessica and I are big foodies, that’s why we always spend the majority of our #TBScon budget on food for our attendees. Salads, breakfasts, coffee, snacks, cocktails – we want you to have it all! Of course, every year we always wish we had MORE food and drinks, and it’s something we’re constantly improving on. But this year was super yummy and I was satisfied all day.

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6.TONS OF GOODIES AND SWAG.

Since our very first blogger brunch for The Blog Societies (formerly known as Southern Blog Society), Jessica and I work our but off to secure amazing sponsors and killer swag. We want actually products in your hands so you can experience them, and photograph them, right away.

In addition to fashion and beauty products, this year we brought in tons of lifestyle brands as well. We want our bloggers to feel like they could expand their own businesses by trying out new products they may never have thought about trying before!

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7. BE INSPIRED.

On the blogger panel this year, we were asked what our biggest mistake or problem was as a blogger. My answer was that I’m stuck in a bit of routine. That I feel I have Poor Little It Girl on autopilot (guess that’s what happens after eight years) and want to get out of a slump. I know it happens to many bloggers, but it’s really been beating me up lately.

Thankfully, as I mentioned before, I met so many amazing female entrepreneurs and took away so many amazing advice and tips from them, I’m feeling totally rejuvenated again. Inspired to try some new things with my brand, and update the old stuff so it feels fresh for me.

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8. MEET YOUR BLOG IDOLS.

Last year, we had Rachel Martino as our Key Note speaker. I basically stalked her online for forever and when I met her in person, it took me all of 5 seconds to ask her to come to Chicago for our conference. I was fangirling hard! And duh, of course, we asked her and her bestie Noelle Downing to come back this year to teach a photography workshop and speak on our panel. Two of my favorite influencers face to face – gah!

And then this year, we had Grace Atwood of The Stripe as our Key Note speaker. I’ve followed her for gosh, I can’t count how many years. But we had never met till she came to Atlanta. She was just as amazing in person as I had hoped. Not only that, she provided great advice on this industry in a thoughtful and funny way…she doesn’t take herself too seriously but is all about professionalism with her brand. Seriously, LOVE HER! So cool that we finally got to meet!

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9. NETWORK WITH BRANDS

In addition to awesome swag and goodies, our bloggers can take home, we bring in reps from some of the top brands to meet our attendees face to face. What better way to cultivate a relationship with a brand than actually having a conversation with them!

We hope to introduce bloggers to new brands, brands they may have never thought about working with. Or even brands they wanted to work with but weren’t sure how to reach out. We had top brand reps at every one of our events from every industry we could think of in attendance.

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10. HAVE FUN!

Safe to say, #TBScon is one of the most fun weekends EVER! I mean, I leave the 3 days with no voice and sore abs from laughing so much. We’re making floral crowns, grabbing goodies, chatting it up with everyone – I’m exhausted just thinking about it!

And no doubt our attendees had even more fun than Jessica and I. We would crawl back into our hotel room and pass out each night. But we saw our bloggers enjoying the sunshine at the pool, walking around the Avalon and grabbing dinner and drinks…just having FUN! Sure #TBScon is a weekend to learn and network but hell, it’s definitely about FUN too!

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If you’re interested in being part of our 7th Annual Blog Societies Conference next year, make sure you’re a member of TBS! You can join here today – we hope to see you next year!

SPONSORS:

Mudpie || Joules || DressUp || Kendra Scott || LaCroix || Goody || Vera Bradley || DryBar || Ball || Chalk Hill || Mary Kay || Colleen Rothschild Beauty || Waiting on Martha Home || The Hotel At Avalon || L’Occitane || Aerie || Sharpie || Crock-Pot || Rubbermaid || Papermate || Calphalon || Yankee Candle || Toyota || Pureology || Rifle Paper Co. || Rachel Parcell || La Tavola || Birdie & Boe

WORKSHOP LEADERS + SPEAKERS:

Grace Atwood || Britney Stevens || Lindsay Humes || Alicia Chew || Ashlee Hightower || Chris Duncan || Amy Northard || Rachel Martino || Noelle Downing

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XXIII Photography || Drew Glickman Films

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